Please see here for previous Round Ups from 2018:
August: Top 5 Levels Ever
September: Top 5 Games I keep coming back to online
October: Top 5 Musical Moments in Games
I recently said in my review that Forza Horizon 4 is the best racing game ever. I was able to play it to come to that conclusion thanks to Xbox Game Pass and it came to me that Game Pass has really become the home of fantastic arcade racers. Even aside from Forza Horizon 4, which is good enough to make it worth owning an Xbox One if you don’t already, if you love racing games then I fully recommend you subscribe to Xbox Game Pass. Let’s look at 5 reasons why!
Forza Horizon 4
The biggest fish in the pond. Not just the Game Pass pond but Xbox One and just racing games in general as well. My review was only up a couple of days ago, so I won’t go into it again here but seriously: get this game!
Until Forza Horizon 4, Onrush was my favourite car game of 2018 by far. I hesitate to use the phrase ‘racing game’ as this isn’t a game about finish lines. There have been stories of it not selling well and I wonder if that it because it is quite unusual. Now it is on Game Pass I cannot recommend highly enough that you give it a go! Onrush is more about making various goals as a team than it is about being at the front. It’s pretty much totally original and absolutely spectacular from start to finish.
The oldest game on this list, Split/Second is on Xbox Game Pass thanks to backwards compatibility. It’s so good that I’ve played through the single player campaign on Xbox 360, PS3 and now Xbox One. I just can’t get enough of the super smooth arcade handling and drifting and the hugely destructible environments that you can use to spoil your opponents’ races. If you like the idea of Onrush but prefer races with finish lines, then Split/Second will scratch that itch.
Grip – Review Forthcoming!
The new kid on the block. Despite not being a Microsoft Studios game, Grip was released to Xbox Game Pass subscribers day-and-date with the games wider release earlier this month. First impressions are that it’s a bit rough around the edges but a lot of crazy fun if you can ignore that stuff. And multiplayer – both online and split-screen, for once – is a very good, and welcome addition. More on Grip in a full review on the blog soon!
OK, so this isn’t technically a racing game, I realise. However, I like making the 5th one on these round ups a little bit left-field and when the game is as good as this, why not? Probably my favourite ever game to play online, The Boy and I have both put an unmentionable number of hours into Rocket League over the years. It’s football with cars, and it does an amazing job of being fun for people of all levels of ability. Whether you are just glad the one time in a match that you manage to hit the ball, or you are rocket boosting off the ceiling to score, Rocket League has you covered.
What about you, do you have Xbox Game Pass? Do you love racing games? Or is it other games on the service that appeal to you more? Let us know in the comments below!