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The PS5 is home to some excellent racers – here are the very best options.
No games console is complete with a great racing game – they so often push the boundaries of what gaming hardware can produce visually, and give a great option for relaxed racing or white-knuckle thrill rides, depending on the game.
The PlayStation 5 is no exception, and Sony's console has its fair share of excellent racers already, especially in light of the long-awaited arrival of Gran Turismo on the platform. We've gathered the very best options available, below. That said, if you want a different type of game, feel free to check out the table below with our other PS5 lists.
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Top racing
A superb racing package that should keep you going for years.
The grand-daddy of PlayStation racers is back with its first numbered entry in ages, and GT7 is an absolute scorcher, with a more generous on-boarding system than any Gran Turismo has ever offered. You'll earn new cars nice and regularly, learning how to race safely and fairly.
Over time, you'll get into the driving seats of some of the most famous cars in the world, and the accuracy of its physics are second to none. It all looks superb on the PS5, too, with 4K native resolution supported and making for a crisp and beautiful drive.
Street racer
Another massive racing franchise comes in the form of Need for Speed, which has seen better days in terms of popularity. That hasn't stopped it dropping its best game in years, though, in Unbound.
This is a really fun arcadey racer that cleverly brings in some roguelike elements to give you a risk-reward system. The customisation options are the real star, though.
The best choice if you want an more arcade-y racer that takes things off-road.
The one thing that Gran Turismo isn't totally perfect at (even though it does a solid job) is off-road racing, which plays second fiddle to its road races. Getting a good off-road experience is super easy with Dirt 5, though, a racer that knows how mud works in crazy detail.
It's a brilliant time, with slippy and sliding tracks that transition between surfaces at will, and a whole load of super-powered cars to take round them in chaotic, collision-filled races. The soundtrack is fun and the game looks great, too.
Mechanical beasts
These are the highest-performing cars you’ll find, even virtually.
If you want something a little more specific, the latest F1 release is a perfect demonstration of how good its developer Codemasters is at making licensed racing games by now. The racing is so taut and carefully calibrated that you'll really feel like an F1 driver at your peak.
There are so many tracks to memorise and the sense of speed when you slam on the accelerator in an F1 machine is second to none, and driving a whole season in the hopes of securing a championship is a rare endurance feat.
Sheer chaos
This racer is unlike anything else on the market thanks to its crazy destruction.
For something a whole lot more chaotic, try Wreckfest. This hilarious racer has insanely detailed damage systems at its heart, letting you absolutely destroy your car, truck, tractor or any other number of vehicles are you race.
It leads to outrageously dirty racing where damaging each other is very much the point of everything, and its destruction derbies are tremendous fun. The racer at its heart is actually great, too, though, so there's a lot to love here.
Pure rally
If you’re a rally fan this is the best pick out there right now.
Finally, a great rally game always stands alone, offering a uniquely tense and high-speed blend that we can't get enough of. If you're looking to tear through courses with only a second's notice before each hairpin, WRC Generations is a great continuation of the best series out there right now.
You'll get a host of cars to master, and a wide range of courses across a variety of locations from real-life tour events, meaning you can really pit your virtual skills against the tracks that these expert drivers have to contend with in real life.
The PS5 has plenty of racing games to pick from, including a huge number of PS4 options that are totally playable on the newer hardware. Here are some quick questions to help you narrow things down.
There's quite a big division in the racing games that come out nowadays – they tend to either cater to off-road racing or to on-road stuff, and rarely do both. This means that if you love the feeling of sliding round a muddy corner you'll likely end up getting a game like WRC 10 or Dirt 5, while racing on tarmac will see you safer sticking the big guns like Gran Turismo 7.
Of course, if you have a particular passion for one discipline in particular, like Formula 1, your choices are going to be even narrower, since the licenses tend to only sit in one place. If you want to race an official F1 car virtually, there's only one game series to go to, and that applies to other organisations too.
One thing that used to be standard in racing games is slowly becoming more rare – split-screen action. If you want to be able to race a friend on one TV when they're round, be sure to check what the games you're considering offer, because a surprising number of them now don't have any such options.
Max is an avid gamer, but writes about whatever is newsworthy, and works across features, reviews, buyer’s guides and more for the site.
Max joined Pocket-lint after a fruitful spell writing about wearable and smart home tech for Wareable and The Ambient as a magazine journalism graduate from City, University of London.
He’s also contributed to Kotaku UK, The Sunday Times, the Press Association and MUNDIAL. When he’s not working, his time is divided worryingly evenly between football, culture and sleeping.


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