The Best Current PC Racing Games

Note: This article was updated in August of 2019.

From gunning down the straightaway, drifting through tight corners, and tweaking your vehicle to get even better performance, racing titles have been incredibly fun for car enthusiasts to casual gamers. There are plenty of great racing video games available to enjoy right now on the PC platform.

Now over the years, some titles can look and feel a bit dated. We’ve crafted a list of racing titles that not only still hold up today but are fantastic games to play. With that said, we’ll continue to update this list with new exciting titles as they release.

Of course, we would like to know what your favorite racing video game titles are on the PC platform. Let us know by leaving a comment down below. While we wait for new racing title announcements and releases, check out our current favorite racing games for the PC down below.

#14 Dangerous Driving

  • Developer: Three Fields Entertainment
  • Publisher: Three Fields Entertainment

Dangerous Driving comes from Three Fields Entertainment, a new indie development studio that was first released a video game in 2016. Overall, the team is mainly composed of former Criterion Games who were mainly known for the Burnout series. As a result, the development team from Three Fields Entertainment decided to craft up a spiritual sequel to the beloved racing series.

For those who may be unfamiliar with the Burnout franchise, this game series focuses on intense racing with plenty of car wrecks along the way. Players are not only rewarded by the position they cross the finish line but the points racked up along the way. You’ll find yourself earning points for near-miss collisions and causing other players to wreck. Of course, there will be a few game modes available which may alter the goals you’ll need to accomplish during the race such as eliminating opponents, leaving yourself the last man racing.

#13 Team Sonic Racing

  • Developer: Sumo Digital
  • Publisher: SEGA
  • Platforms: PC, NS, PS4, XBO
  • Release: May 21, 2019

Nintendo really set the bar high when it comes to kart racers thanks to the Mario Kart franchise. While Nintendo is doing well with their exclusive franchise, Sega has opened up the Sonic Racing series from the start in 2010 with Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing. Essentially, this is very similar to the Mario Kart gameplay but instead of Mario and the cast of Nintendo characters, you’ll be trading them off for a cast from Sega’s line of video game titles along with tracks designed around their various IPs. This title will be similar to the previous two installments though developers, Sumo Digital, are hoping it stands out enough to be its own title when it launches.

One of the ways that Sumo Digital is making Team Sonic Racing different compared to previous installments is that they are dropping out all IPs outside of Sonic. Instead, the installment will solely be based around Sonic, the cast of characters within it, and likely memorable courses made from the franchise.

#12 The Crew 2

  • Developer: Ivory Tower
  • Publisher: Ubisoft
  • Platforms: PC, PS4, XBO
  • Release: March 16, 2018

Within The Crew 2, players will find an open world environment to roam and race though unlike most racing video game titles, The Crew 2 won’t limit players to just cars.

Instead, within the video game, players can traverse and race cars, boats, or even planes. As for the narrative of The Crew 2, players take on the role of an unknown racer who must work his way up the ranks.

#11 Trials Fusion

  • Developer: RedLynx, Ubisoft
  • Publisher: Ubisoft
  • Platforms: PC, PS4, X360, XBO
  • Release: April 24, 2014

The fifth game within the Trials franchise and the follow-up to Trials Evolution is 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 of 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.

#10 Redout

  • Developer: 34BigThings
  • Publisher: 34BigThings
  • Platforms: PC, NS, PS4, XBO
  • Release: September 2, 2016

If you’re a fan of fast-paced racing titles such as F-Zero and WipeOut then you’ll want to play Redout. Developed 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 a tough and fun experience.

Likewise, there is optional VR support available for those who really want to get into the action.

#9 TrackMania Turbo

  • Developer: Nadeo
  • Publisher: Ubisoft
  • Platforms: PC, PS4, XBO
  • Release: March 24, 2016

Much like the previous installments to Trackmania, Trackmania: Turbo features over-the-top arcade race tracks with high speeds and a focus on stunts. While the video game features over 200 different tracks in four different locations, a track editor was included to allow players to create tracks and share them online.

Those who are not interested in the more realistic simulation style racing titles will likely gravitate to titles like TrackMania Turbo. Players will find the intense, fast and wacky gameplay to be rather addicting especially thanks to the various game modes. For instance, there is the Double Driver mode where two  players will work cooperatively by controlling the same vehicle.

#8 Dirt rally 2.0

  • Developer: Codemasters
  • Publisher: Codemasters
  • Platforms: PC, PS4, XBO
  • Release: February 26, 2019

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.

#7 Project Cars 2

  • Developer: Slightly Mad Studios
  • Publisher: Bandai Namco Entertainment
  • Platforms: PC, PS4, XBO
  • Release: September 22, 2017

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 cars to race in, thirty unique locations, and over a hundred different courses.

Overall the game was hit with some decent reviews where critics found the game to be great in terms of customization options along with the wide variety of tracks. Gameplay also offers a wide variety of different game modes to go through such as online championships and a ranking system for players interested in the E-sports aspect of gaming.

#6 Dirt 4

  • Developer: Codemasters
  • Publisher: Codemasters
  • Platforms: PC, PS4, XBO
  • Release: June 6, 2017

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 along with Rally stages that spans from Fitzroy in Australia, Tarragona in Spain, Michigan in the United States, Varmland in Sweden, and Powys in Wales.

#5 F1 2018

  • Developer: Codemasters Birmingham
  • Publisher: Codemasters
  • Platforms: PC, PS4, XBO
  • Release: August 24, 2018

The F1 video game series has been a popular simulator style racing title that follows the different Formula One World Championship seasons. For fans of the sport and season of races, F1 2018 will mark as a must-have especially for the variety of tweaks and adjustments you can make to the car.

For instance, developers Codemasters have noted that players will still be able to make revisions to the engine, chassis, and aerodynamics of the car. However, there will be a step down in terms of complexity from the previous F1 iteration as players were losing interest in the development cycle of the car prior to completing the season.

If you picked up F1 2017 and found it to be just a bit too complex to enjoy fully then F1 2018 may prove to be a worthy purchase.

#4 Assetto Corsa

  • Developer: Kunos Simulazioni
  • Publisher: Kunos Simulazioni, 505 Games
  • Platforms: PC, PS4, XBO
  • Release: December 19, 2014

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 variety of race cars that will have detailed physics and tire simulation.

Outside enjoying the game with various peripherals such as gamepads, wheels, mouse, and keyboard, Assetto Corsa does offer the ability to use VR head-mounted displays. 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.

#3 Forza Motorsport 7

  • Developer: Turn 10 Studios
  • Publisher: Microsoft Studios
  • Platforms: PC, XBO
  • Release: October 3, 2017

While Sony has the Gran Turismo series, Microsoft holds their own beloved racing series, Forza. Developed by Turn 10 Studios, Forza Motorsport 7 is the latest installment within the main franchise, players will have over 700 vehicles to choose from with over 32 locations to race within. Likewise, this particular installment has a dynamic weather system along with the ability to customize a few components to the race such as the driver who is behind the wheel.

#2 Forza Horizon 3

  • Developer: Playground Games
  • Publisher: Microsoft Studios
  • Platforms: PC, XBO
  • Release: September 27, 2016

Released in 2016, Forza Horizon 3 continues to be a fantastic title within the Forza franchise. This particular installment follows player racing through several locations within Australia with over 300 different cars. Gamers will find that there are plenty of drift zones, jumps, and events to attempt during their races. Likewise, a number of updates and DLC releases have introduced new cars and tracks to race on.

Despite this game being a previous installment to the Forza Horizon franchise with the fourth game already available, players will still find an active community playing through this title.

#1 Forza Horizon 4

  • Developer: Playground Games
  • Publisher: Microsoft Studios
  • Platforms: XBO, PC
  • Release: October 2, 2018

The Forza series, in general, does fantastic in the market though that statement is especially true with their Horizon line. Forza Horizon 4 will still follow the same feel and tone as the past installments though it will be taking place in a fictionalized United Kingdom.

With over four hundred licensed cars, players can race among each other through the variety of intense high-speed tracks. Likewise, there are servers that will support up to seventy-two players making races filling and competitive.