The Best Car Games of the Previous Decade


Posted on March 25, 2020 by John Lambert

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2020 has a lot of exciting things in store for us, especially in the fields of tech and gaming. Why, we have slowly been applying a lot of modern tech today to make video games much more awesome and much more enjoyable. We’ve been using AR (augmented reality) and VR (virtual reality) to make games more interactive, and we’ve been constantly pushing the limits of our hardware and software limitations for stellar graphics and gameplay. In terms of car games, we’ve been seeing much more realistic peripherals, and more fast-paced races.

And while we have a lot of games to look forward to this decade, we may want to reflect on some of the more stellar titles of car games in the previous decade. What exactly were some of the best car games from 2010 to 2019? Here’s our top entries:

  • Mario Kart 8 Deluxe 

    You might wonder why we’ve chosen Mario Kart 8 Deluxe over Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled and it’s a valid question. However, the reality is that when you’re looking at car games, even the original CTR was a far throw from the glory and imagination that Mario has brough to the genre. The new CTR looks incredible but doesn’t add much to the original experience that gamers loved. In contrast, Mario Kart 8 brings some fantastic fresh ideas to the table. 

  • Wipeout: Omega Collection proves there’s room for racing games set in the future. The collection – also the franchise’s tenth standalone title – serves as a remastered version of the previous two (2) games in the Wipeout series. Folks from Creative Vault Studios, Clever Beans, and XDev prove there’s a market for futuristic racing games, and their fans’ love for high-speed chases with amazing vehicles is proof this game is here to stay.
    • Players of Wipeout will be controlling ships powered by anti-gravity, each owned by different racing corporations or “teams.” These ships have different looks and different characteristics, such as shield strength, top speed, thrust, and handling. Each ship has an energy shield that loses power whenever they collide with other ships, barriers, and even weapons (!)
    • The game features nine (!) game modes, each from both games. These include Career Mode, Eliminator and Detonator, Zone Battle, Single Race, Time Trial, Speed Lap, Tournament, and Zone. Each of these modes offer different mechanics and thrilling factors, which makes this game quite exciting and offers a ton of variety.

  • Project Cars 2 proves there’s a market for technical and extremely realistic racing games. Unlike other popular car games in the market, Project Cars has gained a bit of notoriety for its extremely realistic and technical gameplay, forcing players to be on top of their game all the time and to focus not just on winning races, but maintaining control of their fast-paced vehicles. It’s this realistic (dare we say, Dark Souls) nature of Project Cars 2 that makes it extremely popular to its fans. This game definitely deserves a spot in our list, thanks to its realistic nature.
    • Project Cars 2 prides in its technical controls, with 140 tracks across 60 different locations based in real world places. The game boasts itself with tracks that have a “living, organic venue,” with changes happening “lap by lap.” This is thanks to a system called the LiveTrack 3.0, which changes elements such as dynamic weather, track temperature, and other elements. This applies to all sorts of cars and environments, which really makes the game very interesting.
    • The game has a whopping 189 cars to select which, alongside its new rallycross cars and tracks, and off-road driving, can add a lot of exciting elements to every match. This iteration of the game also has brands like Nissan, Acura, Honda, Jaguar, Lamborghini, Ferrari, and Porsche, alongside their top vehicles. While there aren’t any other vehicles such as Vespa scooters, the addition of these many manufacturers can make other iterations of Project Cars something to look forward to.

  • F1 2019 lets racing fans live their Formula One dreams. In this recent iteration of the Formula One gaming series, fans and racing gamers can finally experience what it’s finally like to be behind the wheel of the fastest types of vehicles out there. And thanks to improved graphics and realistic gameplay, gamers can experience extremely fast-paced races in high-stakes career modes and multiplayer matches. Players can also get to experience riding different Formula One vehicles, each one featuring their signature driver and even featuring tracks familiar with fans.
    • This iteration of the Formula One gaming series, just like its predecessors, features all 21 circuits in the 2019 Formula One World Championship. This also includes all 10 teams and the 20 drivers present across the tournament.
    • This game was touted as “the most ambitious release” in the Formula One franchise history, and it’s evident in its game modes. This is the first game in the franchise to have “driver transfers,” which will have their AI-controlled drivers being capable of switching teams at the end or during a championship year. These will all be randomly-generated, too, definitely spicing up the already-thrilling career mode.

  • Mario Kart 8 Deluxe proves racing games don’t have to be realistic to be fun. Why, what’s more fun than a kart game? Well, it’s to play a kart game with your favorite Nintendo characters! Given the franchise’s age and its reputation to be a game capable of strengthening (or destroying?) the bonds of friends and families, having a Mario Kart game on the Switch seems to make a lot of sense. And given the massive multiplayer capability of the game, players as many as eight can play this thrilling game!
    • Mario Kart 8 Deluxe features franchise staple mechanics, such as driving karts on race tracks, with players capable of getting various items that can help them get advantages or even hinder opponents from finishing the race. New to Mario Kart 8 Deluxe would be its feature of anti-gravity sections, allowing players to drive on ceilings and walls. This, including the feature of bumping into other vehicles to get a speed boost, can add a lot of spice to every match.
    • Up to 12 players can play in a single Mario Kart match, and there’s a ton of characters to choose from! There’s new additions such as Pink Gold Peach and the Koopalings, as well as new items such as the Super Horn (an attack-defense item), the Crazy Eight (gives players eight items), Piranha Plant (attacks nearby racers), and the Boomerang Flower (throwable against players). These items, as well as its 32 tracks, can make it very exciting for matches to be completed.

2010 to 2019 Car Games: The Best So Far

With the above games in mind, it’s fun to reflect and see just what might be in store for us in 2020 in terms of car games. As the previous decade focused more on “perfecting” car mechanics and introducing us to games that focus on realistic gameplay, what exactly should we expect in this coming decade? And while we already have yearly titles to look forward to in terms of both motorsports titles and popular franchises, it’s absolutely exciting to think about what mechanics and features car games will experiment with next.

If you think there are other games we should’ve included in this article, please do suggest them in the comments! Feel free to share your thoughts on these games as well!

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John Lambert is a racing lover at heart - in fact, he could consider himself a frustrated motorcycle racer. With a dad as an auto mechanic, John has been enlightened in the world of automobiles and racing at an early age. Thanks to his writing degree, John has been using his writing skills to write everything about cars, motorcycles, racing, and everything in between. And hopefully, when he earns enough, he can buy his own motorcycle and go pro

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John Lambert

John Lambert is a racing lover at heart - in fact, he could consider himself a frustrated motorcycle racer. With a dad as an auto mechanic, John has been enlightened in the world of automobiles and racing at an early age. Thanks to his writing degree, John has been using his writing skills to write everything about cars, motorcycles, racing, and everything in between. And hopefully, when he earns enough, he can buy his own motorcycle and go pro