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The Best Racing Games of All Time

Updated July 13, 2020 5.9k votes 902 voters 67.1k 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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    Need for Speed: Underground

    DeveloperEA Black Box

    Need for Speed: Underground is the seventh installment in the Need for Speed series, and was... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Need for Speed: Carbon

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

    Need for Speed: Carbon, also known as NFS Carbon or NFSC, is an Electronic Arts video game in... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 3
    Gran Turismo
    120
    88

    DeveloperPolyphony Digital, Sony Computer Entertainment

    Gran Turismo is a racing game designed by Kazunori Yamauchi. Gran Turismo was developed and... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • 4
    Gran Turismo 2

    DeveloperPolyphony Digital

    Gran Turismo 2 is a racing game for the Sony PlayStation. Gran Turismo 2 was developed by... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • 5
    Burnout 3: Takedown

    DeveloperCriterion Games

    Burnout 3: Takedown is a racing game developed by Criterion Games and published by EA Games... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 6
    Mario Kart 64

    DeveloperNintendo Entertainment Analysis & Development

    Mario Kart 64 is a 1996 go-kart racing game developed and published by Nintendo for the... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • 7
    Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit 2

    DeveloperEA Canada, Electronic Arts, EA Seattle

    Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit 2 is a 2002 racing video game, serving as the debut Need for Speed... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 8
    Gran Turismo 4

    DeveloperPolyphony Digital

    Gran Turismo 4 is a 2004 racing video game, and the fourth installment in the Gran Turismo... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 9
    Mario Kart DS

    DeveloperNintendo, Nintendo Entertainment Analysis & Development

    Mario Kart DS is a 2005 racing game developed and published by Nintendo. It was released for... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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    Mario Kart 8
    31
    21

    DeveloperNintendo Entertainment Analysis & Development

    Mario Kart 8 is a kart racing video game and the eighth major installment in the Mario Kart... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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    Gran Turismo 3: A-Spec

    DeveloperPolyphony Digital

    Gran Turismo 3: A-Spec is a 2001 racing game, the first in the Gran Turismo series released... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • 12
    Mario Kart Wii

    DeveloperNintendo Entertainment Analysis & Development

    Mario Kart Wii is a 2008 racing video game and the sixth major and most successful installment... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 13
    Need for Speed: Underground 2

    DeveloperEA Canada, Pocketeers

    Need for Speed: Underground 2 is a cross-platform racing video game and the eighth installment... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • 14
    Forza Horizon 3

    DeveloperPlayground Games

    Forza Horizon 3 is an open world racing video game developed by Playground Games and published... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 15
    Formula One Grand Prix

    DeveloperMicroProse

    Formula One Grand Prix is a racing simulator released in 1992 by MicroProse for the Atari ST,... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 16
    Forza Motorsport 4

    DeveloperTurn 10 Studios

    Forza Motorsport 4 is a racing video game developed by Turn 10 Studios and published by... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 17
    Midnight Club: Los Angeles

    DeveloperRockstar London, Rockstar San Diego

    Midnight Club: Los Angeles is a video game in the Midnight Club series of racing video games.... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 18
    Excitebike 64

    DeveloperLeft Field Productions

    Excitebike 64 is a video game published by Nintendo and developed by Left Field Productions.... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 19
    Need for Speed: Most Wanted

    DeveloperEA Canada, Ideaworks Game Studio, EA Black Box, Visceral Games

    Need for Speed: Most Wanted is a racing video game developed by EA Black Box and published by... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 20
    Blur
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    Blur

    2010

    DeveloperBizarre Creations

    Blur is an arcade racing video game for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • 21
    Midtown Madness 2
    69
    34

    DeveloperAngel Studios

    Midtown Madness 2 is a free roam racing/arcade sequel to Midtown Madness, part of the Midtown... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 22
    rFactor
    21
    11

    DeveloperImage Space Incorporated

    rFactor is a computer racing simulator, designed with the ability to run any type of... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 23
    Forza Horizon

    DeveloperPlayground Games, Turn 10 Studios

    Forza Horizon is a racing video game for Microsoft's Xbox 360 video game console. Developed... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 24
    Colin McRae Rally 2.0
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    TrackMania
    55
    54

    DeveloperNadeo, Firebrand Games

    TrackMania is a series of racing games for the Windows PC, Nintendo DS and Wii platforms,... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button