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We looked at the top Racing Games and dug through the reviews from some of the most popular review sites. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Racing Game you should buy.

Update as September 20, 2019:
Checkout The Best Racing Game for a detailed review of all the top racing games.

Overall Take

In our analysis of 65 expert reviews, the XBOX ONE ONRUSH placed 9th when we looked at the top 10 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

From The Manufacturer

Race, smash and takedown your opponents in Onrush, a refreshing break from the norm action/arcade racing. Dare to be reckless and win at all costs as you enter into Onrush, the world’s most celebrated and globally streamed, extreme sport. Onrush catapults you into the heart of the action, as you chase down vehicles in vibrant, multi-layered, landscapes that will thrill, excite and encourage players to perform the most extravagant takedowns! Win as a team and defeat all to show the world you have what it takes to become the ‘Onrush Champion’. Day 1 Edition includes the ‘Vortex’ Buggy.

Expert Reviews

Expert Summarized Score

6 expert reviews

User Summarized Score

8 user reviews

What experts liked

Truly innovative arcade-style racing game with plenty of visual style to spare. Smashing through the environment, taking shortcuts, and crashing rival racers is suprisingly fun. There's nothing like crushing an opponent under your monster truck after bossting from a ramp.
- BestReviews
April 1, 2019 | Full review
This is fast-paced racing that focuses more on the exaggerated speed rushes, car and bike flips through the air, while putting a lot of the focus on knocking the opponents off their bikes or driving their cars off the track. This is a team-based racer that pretends to be a racing game, but is instead an all-out vehicular brawl, and it is oh so fun.
- Cubed 3
October 21, 2018 | Full review
Onrush isn’t really like anything out there but does feel like a mixture of a few past classics such as burnout and motorstorm while also feeling like something completely new and fresh!
- Daily Gaming Tech
June 5, 2018 | Full review
There's a decent selection of different race types and lengths in ONRUSH, all requiring a different approach to winning. But what's refreshing is that in the single-player mode, you can progress with full honors without winning the race. Each new section of the career mode, known as Superstars, is unlocked by gaining a certain number of stars. You gain stars for completing in-race challenges, some of which are to win, some of which are to cause carnage.
- Windows Central
June 5, 2018 | Full review
There are eight different vehicles in ONRUSH. This may not sound like many, but there are loads of visual customisation options that have a massive effect on their appearance. These eight vehicles are split into four pairs with different weight factors. The lightest being the two motorbikes and the heaviest being somewhere between an SUV and a tank. With the way ONRUSH is set up, these vehicles have to be perfectly balanced to make the game work and thankfully the team at Codemasters have nailed this.
- Xbox Enthusiasts
June 5, 2018 | Full review

What experts didn't like

It's not a "traditional" racing game; vehicular violence and driving with style matter more than anything, so watch a trailer before you buy.
- BestReviews
April 1, 2019 | Full review
The controls in Onrush do feel a little light at first and will take time for the player to get the hang of
- Daily Gaming Tech
June 5, 2018 | Full review
None of this is helped by a five-second respawn time which, in a game like this, feels like ages.
- Windows Central
June 5, 2018 | Full review

Overall Product Rankings

1. XBOX ONE Forza Horizon 4

Overall Score: 9.3

2. XBOX ONE Forza Horizon 2

Overall Score: 8.9

4. XBOX ONE Project Cars 2

Overall Score: 8.6


Overall Score: 8.6


Overall Score: 8.1

10. PS4 DriveClub

Overall Score: 7.8

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.

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.