The best racing games you can play on PC today, from hardcore sims to arcade racers.

The best racing games on PC to play in 2022

Forza Horizon 5

An expansive, exhilirating open world racer that boasts 500 cars and the shiniest bonnets on PC. A huge amount of polish has also been poured into the stunning new setting: Mexico.

Release: 2021 | Dev: Playground Games

Arcade racing

Burnout Paradise Remastered

The only game on this list that lets you cripple cars in a bootleg Ecto-1. Blindingly fast, with gut-wrenching collisions, this remaster is one of the kings of the arcade racing genre.

Release: 2018 | Dev: Criterion Games

Arcade racing

Driver: San Francisco

A truly bizarre open-world racer that lets you 'shift' between cars at-will. Thanks to a retro-chic '70s vibe, Driver radiates style. An utterly oddball one-off.

Release: 2011 | Dev: Ubisoft Reflections

Arcade racing

My Summer Car

An essential experience for anyone with a passing interest in cars... even if the game hardly lets you sit in one. Part mechanic sim, part being a layabout in '90s Finland, there's nothing quite like MSC.

Release: 2016 | Dev: Amistech Games

Arcade racing

Forza Motorsport 7

One of the most all-encompassing vehicle-lovers sandboxes, capable of providing for those who just want to go fast in shiny metal cages, simulation die-hards, and everyone in-between.

Release: 2017 | Dev: Turn 10 Studios

Arcade racing

Project CARS 2

The driving sim that tries to do it all. Whether you want to smash through Swedish snowdrifts or go karting in Scotland, the depth of simulation is unrivaled even five years on.

Release: 2017 | Dev: Slightly Mad Studios

Sim racing

rFactor 2

rFactor will probably always feel rough around the edges, but it's the heir to one one of the PC's great racing games and one of the most impressive modding communities in the world.

Release: 2012 | Dev: Image Space

Sim racing

Assetto Corsa Competizione

Kunos Simulazioni’s sim still has a lot going for it, including a handling model to rival the very best and excellent wheel support. It's just a shame there isn't much singleplayer structure.

Release: 2012 | Dev: Image Space

Sim racing


With meticulous car and track modeling, this is as close to real racing as you can get on PC. If you want to squeeze the most out of this racer though, you'll have to embrace the fee-paying community. 

Release: 2008 | Dev: iRacing Motorsport Simulations

Sim racing

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