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 remains impressive years later, 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. Unfortunately, it's now been delisted from the PS Store, and its online servers will be prematurely shutdown soon. A sad end to a rollercoaster story.
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The first Need for Speed on PS4 is also the best one. Rivals is by no means perfect, but it's still a robust, aggressive arcade racer. It puts an emphasis on cops n' racer chases through a seamless open world, with online multiplayer baked in. It's brash, fast, and excellent fun in short bursts, and the slow trickle of upgrades will keep you coming back.
13. Sprint Vector
Another PlayStation VR entry here, but Sprint Vector is well worth highlighting. Using two PS Move controllers, you pump your arms like you're running on the spot, and it's this simple action that makes the game such a joy. The intuitive controls will have you screaming through each race course as you run, jump, and glide through corners and obstacles. It's a little light on content, but this is an enjoyably physical racing game PSVR owners should check out. As an added bonus, it's a pretty good workout.
From the people that brought us MotorStorm and DriveClub, this boisterous, colourful arcade racer ditches finish lines for team-based matches that focus on objectives. Its vehicle classes all boast unique abilities that'll help your team or hinder the opposition, and they all complement each other as you vie for victory in any of the four modes. It's a unique, bold, and action-packed game that's a breath of fresh air on a platform as starved for arcade racers as PS4.
Bugbear Entertainment is back with a bombastic new racing game that's all about destruction. With a realistic, physics-based damage modelling system, Wreckfest brings your dreams of a new Destruction Derby game to life in great style. It does have some technical hang-ups, but with a surprising variety in its gameplay and a unique brand of madcap action, this is well worth a look.