We all loved to play video games to some extent and whoever tried their hand must have played racing video games and enjoyed a lot. Racing video game is probably the most common and oldest genre of video games. This type of video game may be played either in the first-person or third-person viewpoint. In most games the players have to take part in any form of racing competition. The competition may involve any kind of vehicles including land, air or sea. Both fictional rivalry and simulation of the real world competition are equally famous and a number of games available in the market since 1973. Racing video games can also be categorized under sports games.
Genres of racing games
Racing games have two distinct genres which include Arcade racers and Racing simulators.
Arcade games are a definite approach of racing games where speed is everything. The game fun revolves around the simple theory of speed with unique cars (not available in the real world) and racing methods. The games usually follow very little physics; hence they can be distinguished easily from the simulation games (the speed of the cars needs not to be decreased to take a turn, powerslides, inflated and extreme collisions, road obstacles are part of these arcade games). Vehicles features are also exaggerated, though some real options are also available with added features. Often extra features are locked for future levels of the game and the players have to pass through certain levels to unlock them. Another thing is that these races usually do not take place in any racing arena. Instead they are conducted on highways, inside the city with other non-performing city vehicles in the way, windy road, difficult terrains with multiple paths. There are checkpoints and police interventions. Some arcade games even allow weapons to be carried and used to slow down the opponents.
Few popular Arcade Racing Games are Midnight Club series, Need for Speed series, Juiced series, Virtua Racing series, the Daytona USA series, the Rush, the Ridge Racer series, the Cruis’n Series, the Midnight Club series, the Burnout series etc.
As the name suggests, this type of racing games tries to simulate the real world situations of racing arena. These types of games are more conventional and vehicle handling are an imitation of the actual cases. Generally the vehicles used are similar or same for the real racing games with few fantasy vehicles also, but without any extravagant features. The most intriguing factor is the use of proper physics when the racing simulation is done. Other technical aspects (such as car condition after crashes, fuel level, and state of the tire) are also included and players have to be aware of these things as well. In simulation games the professional racing techniques like trail breaking are given more importance. To play a good simulation racing game a player should have proper driving knowledge as otherwise it is difficult to handle the aids available in the menu section (like clutch help, anti-lock brakes, damage resistance, automatic gear changes, traction control, steering assistance). These are commonly used techniques of racing vehicles but unknown to a novice. Another notable feature of simulator games is the availability of driver view only. Arcade games on the other hand are customizable and view mode can be changed on player wish.
Apart from these well-known video racing games, one can experience the fun of racing games by playing the small online racing games available free over the internet. These are all arcade types mainly and have limited graphics due to their small nature. But still they are a good source of fun and one can really enjoy some good moments by playing these online racing games. We are giving few sites below where you can go and play some simple racing games and enjoy.Add to favorites