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