10 of the best games for just drivin’ around

Super Mario Kart (SNES, 1992)

The complete opposite of the workmanlike Gran Turismo, everything about Super Mario Kart was joy-packed layers of joy heaped upon joy. Great racing, a style Nintendo's still repackaging today, and a multiplayer mode you'd still get obsessed with now, should anyone agree to play such a relic.

Carmageddon 2 (PC, Mac, 1998)

This still contained much of the pedestrian-slaying nastiness of the original, but with the then-exciting inclusion of car deformation and a multiple choice route to completing missions, it was rather innovative in a way often used by so-called "open world" racers today. 

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Out Run (Arcade, 1986)

Another unbelievable milestone from Sega, Out Run was and still is a superb race game. It's not serious, or long, or complex, it's just you, a Hi/Lo child's gear stick, stupidly colourful scenery and unquestionably the best music ever contained within a video game. 

Burnout 3: Takedown Xbox, PS2, 2004

The Burnout series slowly evolved over the years from being a racer with a hint of aggression to an all-out smash 'em up by the time Burnout 3 launched, with the game combining speed boosts with epic smashes and labyrinthine courses packed with shortcuts.  

Dirt 3 (2011, Xbox 360, PS3, PC)

The third iteration in the Dirt rally series is still widely regarded as one of the best off-road arcade games of all time, thanks to its impressive car design and silky smooth handling. A new gymkhana obstacle course mode also threw stunts into the mix, and you could even upload your favourite replays to YouTube.

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