Driving games have come on in leaps and bounds in the last few years. It seems each new sequel and console brings with it a new level of detail and realism.
Today’s driving games are great fun and great looking and they’re big business, just last week Sony announced plans to develop a movie based upon the Gran Turismo series of games. Without further ado, here’s Diesel Car‘s Top 5 Driving Games.
Sega Rally (1995)
Released in arcades and later on Sega’s Saturn console, Sega Rally brought rallying to the mainstream. Featuring the Toyota Celica GT Four, Lancia Delta Integrale and it’s Ferrari-engined sister, the Stratos, Sega Rally proved to be a huge hit for the company. Numerous ports and two sequels followed, most recently on the Xbox 360, but none quite matched the ‘just one more go’ feel of the original.
Gran Turismo (1997 – )
A blockbuster franchise for Sony’s PlayStation, Gran Turismo made the serious simulator cool. Mixing realistic driving physics with Sony’s ability to make video games cool each game in the series has racked up bigger sales than the last. Gran Turismo 6 is due this Christmas and is set to act as something of a swansong for the PS3. A fitting tribute.
Metropolis Street Racer (2000)
Known as MSR, Metropolis Street Racer was a launch title for the Sega Dreamcast. The game would later go on to spawn the Project Gotham Racing series for the Xbox, but the seeds were sown right here. MSR‘s unique selling point was its realistic mapping with London, San Francisco and Toyko all represented in almost perfect detail. A big, brass and stylish racer.
Forza Motorsport (2005 – )
The Xbox’s answer to Gran Turismo, Forza Motorsport sped past its Sony rival while GT pulled in for a pitstop. With great cars, great tracks and a brilliant customisation system, Forza boasted huge appeal to car fans. Add in a brilliant online community and it’s easy to see why Forza Motorsport is fast becoming the racing franchise.
Super Mario Kart (1992 – )
Mario Kart is the game that spawned a million copycats. But for every cute character-based karting game there’s only one Super Mario Kart. From its launch on the Super Nintendo to the latest version on Wii and Nintendo 3DS, the series has always had one thing at its core – fun. Few racing games have boasted the sheer, unadulterated fun of the Mario Kart series and that’s what’s kept gaming fans coming back for over twenty years.