10 of the best games for just drivin’ around

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10 of the best driving games ever

10 of the best driving games ever

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

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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