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The Best Racing Games of All Time

The history of racing games dates back decades, all the way to the earliest origins of video games. Always quick to squeeze every ounce of performance from any given platform, racing games are regularly at the tip of the spear when it comes to technological leaps.From top down to takedowns and Byron Bay to Colin…

The Best Racing Games of All Time
The history of racing games dates back decades, all the way to the earliest origins of video games. Always quick to squeeze every ounce of performance from any given platform, racing games are regularly at the tip of the spear when it comes to technological leaps.From top down to takedowns and Byron Bay to Colin McRae, there have been hundreds of top quality racing games released over the years featuring just about every type of machine you can strap an engine to and point towards a finish line. However, we’ve narrowed down a list of our favourites to what we believe are the very best racing games of all time.

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The following 25 games represent a broad spectrum of racing sub-genres and are plucked from several decades of video game history, so the final mix is a fusion of influential greats, seismic smash hits, and series-best instalments. We’ve curated it with a maximum of one game per franchise in mind to ease up on repetition, so keep that in mind if some popular series below seem limited to a single heavy-hitter.

It doesn’t matter whether you win by an inch or a mile; these are the greatest racing games ever.

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25. Rock n’ Roll Racing (1993)

A memorable isometric battle racer, Rock n’ Roll Racing owes a good deal to some key trailblazers before it, including Rare’s highly-successful 1988 NES smash-hit R.C. Pro-Am and EA’s earlier Commodore 64 game Racing Destruction Set from 1985. In fact, Rock n’ Roll Racing developer Silicon & Synapse was actually behind the 1991 SNES remake of Racing Destruction Set, dubbed RPM Racing (or Radical Psycho Machine Racing, according to the box art, proving that some hastily-scrawled napkin notes really need to be left at the bar after closing time).

After Super Mario Kart launched in 1992 and sucked all the jam out of RPM Racing’s doughnut, Silicon & Synapse repurposed its remains into Rock n’ Roll Racing. The result was a racer high on ’90s attitude yet powered by your old man’s record collection, as your TV bleeped and blooped through Born to be Wild, Bad to the Bone, and Black Sabbath’s Paranoid, amongst others.

Silicon & Synapse subsequently changed its name to Blizzard and has spent the last 25 years releasing games with little discernible rock n’ roll and a distinct lack of racing. Despite this, upon closer inspection, the studio appears to have enjoyed some success.

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