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Video Games: Racing

What better way to pass the time on a rainy day than to pull out a video game to play? This guide aims to help gamers of any level of experience to find something new to play that's right for them.

Racing Games

Racing games come in all shapes and sizes but all of them have one thing in common. The goal is to be the first thing on wheels to cross that checkered start/finish line at the end of the race. Everything that happens between the drop of the green flag and the waving of that black and white checkered flag is what makes racing games unique.

Arcade karting games sit on one end of the spectrum. Often featuring the player running over boxs to get powerups and weapons to take out the opposing racers acting as catchup features to keep the racing exciting.

The other end of the spectrum features Sim racers. These games focus on realism and immersion. Making the player feel like they are truly racing in the 24 hours of Le Mans. You won't find powerups, bananas or blue shells in these games, just detailed customizations settings that let you change everything on your virtual car that you could on your real life one.

Sim Racing

Gran Turismo Sport

This Playstation 4 exclusive is a heavily multiplayer-focused racing sim that emulates the feel of motorsports performance. incorporating strategy and tire management systems into the game that make every online race a chess match. It isn't just about laying down the fastest lap, its about knowing what kinds of tires to put on and what lap to pit. If this style of motorsports sounds like fun, GT Sport is the game for you.

Available for PS4

 

Arcade Racing

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

Mario Kart is widely considered the classic arcade racer that defines the genre and perfects its mechanics. This most recent entry is no exception. Play as one of many iconic Nintendo characters and race on a plethora of colorful and unique courses from across the Nintendo ethos.

Available for Nintendo Switch

 

 

 

 

Need for Speed Payback

Need for Speed has long been the go-to franchise for fans of arcade racers that aren't a fan of the cartoon karting aesthetic in other arcade racing games. Need for Speed doesn't focus on realism like sim racers but it does focus on immersion. This game is focused on immersing the player in the fantasy of racing in a suped up street car and outrunning the law, other racers and even a cartel in the process. 

Available for PS4 and Xbox One

 

 

Nickelodeon Kart Racers

Have an itch to play a kart arcade game but don't own a Nintendo Switch? Fear not, there are many other options in the karting arcade racing sub-genre. While Nickelodeon Kart Racers is admittedly not as polished or deep as Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, you can get just as much fun out of the experience of playing it as any other karting game. In Nickelodeon Kart Racers the players get to race as many of their favorite Nickelodeon characters, from icons like Spongebob, to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and even the Rugrats. 

Available for PS4 and Xbox One

Grid

Grid

Grid is a self-proclaimed sim-cade racer. This game tries to strike a balance between simulating real world motorsports, and the fun casual aspect of arcade racing. The main goal of this game is to be an approachable sim racer. Race in a number of different car classes across a number of different tracks both real and fictional. The career in this game is designed to have the AI change their driving styles around what the player is doing in the race. Rough up a car, they will rough you up back, race them clean early on, they might give you a little more slack when you dive bomb the turn on the last lap.

Available for PS4 and Xbox One