The Top 7... Fastest games of all time

5. TrackMania Nations Forever

Not the most obvious choice, admittedly. But have you seen this thing move? Excrement and shovels have got nothing on this little baby. In normal gameplay it can look like any other racer. Ah, but once you work out how to get the most from it, you can create an amazing sense of speed.

The best way to do this is to create a 'forward' track. All the player needs to do is push forwards to make the car accelerate. The rest is all taken care of by impeccable track design, resulting in something that isn't just fast, it's downright insane.

The worst thing you can do on a course like that is try to drive it. A single tap on left or right will make the whole thing impossible to complete. Best to just strap in, sit back, and watch the speedy spectacle.

How fast you actually go: About 200mph. So... about as fast as a regular F1 car. Or as fast as the fastest wood-built roller coaster's top speed and the fastest metal rollercoaster's top speed combined - which is a pretty good description of how the thing plays.

How fast it feels: With things passing this close by, easily 400mph. Fast enough that you wouldn't want to lean out the window, at any rate.


4. Sonic Unleashed

Unsurprising, really, that a Sonic game would make the list. And not just because I'm a Sonic fan. He happens to be known for being the fastest thing alive. And, if this list is anything to go by, that's very true as he's the last (only) fleshy being on this list. Still, he lives up to his reputation here. Whatever the Werehog may have done to the game's reputation, the fact remains that the daytime stages in Sonic Unleashed feature some of the fastest, most breathtaking scenes in any game ever. Look at this speedrun and try to remember to blink: 

Not half bad, eh? The problem with speed of that nature and graphical quality is that it takes a long time to program. That's why the Werehog exists at all - to pad out the game so that you're not paying for half an hour of awesome action. Honestly, I'd rather pay £40 for an hour-long game that's amazing and I can enjoy countless times again than a 15-hour game with 14 hours of padding. Hopefully Sonic Colors will be this cool all of the time.

How fast you actually go: You don't get any real indication that Sonic breaks the sound barrier, but he can run that fast - it's what turned him blue. So let's say he's hit his stride at 500mph. That's the combined speed of 33 hedgehogs running at top whack. If they were to curl into a ball and roll down a hill, it would be a different story, of course.

How fast it feels: "Aaaaaaaaaaaaaagh! Don't let me die - I have so much left to give!"


  • knightofthewind15 - November 20, 2012 11:58 p.m.

    I don't know, Sonic Unleashed looked a lot faster than all the others. I mean, sure the game in first place showed how fast you were going according the SPEED GAUGE, but not with true logic. If someone used a program that calculated the speed of the games, I honestly think Sonic Unleashed would have been in first place. Think about it,if Extreme G3 in real life, would you REALLY be going over 1,000 miles per hour? Extreme G3 looks almost as fast as Sonic Unleashed, but not as fast in my eyes.
  • james-carruthers - April 28, 2012 12:19 p.m.

    In G Surfers you can jump over Everest at over 10000KPH.
  • james-carruthers - April 28, 2012 12:17 p.m.

    Obviously never heard of G Surfers. You can fly over Everest at over 10,000KPH.
  • DAiello - August 13, 2010 11:29 p.m.

    not completely accurate because according to the theory of special relativity, the closer to the speed of light you get, the more energy is required and therefore, you need an infinite amount of energy in order to go faster than the speed of light.
  • philipshaw - August 11, 2010 9:52 a.m.

    My cousin rented Extreme G for the N64 once and even that game was mega fast. But wipeout and F-Zero are the only games that went so fast that I felt sick
  • elpurplemonkey - August 11, 2010 6:29 a.m.

    I had completely forgotten about Extreme G. I played the hell out of the first one back in the day. Also, that Concord photoshop is priceless.
  • Comassetto - August 10, 2010 6:20 p.m.

    What about the old classic Top Gear... shouldn't get a place in there?
  • SwampRock - August 10, 2010 10:51 a.m.

    Where's burnout revenge? I love that game too much, maintained within the top 100-200 on the leaderboards when I played!
  • AnonymouZ - August 10, 2010 8:55 a.m.

    this is why i hate racing games.
  • Trg564 - August 10, 2010 8:05 a.m.

    I believe the correct response to being Sonic/any of the vehicles would be SHEEEEEEEIT
  • Guardian88 - August 10, 2010 5:09 a.m.

    I freakin' live F-Zero! I had the game on the gamecube and played every game mode, bought every car, created my own cars, and bought every track. F-Zero is a kick ass I want to see F-Zero for the Wii.
  • MassEffect2 - August 10, 2010 4:25 a.m.

    I dont know why but i pissed myself on the gran turismo one XD
  • shyfonzie - August 10, 2010 4:16 a.m.

    I want to play GX reallllly bad now.
  • ihitthedrum - August 10, 2010 4:15 a.m.

    The reason Gran Turismo stops at 2,147,483,647 is because in some programming languages, that's the maximum an integer can reach. Just a random tidbit of information.
  • BlackElement17 - August 10, 2010 3:38 a.m.

    That was a fast list.
  • Chewrocka - August 10, 2010 3:35 a.m.

    I love F-zero GX but i wish you got podracer for the N64. It was right up there with XG in blazing fast polygons.
  • Gahmah - August 10, 2010 3:20 a.m.

    The sound the car makes in gt3 right before it tops out makes me laugh every time, reminds me of the laser boss from sonic 2.
  • whiteknight1981 - August 10, 2010 2:46 a.m.

    I want to say I laughed at the Speed Incarnate picture but it was so fast that my eyeballs went forward in time. I'll feel better about it after I stop staring at naked future chicks (cause, you know, clothes are passe in the future)
  • Darkhawk - August 10, 2010 2:26 a.m.

    Let's not forget Kinetica (PS2). That game was rad. Review here:
  • VirAetas - August 10, 2010 2:21 a.m.

    Ahh sweet mother speed how I love thee. However I must admit I was sad to see that the old N64 Star Wars: Episode I Pod Racer game didn't make the list. Yeah the movie was "merrr" but the game really did a great job of making you feel like you're going 800 mph down an icy mountain with two giant engines pulling your tiny pod screaming along. Then you hit the boost and all hell broke loose. There was no greater feeling in a race than blowing an engine and sailing hell for leather over the finish line to get first place then explode in a fireball of glory. But maybe that's just me ^_^

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