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I'm really into racing games.
There's something cathartic about constantly improving yourself and shaving milliseconds off of your time, becoming perfect over each iteration over your run.
The physics start feeling just right, you feel the car sliding to corner at a perfect apex on a dime, what a feeling.

Who here likes racing games?

I own a bunch but I identify racing games I play the most into three categories, they're all good for different moods:

Semi-realistic racers:
Rally racing, circuit racing, if it gets too realistic the physics become cumbersome, but it's nice being focused on the weight transfer of the car.
Examples: Sega Rally 2, Dirt Rally, Colin McRae Rally, Gran Turismo.

Mindless tuning racers:
Racing games where you tune cars, constantly upgrading the settings on your car, either by straight grinding for upgrades or actually setting the gears, making sure aero is a perfect balance of stable on straights and stable enough on turns etc.
Tokyo Midnight Xtreme Racer 3, Need For Speed Underground 2, Drag Racer V3 Flash game, Forza Horizon 3

Really fast arcade racers:
Probably my favourite category, race games that go really fast and constantly have you on edge and focused.
Sometimes they have objectives, other times they do not.
The Initial D arcade games, Battle Gear, Outrun 2006: Coast to Coast, Wangan Midnight arcade games, Ballistic, Drift City.

Do you like it when real licensed cars are included in games? I love it.
I especially like seeing certain favourites of mine, the R32 Skylines are always good to see.
Not the GT-R, the GTS-T model, designated ENR32 on the chassis as opposed to BNR32, they are rear wheel drive versions of the GT-R as opposed to all wheel drive, with single turbo engines as opposed to twin turbo, kind of rare to see in games!

Is there a certain kind of feeling you'd like to have? or are there qualities that you feel a perfect racing game for you would possess? Feel free to mention this and I'll try to give you recommendations!


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A really atmospheric game I really recommend everyone to give a go if they're feeling like a cozy night: Tokyo Xtreme Racer 3.
It runs fine in a PS2 emulator, the physical copy is quite rare.

The game is set on the actual Japanese highway system and is semi-open world.
It is set in a real life setting of the 90s where Japanese street racers were never followed by police due to the laws being wonky.
The story is really bad, but inspired by 80s/90s street racing movies.

In this game there is a lot of driving down straights, putting down all the power you can in your customised 500hp+ car.
Handling is irrelevant, you just put down top speeds and dodge civvie cars doing it, you beat whole gangs of cheesy street racing thugs!
The game gets so mindless, and it just entrances me every time I play it, it's great.

Some recommendations: Get an AWD car asap, you are not gonna be able to control that power if you let it all go to the rear wheels, your stability will suffer badly!
Also turn off the music, you will not enjoy it once the cheesy factor is gone, it's like a horrific mix between cheesy 90s rock and noise music!


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This game is pretty nice.
I really like games that have a kinda just normal japan map. I loved that part of persona 4 way more than the dungeons. Guess I'm just a weeb but either way thanks for the suggestion.


Glad you enjoy it!
The developers later went on to make the Wangan Midnight arcade racing games.
They're based on the Tokyo Extreme games but way better, the console ones aren't that good though.

I haven't had a chance to play the newer ones since I have only ever lived in countries with small arcades with Pac-man and Donkey Kong at most, but here's a handy map for you to find nearby arcades and what games they carry: https://zenius-i-vanisher.com/v5.2/arcades.php

Some gameplay:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x-SEIQxIk1Y


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I forgot how satisfying these games can be. The Tokyo Xtreme Racer games are so smooth it's delicious. I had a great day thanks to this thread. Thanks, racing rolls!
Also, what about Kart racing games? Anyone here into Rollcage?

Pic is what happened when I tried to install the bad PC Initial D game.



Did you know that the 6th stage Initial D game is now emulatable on PC?


I really like this game, I have it at my local arcade and 1 dollar gets 10 races which is super nice. And the best part is no one plays it so I can do pretty much most of the campaign in one night. The problem is the game is loud and the speakers are right by my head so I have to bring earplugs. The trance music is really nice and when you level your car up close to max the game is so comfy.


posting a reply so i remember to post later


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I've been playing Drift Stage to get a more arcadey fix lately. It's only had a demo out for years I swear, but as a result I've become very practiced at the one level there. It really is cathartic to jam out a few laps, getting the nose of the car as close to the handrail as I can, cutting it closer and closer than my ghost.

Has anyone here tried using TeknoParrot? I want to emulate Initial D on it because there's no local arcade left, let alone one with Initial D.
My antivirus tells me it's suspicious, and I'm almost certain it's a false positive, but it's enough to keep me away from trying.

Also, I've been looking for a wheel and thinking a G27 or G25 might take the cake. I'm looking for PC and PS2, but I also have a PS3, and they tick the right boxes. Seems everything made for the PS4 cuts out PS2 compatability. Are there any caveats I might be missing here?


It's a false positive, but you need a G27 to play… It bugs out on Xbox controllers.

Initial D PS2 games are still really cool though.

Yeah, Drift Stage demo is really cool, until you buy the current beta and notice that they overhauled it completely and it isn't as smooth anymore.


How has it gotten worse? Everything I can see looks pretty good, but I can't find any decent video from the past year. It's a shame, I was interested in buying into the latest version, but that was only going off of what the beta showed. Guess there's a reason I didn't already, you can never trust early access.


On the PS2, I used to play a lot of Gran Turismo 3 and 4. I think I spent about 15-60 minutes almost every day on those games when I was in school. Tried playing them again recently, but couldn't quite get into them anymore.

In recent years, I've mostly played games like Outrun 2 and Absolute Drift. Both are the type of games I can get into quickly, without the effort more serious games might require. Dirt Rally is also fairly relaxing, but I'm not very good, so it can also be very frustrating.

Is that the game that went by the name of Turbo Run years ago? Been interested in playing it, but never got around to it.


I just got dirt rally since it was on sale.
I'm utterly useless but it's a lot of fun. The Wales, Finland & Sweden maps are especially pleasant to drive around.


Ray Tracers is the ultimate aesthetic driving game. You race against a clock until you have to fight a boss by bashing your car into them.

Works good on epsx, and I got my copy for like $5 back a couple years ago.

And god damn, if I remembered this thread I would have recorded the Initial D machine in my hometown's dead mall arcade yesterday while I was visiting. Oh well maybe next time


Been a long time racing game fan for as long as I can remember. Favorites include motorstorm, midnight club, Ridge racer2 (psp), wipeout pulse, hydro thunder, and flat out 2.
These days racing games have been feeling a bit lacking in creativity or originality, but they're still extremely relaxing to play all the same.


Not a typical racing game like some of the ones listed here, but I'm really into F-Zero, specifically F-Zero X. The amount of time you can shave off in time attack is unlike any other racing game I've played. When I feel like I've pushed the game to it's limit, and I will struggle to shave a tenth of a second off my time, I beat it by 5 seconds.

Shame there hasn't been a new release for a long time.


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how do you feel about Midtown Madness 3?


No love for Mobil rally championship? It's a really comfy game!
You just need to tweak the physics a bit and you're good to go.


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Racing games are great fun. Been playing Wipeout VR recently and it's crazy how much of an improvement it makes over the normal game. The depth perception and sense of scale make it so much easier to judge corners. It's kind of a shame that all the unique ship designs have been changed to a single chassis across all ships for the VR version though. Surely there could have been a way to work a cockpit view into the existing designs. I've gotta try Dirt Rally with this headset too if I can get it hooked up to my PC properly.

Also super excited for Drift Stage and Burnout Paradise Remastered on PC.


Burnout 3 anyone?


>Drift Stage
What's the status on that? The last time I heard anything was early last year when someone sent me the backer build and confirmed that the physics are still complete bunk. It's a damn shame too, I like the concept and the soundtrack is absolutely spot on, but the gameplay itself just feels like a substandard Outrun 2 clone and it just isn't enjoyable.


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I only ever played the pre alpha they released way back and loved it. I don't do kickstarters so I never got to play any of the recent versions. I'll be disappointed if they ended up changing the game for the worse.

They just released a backer update yesterday ( https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1910344764/drift-stage/posts/2158029 ) so the game's still in active development. Hopefully we can play it sooner rather than later.


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Birds of a feather.


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Are there any racing games with horses?
I wanna be the elf queen riding the unicorn

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