What are the best racing games on PS5? Video games have been around a long time, but humanity's love of cars goes back much, much further. It's no wonder that racing games have been part of the gaming landscape since the very start, with the compulsion to go fast and clock the quickest times still just as strong to this day.
Of course, racing games come in many shapes and sizes, accounting for all kinds of tastes. Some love their racing to be as close to reality as possible, acting as simulations of the real act of driving. Gran Turismo 7 is the latest entry in perhaps the most famous sim racer series. These racing sims can often be associated with real world motorsports, such as WRC or Formula One.
On the other hand, there are some racing fans who enjoy more unrealistic driving experiences that take cars and accentuate their speed and control. Known as arcade racing games, referring to coin-op titles from back in the day, PS5 racing games of this ilk include Hot Wheels Unleashed and DIRT 5. Arcade racers tend to move faster, allow for generous drifting, and may even feature stunts or power-ups.
Whatever you enjoy about racing games, PS5 has its fair share of them, and that's where this page comes in. Below is our list of the best racing games on PS5, and it's entirely determined by you. Yes, this list is ranked, rated, and ordered by the Push Square community, based entirely on your user scores for each game.
If you take a look at this list and disagree with the order, or can't see a game you think deserves some recognition, it's down to you to make changes. Below is a search bar where you can type in any PS5 racing game and award them a rating from 1 to 10. Alternatively, you can click the star on any games featured on this page to have your say. These ratings will directly influence the list, so make sure you have your say!
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Alright, time to get this race on the go. Here's our list of the best racing games on PS5, as determined by you.
10. DIRT 5 (PS5)
DIRT 5 comes from a Codemasters team made up of many Evolution Studios alumni, giving this off-road racer a slight MotorStorm flavour. The festival vibes are alive and well here, with colourful presentation and a great soundtrack providing the background for a varied and fun racing calendar. Unlike its DiRT Rally cousins, this game is unabashedly arcadey, putting the emphasis on sliding sideways through the mud, across the ice, and into clouds of dust. An unintrusive storyline featuring characters voiced by Nolan North and Troy Baker carries you through the single player, while a level editor and some neat multiplayer modes are waiting for you too. A slick, well presented racing game with real energy.
If you've ever owned a toy car or two, Hot Wheels Unleashed will hold some appeal. Coming from Milestone, the studio known for its motorbike racing titles like MotoGP and RIDE, this game sees the Italian team go in a brand new direction. This is a colourful arcade racer, pitting those die-cast vehicles against each other on that famous bright orange track across various settings. The handling is excellent and provides some surprisingly competitive and gratifying racing, while the courses are treacherous, winding things that see you driving on the ceiling and through the air. The game is impressively robust too, with a big campaign, split-screen and online multiplayer, a full track editor, and hundreds of cars to collect. If you're a fan of Hot Wheels, or just arcade racing games generally, this is worth checking out.
8. WRC 10 (PS5)
There are a few strong options on PS5 for rally fans, but if you're looking for the genuine article, WRC 10 is where it's at. This is the latest officially licensed rally racer, featuring the courses, cars, and drivers you recognise from the real motorsport. Importantly, though, the game itself is rollicking good fun. It really captures the danger and thrill of screaming through narrow tracks, always a hair's breadth from disaster. An in-depth career mode will keep you going for a long time, and it's supplemented with single rallies, online play, and historical events. Excellent support of DualSense's features is the cherry on top of a very tasty, messy cake.
Few things are more fun than crashing cars: Sony learned that in 1995 with Destruction Derby, a smashmouth PS1 racer that became a cult classic on account of its reckless disregard for motorsport safety. Fast forward to the present day and Wreckfest is a modern reimagining of Psygnosis’s iconic T-bone-‘em-up. Running at 60 frames-per-second, this is far more responsive than its PS4 predecessor, and regular content updates have made the scale of the package anything but a write-off.
6. WRC 9 (PS5)
Released in time for the PS5's launch, WRC 9 is a rock solid racing sim. This officially licensed rally racer gives the DIRT Rally series a run for its money. With all the real world routes and vehicles, an in-depth career mode, and thrilling driving, this will have any racing fan on the edge of their seat. It excels on Sony's new console thanks to excellent DualSense support; you'll feel every bump in the road with the haptic feedback, and the triggers simulate the gas and brake pedals wonderfully. There are also lots of ways to play, including online championships.