Forza Horizon 3

Best Xbox One Racing Games

The Xbox One has an elite range of motorsport and driving games, led by the Xbox exclusive Forza series.

Here are the very best Xbox One racing games, brought to you by History of Gaming.

 5. Project Cars

Project CARS

Project CARS is a realistic driving simulation portraying racing events spanning multiple days, progressing from shakedown and qualifying runs to the race itself, while changes in weather and lighting conditions are simulated dynamically.

I’ve played many racers like this, but Project Cars still feels invigorating and fresh – and that’s an accomplishment – Game Informer

Rating: 77.2%
First released: 2015

4. Need for Speed: Rivals

Need for Speed: Rivals

Need for Speed Rivals is an open-world racing game and the twentieth instalment in the long-running Need for Speed series.

Rivals features gameplay somewhat similar to the earlier Hot Pursuit, with exotic cars and high-speed police chases. Players take on the role of a Racer or a Cop, with each side of the law offering its own set of challenges, risks and rewards.

Need for Speed: Rivals is a wholly enjoyable open-world racer – GamesRadar

Rating: 78%
First released: 2013

3. F1 2016

F1 2016

F1 2016 is a racing game based on the 2016 Formula One season developed and published by Codemasters.

F1 2016 received a positive reception on release. Whilst F1 2015 was widely considered the worst of Codemasters’ F1 games, many critics consider F1 2016 to be the best. The racing itself is excellent, and the enhanced career mode makes the challenge much more coherent and interesting.

“On the track…where it really matters, it’s a joy to play with plenty of depth and complexity, and a career mode that’s made all the more engrossing by making what happens outside of the race both relevant and meaningful to your career as a Formula One driver” – Push Square

Rating: 80%
First released: 2016

2. Forza Motorsport 6

Forza 6

Forza Motorsport 6 is the sixth instalment in the popular Xbox-exclusive racing series, and the second Forza game for Xbox One.

Forza Motorsport 6 includes more than 450 cars and 26 tracks. Some notable real-world tracks include the Nürburgring, Bathurst, Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps and Le Mans.

Forza 6 is the new king of simulation racing – Destructoid

…some of the finest racing you can find on console – IGN

Rating: 81%
First released: 2015

1. Forza Horizon 3

Forza Horizon 3

Forza Horizon 3 is the sequel to 2014’s Forza Horizon 2 and part of the Forza Motorsport series, developed by Playground Games.

Forza Horizon 2 again takes place during the fictional “Horizon Festival”, this time being held in Australia. Forza Horizon 3’s map is said to be twice the size of the map in Forza Horizon 2, ranging from Surfers Paradise to Byron Bay. The game features over 350 cars at launch.

Forza Horizon 3 is a masterclass in open-world racing. A total triumph – IGN

A superbly-produced, feature-rich racing game – GamesRadar+

Rating: 89%
First released: 2016