The 10 best PS4 racing games


The best PS4 racing games offer a ton of variety. Every racing fan comes to the genre with different expectations. Maybe you want to take on online opponents in a highly technical racing game? or you want to play against your children in a colorful karting; or maybe you want to challenge yourself in a time trial. Either way, the PS4 almost certainly has a racing game to your liking.

Tom’s Guide has compiled a list of excellent racing games for the PS4, which should appeal to a wide variety of genre fans. Still, if nothing on this list is right for you, you should check out the PlayStation Store racing section for additional options. There are hundreds of racing games for the console, and this list only scratches the surface.

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1. Burnout Paradise remastered

If modern and classic arcade racing games are your thing, you can’t beat Burnout Paradise Remastered. This game was originally released on PS3 and Xbox 360, but got a remastered version on PS4 and Xbox One in 2018. In this game, you can race in an open world or go online for competitive play. One feature that sets Burnout Paradise Remastered apart from many other racers is that the game has a ‘Crash Mode’, where crashing into other racers in spectacular fashion is the main thing, rather than something to be avoided.

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2. Crash Team Racing: Nitro-Fueled

Racing games don’t have to be serious business; just ask Crash Team Racing: Nitro-Fueled. In this 1999 Crash Team Racing remaster, players take control of Sony mascot Crash Bandicoot and his friends and foes as they battle it out on challenging kart tracks. If you think this looks like Mario Kart with a slightly different cast, you are right. If you think this sounds like a lot of fun, you are also right. Crash Team Racing is one of the more kid-friendly entries on this list, so if you have young racing fans at home, this is a solid choice.

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3. Dirt 5

Not all races take place on carefully maintained racetracks. Dirt 5 takes players off-road in a variety of vehicles, from buggies and monster trucks to vintage rally cars. You’ll run over dirt, rocks, sand and ice, in environments ranging from New York to the far reaches of Norway. As one of the newer games on this list, Dirt 5 looks stunning, with dynamic weather conditions and subtle lighting effects. The most important thing, however, is that the cars are all fun to control. There’s even a career mode where you take on a veteran racer played by Nolan North.

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4. F1 2021

F1 2021 is one of those video games which is exactly what it sounds like. It’s Formula 1 racing; and it has vehicles and drivers from 2021. You can race high tech cars in a story mode (cleverly titled “Braking Point”), in freeform single player races, or in variety multiplayer. local and online. There are 21 different circuits and 10 different cars, which should keep technical racing fans busy for some time. While F1 2021 might not be the most beginner-friendly game on this list, experienced racing players will likely like what it has to offer.

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5. Grand Sports Tourism

When it comes to racing series, “Gran Turismo” is almost synonymous with “PlayStation”. While Gran Turismo 7 is on its way for PS4 and PS5, right now the most recent game in the series is Gran Turismo Sport. If you want to connect and prove your skills in highly competitive multiplayer matches, this is probably the right game for you. With more than 300 cars and more than 80 circuits, the game is very varied. You can also dive into Arcade Mode, which lets you go solo in a variety of time trials and test modes.

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6. Project Cars 2

One of the most demanding racing sims on this list, Project Cars 2 is all about variety and precision. The developers at Slightly Mad Studios have put a lot of effort into everything from dynamic tire movements to track temperature. It’s not the kind of game you can just grab and play – but it’s the kind of game you can get lost in for hours at a time, especially if you have a realistic racing wheel peripheral. . The game features 60 locations, 140 track layouts and nearly 200 cars, and even goes off-road racing.

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7. Dread

If you’re tired of racing boring old cars on a boring old sidewalk, you can always try Redout instead. This futuristic arcade racing game is a throwback to classics like F-Zero, with the flying cars, psychedelic landscapes and the catchy soundtrack to prove it. You can upgrade your ship in a single player career mode (with boss fights) or try your luck against human opponents on 25 tracks spread over 5 locations. You can even collect bonuses as you go, making sure there will never be two identical races. If you need a “pick-up-and-play” standby racer, Redout is the way to go.

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8. Trackmania Turbo

Trackmania Turbo is a colorful arcade racing game where overcoming wild obstacles and then challenging yourself to start over, even faster, is the order of the day. This game features loops, magnetic tracks, aerial jumps and all kinds of other tricks that could range from “impractical” to “impossible” in a real car. You can drive 200 tracks in the game’s single player mode, or team up with another player while you both control the same car in multiplayer. You can even create your own weird tracks to share with your friends. While Trackmania Turbo is one of the less traditional games on this list, it’s also one of the most memorable.

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9. Trials on the rise

One of the more unusual racing games on PS4, Trials Rising doesn’t focus on cars racing on a level track. Instead, Trials Rising is a physics-based motorcycle racing game, where you’ll have to conquer a variety of dangerous obstacles, climb ramps, and jump over traps. Of course, you can race anywhere in the world, from France to China, and build your own circuits to share with your friends and rivals. What’s a little more unusual is the game’s tandem multiplayer mode, in which you and a partner try to control a single bike with two controllers.

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10. Clear the Omega collection

Gran Turismo isn’t the only Sony-centric racing series; there is also Wipeout. The Wipeout Omega collection on PS4 brings together Wipeout HD and Wipeout 2048, both of which let you pilot futuristic racing ships on colorful and demanding circuits. For the first time, you can run these games at up to 4K resolution with HDR capabilities. Other new features include improved textures and VR compatibility. The Wipeout Omega Collection features single player campaigns, local split screen, and online multiplayer, making it a good choice for single player and competitive players. Until we get a new Wipeout game on the PS5, it can be as good as it gets for fans of the series.


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