Top 5 Racing Games
Join us at SORN as we journey back through the past and deliver an official count down of the best five racing games to ever grace our consoles.
No.5 – Sonic & All Stars Racing
We couldn’t possibly deliberate over the best ever racing games without slipping Sonic and his pals in somewhere, and this one comes in at number 5. However young or old, this game will undoubtedly provide you with endless hours of fun through its many tracks and playable characters. Race against your friends online and use the array of weapons at your disposal to throw their cars off course. Practice your favourite tracks on time trial and cross the finish line first in career mode. The sheer driveability puts Sonic & All Stars Racing right up there with the best of them.
No.4 – Burnout Paradise
Burnout Paradise makes the number 4 spot on our list down to originality and the quality of the game play. The beauty of it is the level of freedom you get as a player – unlike most other racing games it is set in an open world environment which allows you to progress at your own pace. Moreover, it isn’t just about crossing the finish line first – modes like “Showtime” (which can be initiated at any time and place in the game) give you the opportunity to score points for the biggest possible traffic accident that you can create. You’re gonna need that BMW 3 Series serviced!
No.3 – Mario Kart
Mario Kart is undeniably, unquestionably one of the true great racing games and it would be a travesty had it not been included in our top 5. Ever since it graced our Nintendo N64s all those years ago, Mario and co. have had us on the edge of our seats battling to spin, whiz and crash our way over the finish line first. Anyone old enough to operate a controller could have fun playing it – the driveability has been a constant in all versions over the years – and there are few better options for sheer fun with your friends. It’s more enjoyable than driving a Ferrari 599 across an ice lake! Ok, maybe not.
No.2 – Crash Team Racing
At SORN we’re huge fans of the legend that is Crash Bandicoot – a game that was light years ahead of its time and one of the most enthralling experiences you could have on a PlayStation One. Consequently Crash Team Racing had a lot to live up to, and thankfully it doesn’t disappoint. It brings the superb playability from the original and adds a superb multiplayer dimension to the mix up. Grab yourself 3 friends and play four way on one screen for a hilarious battle to the black and white line, while hitting speed boosters and dodging missiles from other racers.
No.1 – Need For Speed
There was no arguing in the SORN headquarters over which game was going to top the list. Need for Speed has everything – a killer soundtrack, all different kinds of race format, open world freedom, police chases and endless customisation options. Buy car parts and paint jobs for your motor. No other game can touch it when you’re scoring points on a drift race in a souped up Nissan Skyline whilst listening to Snoop Dogg and The Doors. It can be a load of fun to play with friends but the single player mode is where you’ll get most enjoyment. Race through the streets and unlock new areas as well as customisation options until you become king of the road. Also this is the game that inspired countless teens to take their used car and ruin it with dodgy body kits and neon lights…. so we feel we owe this game a lot!