The racing genre is full of incredible games, from hardcore racing sims to arcade-y kart racers. One of the best platforms for racing games is Xbox, boasting a slew of titles from franchises like Forza Horizon, Forza Motorsport and more. For someone on the outside, all racing games might look the same, but seasoned speedsters can tell the difference between a game that feels authentic to its vehicles and a game that struggles to sputter across the finish line.
Hardcore racing sims emulate what it’s like to drive the fastest cars on Earth, and allow you to tinker with their engines. There are also your arcade-hybrids, which have you driving real cars in often gorgeous and always extravagant environments. And then there are your arcade racers, which defy physics with outlandish vehicles and effects. From there, the list goes on and on and on. That’s why I’m here to make it easy for you and recommend some of the best Xbox racing games available.
This list is by no means exhaustive, rather it’s a collection of just the best driving and racing games for the Xbox family of consoles that I’ve personally played and enjoyed. I’ve played all of these games on the newest Xbox Series X, but all of them are also playable on the Xbox Series S and are backward-compatible with the previous Xbox One generation consoles. I’ve noted which ones are available for no extra cost with Microsoft’s excellent Game Pass subscription, but games do come and go from that service.
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Comparison of the best Xbox racing games
|Best Xbox racing game overall||Forza Horizon 5||$60|
|Best Xbox circuit racing game||Forza Motorsport 7||$45|
|Best Xbox racing simulator||Assetto Corsa Competizione||$20|
|Best Xbox Formula One racing game||F1 2021||$60|
|Best Xbox arcade racing game||Hot Wheels Unleashed||$20|
|Best Xbox rally racing game||WRC 10||$40|
|Best Xbox off-road simulator||SnowRunner||$30|
|Best Xbox demolition derby game||Wreckfest||$22|
There’s a driving game for everyone
Whether you’re looking to sharpen your skills or just relax and enjoy the ride, there’s a little something for every kind of racing fan and automotive enthusiast to enjoy. As I mentioned, this is by no means an exhaustive list and, with the next generation of consoles now pretty well established, I expect to rediscover enhanced versions of my favorites as well as a few new additions to this list. Have fun and drive safely… or drive recklessly; they’re just games after all.