The Best PlayStation Racing Games

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Games don't have to be console exclusive, as long as they were released for PlayStation at some point.

If you owned a PlayStation at any time during your life, it's safe to say there were probably a few racing games in your collection. With so many great options to choose from, there was never a shortage of games to play for fans of the genre.

If driving fast cars is your thing, then get behind the wheel and try out some of these fantastic games. PlayStation took gaming to a whole new level back in the day, releasing many of the great racing games we still play to this day.

This list features the most popular and best-selling racing games that were released for PlayStation. While many of these games were console exclusive, we're allowing non-exclusives to be a part of the list as well. Vote for your favorite video games below.

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  • Gran Turismo 2
    Dec 11 1999
    652 votes
    • Developer: Polyphony Digital

    Expanding on the groundbreaking original, Gran Turismo 2 boasted a staggering 650 cars and over 27 tracks, offering players unparalleled depth in the racing genre. Featuring meticulously modeled vehicles and realistic driving mechanics, enthusiasm for automobiles was palpable with every lap. This sequel introduced rally racing events, and a more comprehensive career mode, allowing players to upgrade their cars and participate in various racing championships. Gran Turismo 2 truly set a new standard for the simulation racing experience on PlayStation, making it an essential addition to any racing fan's library.

  • Gran Turismo
    Dec 23 1997
    458 votes
    • Developer: Polyphony Digital, Sony Computer Entertainment

    The originator of the esteemed series, Gran Turismo revolutionized the racing game landscape with its attention to detail, jaw-dropping graphics, and authentic driving simulation. Offering an impressive roster of over 140 licensed cars and 11 different tracks, the game delivered a new level of immersion in the racing genre. The innovative career mode allowed players to earn credits through winning races and using them to buy and modify their dream car. Gran Turismo's perfect blend of simulation and arcade elements created the blueprint for future racing titles, cementing its place in gaming history.

  • Crash Team Racing
    613 votes
    • Developer: Naughty Dog

    Taking the beloved characters from the Crash Bandicoot series and placing them in the driver's seat, Crash Team Racing became an instant classic as a fun, fast-paced kart racer. Its distinct power-ups, tight controls, and engaging courses set it apart from other kart racers, making it the go-to choice for PlayStation gamers. Additionally, CTR offered an adventure mode that combined racing and platforming, providing an entertaining single-player experience. With its unique character roster and exhilarating multiplayer gameplay, Crash Team Racing carved out its own niche among PlayStation racing games.

  • Need for Speed III: Hot Pursuit
    • Developer: EA Canada

    The third installment of the long-running series, Need for Speed III: Hot Pursuit built on its predecessors' foundation by introducing police pursuits, adding a thrilling layer to high-speed races. Players could choose between playing as a racer, outrunning the law, or taking on the role of a cop, using various tactics to apprehend speeding vehicles. The game also boasted an extensive roster of real-world exotic cars and visually stunning track environments. This adrenaline-pumping, cat-and-mouse gameplay made Need for Speed III: Hot Pursuit an unforgettable entry in the series.

  • Colin McRae Rally 2.0
    263 votes

    As the sequel to the highly acclaimed original, Colin McRae Rally 2.0 upped the ante with enhanced graphics, more realistic physics, and new rally stages spanning over six countries. The game was designed in collaboration with the late, great rally driver Colin McRae, ensuring an authentic and immersive off-road experience. Players were tasked with managing their cars through various terrains and weather conditions, demanding precise control and mastery of the course. Colin McRae Rally 2.0 is regarded as one of the best rally racing games on PlayStation, providing fans with the thrill and excitement of off-road competition.

  • Need for Speed: High Stakes
    234 votes
    • Developer: EA Canada

    Further evolving the series' successful formula, Need for Speed: High Stakes introduced an engaging career mode where players earned prize money to buy and upgrade cars, as well as repair damage sustained during races. The game brought back the exhilarating police pursuits from Hot Pursuit, and introduced the concept of placing bets on races, increasing the stakes and risk factor. With improved graphics, an impressive car selection, and an expanded roster of tracks, High Stakes managed to raise the bar even higher in the world of PlayStation racing games.