Car racing fans are well catered for across a range of digital media, meaning even if you don’t have the latest McClaren F1 on your drive, you can get a real sense of it.
Motoring shows can be found night and day on your TV screens, and films such as the Fast and Furious franchise show us what these cars can do in many hypothetical, Hollywood-style situations.
If you wish to get behind the wheel of these dream cars, then sophisticated gaming machines such as home PCs or consoles can put you in complete control of millions of dollars worth of machinery for hours on end. If you invest in a few accessories, such as a steering wheel or racing seat, you will get a natural feel for the cars beyond simply sitting on your couch with a controller.
Best car racing video games are not only found on home computers and consoles anymore: they are on mobile devices also. With much better processing power and graphical capabilities, you can get immersive and exciting racing titles without the need for a PlayStation or Xbox. CSR Racing 2 is one of the best driving games out there, according to Metacritic, even competing with those bigger console releases.
Not all racing games put you in the driving seat though, and themes from racing games have been developed for other genres, including online slots. You can find a few racing slots on Foxy Games, including 24 Hour Grand Prix and Wild Chase Tokyo Go, which take racing themes and apply them to another genre. Other developers have used the same concepts on puzzle games, management sims and the like, so even if you are a car fan without a thirst for speed, you are well catered for.
Let’s be honest, nothing quite beats the thrill of overtaking on a straight, beefing up your car for a race and even customizing the color and style, does it? That is where the home console comes into its own, with a range of impressive titles out there catering for petrol heads across the world.
If you want to put some of the best cars in the world through their paces at home, these are the games you should be playing in 2021.
Forza Horizon 4 (Xbox One)
Microsoft and Sony each have their flagship titles, which the other does not, and both are worth checking out. 2021 is the year fans expect to see Forza Horizon 5, which means the fourth installment can be found cheap if you look in the right places. It is bursting with cars for you to enjoy, more than 700 models, and the open-world environment makes the gameplay feel far less linear than many games that have gone before.
There are also lots of options around customizing your ride, some aesthetic and some to improve performance. As it is an older game, plenty of updated material has been released too, which should keep Xbox owners happy until November.
Gran Turismo Sport (PlayStation 4)
The PlayStation has Gran Turismo Sport, another older game, released in 2017. The follow-up isn’t expected until 2022, and with fewer cars than Forza, it might be a harder sell. There are 327 to pick from, with 32 locations to compete on. VR support might help sway PlayStation owners to Gran Turismo, and it can be found for a reasonable price with the anticipated Gran Turismo 7 on the horizon.
Need For Speed Heat (Xbox One and PlayStation 4)
Need For Speed is another well known franchise, with Heat the latest release across both consoles (unless you count the remastered Pursuit). It is set in an open-world environment and feels a little more like a Fast and Furious film license rather than a driving simulator. It has fewer cars, 127 in total across 33 manufacturers, but there is a story-driven direction to the game the others lack.