The Top 7... Fastest games of all time

1. Extreme G 3

Extreme G III is never slow. Even the initial speed classes blow its N64 ancestors clean out of the water. But as you progress, you earn faster bikes and bigger engines. It takes a while, which is lucky because it's hard enough to avoid the walls even at 300mph.

A few hours in, you hurtle down a slope, picking up speed until, suddenly, everything goes quiet. You've passed 1236kph and broken the sound barrier. You're now travelling faster than the sound of your own engine, which is pretty damn fast. Kinda like controlling Concorde with handlebars. While firing off rockets with your bell thumb.

Above: You might as well be racing this - the speed and concept are identical 

But what does this kind of speed look like in-game? Answer: This:

The lack of an Extreme G game on current gen is frankly criminal. If a game can run this smoothly and look this good on PS2, imagine what a PS3 version could look like. Sadly, Acclaim died out after releasing the disappointing sequel, XGRA. Sloppy handling and a duff framerate spoiled all the thrills, leaving us to fondly fap over this PS2 gem. Let's have another video.   

How fast is it? The speed gauge tops out at 999mph. So that's literally 1,000 miles an hour. That's faster than the combined bark (761mph) of a greyhound (45mph) with a hedgehog strapped to each foot (15 x 4 mph), who's running along the world's fastest rollercoaster (128mph). That's damn fast. 

How fast does it feel? Like you're going at a thousand miles an hour. Duh.

Above: "Why, this game is systematic... hydromatic... why it's Extreme G-reased lightnin'!" (Booo! - everyone)



There is one more thing that should be noted. While plenty of sci-fi games feature the 'jump to lightspeed' which automatically wins in terms of scientific speed, we can't feature the 'fastest games of all time' without mentioning Gran Turismo 3's famous glitch. Combining an out-of-course barrier glitch with a specific car set-up, air gets under the car leaving the rear wheels free to accelerate into oblivion. Ironically, given the hard time it had in the intro to this feature, the result technically makes GT3 the fastest racing game on any console, as your modded car tops a staggering two billion mph. That's 3.2 times the speed of light, meaning this car is technically travelling backwards through time.

That's what's known in the trade as 'quite fast'.

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  • 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 ^_^