We list nine of the best driving games for girls to help you prove you have what it takes when you get into the virtual driving seat!
- DiRT 4
- Drift Hunters
- Angry Birds Go!
- Real Racing 3
- Trackmania Turbo
- Rocket League
- Forza Horizon 3
- Mario Kart 8
We all know that women can be just as talented as men can when it comes to being behind the wheel; Michèle Mouton won 162 stages in the World Rally Championship whilst Sabine Schmitz frequently still puts men to shame.
What do I need to get started?
We have tried to keep the list as varied as possible so that you can choose whatever platform best suits your needs. Whether you have an old SNES lying around in the loft, a smartphone, a gaming console or perhaps a quick blast your boyfriends high-end PC with a gaming rig while he’s out – the racetrack is ready and waiting whenever you are ready to take a moment to have fun or beat your lap times!
9 – DiRT 4
Platform: Xbox One, PS4, PC
If you are hoping to become the next Michèle Mouton then the DiRT series is undoubtedly one you need to try. We have opted for the ‘arcade’ style alternative here but should you feel brave enough to take on the simulator then make sure you also try DiRT Rally.
DiRT 4 covers all sorts of off-road disciplines, not purely rallying, and offers a huge amount of variety for girly thrill-seekers to get their fix!
DiRT 4 review
Polygon’s Owen S. Good delivered his verdict on the game:
“Experienced, novice, casual, committed, car buff, adrenaline junkie or anything in between, Dirt 4 has a sweet spot for everyone and it takes no time to find it. The game’s most profound strength is the unlimited variety and replayability offered by a simple course creation tool, which is well suited to rally racing’s basic appeal: hurtling into something new and unknown with nerve, skill and flat-out speed.”
“I’ve never been more charmed by a racing video game and I could not recommend any other more than Dirt 4, to anyone of any ability. Dirt 4 is a joy. When Jen Horsey, one of two English-language co-drivers, cheerfully calls out “and left five over crest,” it’s a bugle call. I’m on the gas with supreme confidence, rocketing into a gold medallion sunset, holding tight to the moment in one of the great summertime video games of the past decade.”
Read the full DiRT 4 review
8 – Drift Hunters
Platform(s): PC, Android, iOS
If you want to get some practice in while you’re on the move or when you’ve got a few spare moments then Drift Hunters is a great opportunity to quickly learn car control for those secret practice sessions your boyfriend doesn’t need to know about!
Since it is available free on mobile and as a completely free ‘flash’ game on PC, it is the perfect game to play whether you’re on your morning commute or if you fancy going sideways during your lunch break.
7 – Angry Birds Go!
Platform(s): Android, iOS, Kindle, Windows Phone, Blackberry
Let’s face it, we’ve all loved Angry Birds at some point. The creators just couldn’t resist getting into the racing market, and who can blame them? Think of this as a new take on games like Mario Kart with your favourite Angry Birds characters and heaps of craziness added into the mix!
This is an awesome game to play against people of all ages and a great opportunity to show them that girls are winners!
Angry Birds Go! review
Trusted Reviews’ Sam Loveridge sat down with the game and shared his thoughts:
“Angry Birds Go is the latest addition to the Angry Birds franchise and comes in the form of a Mario Kart-like racing game. This 3D adventure is a downhill, soapbox cart racer where you can play as all the characters from the Angry Birds series. It’s a rather brave move away from the 2D physics-based point and aim Angry Birds we’re all used to, but one that is still very appealing to gamers of all age groups.”
“From the outset, it’s clear that Angry Birds Go is easy to play and fairly addictive, especially for short bursts of time. The familiar, colourful characters are all there and each has their own unique power-ups to use against the opposition.”
6 – Real Racing 3
Platform(s): Android, iOS, Nvidia Shield, Blackberry
Electronic Arts latest offering in the Real Racing series brings sim racing into your pocket and the realism of this free game makes feel like you’re on the track when in reality you’re on the train for the daily commute. Just be careful not to get too carried away and nudge the person next to you when you end up in the gravel!
This realistic simulator is the perfect chance to get to grips with learning your racing lines and fighting to become the next female Champion!
Real Racing 3 review
IGN’s Justin Davis spent some time with the game to deliver his thoughts:
“I’m a casual racing fan, used to big drifts and nitro boosts. Despite its no-risk freemium pricing model, Real Racing 3’s much more realistic sim-racing style initially frustrated me. It’s a big adjustment realizing you need to slow to a crawl to thread through S-curves. Even after the fundamentals are down, RR3’s AI racers will eat you alive until you learn to brake into a curve in order to accelerate out of it. The game isn’t afraid to severely punish anyone that doesn’t brake early enough, or gamers that don’t learn their racing lines.”
“This is the best racing game available on mobile devices.”
Read the full Real Racing 3 review http://uk.ign.com/articles/2013/02/28/real-racing-3-review
5 – Trackmania Turbo
Platform(s): Xbox One, PS4, PC
If it’s fun and entertainment you’re looking for then Trackmania Turbo is the perfect thrill-ride for those girls who like some insanity added to the mix in their racing games. After being a PC-only game for quite some time, console users are now able to join in the fun with this latest edition!
Those of you who are new to the series, it’s a fantastic alternative to serious sim racing, which will undoubtedly provide you and your friends with hours of entertainment.
Trackmania Turbo review
Gamespot’s Jason D’Aprile went thrillseeking to deliver his verdict:
“Trackmania Turbo, has hit the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, and the result is as fun as fans of the series could have hoped. The game’s unique focus on time trial racing gives it a distinctly refreshing feel from the Forzas and Need for Speeds of the world.”
“The game constantly lets you know where you stand and frequently restarting the race entirely after a mishap is a common, and necessary, tactic to stay on top. The ghostly nature of multiplayer manages to alleviate any frustration from vehicle collisions while still maintaining a constant sense of competition. This system also allows for an absurd number of players to be involved in a single online tournament–even on launch day, there were easily 70+ cars in each race.”
4 – Assetto Corsa
Platform(s): Xbox One, PS4, PC
While we understand that simulation games aren’t for everyone, for us, Assetto Corsa is simply the best driving simulator out there right now. Ultra realistic physics combined with a huge modifying community, we had to include it for those girls who are serious about their racing.
Once you look past the simple, minimal menus the game becomes the perfect place to practice and improve your skills whilst being able to make any adjustments needed to suit your driving style.
With an impressively varied career mode and online community, it may feel challenging to beginners but it is incredibly rewarding once you learn how to master it.
Make sure you check out the huge amount of add-ons and mods out there as you try to beat Sabine Schmitz’ famous lap times!
Assetto Corsa review
Eurogamer’s Martin Robinson reviewed the game back in 2015, and these were his thoughts:
“When it comes to replicating the simple, intoxicating pleasure of driving, no game does it better right now.”
“You could put any car on any track and lose yourself in the simulation for hours, squinting through sun caught in the smeared perspex windscreen of a Z4 GT as it sets over Spa and you pick out entry, apex and exit points, or pawing an Elise this way and that through the swerves of Magione. Assetto Corsa’s laser focus on the driving experience works wonders – and when it comes to replicating that simple, brilliant pleasure, there’s no other game right now that does it better.”
3 – Rocket League
Platform(s): Xbox One, PS4, PC, Nintendo Switch, Linux, MacOS
Okay, so we admit this probably doesn’t fall into the ‘racing’ genre, however it kept us so entertained that we just couldn’t keep it off the list. Soccer and cars might not be at the top of every girls’ list, however this was made for those who need a little more of an adrenaline rush than lipstick and chick flicks!
The aim of this game is to get the ball into your opponents’ goal, which we promise is heaps more exciting than it sounds. Every moment is a chaotic thrill and desperate attempt to chase down the ball in order to score the goals and we loved it!
Rocket League review
Gamespot’s Miguel Concepcion undoubtedly enjoyed his time writing this review
“Every moment in Rocket League demands split-second judgment. Are you the assertive type who takes control of the immediate situation at the risk of being in the middle of a chaotic, unpredictable scrum? Are you more of a long-term planner, one who watches your cohorts fight over a ball in a corner with the confidence that the ball will inevitably escape. When this happens, are you ready at the top of the penalty arc with the hope that the loose ball will roll between you and the goal? This echoes Wayne Gretzky’s words of wisdom: “A good hockey player plays where the puck is. A great hockey player plays where the puck is going to be.” Rocket League offers countless opportunities to be Gretzky–or Nostradamus.”
“The joy of Rocket League rests on the countless plans that are conceived and discarded every other second in any given match. Trying to predict where and how the ball will bounce next is a game within the game. Despite the use of cars, Rocket League emulates the emotional surges typical of The Beautiful Game, such as the rush of an unexpected fast break or a well-timed header into a goal. With Rocket League, the promising concept of combining two wonderful things–cars and soccer–is equally magnificent in execution. You can’t say the same thing about, say, combining cake and fruit to make fruitcake, as the comedian Jim Gaffigan observed.”
2 – Forza Horizon 3
Platform(s): Xbox One, PC
We feel this is the best arcade racer right now and perfect for those girls who want to become street Queens!
While some of us prefer to lay down perfect laps on the track, others like to just cruise or race on the streets, perhaps occasionally enjoying the feeling of kicking the back-end out a little without the fear of expensive accidents or flashing blue lights in the rear view mirror!
If you get bored of the road, the game continues to reward your off-road exploring. If it is pure driving satisfaction that you’re looking for, this is one of the most enjoyable game out there.
Forza Horizon 3 review
PCGamer’s Phil Savage viewed his thoughts on the game:
“Forza Horizon 3 isn’t just a racing game. It’s a huge, varied playground full of things to do in cars. The titular Horizon is a festival, where enthusiasts come to race, pull stunts and enjoy the open road. In Forza Horizon 3 you take over a condensed but varied slice of Australia. There’s city streets, beaches, forests, fields, and a large patch of the Outback. The festival conceit is a great way to link multiple classes of vehicles racing across many different terrains, all under the umbrella of a unified celebration of competition, collaboration and skill.”
“Forza Horizon 3 doesn’t just succeed as a racer, but as an open world game. Each activity provides a variety of rewards. Money lets you buy new cars. XP rewards you with a ‘wheel spin’ each time you rank up—a slot machine payout of credits or high-end vehicles. Fans, the main currency of progression, allow you to upgrade festival sites, filling up the map with even more things to do. The best of all, though, is skill points. These are earned for driving feats, which in Forza Horizon 3 means everything from drifts, near misses and clean racing, to trading paint with opponents, doing big jumps and knocking over bins.”
1 – Mario Kart 8
Platform(s): Wii U, Nintendo Switch
The Mario Kart series is one of the longest-running racing games out there, for very valid reasons. When Nintendo released Super Mario Kart in 1992, it took the gaming world by storm and the original version is still regarded as one of the best releases of all time.
Now on the 8th title in the series, it’s more fun than ever and a great opportunity for a level playing field to beat your boyfriend or friends and family of all ages while you all have heaps of fun!
We recommend any version of the game you can get your hands on, make sure you collect the power-ups and then power slide your way to victory!
Mario Kart 8 review
IGN’s Jose Otero had heaps of fun before giving his opinions on the game:
“Mario Kart 8 is the best kart racing game Nintendo has made in a long time. It strikes a careful balance between refining old ideas while introducing fresh new ones. Admittedly, its gorgeous graphics and jazzy orchestrated soundtrack bolster its presentation, but you’re getting a lot more than just looks with this one – although I spent an awful lot of time gawking at the details in slow-motion, the fast and furious pace of racing with friends both locally and online is what really kept me coming back.”
“Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is an amazing game for all the same reasons I mentioned in our original review. It’s still a gorgeous kart racer and every bit as addictive as it was in 2014. This is the best entry in the series so far, and it has all the content you’ll need. Returning players have seen a lot of this game before, but the overhauled Battle mode and its five additional ways to play are a great reason to pick it up.”
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