The best racing games for PC (2020)

There’s quite a few options to choose from.

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Racing games can be fun and entertaining, but which ones should you get if you’re looking for one to play on your PC? Are you looking for a realistic simulation game where precision is everything or an arcade-like game where your goal is to beat your opponents into submission? There are a variety of options available to PC gamers, and we here at Gamepur will go over the best of them, ranging from the most hardcore simulations to some fun arcade-style games.

F1 2020

F1 2020 is a great choice for fans of the Formula 1 seriesF1 2020 features a realistic simulation racing experience, assist options that are great for beginners, and career modes that allow you to either start up your career as a Formula 1 driver or control your own racing team. The title from Codemasters has a little bit of everything for racing fans, and it should be one of the games you take a strong look should you be in the market for a racing game.

Rocket League

If you’re not familiar with the title, Rocket League is not your average racing game. Rather than competing with other cars to finish first in a race, you’re inserted into a giant arena where the goal is to knock soccer balls into goals. The game maybe five years old, but it’s still going strong, and it’s certainly worth a long look if you’re interested in something a little bit different from your traditional racing game.

Need for Speed Heat

Need for Speed is a well-known franchise, and their latest installment, Need for Speed Heat has a lot to offer to the racing fans. Gamers can face some of the best street racers in the world as you ride all over Palm City, but when racing during the day, just make sure to avoid the cops. 

The game costs $69.99 for the PC, but that’s the price for the Deluxe Edition, which comes with the following:

  • 1 Starter Car — the K.S Edition Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X Starter Car, available from start in player garage.
  • 3 additional K.S Edition cars unlocked through progression
  • 4 exclusive character outfits
  • REP and BANK boost
  • REP rewards increased by 5%
  • BANK rewards increased by 5%

It also has cross-play capabilities, meaning you can play against your friends who have either a PlayStation 4 or an Xbox One.

NASCAR Heat 5

Ever wonder what’s it is like to be a NASCAR driver? NASCAR Heat 5 puts players right in the line of fire as you face off against either other NASCAR drivers in career mode or against friends and rivals in online play. Players can also compete in the eNASCAR Heat Pro League to drive for one of NASCAR’s official eSports teams. If you’re a NASCAR fan, or you’re just interested in the sport, you may want to consider trying out this title.

Grand Theft Auto V

Grand Theft Auto V is not just a game well-known for causing mayhem in the streets of Los Santos. GTA V also features a vibrant racing community, as players from around the world can compete in six different types of races, ranging from street races to bike and water races against as many as 15-30 people. If you’re looking to find out what it’s like to speed through streets while engaging in a wild story mode, Grand Theft Auto V may be just for you.

iRacing

iRacing offers gamers a variety of simulation racing experiences. iRacing players can race in authentic NASCAR races, Grand Prix circuits, or try your hand at the iconic Le Mans race, just to name a few of the options to gamers. However, it’s important to note that this game is not a traditional title, as iRacing players must buy a subscription (monthly or yearly) to get into the action. But if that doesn’t both.

Dirt Rally 2.0

Developed and published by Codemasters, players can Dirt Rally 2.0 feel what it’s like to ride in off-road races. Dirt Rally 2.0 features eight tracks from the FIA World Rallycross Championship and includes licensed racing superstars and an authentic handling model. Dirt Rally 2.0 also offers a career mode that allows players to experience what it’s like to be in intense off-road races and online play.

Project Cars 2

If you’re a fan of motorsports, perhaps consider Project Cars 2Project Cars 2 offers players the ability to race across all four seasons, and gamers can choose from over 180 cars, including classics and supercars, to ride on one of 140 tracks. The title from Slightly Mad Studios also offers an engine that features realistic controlling and engine systems and a new and advanced driveline model.

rFactor 2

rFactor 2, just like iRacing, has received rave reviews for its authentic racing experience. In fact, the gameplay in rFactor 2 has even impressed professional racing teams, as several Formula 1 squads have used this simulator for training purposes. rFactor 2 features an ultra-realistic physics engine, customization options, and eye-popping graphics as gamers can race across real tracks in either online or offline play. If you want to use what the pros use, consider rFactor 2.

Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed

We’ve highlighted several PC racing games that deliver realistic gameplay, including F1 2020iRacing and rFactor 2. But if you’re looking for some wholesome arcade-style racing, you may want to take a look at Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed. This SEGA title includes 25 tracks, 20 characters, Grand Prix races, and the ability to hit your opponent with weapons to slow them down. If you’re a fan of the Sonic franchise, this may be the title just for you.