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.
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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 too, 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.
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.
Building on the brilliant hardcore experience introduced in the first DiRT Rally, the sequel is another tough but excellent sim racer from Codemasters. The handling is unforgiving at first, but it's wonderfully gratifying to master, and the sensation of driving at insane speeds through treacherous rally routes is thrilling. The inclusion of Rallycross adds some variety to the mix, and a few small refinements to the gameplay make this an essential purchase for rally fans.
Sony’s flagship racing franchise has been steadily evolving since launch, and now finds itself at the front of the pack. Polyphony Digital has rectified release day concerns with regular free updates, while its outstanding handling model and online racing remain the very best-in-class. It also looks lightyears ahead of the competition at times – especially on the supercharged PS4 Pro hardware.