People who bought a PS2 saw a lot of racing games come out at the same time. It was hard for many people who wanted to follow in the footsteps of bigger and better games. Some were video game adaptations of racing movies, and some were sports games from official series.
With so many, there were only a few that were known as classics in the genre at the time. They were called the best games of their time and should be on someone’s “wish list” if they like this type of game. So, MetaCritic says these are 10 of the best PS2 racing games that were out when they were made.
1. Midnight Club 3: DUB Edition Remix (Metascore: 85)
Remixed Midnight Club 3 didn’t make the list, though. This is a racing game that is said to be the best of its kind on PlayStation 2. It still controls the way you’d expect in a game from that time.
It allows you to make it your own, and the remix is seen as the best version because it has an extra track, new music, and more options to make it unique. It’s better to buy this Rockstar game in remix form than the original version because they have a lot in common. The remixes have more features and add ons.
2. Burnout 2: Point of Impact (Metascore: 86)
Since it doesn’t have a story, Burnout 2: Point of Impact has been known for being one of the best PS2 racing games ever. In order for this game to be a hit, it has to be fun to play and make you feel like you’re going fast as you race through its courses
There are a lot of people who think its arcade-style racing is the best. Some even say that it was what they wanted Stuntman to be with its daredevil action. Many of the reviewers liked the game’s tutorials because they gave them a good start to the game. This is different from most games.
3. Colin McRae Rally 3 (Metascore: 86)
This game is mostly for people who are really into racing. Many people don’t like how they can control the cars and find it almost disgusting to turn them. It’s not an arcade game, but more like a race simulation game, say other people.
A lot of Metacritic critics didn’t like that the game didn’t have multiplayer or that it was very buggy. They didn’t want to recommend it to people.
4. NASCAR 2005: Chase for the Cup (Metascore: 87)
One thing that some people didn’t like about it was that it didn’t have a lot of things that other racing games had.
It has more options than you’d expect from a sports racing game, like 4 teams of cars you can race with. But it had frame rate issues and didn’t have features like being able to go to the camera angle from inside the car while driving. Compared to other entries before this one, the graphics are seen as a step down.
5. NASCAR Thunder 2004 (Metascore: 88)
NASCAR Thunder 2004 is the last in the Thunder line, but it’s known as the best in the NASCAR Thunder line. In a series that essentially came to an end in its ninth edition, this was thought to be the best of the series.
If you want to know more about this game, you should start with Career mode and car customizability. Love big crashes and angry AI? This game is for you.
6. Wipeout Fusion (2002)
Wipeout Fusion brings futuristic, pod-racer-style vehicles to a living room near you (or maybe just your own living room…).
Is Formula 1 something you’ve ever thought about? There might be a good chance that the F9000 Anti-Gravity League is the right choice for you. Lewis Hamilton could be in a hovercraft and throw missiles at other racers.
If this sounds a little weird, well, this is the future we’re talking about.
Anyone who liked F-Zero X or any of the other Wipeout games should click on the Ebay link above and buy a copy for their own. It’s a well-known game with a lot of different racing modes to try out.
Race through the arcade mode to unlock extras, or take on the challenge mode and show the world who is the best anti-gravity driver in the world!
This is hard enough when you’re on a straight track, but what about when you’re upside down and “loop-the-looping”?
Choose from eight teams from around the world. The Piranhas of Brazil are my favourite.
7. Auto Modellista (2002)
Auto Modellista is on this list of the best PS2 racing games of all time. It’s number 13.
Some of you might have seen this game on our list of PS2 games that aren’t getting enough attention. Some people just didn’t like Capcom’s racing game when it came out in the early 1990s.
Links colorful-comic style might be what they were into, but Sony fans wanted the real thing. You see, that’s what made Gran Turismo and other games sell so much better than other games.
I’m here to tell you that this game is great, no matter how it looks. It doesn’t matter how it looks. So, what’s not to like about a game that makes it look like you’re racing in a virtual comic book, anyway?
Like games like Need for Speed, Auto Modellista had a lot of cool ways to make your car unique. It also let up to eight people race against each other.
… It’s not so bad anymore, is it?
8 people were able to play against each other back in 2002. I can’t believe it! On Super Mario Party, even though there is a way to play on the internet, I can’t play with more than four people at once.
The only game on this list that you need to buy is this one. It might not be the best, but it should be known.
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8. Sonic Riders (2006)
I’m a huge Sonic fan, which is why Sonic Riders had to be on this list of the best Sonic games. As far back as I can remember, I’ve been in love with the blue speedster. I always loved the snowboarding and grinding races in Sonic Adventure 2 Battle because they were so fun to play.
If you think Sonic came up with this idea while he was having a little fun, then the characters must use air boards to knock down enemies and do cool moves at the same time.
Getting air for your board is a must as you go. There are checkpoints in other arcade racing games that help you have more time. This one works a little like that.
So, what’s Eggman up to now? You didn’t think he was going to miss this one, did you?
This time, moustache face has pushed Sonic and his friends to take part in a special tournament.
People who guess what the winner will get get no points.
There’s a Chaos Emerald in there, right?
Take a look at that level in the picture above. It’s pure Sonic madness, with crazy loops and jumps over drops that seem to go on and on. Choose a character you like, check out their board stats, and get out on the course!