5 classic racing games that deserve a remastered version

Let's be honest - you want these to happen, don't you?

Think back to when you were young. All of the countless days and weeks spent on your console, playing whichever racing game was the most popular at the time - and not giving a toss about anything else other than beating your own records on said game. This is probably why I didn't do so well at school, but that's besides the point.

For what seems like an eternal amount of time, people reminiscing about the good old days of racing games (myself included) have been clamouring for developers to remaster the games of our childhood. As the world desecends further into chaos and uncertainity, we've longed to return to a simpler time - which includes playing some of our favourite old school racing games. But what titles truly deserve a remaster for the current and next generation of consoles? Well fear no longer, as I've come up with a list of five classic racing games that deserve a remastered version.

Please note: the games listed are my own personal preferences, and should not be taken as fact.

5) GRAN TURISMO 2

If you're familiar with my work here on this website - before I left for the best part of two years - you'll know that I absolutely love the Gran Turismo series. For me, Gran Turismo 2 is the mecca of the series, as it perfectly encapsulates what Gran Turismo is all about. It is the game that introduced millions of gamers to the concept of the racing sub-genre and made the series a firm fixture on game shop shelves and in the hearts of gamers for two decades and counting. It's also the game that introduced me to the (now mega famous) sim racer Jimmy Broadbent - thanks Polyphony!

4) TOCA TOURING CAR CHAMPIONSHIP (1 & 2)

Let's get the blindingly obvious out of the way - the British Touring Car Championship is not quite what it used to be. The last time I actually watched the BTCC was in 2018, where my only observations were; "I can't believe that there's three pissing cars sponsored by a crap cereal brand" and "I wonder if Jason Plato and Matt Neal still hate each other?". For most of us old school gamers, TOCA Touring Car Championship 1 & 2 were the games that represented the BTCC at its peak in the 1990s. It was a legendary game for its time - and is fondly remembered by fans to this day. A remastering of this franchise could kill two birds with one stone and have merge the two titles into one game, as it would be a huge money maker for Codemasters.

3) COLIN MCRAE RALLY 3

I guess I have to get a rally game in here, otherwise I'll be murdered in the comments section. In what would eventually become the DiRT series of games, Colin McRae Rally 3 stands out for all the right reasons. You are placed in McRae's Ford Focus RS rally car, and given three seasons to win the World Rally Championship. It truly is a test of your driving skill, patience and commitment - but the winning feeling is nonetheless sweet as it'll ever get. In addition, it would be a fitting tribute to a racing legend that the world lost too soon.

2) BURNOUT 3: TAKEDOWN

I have very, very fond memories of this game. Hell, I'm 24 years old and even now I'm still occasionally firing up my PS2 to play the Road Rage mode on this absolute classic. Objectively speaking, Burnout 3 - to many - is the standout game of the franchise. So if Burnout Paradise can get a full remaster for the eight generation of consoles, then what's to say that Takedown can't get its long overdue remaster? MAKE IT HAPPEN EA!

1) NEED FOR SPEED: UNDERGROUND 2

Let's be honest, you saw this one coming.

It might seem like a total copout to put the most well known and revered NFS game as number one on this list, but it's because gamers that grew up in the sixth generation of consoles have been begging for an Underground 2 remaster for over a decade now. And to be honest, I would absolutely love to see it happen too. Or whoever the hell is in charge of the franchise nowadays could ignore this plea - and remaster a far inferior past title or adapt NFS into a shitty film starring Aaron Paul... oh wait, both of those actually happened.

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