25 best driving games ever

No licence, no problem – these driving games indulged our thrill-seeking urges with a no-holds-barred approach to road use

Sega Rally

1994, Arcade

Sega Rally was a milestone in the arcade racing genre because it added different road surfaces with different friction properties, giving players the most realistic-feeling rally game that had ever been made. It was also beautifully simple, with only three cars (all real world) and four tracks – one of which is only unlocked if you finished the championship in first place. It also features one of the best-loved Game Over screens in gaming history: