Best PS5 Racing Games in 2022

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With the release of the PlayStation 5, many gamers are in search of great racing games to play on this next-gen console. While racing fans were spoiled for choice for the PlayStation 4, there have not been many notable PS5 racing games released so far. Therefore, below we have curated this list of the best PS5 racing games available for you to play now.

We have included various PS5 racing games from older racing sims that have been updated to take full advantage of the power of the PS5 to racers that were built with Sony’s flagship console in mind, there’s something for everyone in here.

World Rally Championship 9

Release date: September 4, 2020 | Developer: KT Racing | ESRB Age Rating: Everyone

WRC 9 is the latest simcade game in the WRC racing sim franchise. However, unlike its predecessors, it’s a more complete rally package. It honors older titles by staying true to its core rallying action, but ups the immersion factor with challenging and more life-like handling, as well as amazing in-game recreations of rallying stages from all around the globe.

On top of the single-player gameplay and campaign, WRC9 also has an online club system that lets entire communities run homebrewed championship cups. WRC9 also has a co-op mode that allows two online racers to drive and compete using only one car.

On the PS5, the WRC 9 looks and plays even better. Sony’s flagship console can run WRC 9 at dynamic 4K and 60 fps (Balanced Mode) or native 4K at 30 fps (High Visual Quality). Another mode called the “120Hz Performance Mode” also lets PS5 owners play WRC 9 at 1080p at 120 fps on supported displays.

Riders Republic

Release date: October 27th, 2021 | Developer: Ubisoft Milan, Ubisoft Annecy | ESRB Age Rating: Teen

Talk about absolute freedom! Riders Republic gives you, the gamer, the reins to do whatever you want to do. It carries a feeling of liberty that we have felt before in Ubisoft’s hit series: The Crew and The Crew 2. Riders Republic carries the same energy with a large map that is embedded with real-life locations from different parts of the world. This makes the one map feel like many. Content-wise as well, Ubisoft has done an excellent job because your racing skills will be put to test when riding a bike, flying a wingsuit, skiing, and even snowboarding.

Riders Republic has done a terrific job in designing terrains: both dirty and snowy. These routes of races are made trickier by the addition of downhill/ uphill paths, slopes, high jump points, and drastic turns. The Riders Republic has mass races where you’ll compete against sixty-four other online players. The mayhem is entertaining as well as addictive. In the past, technical issues that came with such modes were a bit vexing. In the contemporary, Ubisoft has resolved them. 

F1 2021

Release date: July 13, 2021 | Developer: Codemasters | ESRB Age Rating: Everyone

F1 2021 is the culmination of everything that the entire F1 racing franchise has built. It is a technically fast and fun ride that comes with a plethora of licensed content, as well as other customization options, that sets a high bar for any racing game that comes after it – and that’s without talking about the graphics.

Handling your car in F1 feels very professional and the racing immersive. The new Braking Point feature is a nice touch and makes an excellent gateway for newer audiences. Meanwhile, the career mode is just as great as ever, albeit not as accurate as hardcore fans would like due to circumstances outside of everyone’s control.

On the PS5, F1 2021 wows audiences with either full 4K resolution at 60 fps (Graphics) or 120fps at 1440p (Performance). In addition to this, the F1 2021 makes full use of the haptic feedback and adaptive triggers on the DualSense. This ups the ante and makes gamers feel more like they are part of the action.

Wreckfest

Release date: May 4, 2021 | Developer: Bugbear | ESRB Age Rating: Teen

Getting Wreckfest on the PlayStation 5 is the best way to enjoy one of the most entertaining arcade racers of the last generation. Although Wreckfest never was (and still isn’t) something that hardcore gearheads would be into, casual audiences will love its mix of vehicular mayhem with a healthy dose of actual racing.

The core racing gameplay of Wreckfest remains very much the same on the PS5 and the extensive single-player campaign is an excellent effort. The PS5 version runs at 4K resolution and 60 frames per second with re-improved textures for higher resolution gameplay, as well as dynamic dirt and better shadows, as well as particles.

Although it’s not perfect (minimal DualSense support is a missed opportunity), playing Wreckfest on the PS5 is a great introduction if you missed out on the last-gen version.

Dirt 5

Release date: November 12, 2020 | Developer: Codemasters | ESRB Age Rating: Everyone

Dirt 5 is a fun, popular, and visually appealing off-road racing game that fully embraces arcade racing. By going full-on arcade racing, Dirt 5 becomes an accessible racing sim that anyone can play. It also helps that it has a surprisingly fun career mode with a wildly robust track editor that will keep you hooked for hours on end. The multiplayer edition of the game is also quite fun as you race against others and test your skills.

On the PS5, Dirt 5 is an even better game. It has multiple graphics options, including running at 4K resolution at 60 fps with an option for support for up to 120 frames per second at lower resolutions. In addition to this, the off-road racer feels like a completely different game on the PS5 thanks to its support for the DualSense’s haptic feedback and adaptive triggers that let you feel every literal bump on the game’s often-rocky roads.

Hot Wheels Unleashed

Release date: September 30th 2021 | Developer: Milestone | ESRB Age Rating: Everyone

Hot Wheels Unleashed will make you stop in your tracks as Milestone brings forth an almost flawless reincarnation of the miniature-sized cars we have loved so dearly. The game boldly incorporates the expression, “show— not tell,” through its jaw-dropping life-sized track designs that’ll have you in awe of their engrossing backdrops and unpredictable turns. Hot Wheels Unleashed coalesces the fun of collecting all the models alongside its immaculate stunt arcade racing fever.

The attention to detail in this game has been done with utmost scrutiny. In races, you will come to appreciate the chipping of car paint, worn-out tyres, and more. Milestone went as far as to show a child’s fingerprints on the cars when they haven’t been repaired. All of these small and major elements evolve Hot Wheels Unleashed to the point of excellence. But the finishing line doesn’t just get drawn at nostalgia and the stellar outlook of the game, the versatile content of the game is there to deliver the finishing touches. Hot Wheels Unleashed comes with split-screen and online modes, and as far as customization is concerned, go absolutely wild with creating your own Hot Wheels track!

Gran Turismo 7

Release date: March 4th 2022 | Developer: Polyphony Digital | ESRB Age Rating: Everyone

Gran Turismo 7 effortlessly retains the best features of the GT series concurrently with beaming new details that all contribute toward a hyper-realistic racing experience. Polyphony Digital has done a magnificent job with GT 7— an overall impeccable package that is surely going to bring back old players via its fusion of nostalgia and next-generation vibe. Are you ready for your next big race? Make your way to the Gran Turismo Café owner to kickstart the next career race in meticulously designed circuit races.

Customization remains a vital part of Gran Turismo 7 as you will be making frequent trips to the workshop for upgrading a car’s specs after earning a decent pay-out. However, be wise with your spending because even minor tunings will weigh hefty on your wallet. Cars have never looked this lifelike, and the collection is just enough to make you want to try a little bit of everything. The handling has been fairly reworked, and it feels absolutely crisp alongside PS5’s haptic feedback that intensifies the gripping feeling of an ongoing cutthroat race. 

Ride 4

Release date: October 8, 2020 | Developer: Milestone | ESRB Age Rating: Everyone

Ride 4 is the latest installment in the Ride franchise. It lets players compete against machine learning AI-controlled bikers and other high-speed riders from all over the globe with hundreds of officially licensed bikes and more than a dozen incredibly detailed tracks to choose from for some two-wheel racing. It features everything from endurance races and pitstops to a day/night cycle, as well as dynamic weather.

Moreover, the PS5 improved hardware allows gamers to better enjoy Ride 4. It’s capable of 60 frames per second with 4K resolution. It also supports the Haptic feedback from the DualSense controller for an even deeper sense of immersion.

Conclusion

These racing games might not be able to make you feel the wind in your hair just yet, but on the PS5, they represent one of if not the closest thing to actual racing. It doesn’t matter if you prefer simulation racing or arcade racing or even a little bit of both. Whether you are a racing fan or someone who loves to compete with others who have a similar thirst for speed, this list of the best PS5 racing games has something for everyone.

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