If you love high speeds and the thrill of being behind the driver's seat, you've likely played your share of video games for racing. Gamers will definitely tell you that nothing gets them that adrenaline rush, like a competitive racing game.

Even if you are not the kind of person who would speed down a racetrack in real life, there is absolutely no reason why you can't do it in the virtual world. There is actually an entire genre of racing games you can check out. 


Now, from the hazy, days of Namco’s 1982 classic arcade Pole Position game to the new upcoming crop of ultra-realistic car simulator racers, you cannot deny the fact that car racing video games just get better and better. 

These Are the Most Popular Video Games for Racing
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Burnout 3 Takedown - for PS2 and Xbox

When it comes to over-the-top arcade racing, there hasn’t been any game that has done it better than Burnout 3: Takedown. It is a 2004 title from Criterion Games that work on both Xbox as well as PS2. 

The game is the continuation of the first two entries in the series and it’s designed to create a constantly riveting experience.


While Burnout 3 has some traditional races, it is still more fun than other races where you try to steer clear of other racers. In this case, you are usually slamming your own vehicle.

As the damage keeps occurring, you may eventually total your vehicle, and in turn, you could increase your chances of winning. 

Takedown mechanic thrives in the new Road Rage mode, which is tasked when you total a specific number of cars within the set time limit. 


Mario Kart 8 Deluxe - Nintendo Switch

This is the culmination of almost 25 years of Nintendo car racing games and it features a wondrous collection of both old and new tracks. 

There is also a large roster of customizable characters with enough cheap items that could ruin friendships.

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is one of the best Mario Kart games that was ever made, and it is undoubtedly one of the best racing games on Nintendo Switch.

Now, while its Grand Prix mode has 4 different difficulty levels, it has still got legs to form being a multiplayer game, and it cannot be ignored.

 It has got both online as well as local multiplayer modes which include both traditional races and battle modes. 

Diddy Kong Racing - N64

This is one of the best cart racing games made for Nintendo 64 and it is also one of the best N64 games outright. 

It might even be better than Mario Kart 64, but it really depends on the player. It has got some starring characters from some rare franchises, which is part of why it is so popular.

It did have a novel single-player campaign at the start. It is set in an open world called Timber’s Island, and it leads you to the 5 different biomes to complete the four races and there is also a boss fight in each world.

Forza Motorsport 7 - Xbox1 and PCs

This is the ultimate simulation racing game and was designed for Xbox One. It was designed by the team at Turn 10 Studios who really outdid themselves in terms of features that seriously delight gearheads. 

There are more than 700 vehicles and wealth customization options, and it arguably has the most impressive car catalog in the racing game genre so far.

It is actually at the top of the car list with more than 30 locations that are scattered all over the world. What makes the locations even better is their dynamic weather systems affect the track conditions in new ways.

These Are the Most Popular Video Games for Racing
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These are some of the most popular car racing video games around. These are the kind of games that truly excite video game enthusiasts, so give them a try and get your motor running.