DiRT Rally 2.0

DiRT Rally 2.0
DiRT Rally 2.0
Publisher: Codemasters / Developer: Codemasters
Release Date: 26th Feb 2019 (USA) / 26th Feb 2019 (UK/EU)

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.

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Onrush

Onrush
Onrush
Publisher: Codemasters / Developer: Codemasters Evo
Release Date: 5th Jun 2018 (USA) / 5th Jun 2018 (UK/EU)

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.

Team Sonic Racing

Team Sonic Racing
Team Sonic Racing
Publisher: SEGA / Developer: Sumo Digital
Release Date: 21st May 2019 (USA) / 21st May 2019 (UK/EU)

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 a lot of fun.

Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit Remastered

Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit Remastered
Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit Remastered
Publisher: EA Games / Developer: Stellar Entertainment
Release Date: 6th Nov 2020 (USA) / 6th Nov 2020 (UK/EU)

Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit Remastered revives the Criterion-developed cops n' robbers racer on PS4, and it's more than welcome. Though the visuals aren't the greatest nowadays, the gameplay holds up wonderfully. It's an arcade racing title through and through — high speeds, epic drifts around sweeping corners, and slow-mo crash cams make this more akin to Burnout than NFS. Still, it's a slick and highly entertaining game, whether you're chasing down racers and deploying spike strips, or running away from the police with evasive action. The Autolog system that constantly pits you against your friends is the cherry on top.

F1 2021

F1 2021
F1 2021
Publisher: Electronic Arts / Developer: Codemasters
Release Date: 16th Jul 2021 (USA) / 16th Jul 2021 (UK/EU)

F1 2021 is probably the best simulation of the motorsport yet. Codemasters has been steadily improving and adding to its Formula One, er, formula for a number of years, and this year's edition is a corker. Faithful recreations of cars and courses are great, and the extensive Career and My Team modes are seriously deep. New additions like the Braking Point story mode and ability to play Career in co-op make this a super accessible entry, too.