We uncover the five best PS4 driving games of 2017. Each game includes a video, our comments and a professional review. Prepare to give those thumbs a workout!
What do I need to get started?
Console gaming is the most convenient plug-and-play solution to hitting the track and delivering you straight into the action.
Firstly, you would of course need to purchase or own a PS4 along with any modern TV capable of running HDMI. You then need to decide whether you are likely to play single player, online or split-screen multiplayer, if you intend to play split-screen then remember to invest in a second controller!
The positives with console gaming is that you do not need to worry about upgrading for new games; if it is released for your console then you can guarantee it will run smoothly.
We feel that racing games are best on a steering wheel and pedal setup, which can be purchased very reasonably at the lower end of the market such as the Logitech G29, right through to ultra-realistic, yet expensive, brands such as Fanatec.
A recommended cheaper alternative is to use the joypad that came with your console as these often good enough for basic racing.
Thankfully, after testing, we have managed to get away without any scraped knuckles or oil stains to bring you our list of the 5 Best PS4 Driving Games of 2017.
5 – Trackmania Turbo
If it’s fun and entertainment you’re looking for then Trackmania Turbo is the perfect thrill-ride for gamers 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 – F1 2017
Nothing quite matches the high-adrenaline thrill of being strapped into the seat of an F1 car, yet so few of us ever get to experience it. F1 2017 is the latest offering from Codemasters, which gets you as close as you can possibly get.
Renowned for their impressive ‘career’ mode, why not begin your own virtual racing career and see if you can become the next Lewis Hamilton?
F1 2017 review
Gamespot’s James Swinbanks spent 26 hours with the game to bring you his verdict:
“When it comes to the look of the cars, they’re nothing short of exquisite. Each of the ten teams and their magnificent machines are modelled down to the finest details, with their sleek carbon-fibre bodywork lusciously reflecting the world around them. Likewise, the circuits themselves also show off the game’s excellent lighting and dynamic weather, which makes a return from previous games. The rare occasions where high-res textures take a moment to load in are a minor blemish on what is an otherwise stunning looking title.”
“Codemasters has been on a roll with its F1 series for a number of years now, and F1 2017 feels like the culmination of those years of work. Where F1 2016 lacked a little on the career side, F1 2017 more than makes up for that and then some more. An improved multiplayer set up, a greater variety of race options and straight-up better cars to drive, on top of the stellar career mode and thrilling on track racing experience make F1 2017 simply the best Formula One game ever made.”
3 – DiRT Rally
If you’re a true gamer and you think of rally games, Colin McRae rally is most likely one of the first to come to mind from way back in 1998. Rally games have evolved immensely ever since and the latest offering from the DiRT series is no exception.
Steering away from what you may expect from the earlier DiRT games, DiRT Rally is their shot at creating a realistic sim that makes nailing manoeuvres such as the ‘Scandi Flick’ even more satisfying than ever! If you prefer the arcade-feel, perhaps consider Codemasters’ ‘DiRT 4′ offering.
With challenging physics combined with stunning visual effects, DiRT Rally is undoubtedly a must-have in any Rally fans’ gaming collection.
DiRT Rally review
IGN’s Luke Reilly spent some time with the game to share his thoughts:
“Dirt Rally is more than just the best Codemasters rally game to date; it’s arguably the best racing game Codemasters has produced in at least a decade. Perhaps ever. It’s certainly the best crack at a hard-core rally game since 2004’s heavily-worshiped Richard Burns Rally from Warthog Games. It’s brilliant.”
“There’s a specific corner during one of the German stages in Dirt Rally where your co-driver will supplement his flurry of warnings with a professional request: “Be brave.” It’s a slight left kink, framed on both sides by half-buried stones. To be honest I’m not certain what it is about this corner in particular that warrants the added advice – there are plenty of deceptive corners in Dirt Rally you can take faster than you’d expect – but “be brave” potently sums up how you need to approach Dirt Rally. Dirt Rally is a brilliant looking and incredible sounding racing sim that feels absolutely outstanding, but it won’t tolerate the timid.”
2 – GT Sport
Gran Turismo has undoubtedly been the heart of Playstation’s racing genre since it began in 1997 and this was once again the perfect opportunity for Sony to silence Xbox’s Forza fanboys. Whilst being an impressive game, we expected it to completely dominate of our list but it didn’t quite match our expectations.
With so many driving games not only featuring great physics and AI but also stunning graphics, GT Sport feels slightly dull in the looks department. Whilst the driving aspect is more impressive than ever, the lack of cars to choose from compared to rival games along with a stripped-down single player mode is somewhat of a disappointment.
Despite this, many fans will undoubtedly be more than happy and GT Sport could well be the perfect game for your requirements!
GT Sport review
Trusted Reviews Simon Miller wrote his honest verdict on GT Sport:
“Every car handles differently, and as closely to their real-life counterparts as possible, and if you have the finances for a proper racing setup, I imagine a large portion of your driving dreams will be catered for. The emphasis is on how a car responds and feels when you put your foot down. Here, GT is as good as it’s ever been.”
“Gran Turismo Sport is worthy of the name and a great driving simulator, but a lack of content compared to what the series usually offers makes it a curious beast. If you love Polyphony Digital’s approach and cars, however, it will still tick a lot of your desired boxes.”
1 – Project CARS 2
You may be surprised that Gran Turismo Sport didn’t land the top spot on our list but with plenty of missed opportunities to hit the mark, Project CARS 2 has delivered the better all-round package this time.
After the love-hate initial edition of the game, which seemed to come with teething issues, it appears that Slightly Mad Studios have listened to the hard-core fans this time round to deliver a solid title.
It’s undoubtedly one of the more challenging sim’s to get to grips with, but we guarantee that once you nail those lap times you won’t want to leave the room!
With rumours floating that Project CARS will soon be releasing their own arcade-style game, could they possibly be working on a Forza Horizon 3 competitor for the Playstation market?
Project Cars 2 review
IGN’s Luke Reilly delivered his verdict:
“I enjoyed the first Project CARS, and I liked the way the touring and GT cars felt in particular, but not everyone agreed. A lot of that is due to the fact that the grip admittedly dropped off a cliff the second you broke traction, and it required a fair amount of finessing to hone the handling to a gamepad. Plenty of people rapidly retreated from the original Project CARS for precisely this reason.”
“The handling has been tuned to a T, the content is excellently curated, and the amount of variety and racing available in it is delightfully daunting.”
With an immensely vast collection of racing games available for PS4 users, there is no doubt we have missed off many impressive games from the list. For that reason, we highly recommend that you try out the following honourable mentions for yourself to deliver your own opinion!
Other notable driving games
- Assetto Corsa
- Grand Theft Auto 5
- NASCAR Heat Evolution
- The Crew
- DiRT 4
- Trackmania Turbo
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