While children may spend year upon year craving to feel the thrill of the open road firsthand, and adults may only dream of taking a supercar for a spin against a field of opponents, racing video games have helped to scratch the itch from the very beginning. Over the years, the racing genre has produced some impressive titles, remembered for their over-the-top action as much as their technical perfection.
Spanning from local arcades to home consoles, and seeking to appeal both thrill-seekers and simulation fans along the way, racing games have come a long way from their 2D roots. Eventually, gamers came to expect more than racing from their racing games; but for purists, lighthearted cart racers or supercharged car combat simply can’t compare to old-fashioned speed.
Check out this list of 9 entries we helped put together that proves that evolution never stops in the video game industry, but no matter how shiny or pulse-pounding next-gen action might get, the best racers simply refuse to fade away. And share you top racing (game) in the comments!