Sure, Forza Horizon 5 is new (and it’s even free on Xbox Game Pass), but can there ever be too many amazing racing games to play? We at UPROXX Edge don’t think so, which is why we decided to devote a full episode of Recon to all of our favorite racing games, from those we spent way too much money on in the arcade to good ol’ Mario Kart.
Noah Grossman, a Smosh cast member, and first-time co-host, joins me for this fast-paced episode, and we couldn’t be happier to get things going and speak about one of the most exciting video game genres out there. We start by talking about our memories of playing hit arcade games like Cruisin’ USA and Crazy Taxi, before moving on to the next adrenaline-pumping chapter in racing game history: when so many of those fantastic games came to home consoles. We delve into Gran Turismo, Need for Speed, and a slew of other titles (Twisted Metal, anyone?) as well as all the other games that made playing at home as enjoyable as putting quarters into a huge arcade machine.
But what fun are racing games without just a bit of the nonsensical added in there?
Enter the kart racers, a series of furry and family-friendly racing games featuring your favorite characters, colorful circuits, and hilarious support items that can radically alter the outcome of a race. Many of these games, from Diddy Kong Racing to Crash Team Racing, are among the first racing games we fell in love with and are still enthralled by today. Before getting into our favorite portion on Recon: What’s New, What’s Next, we delve into all the racing games that take us off the road, such as SSX Tricky and Rider’s Republic.
So buckle up, gamers, and let’s drive on into today’s episode of UPROXX Recon. And hey, if this show really gets your engine revving or we forgot your favorite, remember you can always leave a comment below!