Best PS4 Racing Games Guide PlayStation 4
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What are the best racing games on PS4? It's a tough question to answer, as there are a lot of options for car connoisseurs on Sony's super-popular console. No matter what style of racer you enjoy, there are plenty of games you can take for a spin.

Particularly for fans of simulation racing, the PS4 is home to a fine selection of titles. The likes of Gran Turismo 7, DIRT Rally 2.0, and F1 22 are just a handful of the more realistic driving experiences available, and they're all excellent.

However, that's not to say there aren't any arcade racers on PS4. In fact, there are many noteworthy racing games on the console that take a less realistic view. Need for Speed Heat gives you your open world racing fix, while kart racers such as Team Sonic Racing and Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled offer more family-friendly high-speed antics.

There are lots of ways to enjoy racing and driving on PS4, in other words. We're here to pick out the best of the bunch, and this is where you lot come in. All the games featured here are ranked and rated by Push Square readers like you. By finding your favourite racing games and giving them your ratings, you can directly influence how this list looks. Clicking the star icon next to each game will allow you to pick a rating, and you can do the same by visiting individual game pages.

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Below is a list of the best racing games on PS4, as ranked and rated by the Push Square community.

20. Need for Speed Payback (PS4)

The Need for Speed series has really been through the mill in recent years, and this version was perhaps the most heavily criticised. Lambasted for its egregious reliance on microtransactions, Need for Speed Payback did eventually restructure itself into something better. Unfortunately the damage was already done. It's a shame, because it's otherwise a perfectly serviceable arcade racer, and certainly better now than it was in 2017.

19. TrackMania: Turbo (PS4)

The TrackMania franchise has primarily been a PC thing for a long time, so it was great to finally see what all the fuss is about with TrackMania Turbo. This ultra-fast arcade racer is all about completing hundreds of insane tracks as fast as you possibly can, slowly improving your run each time. Various car models and environments change up the gameplay slightly, but the addictive core remains the same. With a robust track editor and numerous ways to play, this is a ludicrously fast racing game for leaderboard-chasers.

18. Need for Speed: Rivals (PS4)

Need for Speed: Rivals was the first in the series developed by Ghost Games, which took over from Criterion following Most Wanted. It builds on that idea of an open world racer by seamlessly integrating online multiplayer, populating the game with a handful of other players. Playing as either cops or racers, both sides have various challenges and events to compete in. As long as the online aspect is working well, this is a fun time.

17. Team Sonic Racing (PS4)

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.

16. The Crew (PS4)

The Crew was a super ambitious racing game at the time. Set in an open world recreation of the entire United States, it's a massively multiplayer racer that lets you take on myriad events and trials in a wide selection of cars. It's now been surpassed by its sequel, but this game really laid down some solid groundwork for a modern, connected experience.

15. Need for Speed Heat (PS4)

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.

14. Project CARS (PS4)

Project CARS is a valiant effort to provide a racing experience that represents all of motorsport. This sim racer gives players access to a suite of vehicles, locations, tracks, and event types, and lets you toy with everything to explore motorsport the way you want. Coming from the dev behind Need for Speed: Shift and its sequel, there's pedigree behind the wheel, and that comes through on the track. A rock solid first effort that would lead to some bigger and better follow-ups.

13. Horizon Chase Turbo (PS4)

This indie arcade racing title might not look like much, but it's a surprisingly good little game with acres of content. Inspired by 90s racers like Top Gear and OutRun, the game features hundreds of races, plenty of unlockable cars to use and upgrade, and a handful of modes to master. What's more, you can play it all in split-screen local multiplayer. Horizon Chase Turbo is a slick, addictive, ultra-fast racer that punches above its weight.

12. DiRT 4 (PS4)

DiRT 4 has sadly been delisted now, and that is a shame. This iteration of Codemasters' off-road racing series was a winner, straddling the line between the more casual experience of its predecessors and the hard-edged spin-off, DiRT Rally. It veered much closer to the latter, but was far more forgiving and approachable for newcomers. It's been succeeded by the more playful DIRT 5, but this game's approach as a sort of DiRT Rally-lite worked well.

11. Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit Remastered (PS4)

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.