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Racing games. Category of games about racing with rivals using various vehicles. Player’s purpose is to be first on the finish line or to achieve the best lap time possible. There are titles with land, water and air vehicles which are controlled in an arcade or simulating manner.

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Volvo: The Game
Volvo: The Game

Racing 26 May 2009

Volvo: The Game is a free car game with the logo of a well-known car manufacturer. The title was created by the SimBin Development Team. Players have the opportunity to sit in the driver's seat of the Volvo S60 and several other Volvo S60 models and compete on two authentic racetracks.

Need for Speed Shift
Need for Speed Shift

Racing 15 September 2009

Another installment in the Need for Speed racing game series. This time, the game brings an unexpected twist, for a typically arcade series turns towards realism. The new developer, by the name of Slightly Mad Studios, created new driving physics that focus on simulation rather than arcade gameplay. Similar to 2007's ProStreet, races take place on closed racing circuits. The player can participate in the entire season of races, taking place both on fictional and real circuits. The game offers a wide set of licensed cars, bringing the interior view back to the series. As a result, the experience is intensified and the realism is felt. The visuals were improved as usual, but apart from that, new collision and damages models were implemented and the AI algorithms were improved. Opponents behave more aggressively behind the wheel - they experiment with different methods of passing other drivers.

Need for Speed: The Run
Need for Speed: The Run

Racing 15 November 2011

Another installment in one of the most renowned racing game series developed by Electronic Arts since 1995. In contrast to the previous installment, the game was developed by EA Black Box - an internal studio of the American company. The story is centered around the eponymous coast-to-coast race across the United States. Winning this huge event is the only way for the protagonist to obtain money required to pay his debt to a dangerous criminal organization. In the game, the player has to complete different racing challenges, and the story campaign features quick-time events for the first time in the entire series. The relatively short story campaign is complemented by a set of separate challenges. These require the player mostly to drive on twisted mountain roads, sometimes buried under avalanches. Impressive visuals have their source in the Frostbite 2 engine, popular mainly for being used in the Battlefield series.

Gran Turismo Sport
Gran Turismo Sport

Racing 17 October 2017

A spin-off to a popular racing game series developed for Sony’s consoles and the first one in the franchise that was tailor-made for PlayStation 4. Developed by Polyphony Digital in cooperation with the FIA organization, Gran Turismo Sport focuses on the titular motor sports, having the player compete for the most prestigious cups and titles just like real race drivers do. The gameplay mechanics corresponds with previous games in the series, letting you climb up the ladder of a professional driving career and drive a whole range of licensed sport cars, dedicated racing or concept cars. The competition has a different form here, as individual players represent their home countries or favorite car manufacturers. The game features more realistic driving model, as well as noticeably better graphics. It also supports the PlayStation VR headset.

DiRT 4
DiRT 4

Racing 09 June 2017

Another installment in the popular series of racing games developed by Codemasters. The game expand the concepts its predecessors were based on, adding however, plenty of novelties at the same time. DiRT 4 offers over 50 cars and several kinds of championships - above all, rally events. Furthermore, the Landrush mode makes a re-appearance here, but also rallycross events were included, based on the FIA World Rallycross Championship license. The Joyride complements the game modes, offering various kinds of challenges for the player to enjoy. The Career is the most basic mode - the player creates their own driver, attracts sponsors and develops their team, which gradually gets more and more effective. Apart from that, the game brings a competition-based multiplayer component supervised by the RaceNet service, which makes it possible to organize on-line leagues and tournaments. What is completely new here, is the so-called "Your Stage", which is a special module that allows the player to create their own routes. DiRT 4 utilizes a modified and modernized version of the Ego engine, which is at the source of the game's high-quality visuals.

The Crew
The Crew

Racing 02 December 2014

A sandbox racing game developed by Ivory Tower Studios in cooperation with Ubisoft Reflections. The Crew was tailored for the fans of spectacular racing video games. The players become drivers racing across the American roads and cities. There are over 100 car models, whose appearance and performance can be modified as you see fit. The Crew offers several play modes – both single and multiplayer. The world’s open structure (an area covering over 5 thousand square miles) encourages you to explore, take up new challenges, and undertake hundreds of missions. It is also noteworthy that the game includes expanded social features.

GRID 2
GRID 2

Racing 28 May 2013

The second installment of a racing game series which continues the TOCA Race Driver franchise. It was developed by Codemasters Software, a British studio that specializes in the genre (and previously created the Colin Mc Rae Rally and F1 franchises, among others). The players assume the role of drivers participating in races on streets and speedways. The title lets us sit behind the wheel of many luxurious cars, such as Ford Mustang Mach-1, Chevrolet Camaro SS, or Koenigsegg Agrea R. The TrueFeel system provides realistic and exciting driving experience. The developers also introduced a realistic damage model and an extensive multiplayer mode that allows us to race against living opponents. GRID 2 is powered by the modern EGO 3.0 engine.

DiRT Rally
DiRT Rally

Racing 07 December 2015

The next major installment in a bestselling racing game series developed by British studio Codemasters. The title returns to the origins of the series, originally launched in 1998 as Colin McRae Rally, focusing solely on good old rallying. The player can drive a wide array of cars from 6 classes, including both new brands as well as classic models from 1960s. You can compete in several varied locations scattered across the globe, e.g. Wales, Greece, or Monte Carlo. The authors put heavy emphasis on the realism, and the driving model reflects that, taking into account numerous factors, including the road surface and your car’s customization. As your vehicle can be damaged, it is essential to hire a team of mechanics who can repair the car and upgrade it with new parts which you successively unlock throughout gameplay.

WipEout: Omega Collection
WipEout: Omega Collection

Racing 07 June 2017

A collection of two refurbished titles from a series of futuristic racing games for PlayStation 4. WipEout: Omega Collection consists of two titles: WipEout HD, with an expansion – Fury, and WipEout 2048. The player takes control of an anti-gravity vehicle and takes part in various competitions, racing against the clock as well as other pilots. The individual machines require dexterity and some knowledge of their specifications: handling, speed, or durability. Once the race begins, its free-for-all - we can harass other participants and get harassed ourselves. The tracks are very complicated, often twisted, or decreasing in width, while our vehicles quickly accelerate to haze-inducing speeds. As a result, having a favorite vehicle helps a lot. WipEout: Omega Collection offers a number of gameplay modes divided between the games included in the set, including split-screen and online modes. All titles have been upscaled to 4K, and run at 60 frames per second.

Team Sonic Racing
Team Sonic Racing

Racing 21 May 2019

An arcade racing game with Sonic the hedgehog. The players can select one of fifteen characters, customize their vehicle and race on colorful tracks while attacking other participants. The game is focused on competitiveness and cooperation with friends.

Assetto Corsa
Assetto Corsa

Racing 19 December 2014

A very realistic racing simulator developed by independent studio Kunos Simulazioni, which specializes in the genre. The developers of Assetto Corsa have previously created such games like netKar Pro and Ferrari Virtual Academy. The game allows the players to assume the role of professional race drivers and participate in thrilling races of various car classes – from mass-produced vehicles, through prototypes, to the legends of GT and F1. The game has a realistic driving model developed by racing engineers and professional drivers. The model calculates many factors related to the car’s behavior on a track, including g-force distribution and tire grip. Assetto Corsa’s high quality graphics employ the potential of DirectX 11 libraries and the eighth generation consoles. It uses such technologies like HDR, motion blur, dynamic lightning and shadows.

Test Drive Unlimited 2
Test Drive Unlimited 2

Racing 08 February 2011

A sequel to the bestselling Test Drive Unlimited - a game that managed to reinvigorate the classic racing series launched by the Accolade company in 1987. The game is set in two locations, namely the islands of Ibiza (Spain) and Oahu (Hawaii) - the latter appeared in the first Test Drive Unlimited where it is accessible later in the game. The player can freely explore both islands, taking on subsequent racing challenges. Alongside the game's progression, the player purchases new luxurious cars, but also villas and other properties. The game introduces several changes to the mechanics. Instead of individual races, the player takes part in racing tournaments. Also, the player obtains special licenses, which unlock subsequent challenges. Although the single-player mode was supplemented with a storyline, the game focuses mainly on multiplayer competition. Thanks to the improved game engine, the player can drive in daylight or at night. Dynamic weather conditions were implemented as well.

Forza Motorsport 6
Forza Motorsport 6

Racing 15 September 2015

The sixth installment in a best-selling racing game series, originated by Turn 10 Studios in 2005, available exclusively on Microsoft consoles. In comparison with the previous game, this one features more than twice the number of licensed car models – namely 450 – which you can drive on 26 tracks scattered all around the world, including such legendary circuits as Le Mans and Daytona. The developers did not forget about car customization. Traditionally, the title offers a realistic driving model, which can also be adjusted to suit the needs of less experienced players. Apart from the standard career mode, an array of multiplayer modes was prepared, where up to 24 players can compete at the same time. Unlike its predecessor, the game pushes the Xbox One console to its limits, achieving 1080p resolution at 60 frames per second.

DiRT 3
DiRT 3

Racing 24 May 2011

The third full-fledged installment belonging to the incredibly popular racing-themed franchise developed by Codemasters. The DiRT subseries has cultivated traditions initiated in the late 1990s by the Colin McRae Rally series. After the previous game, which emphasized off-road competition, DiRT 3 constitutes a return to the original concept behind the main Colin McRae series, bringing back rally competition in its most classic form (the game uses the official WRC licenses). However, this third iteration still introduces a massive number of novelties, such as stunt arenas from the X-Games competitions, or a completely new type of contest, that is the so-called Gymkhana - it was popularized by one of the most famous drivers in the world, Ken Block. Gymkhana is all about being fast and showing off at the same time - a designated route has to be completed as quickly as possible, but the player is rewarded with points for performing various stunts along the way. As usual, a wide set of licensed cars is at the player's disposal here, many of them originating in different time periods. Also, DiRT 3 features buggies and pickups - those are typically used in off-road competitions.

Forza Horizon 2
Forza Horizon 2

Racing 30 September 2014

A sequel to the bestselling racing game that was a spin-off to the flagship series of racing games developed for Xbox consoles. The title was developed by the creators of the previous entry: Playground Games (Xbox One version) and by Sumo Digital (Xbox 360 version). The new installment takes place in Southern Europe where another Horizon festival takes place. The festival is filled with good music and variety of racing challenges. Similarly as its predecessor, the title offers a large, open world where hundreds of licensed cars await the player. Similarly as the first entry in the spin-off series, the game offers a driving model that is slightly simplified in comparison to Forza Motorsport – it focuses mostly on making the races impressively looking. For the first time in the series the developers implemented a dynamically changing weather system which adds some realism to the races. The developers also added the Drivatars system known from Forza Motorsport 5, enabling the virtual drivers to gain experience even if they don’t participate in the game.

Burnout Paradise Remastered
Burnout Paradise Remastered

Racing 16 March 2018

A remastered edition of Burnout Paradise, created by Stellar Entertainment. Apart from the base game, the package contains 8 DLCs. Burnout Paradise Remastered was enriched with upgraded textures and optimized based on the capabilities of particular gaming systems.

Forza Street
Forza Street

Racing 15 April 2019

Forza Street is a racing game based on a free-to-play model. Fun comes down to competing in illegal street competitions and getting better and better cars and parts. The game is played using a simplified control system.

FIM Speedway Grand Prix 15
FIM Speedway Grand Prix 15

Racing 20 October 2015

The fifth installment of the speedway series started in 2002 by Techland. The game concentrates on the most important and prestigious speedway competition, i.e. the Grand Prix, which aims to determine the individual Speedway World Champion. FIM Speedway Grand Prix 15 features the official BSI Speedway license, offering real-life tracks, motorcycles, and the speedway’s finest, like Nicki Pedersen, Greg Hancock, and Jaroslaw Hempel. During gameplay you compete on diligently recreated arenas in Sweden, Wales, Danes, Poland, Australia, and more. Each of them offers different driving conditions. The game is complemented with a professional audio commentary. The production by Techland offers a single player campaign and multiplayer for up to 4 players.

GRID: Autosport
GRID: Autosport

Racing 24 June 2014

Another installment in a popular series of racing games developed by Codemasters. In contrast to DiRT - the other flagship franchise of the British developer, GRID: Autosport continues the tradition established by the TOCA Touring Car Championship and TOCA Race Driver series, that is, racing on asphalt tracks. The player assumes the role of a professional driver who competes against other racers, but he also has to care about his team members and stick to sponsorship contracts. This new installment offers 22 different tracks and over a hundred customizable cars, including both production models as well a unique prototypes - all of these account for an impressive number. The game offers improved visuals and a cockpit view, which is an element that GRID 2 was deprived of. A large emphasis was placed on the multiplayer aspects of the game, for the players are allowed to create online racing clubs, as well as to participate in subsequent, regularly appearing challenges.

Forza Horizon 4: Fortune Island
Forza Horizon 4: Fortune Island

Racing 13 December 2018

The first big add-on to Forza Horizon 4, which takes the players to an island north of the UK. New races and challenges await them there, as well as previously unseen atmospheric phenomena, such as thunderstorms and auroras.

Shift 2: Unleashed
Shift 2: Unleashed

Racing 29 March 2011

A sequel to 2009's Need for Speed: Shift, the more realistic spin-off of the arcade racing series. Both games were developed by Slightly Mad Studios. Shift 2: Unleashed brings few changes to the gameplay mechanics of its predecessor. The game utilizes the same driving physics, combining simulation elements with the simplicity of arcade racing. The highly-praised driver seat view is back, allowing the players to experience collisions or shaking to their fullest. Apart from a new set of tracks and licensed cars brought by the game, the player can now also race at night. The graphics, lighting and camera work were all improved. Similar to Hot Pursuit, the game features the Autolog system, containing plenty of rankings and statistics, but also allowing us to play in online multiplayer mode.

Colin McRae: DiRT 2
Colin McRae: DiRT 2

Racing 08 September 2009

The sequel of the well-received racing game entitled Colin McRae: DiRT that set a completely new direction for the racing game series by Codemasters, labeled with the name of the tragically deceased Scottish racing driver. DiRT 2 focuses on dynamic off-road tournaments in which we can sit behind the wheel of several licensed cars. The new career mode was designed similarly to that of GRID — while traveling around the world, we take part in races and gradually build our reputation. As we progress, we establish friendships with other aces of motorsports such as Travis Pastrana or Ken Block who invite us to exclusive tournaments with valuable prizes. The game has a typical youth style, although it retains the class of its predecessors. From among the introduced novelties, the most notable ones are enhanced gameplay mechanics, the improved Flashback feature, and significantly expanded multiplayer.

F1 2018
F1 2018

Racing 24 August 2018

Developed by Codemasters Software, another installment in the racing series under the Formula 1 official license. The authors focused on developing the ideas from the previous part while giving the players an opportunity of taking part in the 2018 season.

Driver: San Francisco
Driver: San Francisco

Racing 01 September 2011

The fifth major installment of the popular series of racing action games developed since 1999. The title was created by the authors of the previous installments in the series, the Reflections Interactive studio which currently belongs to Ubisoft. The story of the game references the third chapter of the franchise in which the policeman John Tanner was fighting a gangster named Jericho. As the protagonist was chasing after the criminal, an accident occurred and Tanner was put into coma. The game takes place in the dreams of the protagonist. This allowed the developers to introduce some innovative solutions which impact the dynamics of the game. The game introduces Shift system which allows the player to switch between all vehicles in the range of sight almost completely freely. The developers recreated more than a hundred licensed vehicles and the game takes place in the giant virtual recreation of the city of San Francisco which has the size of 209 square miles. Polished driving system and damage system makes the game more realistic.

FIA European Truck Racing Championship
FIA European Truck Racing Championship

Racing 18 July 2019

A racing game in which we sit behind the wheel of a powerful truck. The production is licensed by the FIA European Truck Racing Championship. The French company Bigben Interactive is responsible for its creation and release.

Burnout Paradise: The Ultimate Box
Burnout Paradise: The Ultimate Box

Racing 03 February 2009

A complete edition of the racing game released in 2008 by Criterion Games. The title was a great success and received many DLC expansions during the months following its debut. The game takes place in the titular Paradise City which has open structure and across which the player can freely move while accepting various racing challenges. The title slightly refreshes the formula of the series but without resigning from its characteristic traits, such as the arcade driving model and spectacular traffic crashes. The mechanics of Burnout Paradise: The Ultimate Box are same as in its predecessor that was released one year earlier. However, the game contains all DLC expansions that were previously available only through the PlayStation Network and Xbox Live. These DLC expansions introduce, among other things, motorcycles and night races to the game. The Ultimate Box is the first installment of this popular console series that was released on PC.