Forza Motorsport 7 (Xbox One/PC)
If you want to impress a friend with how good video games can look, show them Forza Motorsport 7. And maybe once they’re done gawking at the graphics, you can have a race or two on a great controlling and great playing racing game.
Wipeout Omega Collection (PS4)
If you’re more a fan of fast-paced racing games, then you can’t go wrong with Wipeout Omega Collection. It’s one of the fastest racing games out there. With all of the racetracks from Wipeout HD, Fury, and 2048, there’s plenty of content to keep you and a friend occupied for a while.
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (Switch)
The industry standard for arcade racing games. Mario Kart has never looked, sounded or played better than it does in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. And with the Switch coming with two Joy-Con controllers out of the box, the two-player mode has never been so accessible. This version also comes with a revamped battle mode!
Burnout Paradise Remastered (PS4/Xbox One)
Burnout Paradise makes its way to current gen consoles in the form of Burnout Paradise Remastered. With the game’s ‘Easy Drive’ feature, you can easily invite your friends to a bunch of multiplayer modes, such as Stunt Run, Road Rage, and Marked Man. With a PlayStation Camera or Kinect, you can even witness your friends’ “mugshots” after you take them down.
In Driveclub, you can party up with a friend, and take the race online. You can compete in online challenges, or simply race against other players around they world. Queue up with a friend, and take on the world together, as you strive to make your club the best that it can be!
Dirt 4 (PS4/Xbox One/PC)
Dirt is the premiere rallying franchise. Many realistic racing games see you driving around a circuit, but Dirt (which is a sub-series of the Colin McRae Rally games) sees you racing on tarmac and off-road terrain, and Dirt 4 is no exception. You can race online with friends in pre-determined tracks, but Dirt 4 also includes a custom track generator feature, allowing you and a friend to race on seemingly endless amounts of off-road tracks.
Flatout 4: Total Insanity (PS4/Xbox One/PC)
Flatout 4 is a pretty wacky racer. It features over-the-top, bombastic physics, where smashing into your friends is totally encouraged. If you get bored of the racing, there are a number of mini-games that you may get a kick out of, including beer pong and billiards. If you’re looking for something a little, shall we say, “different,” then check out Flatout 4.
Trackmania Turbo (PS4/Xbox One/PC)
Trackmania Turbo is a fast-paced arcade stunt racer where you can expect to be performing devilish jumps and riding around many a loop-de-loop. Its a fun racing game that is certain to get a few laughs when you bang out the local multiplayer split screen at a party. The leaps of faith at high speeds can get a little intense, though – this one isn’t for the faint of heart.
Redout (PS4/Xbox One/Switch/PC)
Redout sits comfortably in the green on Metacritic with a score of 81. It’s a futuristic high speed racer that draws inspiration from Wipeout and F-Zero, and as such, is full of quick turns and daring jumps. It’s a great alternative to those aforementioned games, if you’re looking for something similar, and it features both local and online multiplayer.
F1 2017 (PS4/Xbox One/PC)
Nowadays, Formula One fans don’t have a huge amount of options when it comes to video games. It’s a good thing, therefore, that the option they do have, F1 2017 is such a good game. I’d recommend you and a buddy grab three computer screens and a race wheel each. That way, you can get the closest experience to being an F1 driver, bar actually taking to the track. Set up a couple fans too for ultimate immersion. But all kidding aside, this game’s online multiplayer is still a lot of fun to play, whatever your setup.
Dirt Rally (PS4/Xbox One/PC)
If you want a bit more off-road goodness, then you can always pick up the second to last Dirt game that was released, Dirt Rally. It’s not the easiest racing game in the world, but if you and a friend are Dirt veterans, then that could very well be a good thing. And if you’re not, sometimes two people being equally as bad as each other can be a lot of fun too.
Monster Energy Supercross (PS4/Xbox One/Switch/PC)
Historically, games with licensed drinks in the title have never been all that great, but don’t let that deter you from Monster Energy Supercross; it’s actually a decent racing game. Supercross has a steep learning curve, but once you get past that, it can feel really rewarding to nail the tricky jumps. So grab a friend, chug some monster, and hit up the online modes.
Forza Horizon 3 (Xbox One/PC)
Although it has one of the most impressive open-worlds in a racing game to date, Forza Horizon 3 doesn’t skimp on its multiplayer modes. In fact, it has a full co-op campaign that allows you and up to three other players to progress through the Horizon Festival. If that wasn’t enough, you can grab the Hot Wheels DLC, which lets you drive around the craziest tracks. Forza Horizon 3 is the most-acclaimed Forza game ever. If you have an Xbox One or a PC, and are looking for a great racing game to play with your buddy, you really can’t go wrong at all with Forza Horizon 3. Unfortunately, the game doesn’t have split screen, but it does have cross-play.
WRC 6 (PS4/Xbox One/PC)
WRC 6 is another off-road racing game, and released shortly after Dirt Rally. Unfortunately, the game was mostly overshadowed by its contemporary; its graphics weren’t as sharp, nor its engine as fluid. However, WRC 6 is a decent off-road racer in its own right, and you should look into it if you’re a fan of the Dirt series. One thing that WRC 6 does have going for it is the inclusion of local split screen multiplayer – something that is sadly missing from a lot of racing games this generation.
Ride 2 (PS4/Xbox One/PC)
A majority of the games on this list use cars as their vehicle of choice. If you’re more of a two-wheeler person, Ride 2 has you covered. The physics of the motorcycle are some of the best in the biz.
Fast RMX (Switch)
If you’ve been longing for an F-Zero game on a Nintendo console, then might I suggest quenching your thirst with Fast RMX for the time being. Fast RMX has a unique mechanic where you are constantly switching colors to activate different boost panels. It can be enjoyed in two-player split-screen, and maintains a smooth 60 FPS when doing so.
MotoGP 17 (PS4/Xbox One/PC)
Here’s another one for those chopper fans out there. MotoGP 17 does away with the dirt bike stuff to focus wholly on the Grand Prix. Along with the usual versus races, MotoGP 17 also features a co-op mode that can be enjoyed in glorious split screen.
Project CARS 2 (PS4/Xbox One/PC)
Slightly Mad Studios has worked closely with car manufacturers and race car drivers to help create an accurate driving simulation game. This amounted to Project CARS 2 being one of the most realistic racing games of all time. This one is for true car enthusiasts, but still stands as a fun game for those just looking to have a sweet race with their friends.
The Crew (PS4/Xbox One/Xbox 360/PC)
The Crew features a persistent open-world that allows a friend to hop into your world to compete in races and other challenges. This game puts a heavy emphasis on being able to connect with friends to play through the game’s many missions, so you’ll definitely want to bring a buddy along for this ride.
Need For Speed: Payback (PS4/Xbox One/PC)
As well as competing against your friends in Speedlist leaderboards, Need For Speed: Payback also features a mode known as AllDrive, where you can meet up and roam Fortune Valley together. An open-world free roam multiplayer mode is also coming to the game later this year.
Riptide GP: Renegade (PS4/Xbox One/Switch/PC)
And now for something completely different: Here’s Riptide GP: Renegade. Surface water sports racing games are something that we sadly haven’t seen much of this gaming generation. But if you’re looking for a jet ski game that’ll give you Wave Race or Jet Moto vibes, then look no further than Riptide GP: Renegade.
Rare Replay – R.C. Pro-Am II (Xbox One)
R.C. Pro-Am II is one of the NES games featured on the behemoth of a collection that is Rare Replay. Here we have some classic top-down arcade racing goodness. It plays and controls similarly to the old Micro Machines games, but includes weapons and upgrades for your R.C. car. This is a fun one that Rare Replay owners may have glanced over.
Trials Fusion (PS4/Xbox One/PS3/Xbox 360/PC)
In this physics-based game, it’s your job to navigate your motorcycle through a number of obstacles. It can get pretty crazy, and a bit hard, so you can imagine how intensely fun it can get when you’re competing against a friend.
Assetto Corsa (PS4/Xbox One/PC)
Another option for fans of sim racing games. Assetto Corsa strives to offer the most realistic driving experience possible, going so far as to recreate tyre simulation on race tracks through laser-scanning technology. And it of course features an online multiplayer mode so that you can experience the realism with a friend.
Gran Turismo Sport (PS4)
The latest game in the long running Gran Turismo series. It stands up there with Forza Motorsport 7 as one of the best looking racing games of all time. Once you’ve achieved your best score on the daily race, you could always jump into a private lobby and have a race or two with a mate. Despite most of the game requiring an online connection, there is an offline arcade mode that can be played in split screen.