If you want to drive around in the world’s most exotic cars, but aren’t a multi-millionaire, your best bet is buying a racing game – and in 2017 there’s actually been a lot to choose from.
Whether you’ve got a PS4 or an Xbox One, I’ve put together a list of some of the best racing games you can buy on a console right now – just in time for Christmas.
From realistic sim racers like Assetto Corsa, to more accessible games like F1 2017 – here’s a list of the driving games you need to check out.
Best for PlayStation gamers: GT Sport
If you’re looking for the most ambitious driving game on PS4 right now, you’ll probably want to buy Gran Turismo Sport. Although it goes in a slightly more multiplayer based direction this time around, GT Sport is still a monster of a game – and a new update means there’s now a proper campaign mode, too.
Just like pretty much every Gran Turismo game that’s ever been released, GT Sport also sets a new graphical benchmark on PS4 – and particularly the PS4 Pro.
On a standard PS4, GT Sport looks great – but combine it with a supercharged PS4 Pro and 4K HDR TV and you’ve got one of the most immersive racing experiences you can get. The only catch? It’s only on Sony’s PlayStation 4.
Best for Xbox One owners: Forza Motorsport 7
Gran Turismo used to easily be the best racing game around, and then Forza Motorsport gave Xbox owners a new reason to gloat. For a while Forza was superior to Sony’s racer, and although that may not totally be the case now, the latest edition of the franchise is still impressive. Featuring a huge range of cars and tracks, Forza Motorsport 7 also utilises the vibration triggers of the Xbox One controller, giving you a more realistic feel when using a pad.
GT Sport might look good on a PS4 Pro and 4K TV, but if you’ve got a similar TV and an Xbox One X, Forza Motorsport 7 will look even better. Sure, you’ll need to shell out for a 4K Xbox One X over a normal Xbox One, but if you want the best, you have to pay for it.
Best for classic car nuts: Project Cars 2 (PS4 and Xbox One)
Project Cars 2 might not have the huge budget of Forza Motorsport or GT Sport, but it’s still an incredibly detailed game. Featuring a huge range of cars, from classic BMWs to the McLaren 720S, Project Cars 2 lets petrolheads race their dream cars – and tweak them too.
Sure, it may not have the career mode of something like Forza Motorsport 7, or the multiplayer structure of GT Sport, but it’s still a great game. And the best bit? It’s available on both Xbox One and PS4, too.
Most realistic racer: Assetto Corsa (PS4 and Xbox One)
Developed by the tiny Kunos Simulazioni studio, Assetto Corsa punches well above its weight. Available on both the PS4 and the Xbox One, Assetto Corsa may not have the car line-up or the graphics to match the other games such as Forza or GT Sport – but it’s arguably got the best handling.
Simply put, with a steering wheel, Assetto Corsa offers an incredible driving experience that is unmatched by any other racer. If you want to feel like you’re really taming a racing car, this is the game for you.
The best for Formula One fans: F1 2017 (PS4 and Xbox One)
This year’s F1 championship is done and dusted, but it’s got to be one of the best seasons we’ve seen in years. Although Lewis Hamilton won in the end, the Ferrari of Sebastian Vettel proved a match for the lead Mercedes car the entire season, and even Bottas and Verstappen won races.
If you want to relive the season, it’s worth checking out F1 2017. Featuring all the cars, tracks and drivers from this year’s championship, F1 2017 is the official game of Formula One. What’s more, this year’s game also comes with a range of historical F1 cars too, so you can compare legends like Hakkinen’s 1998 McLaren with Hamilton’s 2017 Mercedes.
Best rally game - Dirt 4 (PS4 and Xbox One)
Most of these games take place on tarmac, but if you’re more of a rally fan, Dirt 4 is certainly worth a look. Although it’s not the official game of the WRC, it still packs in an incredibly varied car lineup and stage selection, and lets you sit behind the wheel of some seriously detailed cars.
It’s extremely realistic too, if you want it that way. And if not, you can change the handling and difficulty to make it far more accessible.
What has been your gaming highlight of 2017? Comment with your thoughts below!