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These are the best racing games you can buy right now

One of them is more violent than Grand Theft Auto

FIFA 18 and PES 2018 aren’t the only games worth playing right now.

We’ve picked out the best of the rest so you know exactly where to focus your attention next.


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Racing fans will be spoilt for choice.

There are five brilliant racers on the market right now – and one’s more violent than Grand Theft Auto.

Gran Turismo Sport

Polyphony Digital has always sought to blur the lines between the virtual and real life – but GT Sport goes one stage further.

The game has an integration with the International Automobile Federation (FIA).

This means you can earn a FIA-recognised driving license in the game that you can use to drive race cars in real life.

Gran Turismo has always led the pack when it comes to graphics and Sport is no different

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Gran Turismo has always led the pack when it comes to graphics and Sport is no different

There’s also an FIA-endorsed online championship for those who fancy their luck against the best of the best.

It may not feature a dynamic day-night cycle, like Forza 7 or Project Cars, but GT Sport has arguably the most impressively-detailed vehicles.

Lighting is almost photo realistic as it bounces off the paint, while interiors have been recreated with pin-point precision.

Tracks are richly detailed and vibrant – but it’s the cars that steal the show

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Tracks are richly detailed and vibrant – but it’s the cars that steal the show

Vehicles handle like a dream, too.

The result is an incredibly user-friendly experience that can be customised to suit your ability.

Thanks to a silky smooth 60FPS, you feel completely connected to each car – making pulling off daring moves incredibly satisfying.

You’ll have a lot of vehicles to test drive, too – 162 of them in fact, with more to follow.

Project Cars 2

You no doubt enjoyed 2015’s Project Cars, but the sequel ramps it up a notch.

There are now more tracks – 46 in total, a majority of which have been laser scanned for pin-point accuracy.

Not only that, but cars are almost photo-realistic thanks to the brilliant Madness engine – which, amazingly, powered 2009’s Need for Speed: Shift.

There’s even a brilliant photo mode allowing you to capture every little detail.

The real ace in Project Cars’ sleeve, though, is dynamic weather. In fact, Bandai Namco’s masterpiece could well boast the most realistic weather system ever created in a game.

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Project Cars 2 looks stunning in motion and will look best on Ps4 Pro, Xbox One X and PC

Such is the complexity of the coding, you’ll see storm clouds gather in the distance before rain starts falling on the track.

Puddles form in the dips of the terrain and water streams off the saturated grass on to the asphalt providing an ever-evolving track.

The simulation even includes time and seasons, meaning that sunrise and sunset changes depending on what track you’re at and what the season is.

More than 180 cars have been painstakingly recreated in the game, which arrives on September 22

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More than 180 cars have been painstakingly recreated in the game, which arrives on September 22

Multiplayer wise, online mode has been refined to better cater for esports.

This includes an online ranking system, online championships, and better functionality in matchmaking.

Add to the mix full VR support, not to mention triple-monitor displays (for hardcore PC gamers) and you’ve got an incredible racing package.

Just make sure you’ve got a steering wheel and race seat you can get the full simulation experience.

WRC 7

It’s hard to top the brilliant Dirt 4 when it comes to rally games, but WRC certainly tries its best.

It’ll take you to the 13 official countries of WRC – which means you’ll race in Monaco, Sweden, Mexico, Argentina, Germany, Finland, Spain, the UK, Australia, Portugal, France, Italy and Poland.

Handling leans more towards arcade racing than out-and-out simulation

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Handling leans more towards arcade racing than out-and-out simulation

There’s a huge amount of variation – from racing through the villages of Poland to driving through ice in Sweden.

The handling isn’t quite on the same level as Dirt, meaning it’s more accessible for those after a lighter challenge.

The real star of the show are the car themselves though, which are meticulously recreated inside and out.

Mud splatters over the windows, snow sticks to tyre treads – the level of detail really is extraordinary.

The visuals are on the whole very impressive, but the cars steal the show

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The visuals are on the whole very impressive, but the cars steal the show

There’s a decent number of modes to get stuck into as well – from timed mini-challenges to online multiplayer.

A must-have for rally fans.

Forza Motorspot 7

The last racer on our list, but by no means least.

Forza Motorsport 7 is a  sunning looking game – and has been developed to show off the shiny Xbox One X.

There are more than 700 cars and more than 200 different configurations to race on across 32 locations at launch.

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A fictional street circuit in Dubai is one of the standout new tracks – which sees you weave through empty streets while sand obscures your vision.

Gameplay wise, be sure to check out the Forza Driver’s Cup, which sees you take part in a wide array of competitions spread across six championship series.

Rather than annoying CPU cars,’friends-as-AI Drivatars’ return, which allows for more realistic races.

To encourage competition, mods are unlocked as part of Forza 7’s blind car system.

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The packs mix everything from cosmetic goods to driver outfits (you can customise your driver for the first time this year).

Add to the mix smooth, 4K 60FPS gameplay and dynamic weather, and you’ve got a serious contender.

Road Redemption 

Road Redemption, developed by Pixel Dash Studios, is the spiritual successor to the 90s classic Road Rash.


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And just like the old games, this motorbike brawler is ultra violent and brutally satisfying.

The recipe is incredibly simple – sticking to what made SEGA’s Road Rash games so iconic.

They simply plonk you on a high-powered bike, give you a machete or iron bar, then task you with taking out as many goons as possible.

Machetes and shotguns are just some of the weapons you can use in the game

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Machetes and shotguns are just some of the weapons you can use in the game

There’s a huge amount of firepower available – from wrenches to explosives and harpoons.

Machine pistols, Terminator 2-style shotguns and handguns can all be picked up as you make your way through each level.

The shotgun is easily the best of the bunch, allowing for some spectacular takedowns.


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Tracks and pick-ups are mostly randomly generated – allowing for a unique challenge every time you play.

You’ll race along deserts, snow-topped mountains and across skyscrapers so there’s plenty of variation.

Add to the mix a four-player split-screen mode – and a decent online multiplayer offering, and it’s a compelling package.

It may not be much to look at, but Road Redemption still serves up action-packed thrills

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It may not be much to look at, but Road Redemption still serves up action-packed thrills

For solo gamers, there’s an arcade mode, with new levels unlocking if you score enough points. A campaign adds a few structured, albeit samey, missions, too.

Road Redemption can be picked up for around £13 on Steam right now.

Xbox and PlayStation owners will need to wait until next year to get their hands on it, though.

There’s no better time to hit the road.

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