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5 Best Racing Games on Xbox Series X|S (April 2023)



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Racing Games have always shined on Xbox more than any other console. There's no concrete reason as to why, but a franchise by the name of Forza Horizon might have something to do with it. The Xbox exclusive series has repeatedly proven to deliver the most realistic and raw racing experience you can get on console. And with Forza Horizon 6 reportedly in the works and speculated to release in the next couple of years, gamers are bracing themselves for the studio's best game yet.

Racing, on the other hand, is all about competition. As a result, there are other racing games with ambitions of dethroning the king of speed on Xbox. As they, too, have some compelling rubber-burning action to offer, and they're all included in this list. So, read on to find out the best racing games on Xbox Series X|S are in April 2023.

5. F1 22

F1® 22 | Launch Trailer

F1 has always been the fastest racing circuit in the world, with the racers consistently pushing speeds of over 200 mph (321 km/h). The level of concentration, strength, and outright skill required to drive and maneuver a supercar around a track at these speeds is nothing short of incredible. And in F1 22, you can get a sense of just how difficult that is.

You can pick the team you want to race for, and play through a season racing against the best drivers in the world such as Lewis Hamilton, Max Verstappen, and Charles Leclerc. All with the hopes of securing the illustrious F1 World Championship title. Though don't expect it to come easy, as there will certainly be wrecks, photo finish races, and a lot of burnt rubber along the way.

4. Dirt 5

DIRT 5 | Official Launch Trailer | Launching From November 6 | Next-Gen Off-Road Racing

If kicking up the asphalt isn't your thing, consider Dirt 5, an off-road racing game in which you race across the most treacherous terrain in the world. Such as the mountains of Nepal, the snow-covered summits of Norway, and the dense jungles of China, and that's just scratching the surface. They're also packed with obstacles, jumps, and extreme weather conditions to make the experience as immersive as possible. As a result, it's one of the best racing games on Xbox Series X|S if you're looking for the most extreme racing you can get. But it doesn't just stop there.

With Dirt 5's Playgrounds mode, you can fully customize your own tracks to your heart's content. So, you can build the most insane jumps possible on what's already the wildest tracks in the world for a truly over-the-top experience. Furthermore, there's a community section where you can discover and race on other tracks players have created. So if you're looking for a racing experience that takes you off the tarmac, Dirt 5 has got you covered.

3. Need for Speed Hot Pursuit Remastered

Need for Speed Hot Pursuit Remastered – Official Reveal Trailer

One of the best racing games of all time was brought back to life for Xbox. That's right, the legendary Need for Speed Hot Pursuit had its remastered version released in 2021, bringing back all the high-octane racing but this time with the power of next-gen consoles. All the original content is there and it has never looked, felt, and performed better thanks to the Xbox Series X|S.

In this open-world racing game, you can race however you want. Just make sure to keep an eye out for the cops, who you'll inevitably end up in a high-speed car chase with. Or you can play as a cop (also a racer) in Career mode and try to catch up to and take down the racers using a variety of police equipment like spike traps, road blocks, or you can just go with the classic pit maneuver. Altogether, Need for Speed Hot Pursuit Remastered delivers some of the most high-stakes racing you can get on Xbox Series X|S.

2. Wreckfest

Wreckfest Console Release Trailer

All of the games on this list provide lightning-fast races, so it's inevitable you'll get in some pretty crazy crashes as a result. None of them, however, do car crashes as well as Wreckfest, a demolition derby racing game with a real-life physics engine that makes the wrecks look as realistic as possible. Vehicle parts will be flying past your window as you race to the finish line, assuming can keep your car intact long enough to make it there. So you'll either need to learn how to dodge the destruction or join the drivers causing it.

The best part is that there is a variety of unique demolition-style cars to race with, adding more fun to the chaos. Choose from buggies, muscle cars, buses, semis, and even a driveable couch. What's more, you can customize them with reinforced doors, bumpers, roll cages, and just about anything you need to keep the thing running. All in all, it's one of the best racing games on the Xbox series X|S if you're looking for the most destructive and chaotic experience possible.

1. Forza Horizon 5

Forza Horizon 5 Official Announce Trailer

Who else but Forza Horizon 5 to top our list for the best racing games on Xbox Series X|S? It is the most realistic and well-crafted racing game available, not to mention a console exclusive. In this entry, developers Playground Games have brought the open-world racing game to the valleys and beaches of Mexico. Outfitted with a huge roster of over 500 vehicles that range from fast supercars, dune buggies, to tiny mini-coopers and much more. Some of which are even exact models of their real-life counterparts.

From driver stories, quests, and competitive online racing there is a lot of ground to cover in Forza Horizon 5. What's even better is you can take to the skies with the Hot Wheels Expansion which brings insane Hot-Wheels-style tracks into the game. So if you want the best racing game on Xbox Series X|S, look no further than Forza Horizon 5.

So, what's your take? Do you agree with our top five? Are there other racing games on Xbox Series X|S you think are best? Let us know in the comments below or over on our socials here!

Riley Fonger is a freelance writer, music lover, and gamer since adolescence. He loves anything video game-related and grew up with a passion for story games such as Bioshock and The Last of Us.