10. DiRT Rally (PS4)

No longer listed on the PS Store, DiRT Rally was a revolutionary rally title. Off-road racers were stagnating for a good while, but Codemasters brought back the excitement with this straight-faced simulation take on the motorsport. The result is a brutally challenging but seriously thrilling racing experience as you blitz through muddy trails and narrow streets on the knife's edge of disaster. It paved the way for various others, including an excellent sequel, and the VR version is as intense as you'd expect.

9. The Crew 2 (PS4)

The Crew 2 has a lot going for it. Its main party trick is the ability to swap between planes, boats, and cars at basically any point, but its open world is an achievement in itself — a scaled-down version of the United States. You can freely roam this enormous environment, gradually unlocking new vehicles and engaging in all sorts of online multiplayer modes and events. The best bit is that it's still receiving updates today, years after launch.

8. DiRT Rally 2.0 (PS4)

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.

7. Burnout Paradise Remastered (PS4)

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.

6. Gran Turismo Sport (PS4)

Sony's flagship racing series has had its ups and downs, but Gran Turismo Sport was an especially unusual step in the history of the franchise. Primarily focusing on online multiplayer and esports, the game featured the same gorgeous visuals and impressive handling you'd expect, but without most of the content that fans love. Again, the game itself looks and plays great, and its online racing is rather innovative, encouraging good sportsmanship above all. There's still a lot to like about Sport, but the meatier Gran Turismo 7 is arguably the stronger entry overall.

5. Gran Turismo 7 (PS4)

Gran Turismo 7 is the more complete package that fans have been wanting since the previous game's focus on esports. While it does feature excellent online multiplayer, the main draw is the huge, "Car-PG" single-player offering. Hundreds of cars are yours to collect and tune up, and the wonderful handling makes each one a pleasure to drive. The GT Café makes all the events, licence tests, and other activities easier to digest, and it's hard to not be won over by the sheer volume of information packed in about car culture and history. A return to form for the series.

4. DriveClub (PS4)

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 ever, and you've got one stonking racer. Unfortunately, it's now been delisted from the PS Store, and its online servers have been shut down. A sad end to a rollercoaster story — but a great game nonetheless.

3. Wreckfest (PS4)

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.

2. Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled (PS4)

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.

1. WipEout Omega Collection (PS4)

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.

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