The Best PlayStation 3 Racing Games Of All Time

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Games don't have to be console exclusive, as long as they were released for PS3 at some point.

If you owned a PS3 at any time during your life, then 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. But since some games were much better than others, we've decided to rank the best PlayStation 3 racing games of all time. If driving fast cars is your thing, then get behind the wheel and try out some of these fantastic games. 

This list features the most popular and best-selling racing games that were released for PS3, including street racers, rally games, and more. While many of these games were console exclusive, we're allowing non-exclusives to be a part of the list as well. Top titles like Grand Turismo 5 and Need for Speed: Most Wanted are included on this list, along with many more. Vote for your favorite video games below.

Most divisive: Need for Speed: Shift
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  • Gran Turismo 6
    440 votes
    • Developer: Polyphony Digital

    Delivering a phenomenal simulation experience, Gran Turismo 6 boasts a plethora of cars, tracks, and customization options that racing aficionados can't get enough of. This installment improved upon its predecessor by significantly enhancing graphics and physics, providing an unparalleled level of realism. The game's standout feature is undoubtedly the Vision Gran Turismo project, which involves collaboration with real-world automobile manufacturers to design exclusive concept cars just for GT6. Moreover, the game offers a rich online component, allowing players to participate in various events and competitions, further solidifying its position as one of the best PS3 racing games ever made.

  • Gran Turismo 5
    Nov 24 2010
    339 votes
    • Developer: Polyphony Digital

    As the first Gran Turismo title to grace the PlayStation 3, GT5 raised the bar for racing simulation games with its jaw-dropping visuals and meticulous attention to detail. The game introduced the Performance Points system, which matches cars and tracks based on their performance level, ensuring a balanced and fair competition. Furthermore, GT5 incorporated NASCAR and WRC events, expanding the gameplay variety and offering racers diverse challenges. Additionally, the game featured a dynamic weather system and day-night transitions, which not only added realism but also required players to adapt their driving strategies accordingly.

  • Burnout Paradise
    256 votes
    • Developer: Criterion Games

    Shifting gears from simulation to arcade-style racing, Burnout Paradise delivers an adrenaline-pumping open-world experience for speed demons. The game's standout feature is the seamless freedom it provides, allowing players to explore Paradise City at their own pace while participating in countless races, stunts, and time-trials. Unlike previous Burnout games, Paradise ditched the traditional menu-based navigation and embraced a more immersive approach by introducing an intuitive in-game map and compass system. To top it all off, the game's iconic crash mechanics, signature takedowns, and rewarding progression system make Burnout Paradise an absolute thrill ride on the PS3.

  • Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit
    229 votes
    • Developer: Criterion Games

    Reviving the classic NFS formula, Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit pits racers against cops in high-stakes chases across the stunning locale of Seacrest County. Developed by Criterion Games, the creators of Burnout, Hot Pursuit features an innovative "Autolog" system that encourages friendly competition by comparing players' performance in events and suggesting rivalries. The game offers an extensive roster of high-performance vehicles and substantial car customization options, giving players the freedom to personalize their ride. Additionally, the unique power-ups and gadgets available to both racers and cops, like spike strips and EMPs, add a strategic layer that sets Hot Pursuit apart from other racing titles.

  • Dirt 3
    May 24 2011
    148 votes
    • Developer: Codemasters

    Focusing on off-road racing and boasting an impressive lineup of rally cars, Dirt 3 offers a thrilling adventure for fans of diverse terrains and challenging environments. The game's expansive career mode guides players through various racing disciplines, including the fast-paced Rallycross and the more technical Trailblazer. What sets Dirt 3 apart is the introduction of its "Gymkhana" mode, inspired by professional driver Ken Block's stunt-filled freestyle driving exhibitions. Additionally, the dynamic weather system and varied track conditions demand drivers to adapt on the fly, further elevating the game's authenticity and challenge.

  • Need for Speed: Underground 2
    169 votes
    • Developer: EA Canada, Pocketeers

    Embracing car culture and urban street racing, Need for Speed: Underground 2 set the standard for tuner-focused racing games on the PS3. Its robust customization options allowed players to immerse themselves in the world of aftermarket parts and fine-tune their vehicles to perfection. What truly set Underground 2 apart was the inclusion of an expansive open-world environment, complete with hidden races and shops to discover. Furthermore, the pulsating soundtrack and neon-lit streets created an atmosphere that perfectly captured the essence of underground street racing.