Assetto Corsa (Xbox One, PS4)
If you’re after a hardcore, balls-to-the-wall hard racing sim, then Assetto Corsa may actually be the best one of the year. It hit PC a few years back, but its appearance on console in 2016 warrants inclusion on this list.
As far as handling, grip, weight, momentum, and just about everything else related to car racing goes, Assetto Corsa leaves every other major franchise in the dust: yes, including Gran Turismo and Forza Motorsport.
It may not have received much in the way of publicity, but that’s probably because it really is such a tough game: only the most hardcore of Gran Turismo and Project CARS players will be able to appreciate Assetto Corsa‘s obsession with realism.
CSR Racing 2
This is not only one of the best mobile games of the year, but it’s also easily one of the best racing games you can play.
CSR Racing 2 is a free-to-play iOS and Android sprint game, and aside from the fact it’s one of the most beautiful games on mobile (and across some console titles), it’s an impressively deep and rewarding racing game.
It has some awesome customisation options, and is fully licensed, too, making for the perfect fantasy drag racing experience.
The Trackmania series has always been a bit under-appreciated in my eyes. The gaming public just doesn’t get as excited about it as they should.
Hopefully Turbo changes that, because it’s perhaps the best entry in the franchise, and certainly one of the best racing games of the year.
A fantastic arcade racer, Trackmania Turbo manages a challenging balancing act between accessibility and depth, and pulls it off with few issues.
A fantastic sense of speed, wonderful customisation options, and split-screen (yay!), Trackmania Turbo is one 2016 game you shouldn’t miss.
F1 2016 is a must-play on the back of what is arguably the best career mode in a F1 game ever.
Codemasters are, erm, masters at the racing genre, and no game showcases that better than F1 2016. This is a superbly-balanced and deep racing game, with probably the best handling and AI ever to appear in the franchise.
It may still be a series made by and for F1 fans, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t give it a go: F1 2016 really is a super and highly rewarding racing game.
We’ve bumped this into 2016’s list because its late-2015 release on PC went a little under the radar ahead of the game’s April release on Xbox One and PS4.
Dirt Rally is undoubtedly the best racing rally sim on the market, making it not-so-accessible for newcomers but a welcomed addition to the franchise for genre diehards.
An incredible sense of speed and a wonderful commitment to the sport’s rallying enthusiasts, Dirt Rally is definitely a must-play for rally fans.