This generation has been extremely good to racing fans. From pure simulations to wild arcade rides and everything in between, there’s a veritable potpourri of terrific racers to choose from on today’s platforms. It’s difficult to put your finger on exactly what makes a racing game fun, though. Depending upon your perspective, you may be looking for extremely realistic handling, an extensive selection of real-world cars, the ability to dramatically modify your vehicles, explosive crashes, a challenging single-player mode, or a robust online community. The good news is that all of the games on this list have some of these, and several feature all.
In fact, there are so many wonderful racers, the ones that didn’t make our list of the Best Racing Games are sure to generate controversy. These include Gran Turismo 5, Wipeout 2048, Need for Speed: Shift, and Blur, among others. Great games all, but not great enough for this list. Read on to find where your favorite current racer is--or isn’t.