Total Nerd The Best Racing Games of All Time  

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This is a list of the best racing games of all time for any console or system, including cover art pictures when available. These highly rated racing games are ordered by popularity, so only the greatest racing games are at the top of the list. Spanning the entire history of the genre, these racing games are considered the best in the genre. This list includes all challenging racing games that have ever hit the shelves, so it doesn't necessarily have all the more obscure or new racing games.

You can rank all of these games, from Colin McRae Rally to Car Wars.

This list answers the questions, "What are the best racing games?" and "What is the greatest racing game game of all time?"
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Need for Speed: Underground 2 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Racing Games of All Time
2004 Need for Speed: Underground 2 is a cross-platform racing video game and the eighth installment in the popular Need for Speed driving game series published and developed by Electronic Arts. ...more

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Need for Speed: Underground is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Racing Games of All Time
2003 Need for Speed: Underground is the seventh installment in the Need for Speed series, and was developed by EA Black Box and published by Electronic Arts in 2003. Underground completely rebooted ...more

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Burnout 3: Takedown is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Racing Games of All Time
2004 Burnout 3: Takedown is a racing game developed by Criterion Games and published by EA Games for PlayStation 2 and Xbox. It is the third game in Criterion's Burnout series. The game was released ...more

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Need for Speed: Most Wanted is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Racing Games of All Time
2005 Need for Speed: Most Wanted is a racing video game developed by EA Black Box and published by Electronic Arts. It is the ninth installment in the Need for Speed series. The game features street ...more

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Forza Motorsport 4 is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Racing Games of All Time
2011 Forza Motorsport 4 is a racing video game developed by Turn 10 Studios and published by Microsoft Studios for the Xbox 360. It is the fourth installment in the Forza Motorsport series. It is the ...more

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Burnout Paradise is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Racing Games of All Time
2008 Burnout Paradise is the fifth game in the main Burnout racing video game series and seventh overall. It was developed by Criterion Games and published by Electronic Arts. It was released in ...more

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Gran Turismo is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Racing Games of All Time
1997 Gran Turismo is a racing game designed by Kazunori Yamauchi. Gran Turismo was developed and published by Sony Computer Entertainment in 1997 for the PlayStation video game console. The game's ...more

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Gran Turismo 4 is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Racing Games of All Time
2004 Gran Turismo 4 is a 2004 racing video game, and the fourth installment in the Gran Turismo series. It is also the final game to support the Sony PlayStation 2. It was developed by Polyphony ...more

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Need for Speed: Carbon is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Racing Games of All Time
2006 Need for Speed: Carbon, also known as NFS Carbon or NFSC, is an Electronic Arts video game in the Need for Speed series. Released in 2006, it is the tenth installment, preceded by Need for ...more

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Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit 2 is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Racing Games of All Time
2002 Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit 2 is a 2002 racing video game, serving as the debut Need for Speed title from EA Black Box, and the first Need for Speed game for the sixth generation of consoles. It ...more

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Test Drive Unlimited is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Racing Games of All Time
2007 Test Drive Unlimited is a 2006 open-world arcade-style racing game, featuring over 125 licensed sports cars and motorcycles. The terrain is modeled after the Hawaiian island of Oʻahu that ...more

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Midnight Club: Los Angeles is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Racing Games of All Time
AddWilson added 2008 Midnight Club: Los Angeles is a video game in the Midnight Club series of racing video games. It was officially announced for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 on January 11, 2008 by Rockstar ...more

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Gran Turismo 2 is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Racing Games of All Time
1999 Gran Turismo 2 is a racing game for the Sony PlayStation. Gran Turismo 2 was developed by Polyphony Digital and published by Sony Computer Entertainment in 1999. The games serves as a sequel to ...more

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Race Driver: Grid is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Racing Games of All Time
2008 Race Driver: Grid, released in North America as simply Grid, is an addition to the TOCA Touring Car series, which is published and developed by Codemasters. The game is available for Microsoft ...more

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TOCA Race Driver 3 is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Racing Games of All Time
ВиталийСвятодух added 2006 TOCA Race Driver 3 is the third title of TOCA racing video game series, developed and published by Codemasters. TOCA Race Driver 3 was released in Europe and North America on February 24, 2006. ...more

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TrackMania is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Racing Games of All Time
2006 TrackMania is a series of racing games for the Windows PC, Nintendo DS and Wii platforms, developed by the French team Nadeo for the PC. Instead of following the usual trend of choosing a set ...more

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Mario Kart 64 is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Racing Games of All Time
PeteBoyle added 1996 Mario Kart 64 is a 1996 go-kart racing game developed and published by Nintendo for the Nintendo 64 video game console. It is the successor to Super Mario Kart for the Super Nintendo ...more

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Forza Motorsport 3 is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Racing Games of All Time
2009 Forza Motorsport 3 is a racing video game developed for Xbox 360 by Turn 10 Studios. It was released in October 2009. It is the sequel to Forza Motorsport 2 and the third installment in the ...more

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Colin McRae: Dirt 2 is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Racing Games of All Time
2009 Colin McRae: Dirt 2 is a rally racing game released in September 2009, and is the sequel to Colin McRae: Dirt. It was developed and published for the Mac OS X in September 2011 by Feral ...more

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Super Mario Kart is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Racing Games of All Time
1992 Super Mario Kart is a 1992 go-kart racing video game developed by Nintendo EAD for the Super Famicom and the Super Nintendo Entertainment System. The first game of the Mario Kart series, it was ...more

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Colin McRae Rally 2.0 is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Racing Games of All Time

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Forza Motorsport is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Racing Games of All Time
2005 Forza Motorsport is a racing video game developed by Turn 10 Studios and published by Microsoft for the Xbox gaming system. The word Forza is Italian for force or strength. The game is the first ...more

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Blur is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Racing Games of All Time
2010 Blur is an arcade racing video game for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 developed by Bizarre Creations and published by Activision in North America and Europe. It features a racing ...more

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Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Racing Games of All Time
2010 Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit is a 2010 racing video game developed by British games developer Criterion Games and published by Electronic Arts for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Microsoft Windows, Wii, ...more

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Dirt 3 is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Racing Games of All Time
2011 Dirt 3 is a rallying video game and the third in the Dirt series of the Colin McRae Rally series, developed and published by Codemasters. However, the "Colin McRae" tag has been ...more

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Gran Turismo 3: A-Spec is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Racing Games of All Time
2001 Gran Turismo 3: A-Spec is a 2001 racing game, the first in the Gran Turismo series released for the PlayStation 2. During its demonstration at E3 2000 and E3 2001 the game working title was ...more

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NASCAR Racing 2003 Season is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Racing Games of All Time
2003 NASCAR Racing 2003 Season, or NR2003 for short, is a computer racing simulator released in February 2003 by Papyrus for PC and Mac OS X. The game was the last to be released by the company ...more

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F-Zero X is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Racing Games of All Time
PeteBoyle added 1998 F-Zero X is a futuristic racing video game for the Nintendo 64 console. Developed by Nintendo's EAD division, it was released in Japan, North America, and Europe in 1998. In 2000, an expansion ...more

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Mario Kart DS is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Racing Games of All Time
PeteBoyle added 2005 Mario Kart DS is a 2005 racing game developed and published by Nintendo. It was released for the Nintendo DS handheld game console on November 14, 2005 in North America, on November 17, 2005 in ...more

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Pole Position is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Racing Games of All Time
1982 Pole Position is an arcade racing video game which was released by Namco in 1982 and licensed to Atari, Inc. for US manufacture and distribution, running on the Namco Pole Position arcade system ...more

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Dirt 2 is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Racing Games of All Time
Dirt 2

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Mario Kart Wii is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Racing Games of All Time
PeteBoyle added 2008 Mario Kart Wii is a 2008 racing video game and the sixth major and most successful installment in the Mario Kart series, developed and published by Nintendo for the Wii video game console. Mario ...more

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Project Gotham Racing 4 is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Racing Games of All Time
2007 Project Gotham Racing 4 is the fourth title in the main Project Gotham Racing series, developed by Bizarre Creations and published by Microsoft Game Studios.

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F-Zero GX is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Racing Games of All Time
PeteBoyle added 2003 F-Zero GX is a futuristic racing video game for the Nintendo GameCube console. Developed by Sega's Amusement Vision department and supervised and published by Nintendo, it was released in Japan, ...more

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OutRun 2006: Coast 2 Coast is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Racing Games of All Time
2006 OutRun 2006: Coast 2 Coast is a racing game developed by Sumo Digital and released in 2006 on behalf of Sega AM2. It is the eighth title in the series. Despite its name, is not a direct ...more

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Sega Rally Championship is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Racing Games of All Time
1995 Sega Rally Championship is a 1994 arcade racing game developed by AM5 on the Sega Model 2 board. It was ported over to the Sega Saturn in 1995 and PC in 1997. The unique selling point of Sega ...more

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Test Drive Le Mans is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Racing Games of All Time
1999 Test Drive Le Mans is a video game released for the PlayStation, Game Boy Color, Dreamcast, PlayStation 2, and Microsoft Windows. Based on the famous 24 hours of Le Mans race in France, the ...more

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Mario Kart: Double Dash‼ is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Racing Games of All Time
PeteBoyle added 2003 Mario Kart: Double Dash!! is a racing game developed by Nintendo Entertainment Analysis and Development and published by Nintendo for the Nintendo GameCube in 2003. The game is the fourth ...more

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Driver is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Racing Games of All Time
Driver is a series of mission-based action-adventure video games developed by Reflections Interactive, and originally published by GT Interactive, later by Atari and now by Ubisoft. The gameplay ...more

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F-Zero is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Racing Games of All Time
PeteBoyle added F-Zero is a futuristic racing video game developed by Nintendo EAD and published by Nintendo for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System . The game was released in Japan on November 21, 1990, in ...more

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Forza Horizon is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Racing Games of All Time
GisliBogason added 2012 Forza Horizon is a racing video game for Microsoft's Xbox 360 video game console. Developed principally by British games developer Playground Games in association with American developer Turn 10 ...more

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Crazy Taxi is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Racing Games of All Time
1999 Crazy Taxi is an open world racing video game developed by Kenji Kanno and his team at Hitmaker and published by Sega. It is the first game in the Crazy Taxi series. The game was first released ...more

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Project Gotham Racing is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Racing Games of All Time
JabonDix added 2001 Project Gotham Racing is a racing game, the first in its series, developed by Bizarre Creations and published by Microsoft for the Xbox gaming console. The first title in the franchise, Project ...more

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Mario Kart 7 is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Racing Games of All Time
datrlykewlfreekinguymandood added 2011 Mario Kart 7 is a 2011 racing video game. It is the seventh major installment in the Mario Kart series and the third to be released for handheld consoles. It was developed by Nintendo EAD and ...more

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Forza Horizon 3 is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Racing Games of All Time
GisliBogason added Forza Horizon 3 is an open world racing video game developed by Playground Games and published by Microsoft Studios for Xbox One and Microsoft Windows 10. The game features cross-platform play ...more

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Project Gotham Racing 2 is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Racing Games of All Time
2003 Project Gotham Racing 2 is a racing game for the Xbox, developed by Bizarre Creations and published by Microsoft. PGR2 is the sequel to the highly successful Project Gotham Racing. It is the ...more

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Formula One Grand Prix is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Racing Games of All Time
1992 Formula One Grand Prix is a racing simulator released in 1992 by MicroProse for the Atari ST, Amiga and PC created by game designer Geoff Crammond. It is often referred to as Grand Prix 1, ...more

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Stunt Car Racer is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Racing Games of All Time
ChrisMeredith01 added 1989 Stunt Car Racer is a racing video game developed by Geoff Crammond and was published by MicroStyle in 1989. In the US it was published by MicroPlay.

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Mario Kart 8 is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Racing Games of All Time
2014 Mario Kart 8 is a kart racing video game and the eighth major installment in the Mario Kart series, developed and published by Nintendo for the Wii U video game console. First announced at E3 ...more

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Midtown Madness 2 is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Racing Games of All Time
AarenHannold added Apr 22 2000 Midtown Madness 2 is a free roam racing/arcade sequel to Midtown Madness, part of the Midtown Madness series, developed by Angel Studios and published by Microsoft, which features a range of ...more