Need for Speed is a long-living, awesome game series about customizing and driving the car of your dreams. Sometimes in an arcade environment, sometimes in simulation.
There were times when the NFS theme was legal racing, but at its root, its main draw was almost always illicit racing, with police pursuits and breaking the speed limit. With that in mind, these will be our outlines for the list:
- Intense driving in various cars.
- Arcade-y feeling to it.
- Good and varied customization options.
- Illegal racing and police chases are a big plus, like Need for Speed Hot Pursuit.
Let’s get down to it. Listed in no particular order because why should it be?
Sadly, the Midnight Club series didn’t make it to the list because, as of writing, acquiring its titles is problematic at best.
The Crew 2
Welcome to the world of preposterous America. Here you get to drive cars, boats, airplanes, and any of the 400 vehicles.
What to do with all of that? Have some stupid fun, through silly events, of course!
Fly through Manhattan’s sprawling metropolis, do a backflip from Mount Rushmore with a motorbike, or use Hoover Dam as a ramp for your boat!
With day/night cycle and dynamic weather, you could set out for an ultimate driver journey – from Florida’s swamps to Area 51, ice-covered mountains, to San Francisco’s famous bridge!
You Got Options
It’s an open-world game with so many vehicles that I haven’t seen even half of them. Seriously, not many racing games offer such sheer variety. You can personalize hundreds, literally hundreds of machines. The best part is that once you choose your setup, you can switch cars into planes on the fly.
While the steering seems simple, it’s more than made up with sheer choice. Customization? It got that, even allowing you to adjust interiors to your liking, which is amazing with cockpit view. Not to mention all the outside parts.
Yup, Still Updated
Even though The Crew 2 was released in 2018, it still gets updated regularly, with new machines and events through which you can unlock those. Those range from action movie recreation, with police cars and pursuits, to popping a most epic of drift wheelies on an airport runway.
If you want in on the action right now, we have a nice offer on our site for The Crew 2 CD key.
Remember that first outline about high-octane driving? Yes. Just yes.
Do you want to race? In Burnout Paradise, you just stop at any crossing and start to burn rubber. You get opponents, a finish line, and complete freedom in how you get there.
Had enough of races? Stop, and the game will realize that you’re no longer going at meteoric speeds and quit the race for you. After that, you can further explore the map.
FUN Driving Action
This is the title where you turn your brain off, press pedal to the metal, and drive through the open world like a maniac. This is the game where wrecking everything and everyone, even yourself, but especially other players, is FUN. This title rewards your reckless, over-the-top driving at the speed limit of your car, with even more speed.
How? Because close calls, ramming into things, and jumping off of every ramp possible is how you get afterburner to propel you into insanity and beyond.
So go ahead! Dominate the competition and win. There’s no penalty for hitting others. It’s even encouraged, with slow motion of your enemies getting smashed into walls as your booster bar fills up.
You Will Create Traffic Accidents
Game modes? One of them gives you the goal of creating the most costly traffic cataclysm ever, while others allow you to have some cop and wanted racer action, stunts, or cruising on motorcycles.
And somehow, it all feels organic. The more you play Burnout Paradise, the more you let your impulses guide you through Paradise City. Here’s another ramp to jump. Here’s another shortcut. Oh, I bet I could smash through here on the next race.
And all of it to the best-worst music that many would declare cringe-worthy. And yet it fits like a glove to the mayhem you can visit upon those poor streets.
GTA Online Races
GTA Online, or GTA V’s online multiplayer mode, depending on your version, has some of the most sophisticated online racing I’ve seen in a long time.
When I saw the players’ night “stroll” through the Los Santos, my first thought was, “Wait, this looks exactly like the Need for Speed series!”.
Game Modes Limited Only by Imagination
And it’s only one type of driving competition in GTA Online. You have more games and modes than should be allowed. There are run-of-the-mill standard lap and From-A-To-B races, obviously.
You can also sign up for some more wild and creative modes. Transform races change your car into a plane, boat, or something else once you pass through a checkpoint. Stunt tracks are entirely another beast, with gravity-defying driving through loops, tunnels, and wild turns.
There’s also an amusing type of car racing, where you get a friend riding literal shotgun and shooting at other racers. And all that is omitting the wild creations of fans and modders.
Hundreds of Options to Personalize Your Stuff
Customization? Ho boi, is it there. You have cars ranging from… everything, to be honest? And all the money that you earn through various activities in Grand Theft Auto Online can be burned on bumpers, paint, wheels, rims, engines, and all that funky jazz.
If you’re a fan of hidden mechanics, there’s also that. Regular slipstreaming, there’s curb boosting, there’s a catch-up system, and a few more.
If you want to play it yourself, be sure to check out our store’s offer for GTA V CD key. Out of all the titles on this list, this feels the most like Need for Speed games.
Project Cars 2
And now for something different, where we shift the gear a little. Project Cars 2 had a bumpy start, yes. And yet, after a few years of patches and content additions, it became a real treat for racing enthusiasts.
Here we have hardcore simulation, where everything matters – from the wear and tear on your tires, through weather, to every singular part that makes up your car.
It’s a game that basically demands a wheel controller to fully enjoy, for the simplest reason. It’s such a neat and tight recreation of cars and physics that your real driving skills translate flawlessly into it.
Great sim not enough for you, you greedy racer? Then how about diverse and expansive tracks and vehicles to choose from?
This Game Has Wheels for Days
Think of a racing type of car, and it’ll probably be there. Think of a real-world track, and it’ll probably be there. You get Formula 1. You get off-roaders, rally cars, and even freaking go-karts. And from what I’ve experienced, most of those are supported in story mode!
So to all of you hardcore, real-world racing fans, I have one question: what the hell are you waiting for? You can get a CD key for Project Cars 2 at our shop, for a really affordable price!
Forza Horizon 5
Many of you might know the Forza series. Most of the titles are about that serious business of professional racing and recreating all the minute details of physics to a downright granular level. Most.
Forza Horizon series is less about the hardcore sim and more about crazy, arcade-y stuff. It’s all about the wacky Horizon festival “hosted” less than legally in a different location from title to title, and now? It’s time for MEXICO!
Landscape is Beautiful
And what a time it is… In this massive open-world fiesta, Mexico is recreated in absolutely gorgeous detail. And the developers didn’t forget how varied this country is. One moment, you might be striding through sandy dunes, only to enter one of the colorful cities full of winding roads. If that’s not your climate, you can travel to lush jungles with ancient ruins, or even race around volcanoes. Active volcanoes. Talk about scenic!
While having great scenery to dash through is a thrill, Forza Horizon also creates a great balance in other parts. You get all the mechanical customization you could ever want. Tires for better traction, engine parts, brakes, exhausts, suspension… And all of that enriches the arcade gameplay with unprecedented realism.
It’s All About Your Driving Experience
At the same time, you feel that everything is just to add to the FUN factor. I can’t put my finger on it, but it’s just a pure joy to cruise through the Mexican landscape.
Maybe it’s because of evenly spread stuff to do. You always have something, and you’re always rewarded for doing things, like exploring and driving recklessly, yet without being overwhelmed by it. Maybe because each of over 500 vehicles feels different.
Or maybe because of all the multiplayer world events that pop around?
All I know is that the ultimate horizon adventure awaits you, along with our offer for Forza Horizon 5 CD key on our site.
Whether you’re looking for the return of Battle Royale-style events, an exciting progress system, where you choose your type of events to unlock, or Drivatar (look it up, it’s incredible), Forza Horizon 5 is definitely worth your attention.
Support for Differently Abled
Developers are really considerate of those of us, who are disabled in various ways, and they introduced a lot of options for those people, so they can still enjoy the game – sign language for cinematics, reduced speed of the game, higher contrast option, colorblind mode, and a few others.
This isn’t happening in gaming often enough, so it’s nice to have that bit of effort.
Dirt: Rally 2.0
Ah, the series that was created thanks to the advice and insight of a racing legend and one of the rally icons, Collin McRae. At first glance, it looks like a simple racing title. Go through some country roads made from dirt and have the best time. Truth be told… it’s a bit more than that.
It’s Like Going to the Gym
Let’s get one thing clear: you don’t take Dirt: Rally 2.0 for a ride. It takes you for a ride, and it’s not going to be gentle. From group A cars that ease you into tracks while still requiring constant focus, to group B monsters that launch themselves forward the moment you touch the throttle.
Whichever of 81 vehicles (including DLCs) you’re going to choose, you'll feel thoroughly worked out after going through a wet, muddy forest road. And it’s a good feeling for the simple reason: getting to the finish line is an achievement in and of itself. It’s like that Dark Souls saying “Git Gud” applied to rally driving games.
You Learn as You Go
You get in, crash into a tree at the second sharp left turn. You think… “Hey, maybe I should balance throttle and brake more on that stretch before?” and you try again. It’s like that on every track. It’s an experience that you earn without some training montage holding your hand.
As time goes on, you learn each distinct car and its character, from powerful fiends, ready to rip and tear the road to more evenly mannered vehicles. You get to know how to manage your car in wheel trenches left in the dirt. You just learn, and it’s incredible every time because it always feels like it’s your achievement.
Even more so, if your reckless strive to shave off a few seconds ends up costing you a wheel.
Look at Those Trees. Look at Them
That goes without saying, the environments and cars are marvelous. At this point, it’s a given that racing games look splendid, but we shouldn’t be desensitized to a work of art. Barreling through sun-lit autumn forest, fighting against the car to keep it on snow-covered tracks, or just speeding across a well-mapped city. It’s a thing of beauty.
It’s not exactly one of the games like Need for Speed, but it’s a racing game of magnificent quality.
The only complaint I could have is that only one multiplayer mode allows you to see and bump the other car when racing against players online and AI alike. Otherwise, it’s just ghost mode.
Whether you need a single-player or multiplayer driving experience of rally racing like no other or just want to have some thrill with the reverb of those powerful engines, Dirt: Rally 2.0 is really worth checking out.
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As the spiritual successor of the FlatOut series, Wreckfest has a legacy. A legacy of twisted metal and rust buckets held together by amateur welding, faith, and grit. A legacy of car-crashing, driver-catapulting, reckless racing. And this game upholds this legacy proudly, with its own spin.
Become Metalbending Master
It’s demolition derby racing, with a robust driving model hidden underneath an amazing damage model.
As your vehicle gets dented, twisted, bent, and smashed beyond recognition, you will feel the change in control. And it’s great for pushing through all those cars because you will quickly see the wear and tear.
It’s even better because you get the option for two damage models: normal and realistic. Normal makes it easier to make it to the finish line; realistic is like Accordion Simulator: Car Edition. It doesn’t make it any less fun!
That also applies to circuits themselves, which is readily apparent after two laps at most. After a while, all that scrap will be covering gravel and tracks.
The big reason for that is AI. It’s absolutely NOT afraid of you. It will smash into you, push you into barriers, and single you out and make your life a living hell if you annoy it enough.
The Insanity Is Not Limited to Destruction
Wreckfest features some hysterical options for what you crash. You got classic cars, regular totally-not-Volksvagen unlicensed cars, SCHOOL BUSES, double-decker cars, RVs, HARVESTERS, motorized couches, and more!
And you can put them against each other in custom games, where you might even change the layout of maps. That’s a whole bag of wonder on its own. Have fun setting Boss Battle Harvester to compete against 20 regular, backyard-type lawnmowers!
Whatever kind of wicked event you’ll think of, you can play it alone or with friends. You can also buy your own Wreckfest CD key at our site, with some of the lowest prices on the market.
Not every racing game is like Need for Speed, but some are good enough to mention anyway. Besides, variety is the spice of life, so let’s spice it up a little.
Gran Turismo Series
Hardcore simulation with diverse and expansive license list for world’s greatest cars.
Gran Turismo has always stylized itself as the racing game for simulating the career of a sports driver, where you slowly but surely build up your name and your fleet of vehicles.
Although… what is a great vehicle without some great circuits? No worries here. The latest in the series got 34 different racetracks and 90 routes to play around with.
Fun fact: there’s a GT racing academy, that takes the best players and puts them into real cars. How’s that for authentic racing?
Arcade challenge racing!
Not much more to say about it, but not much is needed. Trackmania series is created for challenging and complex arenas to go through in single-player and multiplayer, and for you to create… whatever kind of racing circuit you’d like because each title has an amazing editor.
And that’s all, to be honest. It’s a solid title, with razor-sharp focus on physics-defying tracks and testing your skill. No less, no more!
We Got to the Finish Line
Making this list proved to be hard. I am not the biggest fan of racing games, but even that proved useful. I could look at all those titles with objectivity and less-than-usual bias. All, so that you, dear reader, can decide what’s best for you. Because gaming is about gamers enjoying games.
Whatever the title, just remember to have fun. I might be back with more lists later, in the meantime, if you want to get any of those titles quickly, check out RoyalCDKeys stock. It contains the best games on the market for affordable prices.