PS4 DriveClub

Last updated date: September 19, 2019

DWYM Score
7.8


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Overall Take

This title finds a comfortable middle ground between simulation and arcade games. Face-offs create a race-within-the-race for fresh fun with every track. The challenge system is also well-designed. In our analysis of 73 expert reviews, the PS4 PS4 DriveClub placed 10th when we looked at the top 10 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note September 20, 2019:
Checkout The Best Racing Game for a detailed review of all the top racing games.

Expert Summarized Score
7.5
8 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
8.4
521 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
All racing tracks found in this game feature may different challenges for every driver thus, no two individuals get the same experience. This racing game is designed for having a great time with your friends, and it is one you have never experienced before. It highlights the importance of teamwork, and encourages you and your friends to work, win and earn points together while enjoying the thrill every race and track offers you.
- Car Bibles
March 4, 2019 | Full review
It's still fun to play: I enjoyed many of the single-player racing challenges, and found the achievements hard to pull off. Collecting stars from the races -- sometimes placing third or better, other times outperforming a challenger on the track in drifting -- and leveling up trigger extras, including earned cars.
- CNET
October 7, 2014 | Full review
Driveclub is the best PS4 racing game as it finds a comfortable middle ground between being a sim and an arcade racer, as well as having content for days at a time while still also boasting some of the most gorgeous visuals seen on the PlayStation 4. Change the weather to raining, choose Holmastad, load up your chillest Spotify playlist, and find total racing nirvana.
- Cultured Vultures
March 15, 2019 | Full review
All the races (including the 12-car multiplayer) feature face-offs. These require you to beat someone else's score in average speed, correct racing line, or drifting over a discrete portion of the track. Face-offs are DriveClub's distinguishing feature that keeps things fresh by offering a race-within-the-race. They change from lap to lap and are populated via matchmaking, so they keep you invested even when things aren't going well, since winning face-offs helps you increase your driver rank.
- Game Informer
October 7, 2014 | Full review
The challenge system in Driveclub is superb. Complete any event and you can use your time and ghost to set a challenge. You can aim the challenge at a single person, or a single club, or widen the entry list to allow for other people to have a go. You can set the time limit, too, allowing for a frantic half-hour of shaving seconds and tenths from lap times, or several days of back-and-forth leaderboard topping.
- Games Radar
June 26, 2015 | Full review
The races look great, but DriveClub's main hook is its smart, multi-level progression system. Any time you're in an event, regardless of whether single or multiplayer, you'll notice points flashing across your screen for various skillful actions — passing a competitor, drifting, completing a section of a race without going off the track and so on
- Polygon
October 7, 2014 | Full review
Online races are equally competitive, and it’s easy to push some cars just a little too far as you try to pass a friend or beat an on-track challenge.
- Push Square
February 19, 2019 | Full review
What experts didn't like
Poor quality game visuals. Technical issues wit. H weather display settings. Tedious pursuits.
- Car Bibles
March 4, 2019 | Full review
Weak damage and unsatisfying crashes
- Games Radar
June 26, 2015 | Full review
The music selection is lacklustre – and disabled by default – which makes for some dull backing tracks.
- Push Square
February 19, 2019 | Full review

From The Manufacturer

Get ready for a racing game like never before. Developed exclusively for the PlayStation 4 by Evolution Studios, the team behind the best-selling MotorStorm franchise, DRIVECLUB, is all about you and your friends. It’s about teamwork; it’s about everyone fighting for one another and earning rewards together – and most importantly it’s about sharing in the sheer thrill of every race. Enjoy the excitement of high-speed solo racing, or join a racing club to discover what DRIVECLUB is all about. Created specifically with the next-generation gamer in mind, DRIVECLUB permanently connects you and your friends, always allowing you to share your experiences, send and receive challenges, and keep up to speed with your team’s performance. DRIVECLUB brings to life the heart and soul of car culture. An incredible, authentic and immersive driving experience, DRIVECLUB makes you feel the exhilaration of driving the most powerful and beautifully designed cars in the world, all rendered in staggering detail, inside and out. Race them in richly detailed real-world locations, alongside your teammates.

Overall Product Rankings

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Overall Score: 9.3
Expert Reviews: 7
2. XBOX ONE Forza Horizon 2
Overall Score: 8.9
Expert Reviews: 5
3. XBOX 360 Need For Speed Rivals
Overall Score: 8.8
Expert Reviews: 9
4. XBOX ONE Project Cars 2
Overall Score: 8.6
Expert Reviews: 5
5. XBOX ONE Forza Motorsport 7
Overall Score: 8.6
Expert Reviews: 7
6. XBOX ONE Forza Motorsport 5
Overall Score: 8.6
Expert Reviews: 7
7. XBOX ONE DiRT 4
Overall Score: 8.6
Expert Reviews: 5
8. XBOX ONE Forza Motorsport 6
Overall Score: 8.3
Expert Reviews: 6
9. XBOX ONE ONRUSH
Overall Score: 8.1
Expert Reviews: 6
10. PS4 DriveClub
Overall Score: 7.8
Expert Reviews: 8

An Overview On Racing Games

There’s no doubt that you’ve seen car commercials where the car moves at top speed through mountain roads or races through the desert. As the commercial ends, tiny print at the bottom of the screen appears: “Do not attempt.” 

Most of us would never try to drift around an airplane runway at night, but why should stunt drivers have all the fun? Racing video games can give you the same thrills and chills without the risk.

Today’s titles have unbelievable graphics that make you feel like you’re right there, speeding through gorgeous settings featuring British castles or rolling Irish hills. Realistic, dynamic weather and thoughtful soundtracks add an extra layer of shine on the latest games. 

There are two major sub-genres of racing games, and most players prefer one or the other. Simulation racers are designed to be as realistic as possible. The cars respond with physics that mimic real-life driving in an open-world setting. (Open world means that you’re not limited by a closed racetrack. You can drive off-road and you’ll never hit a wall where the graphics end.) Some people find these games more difficult to play, but diehard car and racing fans love them. The Forza Horizon series has some of the most popular simulation racing games

Arcade-style racing games put less emphasis on realistic controls and focus on creating the most enjoyable race possible for a general audience. You’re usually confined to a track, but the games are loaded with extras like weapons, boosters and ramps for trick jumps. The controls are usually easier to pick up. The Mario Kart series is one example of arcade-style games. 

Some games straddle the line between simulation and arcades, with ramps, missions and off-road activities hidden throughout an open-world environment. They usually have unlockable levels and fun extras to keep you playing. 

Both simulation games and arcade games have more options for cars, drivers and customization than ever before. You can choose from hundreds of vehicles, like Ferraris, Audis and Beamers. Online playing expands your gaming world, connecting you with friends and challenging players across the globe.

Now that you’ve got a solid grasp of racing games, zip on over to our Tips & Advice section to help you choose the perfect one.

DYWM Fun Fact

Racing games, or “racers,” have come a long way since they were first introduced in the 1970s.  The first car-based racing game was Atari’s “Gran Trak 10,” released in 1974. It was a single-player, black-and-white game where users raced a car around a dotted racetrack. 

The graphics weren’t much to look at, but players were wowed by the game’s included steering wheel, gear shift and pedals. You earned points by passing through certain parts of the course, and you played against a countdown timer. A black box in the center of the course represented an oil slick.

Despite the rudimentary graphics and sound effects, “Gran Trak 10” was tough to master. Spinning out and crashing into the side of the track were almost inevitable. The game was still an arcade favorite, and some lucky players across the globe still have the full arcade boxes as collectibles.

The Racing Game Buying Guide

  • First off, consider what gaming system you use before you buy. Most games are built to run on multiple systems, but there can be subtle differences between the controls and features from console to console. Make sure that you’re okay with any user differences on your console. 
  • Next, you’ll want to think about whether you’re looking for an arcade racer or a simulation racer. If you want to pull off high jumps, drifts and other tricks while you attack your fellow racers, look for an arcade racer. If you’re more concerned with realistic driving in gorgeous outdoor settings, a simulation racer is the right pick. 
  • The controls in some games are easier to pick up than in others. In general, arcade-style games have simpler controls and are friendlier to general interest players or kids. Simulation-style games rely on accurate physics, so their controls will be closer to an actual driving experience. They’re better for older players or serious racing game junkies.
  • Customization options abound in modern racing games. Some games let you modify every detail of a car down to the lug nut, while others just let you switch colors or models. Drivers can also be modified, or you can choose from a roster of professional racers. Pick a game with plenty of modification possibilities if that’s something you really want.
  • Today’s racing games offer far more than laps around a track. Face-off races, where you challenge other players online, can create a new challenge every time. You can also play against your old times in some games, or earn new cars or abilities if you master tricks or beat off-road challenges. Choose a game the type of add-ons that will keep you playing.
  • Racers take place almost entirely online. The type of server that each game has will affect how quickly it loads and how well it performs. For the fastest experience, look for a game that has a dedicated server. That means that the server is only used for gameplay and doesn’t waste bandwidth on other things like connected e-commerce stores. 
  • The speed of your home internet will also factor into how quickly your game loads and how smooth your experience is. Check out how much bandwidth each game requires and make sure your current Internet plan matches.