Three Arcade Racing Games To Start With

Wanna race, but don’t know where to start? Gran Turismo and Project Cars are immensely popular racing video games, and rightfully so. These games are engaging and realistic, though some fans prefer to start with an arcade racer: an accessible racing game without real-life limitations. Mario Kart is a classic example, though I would say that it’s in a league of its own. Here are three arcade racing games to get your engines started.

Burnout Paradise is a personal favourite of mine. It’s an aggressive arcade racing game that’s all about smashing and shunting other cars into obstacles … all in the middle of a race. You might think clever driving and navigating the open world are the only keys to winning, but all it takes is one takedown to get your blood running. The game starts you off with a junky muscle car and ending with countless creatively designed yet familiar vehicles. It’s fast, it’s fun, and it’s generally laid back, with a wicked soundtrack fans love. It was remastered in March in a bundle containing all of the extra downloadable content, titled Burnout Paradise Remastered. It’s available now on Xbox One and PS4, as well as on PC later this year.

Wipeout: Omega Collection trades cars for hovering ships, takedowns for laser cannons and Guns N’ Roses for The Prodigy. It combines content from three previous Wipeout games perfectly. This PlayStation-exclusive futuristic racing game is visually stunning, pulse-pounding, and exciting, with 4K resolution support for the PS4 Pro. Even with its superior graphics and visual design, the gameplay feels like it would be right at home in an arcade. From your first race, you are treated to weapons and defensive powerups (à la Mario Kart), hair-raising tracks with tight turns and sound effects that could have come from the science fiction film TRON: Legacy.

Last lap! Forza Motorsport is a renowned racing sim series, full of real-life cars that can be fine-tuned and designed to your liking. If you’re looking for something with all of that, but without the limitations of a racing sim, try the Forza Horizon series. The series is full of cinematic stunts and big moments. Each game features an open-world in different settings. Graphically, these games shine, with beautiful cars bustling through the beaches of Australia. There’s a treasure trove of content in these games; there’s even a story based around the fictional Horizon music festival. Much like Burnout and Wipeout, the music in these games is handpicked to be perfect for your racing experience. Both Forza series of games are exclusive to Xbox and Windows 10.

-Sean Daniel   sendtopervin@gmail.com

2018-05-18T20:17:40-05:00