Ten of the best racing games we played in 2018
Ho ho ho. It's that time of year again when a random bearded man comes down your chimney and eats your mince pies, all in the aid of celebrating the birth of another (allegedly) bearded man.
What that means is you potentially have some extra money to spend on a racing game or two. Unless you were given Gold, Frankincense or Myrrh, in which case you can probably turn water into video games anyway.
Either way, allow DriveTribe to give you some ideas with our handy, easy to consume 'ten of the best racing games in 2018' list, which features the games we were most glued to all year. And probably will be in 2019.
Bear in mind that our list is in no real order, because it's not the time of year for arguing (honest), and that a round-up of the best mobile games is up next. Merry Christmas!
1) Forza Horizon 4 (PC, Xbox One)
Need we say anymore? Forza Horizon 4 was loved by almost all critics including us and already it has become the biggest-selling Xbox racing game of all time (sorry, Project Gotham Racing). Not bad for a title set in a country where drizzle is a strong topic of conversation.
Admittedly, Turn 10 has some work to do to solve the online racing situation and improve the Forza Horizon events, but a decent stream of new cars and the Fortune Island expansion, complete with a brilliant mountain drift road section, has kept us hooked.
2) Gran Turismo Sport (PS4)
Gran Turismo Sport's online focus ruffled a few feathers, but it's still the go-to PS4 racing game experience for those who want something with a dash of realism, competitive racing and access to a whole lot of cars.
2018 saw a number of updates, which added yet more cars, more circuits, more events, bolstered the single-player experience and generally made it an even slicker game.
3) Forza Motorsport 7 (PC, Xbox One)
For those who prefer racing on track as opposed to the open road, the Xbox exclusive, Forza Motorsport 7, is still hard to beat. Its comprehensive car collection goes nicely with a realistic-ish physics system and in-depth car customisation.
Unfortunately the forthcoming AI changes are destined for 2019, maybe later, which would make it even easier to recommend, but with yet more DLC content and revised track boundaries happening there is just as much reason to buy or revisit.
4) F1 2018 (PC, PS4, Xbox One)
Codemasters gave us more of the same for its latest F1 title, F1 201o, but key improvements such as a meatier, more in-depth career mode made it worth buying. Plus it replicates the pressure and speed of racing far better than just about anything else. lo and all. H
You also got a load of new classic F1 cars, almost all of which are actually drivable, and improved graphics. Worth considering, especially if you got a steering wheel for Christmas. Check out five tips for F1 2018 career mode success.
5) Wreckfest (PC)
Yet another throwback to simpler times (and not just in gaming), Wreckfest is basically Destruction Derby with much prettier visuals. It does nothing new nor does it really care. And neither will you when enjoying its satisfying blend of racing and mindless crashing.
Sadly, the PS4 and Xbox One console version has been pushed back from November to '2019', leaving the PC Master Race alone in the meantime. But what's a few extra months if it means the game is better, eh?
6) OnRush (PC, PS4, Xbox One)
OnRush was one of the bigger titles of 2018, propelled along by a resurgence in arcade racing titles, but it received average reviews and below average sales, leading to the studio's closure. It is, however, still good for short bursts of high-octane action and probably quite cheap.
7) iRacing (PC)
The Internet seemed a little unsure about the announcement of AI drivers in iRacing, going against its thoroughbred player versus player racing mantra, but the Steam title went from strength to strength in 2018.
More licensed circuits, improved visuals, more cars and round the clock racing make the subscription even more tempting. If it's simulator racing realism you crave, look no further.
8) Project Cars 2 (PC, PS4, Xbox One)
Project Cars 2 took a bit of a back seat when the 'big guns' arrived this year, but its more simulator-esque experience and circuit selection, plus a few worthy DLC packs (including one of a Ferrari flavour), kept us revisiting throughout 2018.
9) TT Isle of Man: Ride on the Edge (PC, PS4, Xbox One)
As the most exciting motor race on the planet (don't bother arguing), the TT Isle of Man: Ride on the Edge needed to do us proud and in most areas it did. The sense of speed and its digital interpretation of the famous Isle of Man road race was second to none.
Shortcomings included a slightly iffy physics system, but it appears that has been made less of a problem, and that it was limited in the longevity stakes. Yet trying to set a fast lap time (or even just not crash) has become no less compelling. And because sidekarts.
10) Ride 3 (PC, PS4, Xbox One)
Clarkson has never been a big fan of motorbikes, to say the least, but the rest of DriveTribe is rather partial. Hence including Ride 3, which is essentially the Gran Turismo of two-wheelers, with hundreds of bikes ready to be raced around real and fantasy circuits.
Highlights included 60fps visuals, an impressive track selection that includes the Green Hell and Laguna Seca, more than 230 motorcycles and even some road racing (hello, Route 66) and a hint of TT in the form of the Billown Southern 100.