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whether you’re into rally racing Formula one oval racing or sports cars there is a perfect sim racing game out there to satisfy your motorsport fix each game has their own perks and some have come a long way from their humble beginnings while others are considered classics that will never be matched this week I’m covering the bestest sim racing games ever created old and new and why you need to play them let’s start off with a classic rally game that is still considered one of the best Richard burns rally originally released on PC back in 2004 it’s still considered one of the most realistic rally games ever created PC gamer review called it the scariest driving game we’ve ever played due to the sense of savage speed and acceleration and thanks to a dedicated community of modders you can now experience the game with hundreds of additional tracks and cars including au though the updates also improved physics sounds and visuals with rally stages that run over ten minutes long you get a sense of tension and concentration that gives you practical skills that you can use in real life the only thing missing from this game is rallycross rallycross has become more popular in the past few years and there’s a bunch of new games that include it on top of traditional rally stage modes the most popular being dirt 4 available on PC ps4 and Xbox one it’s the 12th game in the Colin McRae Rally Series and the 6th version to carry the dirt name so it’s come a long way and has huge improvements over their original versions it also comes with various dirt racing modes like stadium trucks and buggy racing and includes a bunch of time period cars like group a group and and the infamous route B however it doesn’t include any WRC cars because WRC has the rights reserved for their own game but it does have rallycross supercars and rallycross lights although the rallycross mode is one of the funnest ways to go rallying dirt 4 is less of a true simulator and therefore more accessible to a larger audience meaning it’s a lot of fun to play and will keep you entertained at all times it won’t translate into real-world skills the first game to feature a true rallycross sim was featured in the recently released project cars 2p cars – offers various racing modes other than rallycross so I’ve found the online presence of rallycross rooms to be sort of lacking the rallycross feature is overshadowed by the game’s primary focus on road racing you can race NASCAR indycar historical and modern racecars that they’ve laser scanned into the game the entire game is supported through VR and the details are incredible it is truly a motorsport in nerdfest you can recreate historical races down to the tee with historical racetracks and multi group opponents it’s more of a Sim than most of the games you’re gonna come across so expect a learning curve I’ve yet to see someone drive the McLaren 650s gt3 without spinning out on the first lap but hey that’s how you learn in the madness engine that controls the game’s physics is constantly improving so expect this game to get better as time goes on the most popular motor sport in the world Formula One has the fewest options when it comes to a true sim racing experience with real drivers and real cars from the real world that’s because Formula One has the rights locked in for their own video game series just like WRC and yes it’s a great game if you follow the sport stepping into the shoes of your favorite driver and team can be a lot of fun especially for me racing with Alonso and the mclaren honda i can get a real sense for how slow the car actually is and I’ll never be rewarded with the first place regardless of how hard I Drive so really I’m able to learn anger management skills that translate directly into real life the real upside to this game is being able to learn every track featured in the season this makes watching Formula One races in real life much more enjoyable because you have a better feel for what’s going on but if you’re a die-hard sim racer and a thrilling f1 season is what you’re after you can go back in time and find a very special game that will probably never be topped the closest you’re gonna get to a true Formula One season simulation is with a game called Grand Prix for the game is a recreation of the 2001 Formula One season yes the season with the screaming engines that everyone can’t stop talking about the game was released back in 2002 with a revised graphic engine and updated physics containing the best wet weather driving experience to this day it was created by the godfather of racing simulators Jeff Kremen Jeff created the first sim racing game to feature a real racing circuit all the way back in the 80s he was a perfectionist focusing on the smallest details eventually leading to his greatest and last sim racing game GP for since then the modding community has added a bunch of new track and fixed a bunch of bugs that plagued the game when it was first released while you can challenge other people by taking turns per race online gameplay was not possible due to licensing restrictions if a competitive online racing experience is what you’re after one of the most thrilling can be found in a game I play religiously Gran Turismo sport the game has come a long way from its humble beginnings and in this latest version the game is entirely focused on creating a competitive online community while the number of cars offered in this game is a huge step down from the 1000 plus cars offered in Gran Turismo 5 it completely makes up for it with its revised online sport mode players are ranked on their skills and how fairly they drive so you’re gonna be matched up with people on the same caliber as you that means the racing gets super competitive and out of all the races I’ve played online every single one has been a race to the finish yes sometimes I get matched up with the best players in the world so rarely do I get rewarded with the first place but the game makes it clear that it’s not about winning it’s about playing fair and improving your skills and if you’re down with that you can add me on ps4 my username is green brains shout out to some of my GT friends around the world McLaren design mag drew easy ubz Louis underscore Hamilton there’s too many awesome people in the community to list and the way the online system is set up you’ll immediately find clean competitive races who knows you might be seeing donut on Twitch very soon and I guarantee you we’re gonna be playing a lot of Gran Turismo sport simply because the online action is so fun to watch if penalties drive you mad and you’re a firm believer that rubbing is racing which I 100% agree with you won’t find yourself in a sweaty pool of frustration while playing assetto corsa this game does require some skill before racing as it is more focused on being a true sim rather than say Forza which is considered more of a sim Kade and that doesn’t mean it’s not a really fun game for a lot of people regardless of their skill level and don’t even try comparing Forza to Gran Turismo that’s a taboo discussion on this show anyway the handling characteristics of a set of Corsa are highly praised their physics engine is made in-house so it’s a huge accomplishment for their developers it also has spectacular visuals and engine noises that cannot be matched by most games their goal here was to create the most immersive racing experience possible and they nailed it well the career mode is a bit challenging to say the least it does have a solid online experience with a decent browse feature and lag free racing but you’re gonna be running into the same online issues that Gran Turismo 5 and 6 were having with their online rooms like maniac drivers that won’t leave you alone unless you completely smoke them on the track so multi-car pileups will be common unless you find a solid group of guys and girls to play with if you want to true sim with plenty of add-ons in a massive racing community then our factor 2 is probably the best out there it’s game engine by is I was specifically altered for R factor to have an open architecture with tools for modders this same engine also laid down the foundation for R factor Pro which is used by racing teams and car manufacturers like most of the current Formula One and NASCAR teams our factor 2 is the product of these two games and is considered by some to be the best sim racing game out there for serious players this is the game that GT Academy uses to train its winners from Gran Turismo before they actually hit the track it has the most detailed and accurate tire models in sim racing including things like flat spotting and tire deformation although the tracks are not laser scan like P Cars 2 in a set of Corsa you get accurate racetracks with features like 24-hour weather cycles drying racing lines and rubber building online is free and although extra cars and tracks will need to be purchased as an add-on rf2 is one of the largest endurance racing leagues in the online world plus you can race them whatever kind of league you want Formula One style cars NASCAR IndyCar historical custom literally anything you want the game is constantly being approved and evolving so what’s a must-have for any hardcore sim racer that wants to grow their skills in one platform last but not least the most hardcore game out there is I racing this game is the real deal for competitive online racers that want a true sim racing experience of all the rules trials and tribulations of real-life competition the game has come a long way since its introduction in 2008 with incredibly detailed laser scanned tracks and a serious community of online racers a lot of pro drivers regularly train in online events and some of those events offer cash prizes to season champions similar to GT sport drivers must earn licenses but those licenses are based on results and avoiding accidents but not really comparable because accidents are not taken lightly climbing the ranks takes a lot of patience and persistence because those accidents have consequences that can set you back weeks and even months of progress and you know just by this game you pay a subscription to play it like 100 bucks for two years but they offer discounts for beginners for one month and three month tiers but you need a PC to play it just like our factor – and some people play on rigs costing well over a few grand I’ve heard of rigs going over 150 grand that’s how serious it gets because of the realism many seasoned veterans of I racing have become successful in real life in fact professional organizations like NASCAR and Skip Barber Racing use this sim to help train their drivers that being said you can’t just pop into AI racing and expect to enter a competitive race like you would and P cars to a set of course or GT sport you’re going to need to do some research and watch plenty of how-to videos so you don’t become overwhelmed when you first start playing you’ll need to be motivated to learn and to practice it’s clearly the final destination for anyone who has played any of the previous games and wants to take their skills and competition to the next level so what’s your sim racing game of choice I know there’s a bunch of old ones out there that people still play so let us know in the comments how pissed are you that it didn’t include Forza Fujima what up don’t forget to add me if you have ps4 and remember practice makes perfect lots and lots and lots of practice support us by picking up some of our merch at shop donut media while you’re at it add me on IG at secret skills see you next Friday

100 thoughts on “Sim Racing Games You Need To Play | The Bestest | Donut Media

  1. I'm not mad, I'm just disappointed you didn't include Live for Speed. The only downside is due licensing, there are no real world cars in it.

  2. I havent played many newer games but all I know for sure after putting thousands of hours into each is that Forza 4 is way more realistic than Gran Turismo 5.

  3. When you play iRacing online, do you get to see the country flags of the oppenents you race?

    Does anyone know a good steering wheel for around 700-800 dollars for the game?

  4. Saying "rallycross is the funniest way to go rally" is a bit like saying "playing the guitar is the funniest way to play the violin". Rallycross is rallycross, rally is rally – two different disciplines.

  5. It's funny. I only just watched this. Then realised we are already friends on PSN. We most likely raced each other before.

  6. Asseto corsa is absolute shit for my first 3 PCs it was just broken it wouldn’t even load it looks like it came from 2010 the graphics are blocky and hurt to look at and it is broken in every way with about 3 tracks janky menus and I can’t assign a handbrake I want a refund so bad for this game

  7. Just added you to my PS4 friend's list GT sport is my preferred sim to drive and I try to drive every Friday night. I do enjoy Asetto Corsa as well and P Cars 2, Dirt has some bugs with my steering rig so I ended up not playing that too much. And I do think this is a great guide for sim racing ou put out here. Keep up the good work Donut Media 🙂

  8. Wow Forza Motorsport 7 blows all these games out of the water, Xbox controllers gave the longest trigger throw for best pedal response, unless you are spending 500$ on a racing wheel setup which would be stupid for console players considering the cost to accuracy ratio…
    I've played a lot of racing games, and Forza 7 with all aids turned off is one of the closest experiences to what a car actually does.

  9. Forza horizon is a Simcade, Motorsport is a complete different game, mechanics are all around stiffer, while racing surfaces are less level and harder to keep power down on.

  10. Welp, I'm a genius. Here's how:
    get that tilting, $150k rig, and strap it to a military grade centrifuge that's re-programed to simulate the g-forces of your cars acceleration… … + tilt… = true sim

  11. Although Forza needs to up its sim. I would still rather play it than GT sport anyday. Just a better game in my opinion.

  12. What's wrong with Forza? I've had more fun with that than any other racing game. Isn't that the point of a game? Yes, I know it's shocking to know that these aren't real cars or real races.

  13. K I know forza isn’t the most realistic game but you at least need to mention that it has a great selection of cars and online capabilities.

  14. Btw. Nascar Racing 2003 Season was before Iracing and the company went bust because they sold their company to EA,

    And theres Nascar Racing 2002 Season. But If you want better mods and Graphics, Buy Nascar Racing 2003 Season.

  15. How can I play the "funnest" games? Notice a definite lack of TOCA or literally anything made by Papyrus. At least you mentioned that Crammond is the godfather of Racing game design.

  16. My favorite is simcade Forza 7 and I'm not mad you didn't include it, it's your channel, put whatever content you want pal 🙂

    Have fun and race safe

  17. iRacing is for serious drivers only. If you drive inappropriate, you will get spun out. And if you don't know how to setup a car, you will most likely lose.

  18. On the subject of 9:55, it goes to show how much of a one-sided PS4 player you are, all Forza (both Motorsport and horizon series) has had consistent gameplay and support for other cars of it's contending series, project cars while accurate is and possible was filled with glitches and bugs and the same for the crew 1 and 2. Tldr: if you want to do sim racing just know there are other platforms to play on other than on just one.

  19. I know forza isnt a sim, but dirt 4? Really?…i mean, forza 4 was much closer to being a sim than dirt 4 will ever be. Forza 4 set to "simulation" steering wasnt bad at all..

  20. Raceroom racing experience is the way to go.
    New and old racing cars ( from groupA, groupe C, group 5, GT3, GT2, M1 PRO séries, formula 1, GTO, and SO much more!! Great tracks too! Different displays, great physics the game is always improving.

    Oh, and instead of paying 60$ for a game where you only play 4 or 5 cars, Raceroom game is free, and each car and track is about 2/3$.plus some content is already free.

  21. Ooft. "greatest wet weather driving experience in a game to this day" that's a big call for a video that also features project cars 2

    The rain in project cars 2 is soooo satisfying 👌


    this vid should clear up any misinformation y'all have.

  23. I played so much gran turismo 6 in my ps3 that the disc burned😅😂. Now i want to play and i cant buy it in any place😔.

  24. i agree with this boi below me, can it also be dirt rally, or should i call it, dirt 4 but with only rally,rallycross and hillclimb.

  25. So… Whats wrong with Forza? I'm not really interested in races n stuff, more like just open world driving/drifting and yeah just having fun. And i'm more interested in street cars than race cars. But i do want ok-ish physics realistic wise.
    Do you think Forza Horizon 4 would be good for me? Thanks!

  26. I only support pc sim Eggbox and ProperShit4 is just a cheap way to get into sim racing but not knowing that Pc is king in the sim world. especially when it come to DIY motion rigs. not all steering wheels are compatible on console where any device works on pc.

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