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The Best Racing Games of All Time

Updated July 13, 2020 6.0k votes 922 voters 67.4k views90 items

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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    DeveloperEA Black Box

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    DeveloperEA Canada, Rovio Entertainment, EA UK, EA Black Box

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    DeveloperPolyphony Digital, Sony Computer Entertainment

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    DeveloperCriterion Games

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    DeveloperPolyphony Digital

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    DeveloperPolyphony Digital

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    DeveloperEA Canada, Electronic Arts, EA Seattle

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    DeveloperNintendo Entertainment Analysis & Development

    Mario Kart 64 is a 1996 go-kart racing game developed and published by Nintendo for the...  more
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    DeveloperNintendo, Nintendo Entertainment Analysis & Development

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    DeveloperTurn 10 Studios

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    DeveloperMicroProse

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    DeveloperRockstar London, Rockstar San Diego

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    DeveloperLeft Field Productions

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    DeveloperNintendo Entertainment Analysis & Development

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    Blur

    2010

    DeveloperBizarre Creations

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