It's no secret that the PlayStation 4 hasn't had the greatest selection of racing games over the years. Arcade racing games especially have mysteriously disappeared, leaving PS4 owners with little choice when they want to put the pedal to the metal. Having said that, we've still been able to rustle up a list of fast and furious racers that will provide all the speed demon fantasies you could ever want.

11: TrackMania: Turbo

Publisher: Ubisoft
Developer: Nadeo
Release Date: 22nd March 2016 (NA), 25th March 2016 (EU)

One of PlayStation 4’s few decent arcade racers, Trackmania Turbo is chock full of twitchy, high speed vehicular action. The short, high flying courses are tight and very addictive to learn as you aim for that elusive perfect run. Multiplayer is even better, with lots of options for competitive or co-operative play, including a full two player campaign. What’s more, there’s PSVR support and a course creator that lets you make your very own vomit-inducing tracks. With its moreish time trials and simple controls, thrill seekers should definitely give this a look.

10: Tiny Trax

Publisher: FuturLab
Developer: FuturLab
Release Date: 25th July 2017

Scalextric in a fantasy setting, Tiny Trax uses PlayStation VR to embed you in the coolest play room ever, making for a comfortable but immersive virtual reality racing experience that sees vehicles duking it out all around you. The gameplay is easy to pick-up but outrageously challenging to master, tasking you with finding the cornering sweet spot in order to maintain maximum acceleration all while replenishing your boost. There’s not much content, but excellent use of virtual reality makes this one of the more novel racing games on PS4.

9: Redout: Lightspeed Edition

Publisher: 505 Games
Developer: 34 Big Things
Release Date: 29th August 2017 (NA), 31st August 2017 (EU)

The anti-gravity racing genre went away for a while, but came back with a vengeance over the last couple of years. Redout is one such WipEout wannabe, and it was a pleasant surprise. We were especially taken with its excellent sound design, sense of speed, and the intense Boss Races. While it perhaps doesn’t quite have the finesse in its design that its inspiration is famous for, this is still a fun and frenetic racer that’s well worth a shot.

8: DiRT 4

Publisher: Codemasters
Developer: Codemasters Racing
Release Date: 9th June 2017

Codemasters followed up the acclaimed DiRT Rally with a game that had its sights on a wider audience, and for the most part, it succeeded. DiRT 4 might lack the laser focus of its predecessor, but the exquisite rallying is present and correct, and plays fantastically whether you opt for sim-style handling or the more forgiving ‘Gamer’ mode. It also widens the scope beyond pure rally, and features Rallycross, more straightforward dirt racing in Landrush events, and more besides. The extra modes are good enough, but the A to B rally events easily steal the show.

7: F1 2017

Publisher: Codemasters
Developer: Codemasters Birmingham
Release Date: 25th August 2017

F1 2017 makes the Formula One metagame more compelling than it’s ever been, offering a Career mode with a skill tree that would make even the densest 90s RPG blush. Highly customisable but at its absolute best when you’re battling against an emptying fuel tank or ruined tires, this is an excellent racing game that’s elevated by all of the extraneous activities that make F1 such an exciting spectator sport.

6: Burnout Paradise Remastered

Publisher: Electronic Arts
Developer: Criterion Games
Release Date: 16th March 2018

EA's first foray into remasters sees the triumphant return of one of the arcade racing kings. Burnout Paradise was ahead of its time on PS3 in many ways, and this remaster proves that; its updated visuals look good, the open world racing is as slick and speedy as ever, and the innovative online features are still better than most. With all the DLC included and an addictive array of events and collectibles, this 10-year-old racer will keep you strapped to your seat for hours on end.

5: WipEout Omega Collection

Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment
Developer: SIE XDev Studio Europe
Release Date: 6th June 2017 (NA), 7th June 2017 (EU)

The granddaddy of anti-gravity racing made a triumphant return to PlayStation in 2017 with a gorgeous remaster that brought together content from WipEout HD, Fury, and 2048. The fast and fluid racer plays beautifully, looks gorgeous, and runs like a shiny, metal dream. The recently added VR support is incredibly well implemented, making this an even better package for PSVR owners. While we’d have preferred an all new entry in the franchise, this serves as a great reminder of why WipEout is so beloved by fans.

4: Project CARS 2

Publisher: Bandai Namco
Developer: Slightly Mad Studios
Release Date: 22nd September 2017

It’s the unrivalled variety that separates Project CARS 2 from the rest of the pack. While it’s rarely as fully-featured as titles dedicated to their respective disciplines, this stuffed sequel’s ability to segue from rally to IndyCar to go-karts with ease is impressive. The fact that you can also mix-and-match everything makes for a highly customisable racer with a dizzying degree of diversity.

3: DiRT Rally

Publisher: Codemasters
Developer: Codemasters Racing
Release Date: 5th April 2016

A return to the Colin McRae Rally roots that very much defined a generation on the PSone, DiRT Rally is as hardcore as racing games come, demanding absolute precision in some of the most dangerous race courses you’ll find on PS4. Fully compatible with PlayStation VR, this is a nail-biter that manages to capture the sheer thrills and spills of real-world rallying.

2: Gran Turismo Sport

Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment
Developer: Polyphony Digital
Release Date: 17th October 2017 (NA), 18th October 2017 (EU)

Sony’s flagship racing franchise will be a shoo-in for pole position with further iteration, but right now it finds itself a few milliseconds off the pace. It’s easy to criticise Gran Turismo Sport for the things it lacks, but what it does have is an outstanding handling model that feels expertly tuned on both a DualShock 4 and a wheel, alongside some of the best online racing you’ll find on the PS4 by far. It also looks lightyears ahead of the competition at times – especially on the supercharged PS4 Pro hardware.

1: DriveClub

Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment
Developer: Evolution Studios
Release Date: 7th October 2014 (NA), 10th October 2014 (EU)

The story of DriveClub is fascinating. It took some time, but it eventually grew from a botched launch title into a cracking racing game stuffed with content. The presentation is still impressive, and the “simcade” handling is a great balance that provides enough of a challenge but doesn’t alienate more casual petrolheads. Throw in the Bikes expansion, the brilliant social features, and one of the most generous season passes available, and you've got one stonking racer that just edges out the competition.


And here we are at the finish line. What do you think of our list? Are there any other racing games on PS4 that rev your engine? Honk your horn in the comments below.

What's your favourite racing game on PS4? (71 votes)

Burnout Paradise Remastered

10%

DiRT 4

1%

DiRT Rally

1%

DriveClub

37%

F1 2017

  0%

Gran Turismo Sport

34%

Project CARS 2

1%

Redout: Lightspeed Edition

  0%

Tiny Trax

  0%

TrackMania: Turbo

4%

WipEout Omega Collection

7%

Other

4%

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