Tuesday, 21 July 2020

TOP 10 Nintendo Switch Racing Games

10. Horizon Chase Turbo

If you’re of the persuasion that ‘they don’t make racing games like they used to’, Horizon Chase Turbo is the game for you. The spiritual successor to SEGA’s OutRun, it combines pseudo-16 bit graphics with tight racing mechanics to make one hell of a fun time. It’s also worth mentioning that this is probably the fastest racing game on the Switch to date - we’re talking F-Zero levels of speed. Buckle up!

9. FIA European Truck Racing Championship

Like racing games but think the cars are too small? FIA European Truck Racing Championship is the game for you. You control officially licensed big rig trucks, which requires balancing traditional racing mechanics with a unique brake cooling system, adding a nice touch of resource management to the experience. It’s ridiculous and larger than life, and it’s for these reasons that we love it.

8. WRC 8

WRC 8 is the perfect game if you like to get dirty… in a muddy rally car that is! The latest entry in the storied rally championship series, WRC 8 features a comprehensive career mode, 100 unique tracks and a solid 30fps in docked mode. Like rally driving itself, it’s a difficult game to master, requiring split-second decision making. But this also makes it one of the most satisfying racing sims on this list.

7. Nickelodeon Kart Racers

An often-overlooked entry in the kart racer genre, Nickelodeon Kart Racers deserves your attention. It might not change the formula perfected by Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, but the addition of Nickelodeon’s pantheon of toon characters makes it a lot of fun. Don’t expect to find Ren and Stimpy or any characters from Rocko’s Modern Life, but if you’re a younger gamer, all your favourites can be found here.

6. Grip: Combat Racing

Essentially Rollcage for the modern generation, Grip is full-throttle fun. You can drive on any surface: the ground, walls and even the ceiling, in highspeed, low-gravity races. Throw in extensive vehicle customisation options and some cool course designs, and you’ve got a larger than life racer that’s not to be missed.

5. Gear.Club Unlimited

Featuring over 30 iconic cars, 200 unique courses and a meaty career mode to sink your teeth into, Gear.Club Unlimited is an underrated gem not to be missed. Couple this with gorgeous graphics that really pop on the Switch screen and gameplay that deftly straddles the line between arcade accessibility and realistic driving physics, and you’re on to a winner. See you on the track!

4. Moto GP 19

The latest entry in the Moto GP series remains the high benchmark for motorcycle sims. An advanced AI system means your opponents react to you and other racers in real time, meaning no two laps will ever feel the same, making for one of the most realistic motorcycling sims ever. Couple this with a meaty career mode, as well as a chance to play using bikes from some of the most famous races in history, and you’ve got one of the best racing games ever to grace a handheld console.

3. Team Sonic Racing

Often overlooked in the world of character kart racers, Team Sonic Racing is definitely worth your time. Why? Unlike many of its peers, it has a full campaign full of races and challenges, and an overall emphasis on teamwork. Whether you’re playing solo or in multiplayer co-op, you’ll have to work with a cavalcade of characters to ensure you finish at the top of the podium.

2. Crash Team Racing Nitro Fuelled

This remaster of the cult classic kart racer has managed to retain all of the charm and fun of the original CTR, making it a great game for local co-op or tearing up the leaderboards online. But this isn’t just cheap nostalgia bait, and developers Beenox have added more than a graphical update. Brand new unlockable kart parts, character skins and customisation items means there’s even more incentive to be the fastest on the track.

1. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

The king of the kart racers, nothing comes close to Mario Kart on the Switch. With the near-perfect balance between pick-up-and-playability and challenge, MK8D truly does cater for everyone. Whether entertaining your grandparents or duking it out with the best online, you’ll find a satisfying experience no matter what you’re looking for.

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