We mull over the latest racing videogames to play with friends, based on the best graphics, features and upgrades. Plus, which multiplayer and online game modes stand out.
You can play either Forza 4 or 5 online with friends, but Forza Horizon 5 really has the edge on graphics quality – it’s about as close as you can get to real life. This fast-paced racing game has extensive car customisation tools. As well as the usual upgrades for better performance, head to the garage to customise paint and design, then chat with your mates about whose car has the edge.
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Now in season 11, Rocket League is a fun and free-to-play, multiplayer game where you play football with your vehicles – or is that bumper ball? Whizz around the caged pitch collecting boosts and chasing the ball, flipping and powering up to try and get it in the goal. This game takes some skill, but persevere and you’ll soon unlock new vehicles as you complete matches, some of which are platform exclusives like Mario and Luigi NSR cars on Nintendo Switch.
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The latest version of this classic game has a few new things up its sleeve to get you to first place and your friends to last. Like opting for which box prizes to give out in races – so you can banish banana skins completely, or choose to only get bullet bills. When playing online in a friend lobby or tournament lobby, the home captain gets the privilege of selecting, so beware what you all might be driving into! Also new to Mario Kart 8 is the Squeaky Clean Sprint course in a bath tub full of suds, plus three new race characters – including Wiggler, the four-armed worm, and plant-based bad guy, Petey Piranha.
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The game for Formula 1 fans, updates in the 2023 version include improved handling to match real-life driving conditions, by customising your settings with PrecisionDrive™ Technology. Smartly, you can enable cross-play to play in the same lobby as friends, no matter whether you’re PS5, PC or Xbox. A popular game mode is Two Player Career Mode, which allows you to be a duo as part of your favourite real-life F1 team, or form your very own standalone team.
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Drive real-life racetracks like the Nürburgring, and collect cars with credits from your race wins. You’ll notice the differences in car handling between each vehicle, and soon choose your favourite. Never played Gran Turismo before? GT7 has the Gran Turismo Café with tasks and races called ‘menu books’ to develop your understanding of the different aspects of the game. Play multiplayer in Local, Online or Sport mode. The latter ranks you by race position but also penalises you for unsportsmanlike play, like hitting other cars.
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