The Xbox controller was seemingly made for driving games, and it is no surprise that there is no shortage of quality racing and driving games for the big black box. Check out our picks for the best the genre has to offer.
One of the biggest racing games out on the market. There are hundreds of races, a huge car list, and several different types of races to compete in. The gameplay is a little funky compared to other games because style counts as much as speed. By sliding around corners and choosing the right lines, you get Kudos points that you can then use to buy new cars. The graphics are fantastic and the soundtrack is excellent. The best driving game on Xbox by far.
Need for Speed Most Wanted is literally the best of all of the Need for Speed worlds. It combines the great car customization and open world of Underground with the police chases of Hot Pursuit and the solid racing gameplay that the entire series has been known for. Whether on the Xbox or Xbox 360, Need for Speed Most Wanted is a must play for race fans.
Forza Motorsport is one of the best racing games on Xbox for a number of reasons. Great graphics, tons of cars, lots of customization, an extremely robust paint editor ... the list goes on and on. It is an absolute joy to play and is one of the most satisfying games on the system. There is nothing like tuning your own custom car to perfection and annihilating the competition with it. Pair Forza up with the Speedster 3 wheel from Fanatec and you're in for a treat.
Rally racing is an acquired taste, but once you get into it youll be hooked. Whipping around a corner at 120 mph with a thousand foot cliff only inches away is a thrill. RalliSport Challenge 2 presents the speed and adrenaline rush better than any rally racing game before it. This is more of an arcade style racer, so it isnt so realistic and is easy to get around the track, but it is very fun and I would take fun over realism any day.
At this point, there is little debate as to whether or not the Burnout series is among the best racing games ever. These games deliver a fast, easy to get into, and satisfying thrill that few games can match. Burnout Revenge continues that trend and stands as the best in the series and one of the best racing games on the Xbox. It makes a few key tweaks to the Burnout formula and the result is a fantastic game that deserves a spot in every Xbox owners collection.
The Midnight Club series has always been right at the top of the racing world and Midnight Club 3 is no exception. Tons of cars and customization options are available and the trademark lightning fast racing is back in full force. It isn't the prettiest looking game and there are a few bugs which spoil the experience a little bit, but overall this is a very solid racer that is among the best the Xbox has to offer.
MX vs. ATV Unleashed takes everything that made 2004's MX Unleashed so good and adds a ton of stuff on top for the ultimate offroad experience. You can ride motorcycles and ATVs and drive monster and trophy trucks all on the same race track. Throw in some helicopters and airplanes and you have something special. The gameplay is extremely sharp and the whole experience here is really enjoyable.
Driving is only part of the game in Grand Theft Auto III and Vice City, but it is definitely the best part. Grabbing the nearest car and just driving around is incredibly fun. Cars, boats, motorcycles, helicopters, airplanes whatever you want to drive is in these games. GTA doesnt have realistic physics, but that is part of why it is so fun. You dont have to worry about anything other than what is in the road in front of you. A great deal on two great driving games.
EA and Tiburon are back for another year of NASCAR racing and their 2006 effort is one of the best yet. Pretty much everything that was included in 2005 is back and even more polished this time around. The big new feature for 2006 is that you can now switch back and forth between teammates and the goal here is to strive for team unity and strength as much as individual accomplishment. It works surprisingly well and the end result is something that NASCAR and race fans in general will love.
The best Simpsons game ever, but also a great driving game. Hit & Run plays just like Grand Theft Auto, but it takes out the crime and adds in a load of comedy. This is another game where it is fun to just hop in a car and drive around. You have lots of cars to choose from and three different sections of the city to explore, so there is a lot to see and do. Hit & Run is highly recommended even if you arent that big of a fan of the Simpsons.