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Best Racing Games – February 2017

Best Racing Games
Last updated: February 2, 2017 9:59 pm EST
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Forza Horizon 3 – Best Racing Game Overall

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The games in the Forza Horizon series haven’t always lived up to the reputation of the Forza Motorsports series of games. That’s not without good reason. However, Forza Horizon 3 has moved the bar forward for racing games, especially on the Xbox One and Xbox One S.

The open-world racing works well, meaning you can participate in the missions of the game, or you can just go explore. The Blizzard Mountain expansion, while not making a whole lot of sense in Australia, adds some photorealistic snow and blizzard conditions to the mix. The game’s visuals are stunning.

Here’s more about the game;

  • Forza Horizon 3 Standard Edition includes the full game and the Forza Hub App
  • Explore Australia, the Horizon Festival’s largest, most beautiful and diverse open world ever
  • Be the boss of your own Horizon Festival. Customize every aspect of your game. Hire and fire friends to win you fans, or invite them to join in the all-new 4 player online campaign co-op
  • Discover thrilling new driving gameplay like Danger Sign Jumps, Convoys, and Drift Zones
  • Xbox One Console Exclusive

It might not be the best racing simulation game ever made, but if you’re looking for hours and hours of fun, both in a single player mode and online, it’s hard to argue with Forza Horizon 3 on the Xbox. That’s why it’s the best overall racing game on our list.

Forza Motorsports 6 – Best Racing Simulation

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We’re going to stick with the Forza series for a moment when we talk about the Best Racing Simulation. Forza Motorsports 6, as it stands, is the best overall racing simulation you can buy today. It has amazing graphics and realistic gameplay. The large selection of cars, plus racetracks around the world, provide hours and hours of endless entertainment.

Here’s more about the game;

  • Breathtaking graphics at 1080p resolution and 60 frames per second
  • Collect and race over 450 Forzvista cars, all featuring cockpits, damage and customization
  • 2-player split-screen racing, 24-player races, and realistic Drivatar opponents deliver packed tracks and unrivaled action.
  • By learning to drive like your friends, Drivatar technology and the Xbox Live cloud
  • Deliver real-human behavior, giving you dynamic human-like opponents.

Forza Motorsports 6 is as good as the latest version of Gran Turismo on the Sony Playstation, which is an incredible thing to say because Gran Turismo has always been the benchmark. But that game is often riddled with delays; Forza Motorsports 6 you can play today. And for that reason, it’s our best racing simulation game that you can buy.

F1 2016 – Best Formula 1 Game

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While it is limited to a single player campgain — there’s no spilt screen racing — F1 2016 provides the F1 enthusiast everything they want out of a racing game. Because it’s officially-licensed, all the racing drivers you love — including Lewis Hamilton — are there. Plus, you get to drive around photorealistic F1 circuits from around the globe!

Here’s more about the game;

  • F1 2016 immerses you in the on-track excitement of a FORMULA ONE career, including the inclusion of the iconic Safety Car and also the Virtual Safety Car for the first time
  • Uniquely offers the drama and vehicle development that goes on behind the scenes
  • Work with your agent, engineer and team to develop your car in the deepest ever career experience, spanning up to ten seasons
  • Forge your own path to glory, and rise to be the champion

This game is available on both the Xbox One and Xbox One S, plus Sony’s PlayStation 4 gaming consoles. If you’re a fan of F1, this amazing game is one that you definitely need to add to your library, and that’s why it’s our Best Formula 1 Game.



Chad Kirchner
the authorChad Kirchner
In addition to Chad Kirchner's work here, he's a freelance automotive journalist for outlets around the world.

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