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Published on May 14, 2022    Updated on May 14, 2022

14 Best PlayStation 4 Racing Games

The PlayStation 4 racing library did not disappoint, offering a diverse selection of games, and an astonishing next-gen graphics.

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The PlayStation consoles have always been home to great racing titles,  dominating the market with exclusives, franchises, and console sellers. While the PlayStation 4 took a different approach, focusing more on the action genre, third-party and small developers didn’t disappoint by filling the market with some of the greatest racing titles to date.

The PS4 powerful hardware paved the way for developers to unleash their full potential, offering realistic simulation racers, open-world story-driven racers, and unrealistic arcade racers.

In this article we allowed ourselves to go nuts picking an array of 15 games that represent the definitive best racing titles on the console to date, so relax, tighten your seat belt, and emerge with us in the beautiful PlayStation 4 racing world.

Wipeout Omega Collection

(2017)
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Release Date
June 06, 2017
Developer
PlayStation Studios
Publisher
Sony Interactive Entertainment
Genre
Country of Origin
Franchise
Wipeout

Wipeout Omega Collection is a collection of futuristic racing games, the game feature Wipeout HD and its expansion Wipeout HD Fury, and also ported the Ps Vita exclusive Wipeout 2048 for the first time to a home console. Just bear in mind that there are not just merely ports as the game got a full enhancement, and upscaled up to 4k resolution (PS4 Pro).

The game consists of participating in different antigravity racing events in the far future that range from normal racing, battle racing, time trial, and many more. While the games ported are far from new the remaster port is well worth it especially if you’re new to the Wipeout series, this might be the definitive way to play them on your TV.

DiRT Rally

(2015)
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Release Date
December 07, 2015
Developer
Codemasters
Publisher
Codemasters
Genre
Country of Origin
Franchise
Colin McRae Rally

Dirt Rally is a simulation racing game developed by the mighty Codemasters studio, while the previous games on the Dirt series were mixing elements of arcade and simulation games creating a somewhere in-between experience, Dirt Rally was Codemaster’s gift to hardcore rally fans.

As a WRC fan i was afraid to approach the Dirt Rally series, but oh man was i wrong, the game push every button right offering simplistic yet beautiful graphics, tight responsive controls, and a crushing challenge that will make grown men cry! In a few words if you’re a fan of rally games Dirt Rally will make you feel right at home, and it will definitely keep you busy for a long time.

Project CARS

(2015)
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Release Date
May 06, 2015
Developer
Slightly Mad Studios
Publisher
Bandai Namco
Genre
Country of Origin

Project CARS is a racing simulation game, and by simulation, i mean hardcore realistic racing mechanics. The game was developed by Slightly Mad Studio a studio that is known for its previous work on the Need For Speed and Test Drive series.

The game offers a huge career mode divided into multiple tiers, each tier has a distinctive number of cars available for it, the game has no unlockable as the game is fully open offering you the freedom to start at any tier you want. Project Cars offer a total of 74 vehicles each with its own physics and feel, and over 30 locations to compete on. On the whole, Project Cars is well worth it, especially if you’re fully equipped with a gaming wheel, the hardcore realistic aspects will not disappoint.

Horizon Chase Turbo

(2018)
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Release Date
May 15, 2018
Developer
Aquiris Game Studio
Publisher
Aquiris Game Studio
Genre
Country of Origin

Horizon Chase Turbo is an arcade racing game, the game was developed by a small team delivering a love letter to the 1986 Outrun and Top Gear arcade game. The game offers three exciting modes World tour, tournament, and endurance mode.

The goal of every session is to reach the finish line first, you can do this by drifting, boosting, and collecting fuel on the road, up to 31 unlockable cars are available and up to 100 tracks are available to race on. While the graphics are on the simplistic side they capture the feel and the spirit of the old arcade racing games (top gear, outrun), controls are tight and responsive, for a fast-paced game the controls are near perfect in my opinion. If you’re into pick-up and play video games Horizon Chase Turbo will be a blast, solo or with a friend.

GRIP Combat Racing

(2018)
About
Release Date
November 06, 2018
Developer
Caged Element
Publisher
Wired Productions
Genre
Country of Origin

GRIP Combat Racing is an exciting futuristic combat racing game, the game was inspired by the 1999 hit Rollcage released on the mighty PlayStation 1. The player participates in different events across a fictional futuristic world, the main gimmick of the game is the ability to drive your vehicle upside down with a double-sided feature (just like Rollcage).

The game mostly maintains its arcady feel with additional combat elements, where you can collect and use attacks against other competitors. More than 5 racing modes are available (classic race, time trial, elimination race….), also any car you own is fully customizable. If you’re a fan of Rollcage or you’re into futuristic racers GRID is a must-play.

F1 2020

(2020)
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Release Date
July 10, 2020
Developer
Codemasters
Publisher
Codemasters
Genre
Country of Origin

F1 2020 is a hardcore sim-racer, the game takes part in the long-running Codemasters F1 franchise. While the former games on the series were directed toward dedicated hardcore racing fans, F1 2020 breaks the rules by offering an option for casual players to enjoy the game with simplistic controls.

The main focus of the game is the career mode, beginning the career offers you four different options to choose from F2 taster, Short F2 season, Full F2 season, or you can skip the F2 and start straight to F1 season. In addition, creating your own team will give you more options besides worrying about the races, you will need to build and manage the team both financially and technically. In conclusion, while F1 2019 was considered by many the pinnacle of the F1 video games series, F1 2020 added more to the plate with minor tweaks creating an almost perfect experience.

Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled

(2019)
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Release Date
June 21, 2019
Developer
Beenox
Publisher
Activision
Genre
Country of Origin

Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled is a kart racing video game, the game is a remake of Crash Team Racing released on the PlayStation 1. Just like the original game, Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled was inspired by Naughty Dogs Crash Bandicoot series.

You compete in several tracks inspired by the crash universe, where the goal is to reach the finish line first, you have the ability to boost your speed using power slides, collecting powerups, and using items against other competitors. Nitro-Fueled contains all elements from the original game, with additional features including tweaked adventure mode, new skins, and cinematic cutscenes.

Wreckfest

(2018)
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Release Date
June 14, 2018
Developer
Bugbear Entertainment
Publisher
THQ Nordic
Genre
Country of Origin

Wreckfest is a demolition derby racing game, the game focus on damage physics either done to the body of your vehicle or the damage done to the surrounding environments. Wreckfest offers a perfect mix of demolition derby elements and arcade racing games.

The game feature two main modes: racing mode and demolition derby mode the goal of the demolition mode is to damage your opponent’s vehicles. Each event played is rewarded by experience and currency, gaining experience and leveling up helps unlock more upgrades and parts for your cars.  In general, the destructible car’s mechanics add so much fun and divergences to the game, the tracks are so well made, and of course, the progression system will always make you come back for more.

Gran Turismo Sport

(2017)
About
Release Date
October 17, 2017
Developer
Polyphony Digital
Publisher
Sony Interactive Entertainment
Genre
Country of Origin
Franchise
Gran Turismo

Gran Turismo Sport is a simulation racing game, it marks the 13th game on the PlayStation exclusive sim-racing Series Gran Turismo. Unlike the previous games in the franchise, Gran Turismo Sport focuses heavily on competitive online plays.

Just like its previous predecessor, you compete in a series of racing events across multiple realistic tracks. The driving system leans more toward realism offering a challenging experience, responsive controls, and realistic physics. Graphic-wise the game still looks stunning, even one of the best looking games on the system to date. In terms of content, GT Sport is extremely huge with over 300 cars to drive and 82 track configurations.

Dangerous Driving

(2019)
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Release Date
April 09, 2019
Developer
Three Fields Entertainment
Publisher
Three Fields Entertainment
Genre
Country of Origin

Dangerous Driving is an over-the-top arcade racing game, the game is considered a spiritual successor to the Burnout game series borrowing a lot of the series elements. While a lot of Burnout fans might get excited about this game, just bears in mind to be more forgetful comparing this to the other burnout games, as this game was made by a small team.

The player competes in a series of racing events against AI opponents or real players online, you can ram, smash, and takedown other participants and vice versa, by performing takedowns on other players, the nitro meter build-up allowing you to boost your speed for a short time period. All different game modes presented in the Burnout series are here (road rage, police pursuit, eliminator, etc…). In conclusion, dangerous driving is a decent alternative for the old-school Burnout games, if you’re willing to overlook small technical flaws dangerous driving is a joy to play.

Assetto Corsa

(2016)
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Release Date
August 26, 2016
Developer
Kunos Simulazioni
Publisher
Kunos Simulazioni
Genre
Country of Origin

Assetto Corsa is a simulation racing video game, the game focus on realistic aspects with incredibly realistic handling and car physics. While the game can be played with a controller, the game is meant to be played with a wheel, primarily for players looking for accuracy and realism.

The player can compete in a full-fledged career mode, with a selection of unique events and tracks, also you have access to an amazing multiplayer mode including quick runs, race weeks, drifting events, and many more. In terms of content, you have access to over 90 cars with the base game and over 69 paid DLC cars. Overall, Assetto Corsa has a lot of offer especially for hardcore simulation fans, offering a huge variety of choices and fully customizable options.

WRC 9

(2020)
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Release Date
September 03, 2020
Developer
Kylotonn SARL
Publisher
Nacon
Genre
Country of Origin

WRC 9 is a rally simulation game, the game marks the 16th entry in the long-running WRC series. Just like it’s predecessor WRC 9 is a challenging racing video game that rewards the player for being patient committed and willing to learn, as a single-player experience the game shine compared to other rally games on the system.

You have three different modes to choose from, a career mode where you can build your own crew, drive through several seasons, manage finance, objectives, and upgrade. A season mode where you can play a season of your choice, and a fast race in quick play. While the graphics are not the strong selling point of the game, the controls make up for it, offering tight, responsive, and advanced controls. Overall, WRC 9 is an amazing rally game on the PS4 system especially if you’re new to rally games, the game offers a very friendly and casual option menu to make things easy for newcomers.

The Crew 2

(2018)
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Release Date
June 29, 2018
Developer
Ivory Tower
Publisher
Ubisoft
Genre
Country of Origin

The Crew 2 is an open-world arcade racing game, the game combines multiple game elements creating a unique experience. The story follows an unknown character as he becomes one of the most notorious racing icons in the U.S, in terms of content the game features a huge selection of vehicles including cars, planes, boats, and motorcycles.

The Crew 2 features a huge map covering a lot of the United States location, you can free roam the map using and switching between any vehicles on land, air, or water. Similar to the previous title the game focuses more on the multiplayer aspects, you can participate in different events across the map solo or online including street racing, offroad, freestyle, and pro racing. Overall the crew 2 is an ambitious game offering some new ideas and a fun, varied, and accessible single-player experience.

Hotshot Racing

(2020)
About
Release Date
August 13, 2020
Developer
Sumo Digital
Publisher
Curve Games
Genre
Country of Origin

Hotshot Racing is an arcade retro-style racing video game, the game takes inspiration from the early Sega’s arcade racing games, with the polygon graphic style and the colorful art direction, hotshot racing might be the long waited Virtua Racing spiritual successor.

 From single races to grand prix tournaments your goal is to reach the finish line first, you do this by drifting, boosting, and timing your turns. The controls feel smooth and responsive, drifting handle great and the sense of speed keeps you on your toes, overall this is a love letter to the fans of sega’s racing golden era, offering a fun joyful ride for all types of gamers.

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A casual gamer who loves everything Nintendo, and swears by arcade racers, platformers, and hack 'n slash games.

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