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Best Multiplayer Car Racing Games (2021)

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Looking for best multiplayer car racing games? What is the best online multiplayer racing game? Searching for Which racing games can be played online with friends? Wondering what is the best multiplayer racing game for PC? We have the games that you have been looking for. Keep reading to find out more!

In this article we have selected best multiplayer car racing games and placed them according to corresponding categories. With each one focusing on either playstyle, visuals,  game mechanics or the game itself. The categorization of best multiplayer car games is as follows:

Best Local Co-op Racing Game

F1 2021
F1 2021

When it comes to games that you can play locally with your friend, there aren’t many good options out there. In this segment of the article, we will be looking at a game in particular that meets the criteria of “Local Co-op”. The game we are looking at  is F1 2021. F1 2021 or Formulae 1 2021 is the official video game of the formulae one and two championship series. The game was developed by codemasters and published in July of 2021 by EA Sports. It is available on Windows, PlayStation and Xbox. 

The split screen feature in F1 2021 allows you to play competitively with your friend locally, in a single device. Split screen in this game is horizontal and supports two players at a time (two splits). What makes this game different from others in split screen context is that the game offers many game modes for split screen content. If you are into modern racing games which are realistic in context to real world racing leagues and are into split screen gaming then you should give F1 2021 a try.

The following YouTube video from Beasts And Dragons demonstrates split screen in F12021.

Best Multiplayer Online Racing Game

iRacing
iRacing

What better ways to get the realistic racing experience than to play online with other real people. The best game in this category that we are looking at is iRacing. iRacing is a subscription based online racing simulator game. It was developed and published by iRacing.com Motorsports Simulations in 2008. It is available on Windows platform. 

What makes iRacing excel among other online competitive games of similar genre is due to its realistic racing experience and well managed servers. The races completely depend on your skill and control over your vehicle with minimal assist provided by the game. The servers are well moderated, managed and the online player base takes the game seriously and you don’t have to worry about griefers. In short, iRacing thrives at online organized motorsport better than anyone else and deserves the title for one of the best multiplayer online car racing games.

The following YouTube video  from James Krahula explains iRacing stating its pros and cons.

Best Low Specs Racing Game

Blur
Blur

Do you enjoy racing but are limited by your device? Worry not we got you covered. In this part of the article, we will look at a game that can be played on low end devices without any complications. The game we are looking at is Blur. Blur is an arcade style racing game. It was developed by Bizarre creations and published by Activision in 2010. It is available on Windows, PlayStation and Xbox platforms.

What makes blur outshine other games in this category is that the game does not require much resources to run decently. It runs on a dual core with a single GigaByte of RAM and does not look bad at all. In context to 2021, the low end devices have much higher specs than what’s required for blur so there are high chances that your system can run the game. The following are the minimal requirements for the game.

Minimum Requirements: 

  • Processor: Intel Pentium D Dual Core 3.4 ghz or better
  • OS: Win Xp 32
  • Graphics: 256 MB NVIDIA GeForce 6600GT or better or ATI Radeon 1600XT or better with Shader 3.0 capabilities.
  • RAM: 1GB
  • Storage: 14 GB Hard drive space
  • DirectX 9 Compatible Graphics Card

The following YouTube video from Carpenter shows the gameplay video for Blur.

Best Graphics Racing Game

Forza Horizon 4
Forza Horizon 4

When talking about car games with the best graphics, the majority of the racing community were set on a particular game. The game we are talking about here is Forza Horizon 4. Forza Horizon 4 is a racing game developed by playground games. It was published in in 2018 by Microsoft Studios. It is available on Windows and Xbox platforms.

Forza Horizon 4 has the best graphics in the racing genre so far. The vehicle, environment and overall textures of the world look visually pleasing. The dynamic changing of seasons also adds to the visuals of the game. Not only does the game have high graphics quality, it is also very well optimized. Most graphics cards should be able to handle this game on high to ultra settings without any issues.

The following YouTube video from IGN shows the gameplay of Forza Horizon 4 in 4k/60fps. 

Best Free To Play Racing Game

RaceRoom
RaceRoom

Everyone loves free stuff and talking about free stuff, there exists a game that gives you premium sim racing experience free of charge. The game we are talking about is RaceRoom Racing Experience. Raceroom Racing Experience is a free to play racing simulator game. It was developed by Sector3 Studios and published by RaceRoom Entertainment AG. The game was released in 2013 and is available on Windows platform.

Raceroom provides a lot of options for free to play users including numerous cars and tracks. Although the game is free to play, it does have some premium content included that can be purchased for a small fee. There are however numerous online events that let you experience the premium game content without any cost. The game even has a “try before you buy” policy where you can test all chargables vehicles for an indefinite amount of time without spending a single penny. Raceroom is the closest game you’ll find to other big sim racing titles like iRacing for free. 

The following YouTube video from Frame Works shows the gameplay video of Raceroom Racing Experience

Best Value Racing Game

Dirt Rally 2.0
Dirt Rally 2.0

In this section of the article, we’ll be looking at a game which will give you the best bang for your buck. The game we are talking about is Dirt Rally 2.0. Dirt Rally 2.0 is a racing style video game. It was developed and published by Codemasters in 2019. It is available for Windows, PlayStation4 and Xbox platforms.

Dirt Racing 2.0 is the type of a game which was labeled by the community as the “Dark Souls of Racing”. The game is for hardcore racing fans that are into games that punish and reward you accordingly. The base content costs 23.72 USD but you can get the game for 5.92 USD when it’s on sale which comes around every year. The game is visually appealing, has good sound designs and is packed with experiences which are worth seeking out. If you are looking for a game that will make you feel like it’s worth spending time and money into, then you should give this game a try.

The following YouTube video from MotoGamesTV shows the gameplay video of DiRT Rally 2.0

Best Overall Racing Game

Assetto Corsa Competizione
Assetto Corsa Competizione

For this title in particular, it was a tough competition between F12021, Forza Horizon 4 and Asseto Corsa Competizione. In the end Assetto Corsa Competizione was the one we decided to give the title to. Asseto Corsa Competizione is a sports car racing simulator game developed by Kunos Simulazioni. In 2019, it was released for the Windows platform and later in 2020 was available for PlayStation and Xbox.

Assetto Corsa Competizione when looking at its overall features is a good game. The game has good sound designs, graphics and provides racers with a realistic experience. In terms of online multiplayer, the player base of this game is strong and active and the servers are pretty decent. The tracks in this game were developed using laser technology and thus the tracks are highly accurate as to the real ones. As compared to other big title games of similar genre, Assetto Corsa Competizione is relatively cheap. It is available on steam for 29.99 USD which is almost half the price of other big racing games.

The following YouTube video from hanedafz shows the gameplay video of Assetto Corsa Competizione

Honorable Mentions

Here are some of the games that didn’t make it to the list but are worth trying

  • Grid 2 – Local multiplayer
  • Wreckfest – Multiplayer Online
  • DriveClub – Low Specs
  • NFS Heat – Graphics
  • Project Torque – Free
  • Trackmania – Value
  • WRC 9  – Overall

Conclusion

So that was our pick for the best multiplayer car racing games of 2021. What are your thoughts on those games listed above?  Share your thoughts on the comments below. Feedback is much appreciated.

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