The Best Car Games on PC

For more than 20 years, PC games have continually maintained their reputation as the best. Though console gaming will probably always have a place in the market, the constant graphical innovations of the PC continue to raise the bar, while game companies keep making the games better and better.

Stunts

  • “Stunts” is one of the first 3D racing games for the PC, and definitely one of the greatest. Developed by Distinctive Software and released in 1990, “Stunts” was more than a racing game and actually allowed you to customize tracks, do tricks, race other players, and view your replays. One of the most amusing traits of this game dealt with certain bugs that would cause you to fly straight up in the air after crashing at high speeds. There are a number of sports cars and tracks to choose from, which is one of the reasons for the game’s popularity even now, nearly 20 years later, in 2010.

Grid

  • Critics have said “Grid” abandoned the traditional style of racing for racing itself. The game takes into account the physics of the vehicles, tracks and other features that affect driving. Besides being visually stunning, the game is a racing game through and through. The game’s physics are similar to Gran Turismo with elements of street racing thrown in. You race on outdoor tracks, though they are not the typical oval tracks you would expect. Grid was released in 2008 by Codemasters,

Burnout Paradise

  • “Burnout Paradise” took a sidestep from the traditional “Burnout” games. “Burnout Paradise” opened up an entire city and allowed you to roam everywhere, from quarries to baseball stadiums. It differed from other “Burnout” games where you spent a majority of your time touring from city to city, only seeing the available tracks within each. “Burnout Paradise” allows you to accept any number of challenges all while cruising around the city. The game also features an online option where you can go head-to-head with other players–either in a takedown competition or a race across the city, where it’s up to you to plan the best route to the finish line. Though “Burnout Paradise” was released on other platforms in January 2008, it was not released for PC until February 2009.

Colin McRae: Dirt 2

  • “Colin McRae: Dirt 2” is the acclaimed follow-up to the first “Dirt,” rated the game most people would continue playing the next year. “Dirt 2” is essentially a rally racing game with fluid game dynamics and high engine graphics. Each track allows you to breakaway and take your own dirt shortcuts, and with an array of cars and trucks to choose from, this one is sure to end up on your shelf and not be a trade-in. One of the most alluring parts of this game is the rally cars that handle very well, though some of the other events with toy trucks and buggies feel a little more like an arcade racing game. Although much of the game veers away from typical rally point-to-point races, this game allows you to earn respect, and the online feature is also a lot of fun. Dirt 2 was released in September 2009 by Codemasters, and was the first game to use the Rapture 3D sound engine by default on PC.