For those that get to grips with the driving dynamics and can tolerate the bare-bones structure, SEGA Rally is a fine re-imagining of a classic racing series.
- Platform: PS3
- No. Players: 1-6
- Rating: PEGI 3+
Colin McRae: Dirt is a solid and often spectacular effort from Codemasters. The core racing is thrilling yet accessible and the amount of content on offer will keep players enthralled for some time.
- No. Players: 1 + Online
- Rating: PEGI 12+
Cars Mater-National is a harmless and charming racing game that brings the movie successfully to video game form for the second time. Fans of the previous Cars game will enjoy this immensely.
In the end GT5 Prologue is pretty essential for GT fans but its enhanced demo nature is more than obvious in various parts of the package.
Some might see Pacific Rift as a safe follow-up, but with a brand new location, more tracks and more features, it's more or less exactly what fans wanted.
OutRun Online Arcade is unbelievably fun once you settle in to the drift-focussed arcade racing, but it's not the perfect version of the game we hoped it would be.
Need For Speed: Shift is a brilliant new start for the franchise and has clearly been built by a team that loves racing. Shift comes highly recommended to all racing game fans.
Whichever version of Sonic and SEGA All-Stars Racing you choose you're going to get a well produced, fun arcade racer, with enough tracks and unlockables to keep you playing for a long time.
ModNation Racers is good fun with mates and has a surprising amount of depth, but lacks the magic that would have elevated it to a must own title.
Despite feeling like a fusion of Need for Speed and Burnout, Hot Pursuit is still the most exciting title the franchise has seen in a long time.