For me, racing games are a form of escape. I get to switch up lanes at 150 miles per hour without having to worry about a ticket. And major advancements in this genre have brought about a kind of realism that is hard to find in some of the other genres. But if real life racing simulation is not what you like, then there are some pretty awesome arcade-style racing games that will certainly impress you.
Xbox one has quite a huge library of racing games and sometimes it can be hard to settle for one. So to make things a little easy, we will highlight the best 5 games that you should definitely try.
1. Forza Horizon 4
Forza Horizon 4 is undisputedly one of the best motor racing game that comes with dazzling visuals and outstanding sound design. You can almost smell the rubber burn when you kick off the race and wheels skid against the asphalt. The engine rev and the sound produced on a water-filled road are some of the other things you should look forward to experiencing in this game.
And when you don’t feel like racing you can do some exploration in the open-world of Forza Horizon comprising of dense rainforests, valleys, sandy beaches, deserts, rocky canyons and gleaming skyscrapers. This could either be solo or you could make it a little interesting by bringing up to 11 of your friends in the free roam mode. Horizon 4 play area is double the size of the previous versions hence offering a lot more alteration in road type environs with beautiful graphics and great modification.
This game greatly steals the show with over 450 brand new tracks and gorgeous cars which have been designed in detail with clear cockpit view, dynamic lighting system and great customizable features.
I would say that what really makes this game stand out is the polished gameplay, excellent net code, and the eye-popping visuals. In this game, you will find all the great qualities you can wish for in a race simulation game.
Developer: Turn 10 Studios, Playground Games
Publisher: Xbox Game Studios
Release Date: October 2018
2. Forza Motorsport 7
Turn 10 have done such an awesome job in the racing genre that I could not resist including their other version of the racing series, Forza Motorsport 7. It’s also a simulator racing game with excellent graphics and even better gameplay. However, unlike their horizon title, FM7 puts a heavier focus on arcade racing. It comes with over 30 racing tracks based on real-world tracks and that is set against some pretty gorgeous sceneries.
This game awards you endlessly by allowing you to earn credits in multiple ways like in-game cash, free spins, and credits which all give you a great sense of accomplishment in the end.
Forza Motorsport 7 offers an exceptional sound design, The single player mode is quite immersive but the expansive multiplayer mode is also quite captivating. But the biggest highlight of this game has to be the huge collection of cars. 700 to be precise that includes all your favourite brands.
Bringing more delight to the forefront is the introduction of new track conditions and dynamic weather patterns. The skies will darken with clouds, lightning will flash and thunder will roar to give you one of the best racing experiences.
Developer: Turn 10 Studios
Publisher: Microsoft Studios
Release Date: October 2017.
3. DiRT 4
DiRT 4 is a massive success of dirt rally featuring a deeper focus on rallying with a lengthy career mode, an academy to learn the free foam, free play, trials and competitive online options of up to 8 players.
The game marks the introduction of a brand-new game mode that changes the way you play with the four main types of events to tackle namely; Rally, Land Rush, Rallycross and Historic Rally.
It will help you create hundreds of unique stages with a click of a button and with your stage, you will be able to test your skills with longer and technical routes.
Not only is it the most beautiful and realistic dirt title it also ups the challenge with new weather conditions to overcome like muddy and dusty roads.
To jumpstart your career mode, you may tweak your vehicle to your liking and partake in an exciting weekly challenge as well as concentrating on pure driving or taking contracts from various teams.
The soundtrack is absolutely incredible filled with a variety of music and also the cars sounding great with amazing overall audio. Besides, it also has a great look with the cars and tracks designed in detail.
Release Date: June 2017
4. Trackmania Turbo
This game put a modern twist on classic arcade racing which makes it a really fun experience. It may be easy to learn but mastering it is bound to take some time.
Trackmania Turbo combines several arcade aesthetics with impressive sound design. The music changes systematically as you achieve the various milestones in the game like passing through checkpoints or executing a certain jump which makes each race unique.
It offers 200 tracks across different countries that you can choose from. It also comes with over five difficulty levels set in four different environments comprising of Rollercoaster Lagoon, Down & Dirty Valley, Canyon Grand Drift and International Stadium.
Moreover, you can design your own tracks or generate random ones which you can consequently save and share. This game features pretty simple and intuitive controls and even introduces a unique aspect to the gameplay where you can team up with a friend and control one car with two controllers.
Publisher: Ubisoft, ak tronic Software & Services GmbH
Release Date: March 2016
5. Ride 2
Racing is fun but let’s admit it, using cars is a bit safe. Motorcycles, on the other hand, well these are for the pure adrenaline junkies. And one game that is a must-have for all the motor enthusiasts is Ride 2.
This game brings together more than 170 bikes from 22 manufacturers that are known for being the fastest and most iconic wheels on earth. It has 12 different modes to compete in and each comes with its own set of rewards upon completion. There is no shortage of racing tracks either. Ride 2 has over 30 tracks set in different environments such as the city, country, and GP circuits.
You will be able to tweak and customize your bike by performing enhancing upgrades like engine modification and changing the wheels and brakes. You can also modify your rider’s appearance and the riding style.
If you are not a motorhead you may have a hard time adjusting to this game but by the end, you won’t be able to get enough of it.
Developer: Milestone S.r.l.
Publisher: Milestone S.r.l, Square Enix
Release Date: October 2016
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