Best racing games on PS4 2020: 6 driving sims and arcade racers you should try
Racing games have been a hot ticket item since Sony released the first Play Station. Each new year brings more great games, and each one brings with it realistic experiences and a wider selection of cars and tracks. The line-up is impressive – particularly on PS4.
Games like GT Sport, Project Cars, and Assetto Corsa bring with them unbelievable levels of detail and realism – the water and lighting effects, car details, and incredible physics engines, will make you forget you’re sat on your sofa. Of course, there are still games for more casual racing fans too. If you like speeding through traffic in a vinyl-emblazoned Lamborghini or slowly improving your setup over the course of many games, there’s a racing game for you.
Opposed to other racing games like Need for Speed and Forza, sim racing games offer a more immersive driving experience. With more controls and the ability to increase your experience through levels, the games we’ve listed below are more life-like than others in the same genre.
But how do you choose which to buy? Many racing games can, on the surface, seem rather similar, and everybody wants something slightly different from a game. But Alphr has here for you a list of some of the best racing games from the last few years that you can play on PS4.
The best racing games on the PS4 in 2020
1. GT Sport
Gran Turismo is a classic Sony game with great new features and functionality on each release. The game has managed to stay relevant and grow with the expectations of gamers for years.
In practice, GT Sport gives you one of the most immersive racing experiences ever created, with pristine graphics, exclusive concept cars, and a very well supported eSports mode, too. We need to mention it’s also available on PlayStation VR too, for an even more immersive experience! If you like racing games, you’ll want to buy this – it’s just a shame there are no classic cars! Read my review of GT Sport here.
This game gives players a more realistic driving experience with 4k resolution and 60 FPS. With hundreds of cars to choose from and dozens of tracks, there’s plenty to keep even the everyday gamer occupied.
Another thing that makes Gran Turismo iconic is anyone (regardless of experience) can enjoy the gameplay. From amateurs to those who have played Gran Turismo for years, the difficulty levels are just right.
2. Project Cars 3
Project Cars 3 is the third release in the Project Cars series. Offering a wide array of customizable cars and over 120 tracks, it’s no wonder why racing enthusiasts love Project Cars.
Although it features a similar amount of racers to GT Sport, Project Cars 3 covers much bigger distances. This installment is much different from its predecessors in nearly every way. Many players liken it to Forza, while others are more critical of the menu layouts and customization options that aren’t close to the options of Gran Turismo. One thing that has certainly improved is the handling though, making it a more enjoyable racing game.
3. DiRT 5
DiRT Rally is one of the best racing games I’ve played recently, though it’s somehow eclipsed by DiRT 5. The graphics are gorgeous, with day and night stages looking almost photorealistic at points, and there’s so much content on offer this time around, too. If you want to play online, bash into cones, or just mess around in RallyCross races, you’ll find a mode in Dirt 5 that lets you do it – and the handling is also amazing.
In simulation mode, keeping your car on the track is tricky, challenging, and extremely rewarding when you get it right – but an arcade mode keeps things exciting and enjoyable for more arcade-focused gamers, too. Play career mode and advance through levels or spend time running on over 70 tracks with various terrain and weather.
If you don’t like rallying yet, you certainly will after buying DiRT 5.
If you’re a fan of racing sims, Assetto Corsa is a must-have. Following months of delays on PS4 and Xbox One, the PC racer’s favourite finally made its way to the console in 2016 – and it’s the most realistic racing game I’ve ever played.
There’s a great range of cars and tracks to drive – including my local circuit, Brands Hatch – and DLC is being released all the time. Multiplayer on Assetto Corsa is by no means perfect, and the graphics don’t look as pretty as some games now, but overall it remains the best racing sim you can buy in 2020. Read our full review of Assetto Corsa here
DiRT 4 might have eclipsed it, but DiRT Rally is still a great game. With a steering wheel and shifter, this game offers one of the most immersive driving experiences out there, and it even has an optional PSVR DLC for Virtual driving.
Sticking with the driver for hire gameplay while also offering a career mode, this version of Dirt Rally seems to be a definite winner for enthusiasts and loyal fans.
It might not have the full licensing of the official WRC game, but with such good handling and attention to detail, who cares?
6. F1 2020
Every year, Codemasters releases a new version of its official Formula 1 game, and each one improves on the rest. While on the surface it might appear very similar to last year’s game, F1 2018 features vastly improved handling, along with all the cars and tracks from this year’s championship.
F1 2017 introduced an interesting progression system to cars, but it’s been improved substantially. There are far more improvement programs and practices available to help you improve, and an even wider range of classic F1 cars to drive.