As the neck-to-neck competition between Sony and Microsoft games continues, neither are backing down from producing enthralling content out into the gaming market. Today, we specifically shed a light on the racing games for the Xbox Series X gaming console— a platform, highly acknowledged for conjuring the quintessence of racing games experience due to its top-rated exclusives and overall system performance. Hence, whether it be the all-time favorite exclusives such as Forza Horizon or other adrenaline-driven racing games like, Dirt 5, MotoGP, and F1 series, Xbox knows what’s up.
To all the drivers and car enthusiasts out there, fasten your seatbelt because you are in for a sweet ride! Xbox Game Studios alongside renowned developers such as Playground Games and Turn 10 Studios have unerringly, once again brought for us high-end racing games this year. The racing games we are covering today are the hottest, impressively immersive, most-awaited, and the best Xbox Series X racing games for 2021. All of which are compatible with a whopping 4K display and a smooth 60FPS thanks to the premium tech of Xbox Series X. Enough chitter-chatter, it is time to press down the acceleration peddle and make a swift lap through the Best Xbox Series X Racing Games (2021).
Forza Horizon 5
Forza Horizon 5 comes packed with everything we love and cherish about the Forza Horizon series: the ambiance of the open world, a brand-new Forza Festival with countless events, meticulous attention to detail, and there is more!
You’ll be exposed to Mexico’s breathtaking landscapes when driving through its deserts, snow-covered routes, volcanoes, farmlands, jungles, etc. The very sky in the game has been designed by taking 12K resolution footages (Forza 5 Photorealistic Skies) of the actual sky in Mexico— making you, the racer, have a life-like experience The new Forza Link enables allows you and your friends to compete in non-campaign races and events. Character customizations and car modifications have been immensely improved too. Lastly, the Event Lab. Become an event creator and let the innovative juices of your imagination flow. Forza Horizon has never felt this promising!
First look at Riders Republic and one can immediately induce that it draws its inspiration from Ubisoft’s former successful game, The Crew 2. The Riders Republic is a massive invite to riders from around the globe to compete against one another on a map that is composed of real-life locations. The game is abundant in its content as the map is filled with various events that’ll test a player’s skills in riding a bike, flying a wingsuit, skiing, and snowboarding.
Riders Republic delivers a stunning look of both dirt and snowy terrains that are further molded by downhills, slopes, high jump points, and drastic turns. The game’s mass races where you’ll compete against sixty-four other online players is s frenzy of its own— the technical issues that come with it are a bit vexing. However, in the present day, Ubisoft has resolved them.
Our all-time favorite demolition derby-themed game is here at last! Action-packed and unconventional racing game—Wreckfestsets is an example of fun and carnage for gamers who love to trespass the barriers of racing etiquettes. After a successful update by Xbox Series X, Wreckfest is now compatible with the newest console, enabling it to run on 4K resolution and 60fps. Reviewers have especially appreciated its faster loading screen time in contrast to how it was before. It carries everything we adore about no-rules vehicular combat racing games such as Destruction Derby and FlatOut.
The backdrop of Wreckfest looks more serene than ever as you push past pugnacious drivers with car wreckage flying everywhere: whether it be career mode, simple circuit races (single player/multiplayer) or motorized sofas mayhem. The fan community is satisfied and thankful to Bugbear Entertainment for coming up with such unique race gaming content that remarkably captures soft-body dynamics.
MotoGP is back and it looks exceptionally glamorous with enhanced sound systems, amplified colors, and an overall more authentic touch to the most realistic two-wheeling racing game out there. When it comes to the debate of side-to-side comparison between MotoGP 20 and MotoGP 21, fellow gamers notice only slight differences. People are highly commendingMotoGP 21 all-new on-track bike handling complexity. MotoGP 21 introduces changes to the suspension system– the sensation of your bike’s speed will feel extremely naturalistic.MotoGP 21 introduces brake temperature management; thereby, augmenting your racing experience with mindful decision-making. Depending on the hotness and coldness of your brakes, the easiness of taking turns will be decided. Also, now if you commit to tracking limit violation, you will receive a long lap penalty just like in real-world series.
Falling off the bike will trigger the manual bike retrieval sequence. The camera will be bike-centered as you impetuously rush to get back on it. Common complaints about this feature include players finding it criminally unfair that AI bikers automatically teleport to their bikes after falling off; therefore, giving them a few seconds lead. In a nutshell, we can label MotoGP 21 as the remastered version of MotoGP 20 with slight impactful tweaks to make your racing experience a lot more rewarding. New players will find an insightful tutorial guide to get started unlike its absence in MotoGP 20.
F1 2021 by Codemasters is now in the market— the latest addition to the only up to par racing game that authentically represents the real-world Formula 1 racing series and its tracks. From life-like graphics to precise vehicular mechanics and meticulous detailing of the cars, it is unimpeachable to state that F1 2021 is the best-looking Formula 1 racing game yet.
Aesthetics and realistic physics aren’t the only perks of F1 2021 that Codemasters have to offer. With the newest edition of the long-running F1 series comes the very first, full-fledged story mode called, Braking Point. Here you’ll meet fictional characters as well as real-life drivers. The plot is engrossing and dramatic to gain your interest; not to mention, the co-op mode is here as well, allowing you to share the campaign moments with a friend. Unlike F1 2020, F1 2021 comes with an expert setting that facilitates you in tuning your career settings per your taste. To encapsulate, F1 2021 is a proud successor of F1 2020 and those that came before it.
We now flip the page to Dirt 5— the latest addition to another long-running series by Codemasters. Cardinal difference being that Dirt 5 is an off-road racer game with a much more arcade approach instead of a simulation. Dirt 5 comes with a variety of new cars with detailing improved quite decently. The new game’s night lighting and visually appealing weather conditions are a sight for sore eyes. Dirt 5 welcomes a fan-favorite game mode from its predecessor, Dirt 3 called, Gymkhana. Not to mention, Dirt 5 career mode also has a whole new gist to it. The career mode possesses the new arcade feel and consists of pack racing events.
Lastly, the finest addon Is the introduction of stunt track editor mode— this is where the Dirt community comes together. Construct your very own thrilling tracks and have your friends join you in multiplayer. Codemasters have designed Dirt 5 to be a straightforward racer that is easy to jump into and allows you to share the fun with players from around the globe.
The Crew 2
The Crew 2 can certainly not be left out. A game that opened a portal to immense possibilities still falls under the best Xbox Series X racing games list of 2021. The Crew 2 and Forza Horizon series go hand in hand when it comes to offering an open-world experience to gamers. Crew 2 comes the entire map of the United States! The developers of The Crew 2 designed the game to allow the players to relish the racing experience of all three types: surface, air, and water. With the click of a few buttons, you can go airborne via an airplane or drop-down on a water body and speedboat your way through it.
Take entire road trips with your friends or compete in 40-minute-long race events which begin in one city and end in another—keep on completing events on the map and gain fame. Sadly, there has not yet been a patch to make The Crew 2 compatible with Xbox Series X 4k resolution and 60fps; nevertheless, the cars look better and the game runs on 1800p with 30fps.
WRC 9 is here but with little additions and some decent refinements. WRC 9 captures the official world rally championship of 2020 and comes with newer tracks of Kenya, New Zealand, and Japan. Cars certainly feel better compared to WRC 8 in terms of weightage. The delivery of the new English co-driver sounds more articulate and most importantly, camera angles no longer feel irritable when pivoting or taking drastic turns.
WRC 9 more efficient control, feel, and newer rallies make it an ideal entry point for rally fans. However, if you are an existing fan who has experienced the gameplay of WRC 8 as well, then you’ll find very little stuff to be new. Lastly, the performance of the AI drivers in the game can now be adjusted via a slider instead of a named difficulty level. Experiment with the slider until you find a difficulty level that resonates with your proficiency in the game.
Xbox Series X has truly evolved the gaming experience with its cutting-edge technology and brilliant specifications of 4K Resolution and 60fps. If you are a big fan of racing games., the above list has been made for you to get started. Enough said, Xbox Series X is here to deliver the smoothest and without a doubt, the most immersive experience ever.