Once you have a racing wheel and a place to mount your wheel and pedals, you’ll want to start buying racing simulator games and practice your racing skills. What software you use largely depends on if you want to play online and race against others, what tracks you want to race on, what kind of cars you want to race and how realistic you want the racing experience to be. Some games are also only available for console or PC.
This list will help you choose the racing game best suited to you and your equipment.
Updated 03/24/2020 with new game recommendations.
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1. Editor's Pick: Assetto Corsa
Assetto Corsa is a highly regarded racing game with a realistic force feedback feel. It’s available for Xbox, PS4 and PC, but is most often played on PC – where an absolutely massive amount of fan-made downloadable content is available. The small Italian developer that made the game, Kunos Simulazioni, also offers official DLC including a Ferrari-themed ‘Red Pack’ with Ferrari F1 cars and three different Porsche packs.
In conclusion, Assetto Corsa offers a realistic driving experience along with good graphics, VR support, and an active player base, making it a near-perfect game for any sim racer.
2. Project Cars 2
The second installment in the hugely popular Project Cars series, Project Cars 2, takes the beautifully rendered racing simulator to the next-level with even better graphics, more content, improved force feedback feel and an absolutely massive array of racetracks.
If you’re a big race fan, Project Cars 2 is the game for you. It has a dizzying array of cars including real-world GT3 cars, IndyCars, rally cars and even fun stuff like karts. It also features just about every popular racetrack in the world including Spa, Nurburgring, Monza, the Red Bull Ring, Le Mans and so many more.
Project Cars 2 also enjoys an active user base, so if you want to race against others online, it’s another good option for you.
It’s hard to go wrong with this polished game, which is available for PS4, Xbox, and PC.
3. Gran Turismo Sport
While not the most realistic driving experience around, Gran Turismo Sport can still help you hone your driving skills and best of all – it features a very active online user base with real FIA-sanctioned online racing series.
Much like Project Cars 2, Gran Turismo Sport features a huge array of cars and tracks, but is perhaps lacking in real-world tracks compared to Project Cars 2. The creators of the game threw in some of their own fantasy tracks to make up for it, however, which are fun in their own right, but may not interest race fans as much as tracks like Le Mans or the Nurburgring, for example.
What Gran Turismo lacks in real-world tracks in makes up for in online activity. There are a huge amount of people ready to race on Gran Turismo Sport at any given time, so if you want to compete against others and even enter competitions for prize money, you’ll want to give it a shot.
4. F1 2019
If you’re a Formula 1 fan, you do not want to miss out on F1 2019. The official video game of the 2019 FIA Formula One World Championship, F1 2019 features all the official teams, drivers, and 21 circuits from the 2019 season. This year’s title also sees the inclusion of F2, allowing players to complete the 2018 season and establish their reputation before stepping into the F1 Championship.
Eighteen returning cars from F1 2018 join four new classics from 1990 and 2010, for those who purchase the “Legends Edition.” Those four classics are the 1990 Ferrari F1-90 and McLaren MP4/5B, and the 2010 Ferrari F10 and McLaren MP4-25.
Multiplayer support in F1 2019 boasts a new League function, allowing you to find and create your own tournaments or compete in weekly challenges. There’s plenty of esports integration as well, with a dedicated in-game esports area that makes it easier to sign up and participate in the online qualifiers.
Customize your Formula 1 race car by creating your own livery, or replay and share your best racing moments with a new automated race highlights feature.
5. Dirt Rally
Dirt Rally is a great game for the rally racing fans that are looking to get into sim racing. With a realistic force feedback system and a vast array of rally stages and cars, it’s hard to critique Dirt Rally in any negative way. It may not be of interest to those only into road racing, but for rally fans, it’s a must-play title. The title that succeeds it, Dirt 4, is also held in high regard and is another must-play for rally sim racers.
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