TopGear.com have taken on the mammoth task of putting together a list of the best 50 driving sims ever.

The games on the list range from hyper-realistic simulations to cartoonish arcade racers, spanning across four decades and numerous gaming systems. After much heated discussion and chair throwing, the Top Gear team declared the original Gran Turismo on the Sony Playstation as the greatest racing game of all time. Despite a number of bigger & better sequels that have followed over the years, Top Gear felt that the original was the groundbreaking game that set the standard for everything that came after it.

Gran Turismo beat other strong contenders such as the original Sega Rally (released in arcades and on the Sega Saturn) and the original Super Mario Kart on the SNES, as well as more modern games such as Forza Horizon 3 and Rocket League.

Gran Turismo
Gran Turismo on the PlayStation 1

The top 10

  1. Gran Turismo – Sony Playstation (1998)
  2. Sega Rally Championship – Arcade (1994)
  3. Super Mario Kart – SNES (1993)
  4. Out Run – Arcade (1986)
  5. Burnout 3: Takedown – PlayStation 2, Xbox (2004)
  6. Daytona USA – Arcade (1993)
  7. GTR 2: FIA GT Racing Game – PC (2006)
  8. Colin McRae Rally – PlayStation (1998)
  9. Forza Horizon 3 – Xbox One, PC (2016)
  10. Rocket League – PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC (2015)

 

driving games

11–20

  1. Assetto Corsa – PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One (2014)
  2. Pole Position – Arcade (1982)
  3. Gran Turismo 6 – PlayStation 3 (2013)
  4. Forza Motorsport 6 – Xbox One (2015)
  5. Ridge Racer – PlayStation (1995)
  6. Dirt Rally – PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One (2015)
  7. Project CARS – PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One (2015)
  8. Need for Speed Hot Pursuit – Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC (2010)
  9. Grid – PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PC (2013)
  10. F1 2016 – PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One

 

driving games

21–30

  1. 21: iRacing – PC (2008)
  2. F355 Challenge – Dreamcast (2000)
  3. DriveClub VR – PlayStation 4
  4. RaceRoom Racing Experience – PC (2013)
  5. Crazy Taxi – Dreamcast (2000)
  6. Project Gotham Racing 3 – Xbox 360 (2005)
  7. Grand Prix 2 – PC (1996)
  8. Road Rash – Mega Drive (1991)
  9. Lotus Turbo Challenge 2 – Amiga (1991)
  10. Micro Machines 2: Turbo Tournament – Mega Drive, SNES (1994)

 

driving games

31–40

  1. Real Racing 3 – iOS and Android (2013)
  2. Destruction Derby – PlayStation (1995)
  3. Diddy Kong Racing – N64 (1997)
  4. rFactor -Windows PC (2005)
  5. Wipeout – PlayStation (1995)
  6. Hard Drivin’ – Arcade (1989)
  7. Test Drive Unlimited – Xbox 360 (2006)
  8. TOCA Touring Car Championship – PlayStation (1997)
  9. Ayrton Senna’s Super Monaco GP II – Mega Drive (1992)
  10. Chase HQ – Arcade (1988)

 

driving games

41–50

  1. Rock ‘n’ Roll Racing – Mega Drive and SNES (1993)
  2. Night Driver – Arcade (1976)
  3. Top Gear Stunt School Revolution – iPad (2012)
  4. Driver – PlayStation (1999)
  5. Stunt Car Racer – Amiga and Atari ST (1989)
  6. Spy Hunter – Arcade (1983)
  7. World Rally – Arcade (1993)
  8. Super Cars II – Amiga, Atari ST (1991)
  9. R.C. Pro-Am – NES (1988)
  10. Auto Modellista – PlayStation 2 (2002)

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