As we look at the best PS3 racing games of all time, you can play Need for Speed and other similar games.
If there’s one console whose graphics still surprise me in 2022, it’s the PS3. When I put a disc in the tray, this beast still blows me away. Not only do the graphics look amazing, but the background looks so real that I feel like I could drive through my TV screen and onto the track.
Even though the PS3 servers for online play may be a thing of the past, playing these games with friends on the couch is still as fun as ever.
Don’t even get me started on how great it is to play the 60FPS game at number 6 (no scrolling ahead!).
So let’s burn some rubber and take a look at the best racing games for PS3 ever made.
Be careful, this won’t be a smooth ride!
Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit (2010)
If you want to play a driving series that is at the heart of the racing game scene, you don’t need to look any further. Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit is a great example of one of the best racing games for the PS3.
We’re talking about a return to epic, scenic courses and super cars vs. police cars, with all the usual thrills and spills we love from these games.
Race through deserts on fire and up snow-covered mountains in cars that are so amazing, your Ford Fiesta will never look the same to you again.
In the Hot Pursuit branch of the NFS series, players start out at the same time as both a racer and a cop.
You can join different kinds of races right from the game map. You can try to avoid the law or race as a cop to catch speeders.
Before I move on, I need to talk about those cars. It never gets old to drift around corners in a Bugatti Veyron, especially with these great graphics.
Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing (2010)
From a Bugatti to Ai-Ai in a Banana Kart, Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing takes the 14th spot in our best PS3 racing games list.
Ok, so if you’ve ever played Mario Kart, heard of Mario Kart, or even know who Mario is, you should have a good idea of what this game is like.
It’s a lot like Mario Kart, but Sonic and his Sega friends are in it. Since Super Mario Kart on the SNES, almost every karting game has been a copy, but that doesn’t mean it’s not a good game.
You and seven other racers head out onto weird and wonderful tracks to compete for racing glory, firing weapons from boxing gloves to mines.
You can play as any of your favourite Sega characters, from Eggman to Amigo, and use special All-Star abilities to get the upper hand on your opponents.
Also, the multiplayer mode is a great way to hang out with friends and have some good old-fashioned racing fun.
F1 2013 (2013)
Let’s get back to real racing with F1 2013, a game that shows what the 2013 F1 season was like.
You can play through the career mode, make your own Grand Prix schedules, and play against your friends in the multiplayer mode. It has everything.
And unless you’re a big F1 fan, you won’t be able to tell the difference between F1 2012 and F1 2014, but F1 2013 has some pretty cool features to discover.
Let’s start with the new Classics mode, which lets players race in classic cars from the 1980s with classic drivers from that time.
Then there are the new tracks, like Brands Hatch, that weren’t in the season before.
Ok, so that’s all that’s new, but the game itself is timeless and speaks for itself… This game is 9 years old at the time this was written, so they did a good job.
Driver: San Francisco (2011)
Driver: San Francisco is a Driver game, but not the way we usually play them…
You know how some movies end with “and it was all a dream”? Well, all of this Driver game happens in John Tanner’s head while he’s in a coma.
I have to be honest: it’s not a very good idea. If the game wasn’t so fun to play, I would move it up the list. It’s good that it’s fun to play and hard to put down.
You can go wherever you want in San Francisco as long as you stay in your car. Like the old Driver games, this is how the whole game is played.
You can’t get out of your car and run around like in GTA. Instead, you just drive, crash, and speed through the city as people jump out of the way.
One thing I really like about this game is that once Tanner realises he’s not really awake, I can jump into the body of any other driver.
It’s kind of like Avenging Spirit, which is one of our favourite rare Gameboy games, except you can choose from 140 amazing cars.
Shift into other drivers to make them crash. Imagine if you could do that in Need for Speed when you were a cop.
Colin McRae: Dirt (2007)
Colin McRae, despite what the name suggests, Dirt isn’t just about rallying on badass dirt tracks. It is also home to other off-road vehicles, like Number 8 a little further down our list.
Imagine going down a dangerous track and getting hit by trucks and buggies. Now picture up to 8 of you racing around those tracks at the same time.
Man, it gives me chills just to think about it.
Even though other Dirt games could have been on the list, I still think the first one is the best. It’s the same as THPS1; I’ll never forget the first time I heard Goldfinger while trying to jump over that fountain.
Sometimes the first version is still the best.
Work your way through the tournament mode to earn points, buy new cars, and unlock even more exciting tracks and events to compete in.
Oh, and your car will need to be fixed up often. Rally driving isn’t good for your car’s suspension, or for that matter, any other part of your car.
Release Data: Codemasters Birmingham/Codemasters, 2010
Genre: Racing » Simulation » Automobile
F1 2010 does a good job of making you feel like you’re driving a Formula One car again.
Even though there is still room for improvement, F1 2010 is a game that any fan of Formula One or simulation racing should try out.