What are the best racing games on PS5? Video games have been around a long time, but humanity's love of cars goes back much, much further. It's no wonder that racing games have been part of the gaming landscape since the very start, with the compulsion to go fast and clock the quickest times still just as strong to this day.
Of course, racing games come in many shapes and sizes, accounting for all kinds of tastes. Some love their racing to be as close to reality as possible, acting as simulations of the real act of driving. Gran Turismo 7 is the latest entry in perhaps the most famous sim racer series. These racing sims can often be associated with real world motorsports, such as WRC or Formula One.
On the other hand, there are some racing fans who enjoy more unrealistic driving experiences that take cars and accentuate their speed and control. Known as arcade racing games, referring to coin-op titles from back in the day, PS5 racing games of this ilk include Hot Wheels Unleashed and DIRT 5. Arcade racers tend to move faster, allow for generous drifting, and may even feature stunts or power-ups.
Whatever you enjoy about racing games, PS5 has its fair share of them, and that's where this page comes in. Below is our list of the best racing games on PS5, and it's entirely determined by you. Yes, this list is ranked, rated, and ordered by the Push Square community, based entirely on your user scores for each game.
If you take a look at this list and disagree with the order, or can't see a game you think deserves some recognition, it's down to you to make changes. Below is a search bar where you can type in any PS5 racing game and award them a rating from 1 to 10. Alternatively, you can click the star on any games featured on this page to have your say. These ratings will directly influence the list, so make sure you have your say!
Any game will need at least 15 ratings before it arrives on this page. If there's a game you feel is missing from this list, it's possible the title just hasn't been rated enough times.
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10. RIDE 4 (PS5)
RIDE 4, amusingly, rode to prominence on social media after a video clip of one of the game’s wet weather races went viral. Prior to that, the motorcycle sim was considered something of a dour racer with a bit of a steep learning curve. That remains true despite the aforementioned footage, but those obsessed with two-wheeled titles may find something to appreciate here.
Surprisingly, we're rather spoiled for choice when it comes to rally games, but Art of Rally separates itself with style. This is a top-down take on the muddy motorsport, but no less thrilling or demanding than its more realistic peers. Getting from A to B as fast as possible is great fun thanks to a brilliantly slide-heavy handling model, and the low-poly visual gives the game a unique flair. It even expands beyond its tracks for some sandbox exploration, but it's the on-track action and climbing those leaderboards that'll keep you hooked.
Back when Race Driver: GRID blew up on the PS3, we doubt anyone could have predicted that GRID Legends would have an FMV campaign about a fictional racing league. Yet, here we are, with Codemasters’ latest take on an arcade racing franchise that has had its fair share of ups-and-downs since debuting in 2008. Ignore the ridiculous plot and there’s plenty of fun to be had here, with compelling use of the DualSense controller and accessible, responsive racing. The drop-in, crossplay multiplayer is nice, too.
7. DIRT 5 (PS5)
DIRT 5 comes from a Codemasters team made up of many Evolution Studios alumni, giving this off-road racer a slight MotorStorm flavour. The festival vibes are alive and well here, with colourful presentation and a great soundtrack providing the background for a varied and fun racing calendar. Unlike its DiRT Rally cousins, this game is unabashedly arcadey, putting the emphasis on sliding sideways through the mud, across the ice, and into clouds of dust. An unintrusive storyline featuring characters voiced by Nolan North and Troy Baker carries you through the single player, while a level editor and some neat multiplayer modes are waiting for you too. A slick, well presented racing game with real energy.
6. WRC 9 (PS5)
Released in time for the PS5's launch, WRC 9 is a rock solid racing sim. This officially licensed rally racer gives the DIRT Rally series a run for its money. With all the real world routes and vehicles, an in-depth career mode, and thrilling driving, this will have any racing fan on the edge of their seat. It excels on Sony's new console thanks to excellent DualSense support; you'll feel every bump in the road with the haptic feedback, and the triggers simulate the gas and brake pedals wonderfully. There are also lots of ways to play, including online championships.