A wonderful recreation of the PS1 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 PS1 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.
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Codemasters' latest entry in the DIRT franchise separates itself from the sim-like Rally sub-series, instead taking things in the opposite direction. The result is a shamelessly arcadey off-road racing game, with great presentation and easy breezy handling. Working through the campaign is fun with various vehicles and events to master, and it's all delivered with a story subtly bubbling away in the background. Decent multiplayer and a robust level editor complete the package. It's a simple game, but a real blast to play.
The granddaddy of anti-gravity racing makes a triumphant return to PlayStation with a gorgeous remaster that brings 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.
The WRC games have come on leaps and bounds over the years, and the latest entry is probably the best one on PS4. This is an officially licensed rally sim with all the courses, cars, and names you'd expect. With a super-deep career mode, you'll start at the bottom and work your way to the fastest vehicles while managing your team. The racing itself is enjoyably intense, and perhaps a touch more forgiving than DiRT Rally 2.0. It's a little rough around the edges, but WRC 10 has it where it counts.
Need for Speed Heat brings the series back on track after a couple of troubled outings on PS4. By day, you'll be taking part in sanctioned races throughout Palm City. By night, you turn to illegal street racing to build your Rep, but this will attract the attention of the brutal police force. Balancing these two sides of the game is its main strength, but it's overall a fun open world arcade racer with great customisation and lots of cars to choose from. It's not perfect, but this is still the best Need for Speed in a good while.
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