Total Nerd The Best Sim Racing Games of All Time  

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

Everything from Gran Turismo 5 to Gran Turismo is included on this list.

This list answers the questions, "What are the best sim racing games?" and "What is the greatest sim racing game of all time?"
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GTR 2 – FIA GT Racing Game is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Sim Racing Games of All Time
2006 GTR 2 – FIA GT Racing Game is a sports car racing simulator developed under license by Blimey for SimBin for the x86 PC and is a sequel to GTR. Since its release in September 2006, it has ...more

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rFactor is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Sim Racing Games of All Time
2005 rFactor is a computer racing simulator, designed with the ability to run any type of four-wheeled vehicle from street cars to open wheel cars of any era. rFactor aimed to be the most accurate ...more

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Assetto Corsa is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Sim Racing Games of All Time
smg-modnee added Assetto Corsa is a sim racing video game developed by the Italian video game developer Kunos Simulazioni. It is designed with an emphasis on a realistic racing experience with support for ...more

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Richard Burns Rally is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Sim Racing Games of All Time
2006 Richard Burns Rally is a sim racing game, published by SCi and developed by Warthog with advice of WRC champion Richard Burns. It was released in July 2004 for PlayStation 2, Xbox, Microsoft ...more

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Live for Speed is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Sim Racing Games of All Time
Live for Speed 2005 Live for Speed is a racing simulator developed by a three-person team comprising Scawen Roberts, Eric Bailey, and Victor van Vlaardingen. The main focus is to provide a realistic racing ...more

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rFactor 2 is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Sim Racing Games of All Time
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Grand Prix Legends is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Sim Racing Games of All Time
1998 Grand Prix Legends is a computer racing simulator developed by Papyrus Design Group and published in 1998 by Sierra Entertainment. At the time of its release, it simulated the 1967 Formula One ...more

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Race 07 is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Sim Racing Games of All Time
2007 Race 07 is a racing simulator computer game from SimBin Studios. The game is the sequel to the 2006 title Race - The Official WTCC Game. Like the original Race, the title is officially licensed ...more

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Gran Turismo 4 is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Sim 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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Forza Motorsport 4 is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Sim 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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Grand Prix 3 is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Sim Racing Games of All Time
2000 Grand Prix 3 is a computer racing simulator by MicroProse. Released in 2000 by Hasbro Interactive featuring the 1998 Formula One season. The game wasn't as well received as its predecessors, but ...more

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Formula One Grand Prix is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Sim 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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Grand Prix 2 is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Sim Racing Games of All Time
1995 Grand Prix 2, sometimes known as "GP2" and sold in the American market as Grand Prix II, is a racing simulator released by MicroProse in 1996. It was made under an official FIA license ...more

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Grand Prix 4 is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Sim Racing Games of All Time
2002 Grand Prix 4, commonly known as GP4 was released for the PC on June 21, 2002, is currently the last Formula One racing simulator released by the developer Geoff Crammond and the MicroProse ...more

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Project CARS is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Sim Racing Games of All Time
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F1 Challenge '99 - '02 is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Sim Racing Games of All Time
2003 The EA Sports F1 Series consists of five racing simulation games based on Formula One motorsport. The games were released annually between 2000 and 2003, stopped selling, then continued in 2006. ...more

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Race – The Official WTCC Game is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Sim Racing Games of All Time
2006 Race is a racing simulator computer game based on the World Touring Car Championship released in November 2006. The game was developed by SimBin, who had earlier produced critically acclaimed ...more

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GTR Evolution is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Sim Racing Games of All Time
2008 GTR Evolution is an expansion pack to Race 07 developed by SimBin, published by Atari in Europe and Viva Media in the United States. It was released worldwide for digital download on Steam on ...more

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Gran Turismo 5 is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Sim Racing Games of All Time
2010 Gran Turismo 5 is the fifth game in the Gran Turismo sim racing video game series. Developed by Polyphony Digital and published by Sony Computer Entertainment, it was released for PlayStation 3 ...more

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GTR – FIA GT Racing Game is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Sim Racing Games of All Time
2005 GTR – FIA GT Racing Game is a sports car racing simulator developed by SimBin for the x86 PC. An Xbox version was announced very early on, but never materialized. In April 2006, an Xbox 360 ...more

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Hard Drivin' is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Sim Racing Games of All Time
1988 Hard Drivin '​ is a driving arcade game that invites players to test drive a high-powered sports car on stunt and speed courses. The game featured one of the first 3D polygon driving ...more

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Forza Motorsport 3 is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Sim Racing Games of All Time
Mike Berry added 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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Gran Turismo Sport is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Sim Racing Games of All Time
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NASCAR Racing 3 is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Sim Racing Games of All Time
1999 NASCAR Racing 3 is a racing simulator produced by Papyrus Design Group in 1999. Players can compete in the 1999 NASCAR Winston Cup Series and the 1999 NASCAR Busch Series. The game's multiplayer ...more

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Sports Car GT is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Sim Racing Games of All Time
1999 Sports Car GT is a racing game based on GT racing. It was published by Electronic Arts and developed by Image Space Incorporated for Windows, and Point of View for PlayStation. The game was ...more

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Gran Turismo is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Sim 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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F1 Racing Championship is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Sim Racing Games of All Time
2000 F1 Racing Championship was a game developed by Ubisoft in 2000. It featured all the 22 drivers and 11 teams from the 1999 Formula One World Championship, as well as the 16 tracks including the ...more

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ARCA Sim Racing '08 is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Sim Racing Games of All Time
ARCA Sim Racing '08 2008 ARCA Sim Racing is a stock-car racing simulator developed by The Sim Factory LLC, a small American-based computer software company devoted to the production of racing simulation software. The ...more

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RS3: Racing Simulation 3 is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Sim Racing Games of All Time
2002 Racing Simulation 3 is a Sim racing video game of the racing genre released in December, 2002 by Ubi Soft. There are 16 racing courses that the player can race on. A different feature besides ...more

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netKar Pro is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Sim Racing Games of All Time
netKar Pro 2000 netKar Pro is an online racing simulator that is developed with an emphasis on realism. It provides advanced features such as a complex tire model and a fully interactive cockpit such as those ...more

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F355 Challenge is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Sim Racing Games of All Time
1999 F355 Challenge is a racing simulation arcade video game based on the actual race car and Ferrari event. It was developed by the AM2 division of Sega for the Sega Naomi Multiboard arcade system ...more

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NASCAR Thunder 2003 is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Sim Racing Games of All Time
2002 NASCAR Thunder 2003 is the fifth edition of the EA Sports' NASCAR racing simulator series. Developed by EA Sports and Budcat Creations and published by Electronic Arts, it was released for ...more

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Enthusia Professional Racing is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Sim Racing Games of All Time
2005 Enthusia: Professional Racing is a racing game for the PlayStation 2. It is the first sim racing game made by Konami.

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Need for Speed: Shift is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Sim Racing Games of All Time
2009 Need for Speed: Shift is the thirteenth installment and second reboot of the long-running racing video game franchise Need for Speed; published by Electronic Arts. It was announced in December ...more

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NASCAR: Dirt to Daytona is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Sim Racing Games of All Time
2002 NASCAR: Dirt to Daytona is a racing simulator developed by Monster Games and published by Infogrames in November 2002 for the PlayStation 2 and Nintendo GameCube. It is the latest in the NASCAR ...more

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Shift 2: Unleashed is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Sim Racing Games of All Time
Need For Speed Shift 2 Unleashed builds on the true driving experience that the NFS franchise is renown for by introducing the driver's battle, an even more authentic and primal feeling of power ...more

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WEC Le Mans is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Sim Racing Games of All Time
1986 WEC Le Mans is a racing simulation arcade game released in 1986 by Konami. It was the first racing video game to depict the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The Lap of Le Mans is split up into three ...more

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NASCAR 09 is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Sim Racing Games of All Time
NASCAR 09 is the twelfth installment in the EA Sports NASCAR series, it is the sequel to 2007 game NASCAR 08. It is developed by EA Tiburon and released on the PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, Xbox ...more

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Race On is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Sim Racing Games of All Time
2009 Race On is an expansion pack to RACE 07 developed by SimBin and adds the 2008 World Touring Car Championship season, the International Formula Master series and some American Muscle Cars in both ...more

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Thrill Drive 3 is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Sim Racing Games of All Time

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Superleague Formula 2009: The ... is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Sim Racing Games of All Time
Superleague Formula 2009: The Game 2009 Superleague Formula 2009: The Game is a video game based on the 2009 season of the Superleague Formula motorsport series. It was developed by Media Game and Image Space Incorporated. It was ...more

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Thrill Drive is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Sim Racing Games of All Time

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NASCAR 2005: Chase for the Cup is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Sim Racing Games of All Time
2004 NASCAR 2005: Chase for the Cup is the eighth installment of the EA Sports' NASCAR video game series. It was developed by EA Tiburon and released on August 31, 2004 for the PlayStation 2 and Xbox ...more

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Racer is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Sim Racing Games of All Time
Racer 2000 Racer, fully named Racer Free Car Simulation, is a freeware and source available video game simulator that runs on Microsoft Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X. Although Racer started out as a driving ...more

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NASCAR 06: Total Team Control is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Sim Racing Games of All Time
2005 NASCAR 06: Total Team Control is the ninth installment of the EA Sports' NASCAR video game series. It was developed by EA Tiburon and released on August 30, 2005 for the PlayStation 2 and Xbox. ...more

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Top Gear Overdrive is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Sim Racing Games of All Time
1998 Top Gear Overdrive is a racing game released in 1998 for the Nintendo 64 and the sequel to Top Gear Rally. This game had support for high-resolution graphics if used with the Expansion Pak and ...more

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VDrift is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Sim Racing Games of All Time
VDrift 2005 VDrift is a cross-platform, free/open source driving simulation made with drift racing in mind. The driving physics engine was recently re-written from scratch but was inspired by and owes much ...more

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X Motor Racing is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Sim Racing Games of All Time
X Motor Racing 2007 X-Motor Racing is an indie racing simulator. The game features high precision physics simulation, online multiplayer and open architecture. Featured is a fully customizable physics model — the ...more

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Screamer 4x4 is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Sim Racing Games of All Time
2001 Screamer 4x4 is a 4x4 off-road game, designed by Hungarian-based Clever's Interactive. It makes use of graphics hardware acceleration, allowing to choose between Glide, Direct3D and OpenGL ...more