Racing is one of the purest forms of competition, and as such it naturally translates quite well into video games. And while some games strive for realism and require in-depth knowledge of the game mechanics for players to succeed, others try to keep things simpler ̵
You don't want everyone getting together to play a game that takes tens or even hundreds of hours of experience to have a great time. This doesn't mean there can't be any problems with the mechanics, but the controls should be easy enough to understand that new players can at least complete the race.
In addition to simple controls, games in this genre usually also have a chaotic side. Items, winding courses and intimidating dangers make races feel more vibrant and balance the playing field between experienced and novice players.
Playing with friends was our main goal here, so all the games on this list support some form of local or online multiplayer. We will also mention if each game supports crossplay in case your friends are separated between different consoles.
So let's start racing with that said.
The One You Al Know Know: Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (Switch)  Mario Kart 8 Deluxe ” width=”1600″ height=”900″ src=”/pagespeed_static/1.JiBnMqyl6S.gif” onload=”pagespeed.lazyLoadImages.loadIfVisibleAndMaybeBeacon(this);” onerror=”this.onerror=null;pagespeed.lazyLoadImages.loadIfVisibleAndMaybeBeacon(this);”/>
What can be said about Mario Kart? It is practically the mascot of this genre, has sold millions of copies and the easy-to-play chaotic formula is often used as a blueprint for other games. The latest, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe ($ 59.99) is arguably the most polished game in the series, with a fun but not frustrating item balance, beautiful tracks and a unique anti-gravity mechanism. If you own a Switch, you probably already own Mario Kart 8 Deluxe ; if you don't, it's one of the best games you can buy on the console.
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe supports both 12 player online games and 4 player local multiplayer on split screen.  The One You Al Know
Quick Team Action: Team Sonic Racing (Switch / PC / PS4 / Xbox One)
If Part of the Sonic franchise that has remained consistent over the past decade are the racing games of Sumo Digital. The previous two entries, Sonic and Sega All-Stars Racing and Sonic and All-Stars Racing Transformed are also both great games worth picking up (if you're on PC , but the 2019 Team Sonic Racing is the easiest to get.
As the name suggests, Team Sonic Racing introduces a unique team mechanic where you race with two other players to defeat the other teams. You share items, stimulate each other's tracks and charge a super boost meter that all three team members use at the same time. It introduces a surprising amount of co-operative strategy into a genre that isn't usually there (but you can play in a more traditional versus mode if that doesn't sound appealing). Add a decent campaign mode and fantastic music and you will have a good time here.
Team Sonic Racing supports both 12 player online play and 4 player split screen multiplayer (however teams can only have up to 3 players, which is a bit of a pain), and is available on Switch, PC, PS4 and Xbox One. Crossplay is not supported.
Reimagined Classic: Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled (Switch / PS4 / Xbox One)
It's always great to see a classic game brought in the spotlight through a modern remake – which is exactly what developer Beenox did with Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled. With 40 songs, 56 playable characters, a campaign mode and customizable cars, Nitro-Fueled is probably the most content-filled game here – and it still receives content updates.
Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled has some more advanced mechanics compared to most games on this list, but still manages to enjoy it easily even if you can't figure out how drifting works . The game also looks beautiful, with top-notch environments and animations.
Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled supports both 8-player online and 4-player split-screen multiplayer, and is available on Switch, PS4 and Xbox One. Crossplay is not supported.
On-Foot Chaos: Speedrunners (Switch / PC / PS4 / Xbox One)
Speedrunners switches things significantly compared to the rest of this list: it is a sidescroller and offers races on foot. Anyway, Speedrunners still has the same hectic chaos that makes the rest of the games here so enjoyable.
Play as a wacky cast of characters who run, slide, climb and wrestle in minimalist stages full of dangers. . The controls are easy to figure out, but be careful, one mistake can easily make you disappear from the screen. It is a great time and will certainly lead to many exciting moments.
Speedrunners supports both 4-player online and 4-player local multiplayer, and is available on Switch, PC, PS4 and Xbox One. Crossplay is not supported.
No Simulator: F1 Race Stars (PC / iOS)
Developer Codemasters is responsible for some of the best racing sims of all time with games like DiRT Rally 2.0 and F1 2019 . But it immediately threw that experience out of the window for F1 Race Stars because this game is not a simulator at all. You race on curvy circuits with loops and ramps, use items to fight your enemies and race in the go-kart equivalent of an F1 car.
It's nice according to the books for this genre, but that doesn't mean you won't have a great time here.
F1 Race Stars supports 4 player split screen multiplayer on PC and supports local wireless and 8 player online play on iOS. Crossplay is not supported.
Indie Darlings: Super Indie Karts (PC)
As you may have guessed from the title, Super Indie Karts ($ 14, 99) contains a diverse cast of characters from various indie games such as Freedom Planet, Mutant Mudds, and Guacamelee. The gameplay is modeled after older kart racers such as Mario Kart 64 and the visuals support that.
Even with this focus on what came before, Super Indie Karts still manages to modernize things with tighter controls and stylistic visuals. The game originally started in 2014 and is still being developed in Steam & # 39; s Early Access program. However, there is a planned launch of 1.0 later this year, so if you don't like Early Access games, you shouldn't have to wait too long – although expect a price hike if it hits 1.0.
Super Indie Karts supports multiplayer multiplayer for four players.
Return to the City: Burnout Paradise Remastered (Switch / PC / PS4 / Xbox One)
Burnout Paradise was already a pretty awesome racing game, but the 2018 remaster helped bring the game to modern systems and improved visuals. For those who have never played the original, Burnout Paradise takes place in the great open world city of Paradise. You complete missions and speed through the city to get through the campaign and unlock cars.
And while there are plenty of other games that fit that description perfectly, the gameplay of Burnout is the deal here. . While the visuals in Burnout are relatively more realistic than in the other games here, the gameplay is not that – races are chaotic and destructive, which of course makes them more fun.
Burnout Paradise Remastered is available on PC, PS4 and Xbox One (with a Switch release on June 19, 2020) and supports online multiplayer for 8 players. There is some form of local play in the game, but all you do is take turns to complete missions – not super fun. Crossplay is not supported.
Coming Soon: KartRider: Drift (PC / Xbox One)
While You Can Buy The Rest Of The Games Here Now, KartRider: Drift not really released yet. This is a sequel to the 2004 Crazyracing Kartrider, which was a free-to-play online kart racer that closed in 2007. But the developers, Nexon, are back at it with KartRider: Drift which, like its predecessor, will be free to play and only online – except this time with modern visuals and generally improved gameplay.
Currently KartRider: Drift ] has been confirmed for a 2020 release and will be released on PC and Xbox One (with crossplay support between the two). Since it's free, there will undoubtedly be some form of in-game purchases (probably cosmetics), so that's something to keep in mind. Split screen multiplayer has also been confirmed.
Overall, KartRider: Drift seems to be going well, and since it will be free, there will be little reason not to try it when it comes out.