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It seems like racing games are back. Just this month we're getting Split/Second, ModNation Racers and Blur, three genuinely good and genuinely different racing games. But what's your all-time favourite?

Me? It's either Super Mario Kart, with its tight racing lines and brilliant mix of offensive and defensive power-ups. Or Geoff Crammond's Grand Prix series, the only racing sim where I've ever bothered to play a full season over full race distances. Or Burnout 3, the most thrilling and spectacular racing game I've ever played. Depending on my mood at the time, my pick would have to come from that trio.


    On PC it's Big Red Racing, on console it's the Burnout.

      Project Gotham Racing 4 was a blast - especially with my brother over XBox Live on the bikes. For now - PC only so DIRT and V8 Supercars 3 (where is 4?).

    well, considering racing games are my favourite genre, it'd be a long list, but I'll state my five faves:

    1. Stunts
    2. Burnout 3: Takedown
    3. Gran Turismo 4
    4. Crash Team Racing
    5. GTR 2

    Keep in mind, that's just the tip of the iceberg for me. :D

    I'll tell you dammit that nothing beats Crash Team Racing on the PS1.
    Mario Kart Double Dash on the Gamecube is a close second.
    My girlfriend and I bonded over that game before we got together, fond memories.
    Even before that though, kick ass game.

    Your mention of Mario Kart makes me do a double take on my own decision, but I don't find Mario Kart to really to a racer, more of a party brawler on wheels lol.

    I'd have to say Need for Speed Hot Pursuit 2 - great range of cars, well designed tracks, competent AI, great music and playing a cop or duking it out with them when you're trying to catch that f-ing McLaren made for a challenging and thrilling experience

      I see what you did there ;)

    Crash Team Racing!

    I could never stop playing battle mode with my mates overseas. The reflexes involved in deflecting missiles with shields and TNT were insane and there was nothing more satisfying than timing the exact moment to chuck out a rolling bomb towards the opponent.

    Absolute favorite would have to be Burnout 3. There's just something about the execution of that game that's bang on. Second would have to be Crash Team Racing. Don't know exactly why, but I prefer that to any Mario Kart game I've played, though I detested it's sequel.

    Back in the day I was really into Need for Speed: High Stakes on the PSOne. These days the Forza series gets my vote.

    For me, nothing has ever quite lived up to the awesomeness that was Carmageddon 2!! Granted the green blooded zombies were a bit of a disappointment, but that game as a whole was just oodles of awesome!

    iracing / live for speed

    Mine is Wipeout 2097 although I have not played it recently or even any of the new versions this series this was the first game that showed me racing was all about speed. Nothing beat the feeling that game gave me when you took a corner and just scraped up against the walls with sparks everywhere. Sountrack was pretty good also although I don't think I ever want to hear firestarter again.

      Oh the music... <3 <3 <3

    Racing games and me just dont mix. Super Mario Kart is probably the racing game i've spent the most time on, the 2 player splitscreen battles are awesome. And they lasted for like an hour each, only because after a while both players get that item stealing ghost thing, then its a waiting game to see who gets the red shell first.

    Forza 3


    I had fun with the Blur Beta and was looking forward to ModNation Racers until I realised it was a full release title and not a PSN offering.

    My all time fav racer would have to be Burnout 3: Takedown, living in Melbourne, working in Sydney for a Brisbane based project I lugged my Xbox and Burnout 3 through the airport each week for about three months. I played the hell out of that game and it was great online as well.

    I must give shout outs to Stunts and Super Mario Kart couch-versus too.

    Stunts! No wait Super Mario Kart! No, Wipeout 2097!

    Arrrgh I can't decide!

    Burnout 3. That game was so insanely addictive, and I got such a visceral thrill from the speed and the carnage.

    NFS High Stakes. My brother and I played this to death. Dunno why I enjoyed it so much, but I did. I loved the soundtrack too, so much so that I still have it on my iPhone.

    Rollcage. Again, my bro and I played this to death. I loved the destruction, the speed, the secret shortcuts, the weapons. Awesome game.

    Now I want to jump on eBay and find Rollcage..

      Rollcage! I totally forgot about that game, I hate racing games but there was something about that one that really sucked me in. Sadly, I lost it in a break-up property split. Guess I'll be looking on ebay eventually, too.

    I would have to say DIRT 1. (not 2...) I've wasted many a day just trying to edge an extra tenth of a second of a track.

    Oh, and yeah, stunts was awesome back in the day....

    OHOHOH, and I've just remembered another. Can anyone help me out?? I think it was called "Deathtrap?" but I'm not sure. You could drop mines I think. Man, it was so long ago, but I remember spending hours on it.

    Oh, and I also spent way too many hours staring into my monochrome green glow while playing Lombard Rally. It had killer grfx.

    Uni Racers for SNES!!!

    This is a game that I used to pull all nighters playing with my mate back when I was in high school. We would rent the game for a whole weekend and get his dad to order us take away pizza.

    It was one of the only games where split screen worked well enough on a small colour TV (no big LCD's back then!!).

    Ahh, simple days.

    I'll second the calls of Burnout 3.

    But mention of Carmageddon brings back fond memories... I'm not too sure that it's stood the test of time, though. I don't think it would be as fun today as it was back when I first played it. But Burnout 3 I can play over and over again!

    Wipeout (both PS2 version and PSP)
    Super Mario Kart (and to a lesser extent Double Dash)
    Forza 2 gets a nod too.

    On Console, the Original Project Gotham Racing. The perfect mix of fun and skill orientated racing. Plus the ability to win by Kudos makes this the most stylish racing game so far.

    On PC - Need For Speed II SE. The only racing game that I bought a video card specifically for (3DFX VooDoo Rush) So Much fun, but cannot be played today as the Video Card died, and software rendering looks like poo... Long Live the Mclaren F1

    Best Racers

    Arcade - Sega Rally and Daytona - still so fun to this day. I couldn't count how much money i spent on these games.

    PSX - Gran Turismo - was so hard but very satisfying to beat those licenses and endless amount of tracks. Why were reverse tracks always better?

    Xbox - Juiced and Burnout Revenge - awesome races, drags, drifting, police chases, really cool slow-motion crashes.

    Xbox 360 - Grid and Burnout - cool online additions like online races, owning the street, buying and selling cars.

    Not a huge fan of racing games, but there have been a few that have held my attention for a decent amount of time. In no particular order:

    Gran Turismo (any of them)
    DiRT2 (came free with my video card and ending up loving it)
    Need for Speed Underground
    Mario Kart 64 (multiplayer. 'Nuff said)

    I loved playing Flat Out. I have played it on Xbox & PC. GT Legends would be a close second.

    This is not to say that I don't like other racing games having raced Live For Speed a lot online in the past. Gran Turismo is a sentimental favourite but Flat Out is the racing game that I have had the most fun playing.

    I was blown away with what was done with Test Drive Unlimited and like this game for other reasons. Bringing an open world racing game to the table in the way that they did to revive this dying franchise was excellent.

    You wouldn't think that racing games would have a lot of diversity to bring to the table but there actually is.

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