20 Best PlayStation 4 Racing Games

Note: This article was updated in February 2019.

The racing genre has seen a plethora of video games on the PlayStation 4 and there bound to be plenty more titles released in the coming years. We marked down some of our personal favorite racing and vehicle based video games available on the platform. While we think that these video game titles are the best racers on the PS4, we want to know your favorite racing video games by leaving a comment down below!

#21 Burnout Paradise Remastered

  • Developer: Criterion Games
  • Publisher: Electronic Arts

The Burnout series has been a popular video game racing franchise for a number of console generations now. Originally, Burnout Paradise released in 2008 that featured an open world, several different types of races and select game modes. It was actually just this year that the game saw a remastered edition release for the Xbox One and PlayStation 4. PC gamers are also supposedly receiving the game though, at the time of writing this, the title has yet to be released on the platform.

Within the remastered edition of the game, players will receive most of the DLC packs besides the Time Savers Pack, 60 frames per second support along with support for higher-resolution monitors.

#20 Horizon Chase Turbo

  • Developer: Aquiris Game Studio
  • Publisher: Aquiris Game Studio

Developers Aquiris Game Studio developed Horizon Chase Turbo to mimic the old retro racing titles from the late 1980s and early 1990s. The video game is all about speeding through a series of tracks This is one title that’s worth getting a few friends together and race against one another on the couch. Visually, the game also appears to be similar to the retro and highly popular arcade title, Cruis’n World. As such, expect blazing fast speeds, tracks all over the world and a plethora of muscle cars to choose from.

#19 Race the Sun

  • Developer: Flippfly
  • Publisher: Flippfly

Race the Sun is an endless runner-type racing game. Players take control of a solar-powered spaceship where the end goal is to see just how far you can take the ship. Of course, there are various objects and hostile laser beams to avoid otherwise you’ll end up destroying your ship.

Luckily, the ship can remain at a constant speed so you won’t have to worry about speedups. But with that said since the ship is powered by the sun’s light, if a player drops into the shadows then the ship will drastically lose speed. Outside of the main game, players will have a few different game modes to go through that alters game mechanics such as navigating your ship through a maze-style obstacle course.

#18 Absolute Drift: Zen Edition

  • Developer: Funselektor Labs Inc.
  • Publisher: Funselektor Labs Inc.

Absolute Drift is all about drifting your car around a series of objects or tracks. This is a simplistic style racing game that is played in a top-down sort of view as players will drift through a track in the shortest amount of time possible. There’s not much to this game which makes it easy for anyone to pick up and play.

With a total of six cars, players will be able to drift through over thirty different levels. Of course, if you would like to finely tune your skills then there are free roam areas in which you can practice drifting the different vehicles.

Zen Edition of the game is actually a free update which has added new challenges and events. For those of you who also enjoy a good competitive race with friends, there is an included online leaderboard.

#17 Driveclub Bikes

  • Developer: Evolution
  • Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment

Driveclub Bikes can be an expansion for Driveclub or as a standalone video game. The title comes from developers Evolution in which the cars Driveclub is known for has been replaced with bikes. With these superbikes from companies such as Kawasaki, Yamaha, and Honda, players will be able to race at intense speeds in over seventy different locations.

This game is filled with tours along with events for both single player and multiplayer. Speaking of events, players can even create their own events while tweaking the race-day conditions. New content is also coming in regularly with add-on packs which could include new bikes and events.

#16 Trials Fusion

  • Developer: RedLynx, Ubisoft
  • Publisher: Ubisoft

The fifth game within the Trials franchise and the follow-up to Trials Evolution comes Trials Fusion. If you’ve never played a Trials game, the title is more of a platform racer. Players control a biker that makes his way through various courses and obstacles though because of the physics within the game, getting through courses is easier said than done.

Regardless of its difficulty, Trials Fusion remains to be an amazing platformer. Since its release, Ubisoft has provided six DLC packs along with free content downloads.

#15 Need for Speed Rivals

  • Developer: Ghost Games
  • Publisher: Electronic Arts

Need for Speed Rivals released in 2013 as the twentieth installment to the Need for Speed series. The video game follows two different paths which the player can take on the role of a racer or a police officer. Each has their own style of progression and features that players can attempt to unlock such as EMPs, spike stripes or roadblocks.

There is also an open world environment aspect to the game for players to explore and race at different events. AllDrive was also introduced in the video game as a new social system where players could experience a more seamless transition from single player to multiplayer.

#14 Redout

  • Developer: 34BigThings srl
  • Publisher: 34BigThings srl

If you’re a fan of fast-pace racing titles such as F-Zero and Wipeout then you’ll want to check out Redout. Created by 34BigThings srl, the developers have crafted Redout to be a tribute to the old racing monster titles that was not only fast-paced but tough and fun experience. While we don’t think this title beats out Wipeout, it’s still a solid racing game worth checking out.

#13 Trackmania Turbo

  • Developer: Nadeo
  • Publisher: Ubisoft

Much like the previous installments to Trackmania, Trackmania: Turbo features over-the-top arcade race tracks with high speeds and a focus of stunts. While the video game features over 200 different tracks in four different locations, a track editor was included to allow players to create their very own unique tracks that can later be shared online with the gaming community.

#12 Gran Turismo Sport

  • Developer: Polyphony Digital
  • Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment

Gran Turismo Sport will mark as the thirteenth video game installment to the Gran Turismo series. The video game is described by series creator Kazunori Yamauchi as the first title within the new era of Gran Turismo games.

Gamers will find that there are three main game modes that include a campaign, sports mode, and an arcade mode. While gamers can race both online and offline with Gran Turismo Sport just like the previous installments of the franchise though it will lack dynamic weather and a day-night cycle.

One of the key aspects that gathered attention around Gran Turismo Sport was the ability to use the PlayStation VR headset. While at first the game was announced to be fully compatible with the VR headset, the development team has later alerted to fans that VR support will be limited to a special VR Tour mode.

#11 Dirt Rally 2.0

  • Developer: Codemasters
  • Publisher: Codemasters

When it comes to racing games there are really two sub-genres. You have your arcade-style titles that are easy to pick up and play. However, there are the more simulation title racers that offer enthusiasts to a particular sport or just racing in general that greatly tweaks the gameplay for a more realistic approach. Dirt Rally 2.0 is definitely part of the latter with players getting a real simulation heavy racing title. This is a game that offers a wide range of rally cars, stages and modes that would be aimed at those who generally love rally racing.

You’re going to find the ability to make tweaks to your car that is aimed at the course you’re dealing with, manage your crew, and simply race to face mostly the time rather than other racers. Codemasters have been around for some time now and they have proven to be a great development studio when it comes to racing titles and it really shows in this game. We’ve already taken a crack at the title and offered our pros, cons along with a few personal opinions in a Before You Buy episode which you can view up above.

#10 Assetto Corsa

  • Developer: Kunos Simulazioni
  • Publisher: 505 Games

Developed by Kunos Simulazioni comes Assetto Corsa. The video game is a simulation racing title with an emphasis on maintaining a realistic experience. Players will be racing through a variety of tracks with a nice range of race cars. This is another simulation based racing game so you can expect detailed physics from the way a car handles to even the tire traction on a track.

Furthermore, the video game was supported post-launch with a number of free content updates which helped bring in new vehicles and tracks. If you’re looking to enjoy a more simulation approach to a racing game then Assetto Corsa is well worth checking out.

#9 Sprint Vector

  • Developer: Survios
  • Publisher: Survios

If you enjoy arcade titles and are competitive then Sprint Vector may be the next title well worth picking up. This is a racing style video game but instead of vehicles, players will be skating through intense courses.

Players will be skating through courses while facing against a number of AI opponents or other players around the world. Of course, depending on the mode will determine just who you’ll be racing against. Being a VR title, the immersion for Sprint Vector will take you to intense tracks though luckily if your trailing behind, you can grab a power-up to use against your opponents much like the Mario Kart franchise.

#8 F1 2016

  • Developer: Codemasters Birmingham
  • Publisher: Codemasters

F1 2016 is a racing title based around the 2016 Formula One season and is the eighth installment to the overall F1 franchise. Within the game, players will be able to go through a career mode consisting of ten full seasons which is an upgrade to the past titles which previously only allowed five seasons.

Outside of the career mode, there are championship races along with customized races in which the player can adjust the time of day. Developers took great care when it came to crafting the performance control of the car with players having more sense of control with the vehicle.

#7 Project Cars 2

  • Developer: Slightly Mad Studios
  • Publisher: Bandai Namco Entertainment

Project Cars 2 first entered the market back in 2017 thanks to development team Slightly Mad Studios. The video game quickly became a competitor to other longstanding realistic racing titles as Project Cars 2 came with over seventy drivable cars, thirty unique locations, and over a hundred different courses. This is a nice upgrade from the first title from the series, but we still opted to rank Project Cars higher.

#6 Need For Speed

  • Developer: Ghost Games
  • Publisher: Electronic Arts

This game from 2015 was touted as a reboot of the franchise and players were expecting it to be the Need For Speed: Underground 3 that we never got. This game is a mixed bag with some high and low moments. The environments, graphics & cosmetic upgrades are one of the best you can find in a racing game of this generation.
Maps are big and diverse, they offer a seamlesss transition from highways to mountains and you’ll be constantly discovering new locations as you drive accross the map. The game does have some iffy car handling mechanics and police never really seem like a threat. The car list also leaves something to be desired but this is a pretty good game which offers amazing customization options for your favorite cars.

#5 Dirt 4

  • Developer: Codemaster
  • Publisher: Codemaster

The sixth title to release from the Dirt series is full of fast and thrilling gameplay. Focused mainly on rallying, players will find both tarmac and off-road races, various weather conditions, and Rally stages that spans from Fitzroy in Australia, Tarragona in Spain, Michigan in the United States, Varmland in Sweden, and Powys in Wales.

#4 Wipeout Omega Collection

  • Developer: Psygnosis/SCE Studio Liverpool
  • Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment

Wipeout: Omega Collection is a remastered release that contains both Wipeout HD and Wipeout 2048. This is a futuristic racing title that is similar to the F-Zero franchise where gamers will be racing in hovering jet type vehicles through a series of tracks. Both titles will run in 60 frames-per-second in 1080p or 4K depending on if players are enjoying the video game on the PlayStation 4 or PlayStation 4 Pro.

#3 Rocket League

  • Developer: Psyonix
  • Publisher: Psyonix

It doesn’t take very much to describe Rocket League. The game quickly exploded in popularity when it launched back in 2015 and its popularity still holds strong to this day.

Essentially, Rocket League is a soccer title though played with fast vehicles that can launch into the air to either block or knock the ball into a goal post.

#2 Dirt Rally

  • Developer: Codemasters
  • Publisher: Codemasters

Dirt Rally is developers Codemasters overall revised installment to the Rally series. Essentially, Dirt Rally morphed from the Colin McRae Rally series which first came out in 1998. Within the game, players will race in a variety of off-road terrain tracks on tracks set all over the world. Likewise, select tracks may have various weather conditions that could alter the overall feel of the vehicle you’re racing with.  There it a total of seventy different cars to choose from and over thirty stages.

#1 F1 2017

  • Developer: Codemaster Birmingham
  • Publisher: Codemasters

The latest installment to the Formula One video game series is F1 2017. This is the ninth installment to the series which is based around the 2017 Formula One season. Players will find that there will be twenty circuits, twenty drivers, and lastly, ten teams competing against another. Likewise, gamers can also tweak their vehicles prior to races in order to make complex upgrades that could give an overall better performance.