For a licensed toy-car racing game, Hot Wheels Unleashed is much better than we were expecting. From developer Milestone, this is a super-arcadey racer featuring dozens of the popular die-cast vehicles as they boost and drift across twisting tracks. The handling is swift and drifting feels amazing, while collecting all the cars is a treat in itself. Throw in a livery editor, track creation mode, and a surprisingly large career complete with boss races, this is a robust, family-friendly game for Hot Wheels fans of any age.
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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, VR support, 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 have been prematurely shut down. A sad end to a rollercoaster story — but a great game nonetheless.
There are a few decent arcade racers on PS4, but Hotshot Racing is absolutely one of the best. Harkening back to the SEGA blue skies and blocky charm of Virtua Racing and Daytona USA, the game is a high-speed, powersliding dream. The handling is on point, it runs flawlessly, and has some lovely track designs. Featuring a handful of championships to conquer and a bunch of modes to try in split-screen or online, this is a blast for racing fans weary of all the simulators out there.
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 surprising variety in its gameplay and a unique brand of madcap action, this is well worth taking for a spin.
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.