Monday, May 23rd, 2022

The best racing game of 2021

2021 was one of the best years for racing games in recent memory. The two long-running series have announced two of the best entries ever, but the two unconventional racers surprised us with enthusiastic fun.

These are our choices for the best racing games of 2021.

The best racing game of 2021

It’s a fascinating fluke that Codemasters’ first true attempt to inject full story mode into the annual F1 franchise coincides with the most dramatic real-life F1 season of the years, but the new “brake” of the F12021. Play the most powerful simulation package of the single motorsports on the market in a whole new way for the “Codemasters” story. The series debuted on the consoles of its current generation, and the F1 2021 is also the best series the series has ever seen. And features that help coordinate individual elements of the core career experience to speed things up after all these years were highly welcomed. – Luke Railey

See IGN’s F12021 review for more information.

Forza Horizon 5

The Forza Horizon series has been an open-world racer since its debut, but it feels like people are finally starting to listen since the introduction of the Forza Horizon 5. Forza Horizon 5 has gained worldwide acclaim and gained 12 million players in less than a month (a number that took a year for Forza Horizon 4 to reach). This is the biggest launch in Xbox history. A beacon of technical victory and accessibility in production, Forza Horizon 5 is an amazingly beautiful and fun driving game for everyone, from those who are crazy about cars to those who are crazy about cars. – Luke Railey

For more information, see IGN’s Forza Horizon 5 Review.

Hot Wheels Unleashed

There are two types of racing games and Hot Wheels. It’s “fun” because it’s realistic and there are no better words. A photo-accurate driving simulator for outstanding gearheads includes a brightly colored arcade racer that screams with excitement when launching a rocket-powered aircraft from a fiery lamp. For each officially licensed and manufacturer-approved Hot Wheels replica of an existing Ford or Chevrolet, there is a super toy jaropy based on ridiculous things like dinosaurs, toilets, burgers and more. Hot Wheels Unleashed achieves a great balance of all of the above. Built on the basis of a solid driving mechanic, it’s a colorful and glamorous arcade racer that offers a garage that faithfully reproduces all flavors of Hot Wheels rides, allowing you to collect, customize and cruise. It may not be a realistic simulation of driving a real car, but it’s a great replica of the thrill of firing a toy across the living room floor as a kid. – Max Scoville

For more information, see IGN’s Hot Wheels Unleashed Review.

Riders Republic

Riders Republic is a vast racing playground that seamlessly combines a collection of extreme sports games such as cycling, skiing / snowboarding, and wingsuit into one cohesive package. When you ski a rocket-powered ski through a snow-covered mountain, it’s an exciting arcade racer at one moment. The next epic exploration game jumps over the stunning recreation of Ubisoft’s seven US national parks. It’s competitive, laid-back, thrilling and Zen. Riders Republic is a unique variety racer that stays fresh (and fun) for dozens of hours thanks to an impressive mashup of sports, landscapes and game modes. – Jordan Sirani

For more information, see IGN’s Riders Republic review.

All IGN Best of 2021 Game Categories

IGN’s Best of 2021 Awards was designed by:

Lead Design + Art Direction: Julia Lago

Motion graphics: Bacherer