VR racing games are here, and today we’ll put the pedal to the metal and see what’s out there. Have you wondered what it would be like to park away that old excuse for a vehicle in your garage, and trade it in for the real thing?
Imagine how awesome it would feel like to reach into your pocket to grasp the keys to a brand-new Mercedes AMG Vision GT. That’s right, just walk right over, slam the door, take it for a spin and discover everything that magnificent beast is capable of.
With the adaptation of virtual reality, now you can. VR racing games are awesome, and even though the high-quality ones are few and far between, we’ll do our best to present to you the juiciest games available for you to commandeer in 2019. If you happen to have a race-wheel stored somewhere, you’ll love it even more.
Car racing games has been around for a long time, and recent non-VR titles have really managed to make the entire experience seem almost like real life. Through the use of consumer-level virtual reality consoles like the PlayStation VR, Oculus Rift or HTC Vive, those experiences become much more life-like.
These are the best VR racing games as of 2019:
Assetto Corsa is widely regarded as one of the most realistic racing simulators available on any platform, ever. It sprouted a massive community of die-hard racing fans when it released on 19 December 2014. Since then it has only risen in fame, and the massive community has managed to keep the game alive across all major platforms. What makes Assetto Corsa so unique is how realistic it is, and the fact that the game is moddable beyond what is usually expected in a traditional racing simulator.
Developer: Kunos Simulazioni
Project Cars 2 is coming up as the first mention of today's best VR racing games. While the title is not built specifically for virtual reality, the VR-based features that are available are pretty remarkable. The successor to the original game which packed a whopping 8.90/10 score on IGN, comes out-of-the-box with access to a vast collection 180 cars. For a full guide on how to setup your game for VR, head over to projectcarsgame.com and have a read on what you need to do to get started.
Developer: Slightly Mad Studios
Driveclub VR is a traditional car racing game for virtual reality, and was one of the first titles to launch along with the PlayStation VR. The game has 3 separate modes you can try: Tour, Single-Player, and Multiplayer. Tour being the most popular choice, and the one in which you will spend the majority of your hours if you’re playing on your own.Driveclub VR is exceptionally beautiful, and if you haven’t tried a VR racing game before, then this one is preferred over anything else on the list. Unlike Dirt Rally, you can start this off without experiencing a trial by fire.
Developer: Evolution Studios
Dirt Rally VR conquers the podium for the grand prize, and the title of the Best VR Racing Game to play in 2018. This game might just turn any VR racing rookie into a big ball of sweat and anxiety in a matter of minutes. The seasoned professional gamer will nod along knowingly, spotting a great rally-simulation game when he/she sees one. The game is clearly an essential download for the avid racing fan, who happens to also have a PlayStation VR on the shelves. What makes Dirt Rally so incredibly popular is that it so accurately replicates real-life racing. If you are any kind of a driver with a knack for speed and quick decision-making, you're going to love it. It is however, not advisable for you to expect to master the game within the first few sessions. Like most difficult things, this thing takes a lot of practice even getting used to.
WipEout is to day one of the most recklessly hillarious experiences that comes for the PlayStation VR, in the form of a VR racing game. There’s a fair few developers out there who has given adrenaline-inducing VR races a go, but with 26 reversible tracks, 46 unique ships and a whopping 9 modes of game modes, WipEout is a must-try experience, Strap in, for a hecticc but humorous sense of immersion as you rush all over every nook and cranny of this sci-fi race game.
Developer: Clever Beans
Special Mention: Need for Speed – No Limits VR
Need for Speed is up first with their latest push - a smartphone-based application for DayDream View users. If would like to get started with virtual reality based racing, and don't yet have yourself a big, bad HTC Vive, PlayStation VR or Oculus, then this easily accessible racing app may be just what you need. Built by EA games, and distributed on the app store, Need for Speed is literally just a few clicks away from a play through. The game itself is gorgeously well presented in terms of visual fidelity, and the controls are a breeze.
Developer: Electronic Arts
Distance was launched back in 2018, and was not actually built for the use of virtual reality, but has since received VR-support. As far as racing games goes, this is arguably one of the most time-consuming beasts on today’s list. The atmospheric wonderland is something that can leave a person lost for hours on end, to say nothing of the music!
Summary: Top 5 Best VR Racing Games of All Time
With that we reach the end of our list, and our list of best VR racing games slows to a halt. As time goes by, we will be adding more high-speed and exciting racers to the mix. If you would like to check out more VR-games to fill up your inventory, don’t forget to head over to our lists of the best PlayStation VR, Horror and RPG games.
If you feel like we have missed any essential titles in the top list, please let us know in the comments below, and we will take your submission up for review. We will aim to keep this overview as the ultimate overview of the genre.