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The best racing games for the holidays

2022 has been a solid year for racing games – and it’s not even over, either Need for Speed ​​Unbound slip right in at the beginning of December. That’s good because it gives you plenty of options for the gaming gear in your life, no matter where your particular tastes lie. We’ve compiled a list of 10 racers worth giving away this year, some of which weren’t released in 2022 but are still worth a look. In many cases they are even supported with new content. This also tends to mean that you can find them a bit cheaper too when the shopping season is in full swing. Here we go.

WRC generations (PlayStation, Xbox, PC, Nintendo Switch)

WRC generations is the last officially licensed World Rally Championship game developed by Kylotonn, the Paris-based studio that has been making WRC games since 2015. Starting with the title next year, the franchise will move to Electronic Arts and Codemasters. And while there is a lot of excitement to see what Codies can do with the official WRC licence, WRC generations represents the culmination of everything Kylotonn has been able to achieve in seven annual releases.

It packs an impressive amount of content – all 49 teams from the 2022 WRC season across the Hybrid Rally1, Rally2 and Junior WRC categories, as well as 37 classic cars including the Lancia Delta Integrale, Toyota Corolla WRC and the original Alpine A110. A total of 165 special stages, including a completely redesigned Rally Sweden, offer a wide range of environments, conditions and surface types to challenge the fastest times. If you know someone who loves rallying – it’s the finest discipline in motorsport after all – this is a no-brainer.

Grid Legends (Playstation, Xbox, PC)

No modern racer captures the drama and spectacle of motorsport quite as well networkand Grid Legends – which has been well supported with DLC since its release in February – continues to keep the excitement going. Anyone with fond memories of Codemasters’ TOCA touring car and racer Games will love the recently released ones Rise of Ravenwest DLC that adds new story mode events that establish the story of the series’ antagonists, with some cute nods to codies racers of yesteryear (yes, network The dirt piss filter from 2008 is recreated here with amazing accuracy.) The Autozam AZ-1 was also recently brought into the game as post-release content, so we’re obvious fans. Today, you can find the basic version for half the price or less at many retailers.

Gran Turismo 7 (PS5/PS4)

Looks, Gran Turismo 7 has some problems. But it’s also the racing game released in 2022 that I’ve played the most, simply because its on-track product is unbeatable. The single player campaign and economy could certainly use some work, but when it comes to physics and presentation, GT7 remains the last word on the console at the moment. And it got better – slow.

Mid-year the multiplayer aspect was improved to allow switching tracks in lobbies (amazingly the game didn’t launch with this ability), and there are a heck of a lot more events in the game now that pay respectably compared to back, when it started. There is also a 25th anniversary update just around the corner this will add some highly coveted cars (including a Ferrari VGT) and a new track, as developer Polyphony Digital has been adding to the game for free every month since launch.

Mario Kart 8 deluxe (Nintendo Switch)

Mario Kart 8 deluxe is far from a new game as it is a 2017 re-release of a 2014 game originally released for the Wii U. But it’s still getting a Mushroom Kingdom’s worth of new content, with a whopping 48 additional courses announced back in February to be released via six-packs. The next one will be out on December 7th and will throw in a selection of Mario Kart Wii, DS and only for mobile devices Mario Kart Tour. In other words, now is still a good time to jump in MK8 Deluxe if you haven’t already. Probably next year too.

F1 22 (Playstation, Xbox, PC)

Of course, the 2022 Formula 1 season has just ended. But that means you can get F1 22 for a very reasonable sum in this off-season given that the game is half price on Amazon these days. New F1 games don’t usually launch until mid-summer anyway – for some reason titles based on real-life motorsport don’t benefit from the same pre-season release cadence that, for example, the MLB The Show or Driving me crazy does. Some of the additions in this year’s installment, like the live the life conceit of the career and the addition of Hypercar Hot Laps, didn’t exactly stand out, but the underlying simulation is as good as ever from Codemasters.

wreckfest (PlayStation, Xbox, Nintendo Switch, PC)

I will never not recommend wreckfest, Bugbear’s adorable, tear-off-centric folk-racing favorite that’s been around for many years but is still a source of fun for me and my friends to this day. The game has enjoyed a lot of post-release content since launch, and the Switch port, which just came out this year, is strong enough to scratch the itch on long trips and flights, some of which I’ve taken in 2022. It is one of the best racing games of modern times and now one that you can take with you.

Art of Rally (PlayStation, Xbox, Nintendo Switch, PC, Mac)

Extremely charming and also surprisingly challenging, Art of Rally is a stunning homage to 20th-century rallying with a unique perspective and a refreshing, pure focus on engineering. Despite its looks, this isn’t the kind of racer you pick up and play; The handling model is taxing but hugely rewarding, and it’s likely to have you sitting with it for a while before it starts clicking. Patience and calm are the vibes here. Art of Rally is also the only game on this list available on Mac via Steam, which counts for something.

ForzaHorizon 5 (Xbox, PC)

It’s hard not to enjoy roaming in Mexico ForzaHorizon 5, a game about exploration as well as cars and racing. It looks phenomenal, it has almost every car you’d ever want to drive in a video game, and it just keeps getting bigger. It’s pretty cheap these days too. You can snag it on Xbox or PC, and PC owners even have the choice to pick it up from the Microsoft Store or Steam. No matter where you get it, you can play cross-platform with all your friends. As for fans of more sim-minded forza Experience, stay tuned – it’s coming in the not too distant future.

wait, look: NFS unbound (PS5, Xbox Series, PC)

Full Disclosure: At the time of writing, no one outside of EA has any idea how Need for Speed ​​Unbound will turn out. At Jalopnik, we expect to get our hands on it in the days leading up to the game’s December 2nd release, and you can expect our impressions around that time. It’s worth keeping an eye on because, honestly, nothing fits that well NFS when the series is on its game.

2019 NFS heat was a step in the right direction, with fun car chases that forced players to balance risk and reward the way games like the original do Most Wanted and hot pursuit 2 takes some getting used to, excellent customization options, and a fun if predictable and slightly terrifying story mode. Unbound aims to shake things up, for better or for worse, with a unique, illustrative visual style and a new focus on hypebeast fashion. Look – as long as the game is going well and I can feel those beads of sweat starting to drip at 35 minutes into a chase I just can’t shake, I don’t care what sneaker brands are in the game.

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