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Best racing games on PS4 and Xbox One 2019: The best driving games and racing sims right now

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Looking for a great racing game? Take these titles for a spin

In the past, the best driving game was always a two-horse race between Forza Motorsport and Gran Turismo, but over the last year or two, we’ve been spoilt for seriously impressive racing games. Whether you like ultra-realistic circuit racing, rallying or arcade driving, there’s a game for you. For example, F1 2018 has a seriously impressive career-mode, Project Cars 2 delivers everything hardcore sim fans could want, and of course Gran Turismo returned with GT Sport.

Although we're generally more inclined towards more realistic racing games, for this guide we’ve put together a mix of games that should appeal to sim-racers and the casual arcade drivers alike. We'll keep the page update as any new, noteworthy releases come out this year, but in the meantime read on to discover the best racing games right now.

Best racing games on PS4 and Xbox One 2019

1. Crash Team Racing Nitro-Refueled (Xbox, PS4): Best kart racing game

Price: £35 | Buy now from Argos

In a list dominated by realistic racing sims, Crash Team Racing Nitro Refuelled stands out as the only kart racing game, but it richly deserves its place in this roundup. A faithful remaster of the classic PlayStation game but with added extras (tracks, characters and challenges) it offers hours of fun, whether you’re getting stuck into adventure mode or pitting your skills against friends online. 

In our experience, mastering powerslide speed boosts is essential if you want to win races (on medium difficulty at least), which arguably makes it less accessible than rival kart games but the flipside is that it’s hugely rewarding when you find yourself on the podium. Aside from this minor gripe, our only criticism is that the game has rather slow load times, but for £35, it’s a bona fide bargain.


2. Gran Turismo Sport (PS4): A must-buy for PS4 owners 

Price: £25 | Buy now from Argos

It took four years but Gran Turismo is finally on the PS4. With 162 cars and 27 track layouts in total, it offers a vast amount of content, but it’s so much more than that.

GT Sport gives you one of the most immersive experiences you can find on a console, with pristine graphics, concept cars and an eSports mode, too. Simply put, if you like racing games, you need to play it.

Read the full review of GT Sport on our sister site Alphr.

 


3. Forza Motorsport 7 (Xbox One): Best racing game for Xbox One

Price: £32 | Buy now from Argos

No racing games list would be complete without a Forza Motorsport entry and Forza Motorsport 7 is the latest, greatest edition of the game. The Microsoft Studios game is one of the best racing simulators we’ve ever played, striking the perfect balance between realism and accessibility.

Above all, it’s the game’s wide range of modes that make it so easy to endorse. Once you’ve mastered the craft of racing in career mode, you can head online and pit your skills against other users, racing an unrivalled catalogue of different vehicles. If the argy bargy of online racing isn’t for you, though, you can also challenge friends to beat your best lap times in the superb Rivals mode. Best of all, you can pick up a copy of Forza 7 for just £20, so what are you waiting for?

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4. Forza Horizon 4 (Xbox One): Best arcade racer on Xbox

Price: £50 | Buy now from Argos

It's not comparable to the more realistic racers listed here, but there's so much fun to be had in the fictional Britain of Forza Horizon 4. Simply put, it's a throwback to games such as Need For Speed, Burnout Paradise and Ridge Racer – but with the excellent graphical realism of Forza Motorsport 7. Realism isn’t the main agenda here though, but that doesn’t really matter much because Forza Horizon 4 promises countless hours of entertainment. If you’ve got an Xbox One, or Xbox One X, this should be one of the first games you check out – even if you usually prefer more hardcore-style racers.

Read our full review here

 


5. F1 2018 (PS4, Xbox One): Best career mode

Price: £48 | Buy now from Argos

On the surface it might appear very similar to 2017's game, but F1 2018 features all the cars and tracks from the 2018 F1 championship including the Circuit Paul Ricard, which made its return to the Championship after ten years, and the Hockenheimring, which wasn't included last year.

It's a more rounded game this year, and in addition to an RPG-style career mode, F1 2018 boasts more classic F1 cars than ever before. The scope to drive this year's car, and then compare it with iconic cars from the sport's history is enough reason to buy this game alone. Consider that it's also the most accurate simulation to date and F1 2018 is a must-buy for Formula One fans.


6. Assetto Corsa (PS4, Xbox One): Best racing sim 

Price: £15 | Buy now from Amazon.co.uk

If you like spending hours improving your lap times in an obsessive manner, Assetto Corsa is the game you for you. It packs in some of the more realistic handling you’ll ever experience outside of an actual car, and with the right gaming setup it’s incredibly addictive.

Sure, it’s not the prettiest game, but after a few laps, you’ll be so overwhelmed by the sound and feel of Assetto Corsa you’ll barely notice. Despite being a relatively small operation, Kunos is adding new DLC content pretty much all the time – the latest was the Porsche pack – and it looks like there are also plans to introduce 4K content in the future, too.

Thankfully, Assetto Corsa is out on both the PS4 and Xbox One too, so you won’t miss out if you’re a Microsoft or Sony fan. 

Read our full review here.


7. DiRT 4 (PS4, Xbox One): Best rally sim

Price: £15 | Buy now from Argos

DiRT Rally was a fantastic game and marked a gritty, realistic return to form for Codemasters. DiRT 4 goes one better, however, giving you more of the same for an altogether more involved, expansive game. The graphics are incredible, the handling is tricky or forgiving depending on the mode, and there’s so much to do! You can race against others in time trials, complete daily challenges, race in rally-cross,  or even collect cones in a time-attack mode.

If you like rally games, DiRT 4 is a must buy, and if you don’t, you’ll be converted as soon as you play this.

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