Best Car Racing Games in 2017

In late 2016 and early 2017 – especially during E3, we were made aware of some of the racing games that would be coming out for consoles and PC. I thought this would be a great time to make a list of the best car racing games in 2017. This, as you know, is one of my favorite genres to play, and it was definitely a fun one to write as well! All of the games below are a mix of both sim racing, as well as arcade games. Not only is the best car racing games in 2017 list a list of games that I like or would like to play, but they are also on this list because of features, cars available, tracks available, graphics and more!

Need For Speed Payback

I am really looking forward to this game! Usually, they release a game once a year but they missed the last few years. Here’s hoping that Need For Speed Payback was the reason for the wait and that it will be a good game because of the delay.
You can read 2 of my articles on Need For Speed Payback on Gamers Elite here and here.

Need For Speed Payback can be pre-ordered here. There are 2 editions as of right now; Standard and Deluxe.

The Need for Speed Payback Deluxe Edition gives you an edge over the competition with up to 3 days of early access to the full game. Stand out from the crowd with exclusive customization items and receive in-game discounts, Rep bonuses, and five shipments to get your adventure started.

Also, includes the upcoming Gymkhana Mission Pack and the Need for Speed Payback Platinum Car Pack.

Deluxe Edition Content:

Up to 3 days of early access
Gymkhana Mission Pack
Exclusive Deluxe Edition NOS Color (Can be applied to 5 cars)
Exclusive Deluxe Edition License Plate
Exclusive Deluxe Edition Leaderboard Icon
5 Shipments
5% Rep Bonus
10% Discount on in-game purchases
Platinum Car Pack, including:
Chevrolet Camaro SS 1967
Dodge Charger R/T 1969
Ford F-150 Raptor 2016
Nissan 350Z 2008
Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport 2016
Exclusive Platinum Blue Tire Smoke

Deluxe Edition – Xbox One [Digital Code]
Deluxe Edition – PS4 [Digital Code]
PS4 [Digital Code]
Xbox One [Digital Code]
[Online Game Code] PC

It will be released on November 10th.

Dirt 4

This one was actually released this month – June 6th. Its a contunances of the previous DIRT series. “Dirt 4 challenges you to “Be Fearless” by capturing the thrill, emotion and passion of off-road racing. It recreates the heady mix of adrenalin and fear that comes from powering around a blind bend and the rush you feel going for a last ditch overtake when there’s not enough room on the final lap of a race. Off-road racing is about more than perfect cornering, it’s about heart-pounding, split-section decision making where bravery brings reward.” If youve played games like Forza, Need For Speed or the like in the past and you really enjoyed off-road racing, this is definitely the game for you. You can gurantee that Dirt 4 is on a lot of lists concerning best car racing games in 2017! Dirt 4 comes on PC, Xbox One and Playstation 4 of course. There are 2 diferent editions – standard and a Day One Edition.

DiRT 4 – Day One Edition – PlayStation 4 
DiRT 4 – Day One Edition – Xbox One
DiRT 4 – Xbox One [Digital Code] 
DiRT 4 [Online Game Code] 

The Amazon Sales Page has a TON of trailers for the game so definitely check those out, its under “related video shorts” and range from freeplay racing, gameplaytrailers, and world premiers.

Forza Motorsport 7

After playing a few of The Forza games, HOrizon is definitely my favorite series because its more like Need For Speed than anything else. However, I would definitely be interested in getting Forza 7 down the line because it looks like an aamazing game to not only add to my collection, but to play! Its sort of obvous after watching E3 why this is on the best car racing games in 2017 list! This is going to be released on October 3rd 2017.

“THE ULTIMATE RACING EXPERIENCE. BUILT FOR 4K. The best-selling racing franchise on any platform this generation. Experience the thrill of motorsport at the limit with the most comprehensive, beautiful and authentic racing game ever made. Enjoy gorgeous graphics at 60fps and true 4K resolution in HDR. Collect and race more than 700 cars. Challenge yourself across 30 famous destinations and 200 ribbons, where race conditions can change every lap and every race.”

This one comes in quite a few editions. But it should be mentioned that its coming to Xbox One first before any other consoles on September 5th. There is no actual release date yet for the other options, only for the Xbox One. But, if it works anything like COD it will most likely be a month later. Dont quote me on that though!

Forza Motorsport 7: Deluxe Edition – Xbox One/Windows 10 Digital Code
Forza Motorsport 7: Standard Edition – Xbox One/Windows 10 Digital Code
Forza Motorsport 7 – Standard Edition – Xbox One
Forza Motorsport 7: Ultimate Edition – Xbox One/Windows 10 Digital Code
Forza Motorsport 7 – Ultimate Edition –
Xbox One

Standard Edition: Just comes with the game.

Deluxe Edition: Will include Forza Motorsport 7 digital code for Xbox One and Window 10 PC, The Day One Car Pack and VIP membership.

Ultimate Edition: This game includes: Forza Motorsport 7 digital code for Xbox One and Window 10 PC, early access4 starting 9/29/2017, Forza Motorsport 7 Car Pass, The Day One Car Pack, and VIP membership.

Project CARS 2

Its actally surprising they are putting another one out so quickly! Granted the first one was released 2 years ago, but unfortunately I dont think it got the ratings they really wanted. One thing about racing games is that if you are going to put one out, it HAS to be able to go up aginst the greats that already have a good foothod; NFS, F1 racing, Forza, etc. I played the firts oen and I didnt really like it. However, the second one is supposed to be much better and it grabs features from those aforementioned big dogs that already have fans that follow their series. The second one will be released on September 22, 2017. While you cant really know for sure whether 2 REALLY will be good or not, so far its been on the best sellers list all month if that says anything!

So far there is only 2 versions and its not available for PC right now, only Xbox One and PS4.

Project Cars 2 Deluxe Edition – PS4 [Digital Code] 
Project Cars 2 – PS4 [Digital Code] 
Project CARS 2 – PlayStation 4 

Formula 1 2017

If you like formula racing, you will love this one. The biggest reason I put it on the best car racing games in 2017 is because of how much hype its getting. This is not like the usual racing games – NFS or Forza. if I had to really compare it to anything I would say Gran Turismo. “Win the 2017 World Championship, break every record in the fastest ever F1TM cars, and race some of the most iconic F1 cars of the last 30 years. With an even deeper ten year Career, more varied gameplay in the new ‘Championships’ mode, and a host of other new features, both online and offline, F1 2017 is the most complete and thrilling F1 video game ever.”

Right now there is only 1 edition out and its only available on Xbox One and Playstation 4. The release date is set for August 25, 2017.

Formula 1 2017 – PlayStation 4
Formula 1 2017 – Xbox One