The PS4 hasn't had many good arcade racers throughout its lifespan, so the arrival of Team Sonic Racing is a pleasant surprise. Like Onrush, this kart racer puts an emphasis on teamwork, but it keeps the cooperation locked to regular races. The collaborative aspects are pretty successful, and even if you don't like the idea, you can play the game as a standard kart racer too. It's not the most fleshed out racing game on PS4, but the on-track action is undeniably lots of fun.
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This PS4 reboot sees the return of a series with a bumpy history. Thankfully, GRID on PS4 is a rock solid racing game that recaptures a little of the franchise's magic. The handling is great, finding a perfect balance between arcade and simulation, and the career mode is robust, with plenty of variety in its event types. Repetition may set in when you start to see the same tracks over and over, and the game lacks a certain spark, but the core racing action makes this well worth your time.
A wonderful recreation of the PSone original, Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled is a real blast from the past. Drift boosting through beautifully rebuilt tracks in the generous Adventure mode or taking the racing online is a lot of fun. Much like the PSone title it's based on, this is an arcade racing game with tight controls, surprising difficulty, and lots to see and do. Despite some areas that could've done with modernising, this is probably just about the best kart racer on PS4.
7. DiRT 4
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.
6. F1 2019
F1 2019 continues the upward trend of Codemasters' excellent simulation series. This latest and greatest entry in the annual franchise sees the addition of F2 racing, as well as all the modes we've come to expect. Little improvements throughout the game make this the best Formula One title yet on PS4. If you're after this particular brand of vehicular action, F1 2019 is the game of choice.