As long as cars have been around, men and women have always been fascinated by luxury vehicles. From Mustangs and Corvettes to Lamborghinis and Ferraris, we have all been jaw dropped at one point or another over the sheer beauty and power of the some of the behemoth vehicles out there.
However, one of the ways we do feel like we own one of the baddest sportscars in the world is through racing video games. Sadly, the closest most of us will come to driving a Bugatti Veyron down a highway at 150-plus mph is from the comfort of an Xbox controller.
At Executive Auto Salon, we dedicated to providing you with the best at our body shop in Philadelphia. With that being said, here are is our top five favorite racing/car video games of all-time.
- Crazy Taxi – (1999)
An all-time classic arcade game, Crazy Taxi was turned into a video game in the late 1990s by Hitmaker, Strangelite and Sega Studios Shanghai. Released on the Sega Dreamcast and PC, Crazy Taxi took all the crazy antics that made the arcade game so great and brought it inside your home. PlayStation Network and Xbox Live versions were later released on the next generation consoles.
- Need For Speed: Most Wanted – (2005)
A standout title in the historic Need For Speed Franchise that even went on to produce a big-screen movie, NFS: MW is at the top of our list of Need For Speed titles. Police chases, a beautiful urban environment and an array of features and nuances that couldn’t be found anywhere else, NFS: MW was one of the best racing game of 2005. Sadly, Most Wanted was arguably the last must-play title in the Need For Speed once historic franchise.
- Midnight Club 3: DUB Edition – (2005)
There aren’t many games that Rockstar Games develops that are bad. The same guys that brought you Grand Theft Auto and Red Dead Redemption also brought you a racing game – and a great one. Providing the only competition to Need For Speed: Most Wanted for best racing game of 2005, Midnight Club 3: DUB Edition turned heads with the amount of customization options packed into one game. Although not the first game to offer customization of vehicles, no one did it as well until Rockstar Games in 2005.
- Markio Kart Series – (1992 to present)
One of the most famous video game franchises of all-time, Mario Bros., has dominated the racing scene since the early 90s. From their original release of Super Mario Kart in 1992 to the latest release of Mario Kart 8 in 2014, The Mario Kart series has been floated under many people’s radar as one of the biggest video game racing franchises in the history of video games.
- Forza Motorsport – (2005 to present )
Rivaled by the Gran Turismo that is exclusive to Sony, Forza Motorsport, the Microsoft exclusive counterpart has been dominating the racing genre since around the release of Forza 3 in 2009. We decided to go with the Forza series as a whole because the list would have been mostly made up Forza games. With a boatload of awards and the biggest library of cars in any racing game, Forza Motorsport is the go-to game for any racing purist.