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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. 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. Sure, some titles may seem dated by today’s standards, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t still awesome.

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. From Colin McRae Rally to Car WarsMario Kart 8 and more, be sure to vote up your all-time favorite racing games.

This list answers the questions, "What are the best racing games?" and "What is the greatest racing 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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Forza Motorsport 4 is listed (or ranked) 3 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
4
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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Midnight Club: Los Angeles is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Racing Games of All Time
AddWilson added Oct 20 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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Burnout Paradise is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Racing Games of All Time
2008

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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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Need for Speed: Carbon is listed (or ranked) 7 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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Test Drive Unlimited is listed (or ranked) 8 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
9
Burnout 3: Takedown is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Racing Games of All Time
Sep 07 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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Gran Turismo is listed (or ranked) 10 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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Forza Horizon 3 is listed (or ranked) 11 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
12
Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit 2 is listed (or ranked) 12 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
13
Colin McRae Rally 2.0 is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Racing Games of All Time
14
Forza Horizon is listed (or ranked) 14 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
15
Forza Motorsport 3 is listed (or ranked) 15 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
16
Gran Turismo 2 is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Racing Games of All Time
Dec 11 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
17
Race Driver: Grid is listed (or ranked) 17 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
18
Gran Turismo 4 is listed (or ranked) 18 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
19
Dirt 3 is listed (or ranked) 19 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
20
Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Racing Games of All Time
Nov 16 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
21
Forza Motorsport is listed (or ranked) 21 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
22
Colin McRae: Dirt 2 is listed (or ranked) 22 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
23
Mario Kart 64 is listed (or ranked) 23 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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TOCA Race Driver 3 is listed (or ranked) 24 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
25
FlatOut 2 is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Racing Games of All Time
2006
Flatout 2 is a racing video game developed by Bugbear Entertainment and published by Empire Interactive and Vivendi Universal Games. It is the sequel to the 2004 game Flatout. This game is ...more