• Oct 6th 2006 at 2:54PM
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We may not be able to afford exotic cars in real life, but for decades gearheads the world over have embraced video games as a way to unleash their inner Schumacher. Jeremy Rosenberg at ForbesAutos.com (OK, Forbes isn't an obvious choice for a video game survey, but what the heck, at least some Forbes readers can actually afford to buy these cars...) has examined the historical spectrum of driving games, ranging from arcade classics to the current state of the art, and come up with an all-time Top Ten list:
  1. Gran Turismo 4
  2. Grand Theft Auto: Vice City
  3. OutRun 2006: Coast 2 Coast
  4. Need for Speed: Porsche Unleashed
  5. Spy Hunter
  6. Project Gotham Racing 3
  7. Sega GT 2002
  8. Test Drive Unlimited
  9. Pole Position
  10. The Fast and the Furious
GT4, not surprisingly, hits the top of the chart for its uncompromising approach to realism in the driving simulator genre. (Of course, as with most games sponsored by automakers, that realism doesn't extend to crash damage.)

You may not agree with Forbes' choices and ranking, but with Sony's much-anticipated PlayStation 3 launching next month, the list might get you thinking about a new driving game to showcase the next-gen platform. Or maybe you'll just grab a roll of quarters and head for the arcade.

[Source: ForbesAutos.com]

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      • 9 Years Ago
      "Anyone who thinks GT4 is an uncompromising approach to realism (aside from the graphics, which is all the drooling console Cro-Magnons care about anyway) hasn't played an actual sim, like GTR, GT Legends, Grand Prix Legends etc."

      nobody has the tracks mapped out as good as gran turismo. noone else has the small bumps in the braking zone that force you to adjust your entry point. while gran turismo is not the best sim for each type of racing, it is by far the best combination of a wide variety of racing. you can lap the nur in a corvette in a 24 hour endurance race or rally in a WRC race car.

      the worst thing about gran turismo is the lack of internet multiplayer. when are they gonna get on that?

      gran turismo with a wheel is the best driving simulation availaible. if you have ever been to the nurburgring you will see the 30 ps2s playing gt4 in the lobby to help people learn the track.

      racecar drivers use it to learn tracks that they have never been to. it is an excelent driving simulation and a great game.
      • 9 Years Ago
      I realize it appeals to the "bling culture", but Midnight Club 3 Dub Edition is a great driving game, along with the Need For Speeds.

      Without customization, GT4 is without a doubt my favorite driving game.
      • 9 Years Ago
      gran turismo is the only game on that list that is even good. all the rest i wouldnt even call racing games, they all have to have some kind of gimick or silly gameplay mechanism tacked on to hide the completle lack of realism. gran truismo is the only one where lapping a car around a track as fast as possible is enough for a complete game with unlimited replayabality.
      • 9 Years Ago
      NFS porsche unleashed was awesome. of course GT4 is a classic, and probebly will be the best until the new Gran Turismo HD is released for ps3.

      im surprised GTA: Vice City beat out Mafia (PC version), i found Mafia's driving engine to be a bit more fun.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Where oh where is Sega Rally?! Even the wife liked that...
      • 9 Years Ago
      I can't belive they placed Pole Position only 9th. And
      Need for Speed: Porsche Unleashed is a joke.

      • 9 Years Ago
      I'm with Taylor on NFSMW. I can pick it up for 30min here and there, and then quickly throw it down when I get angry that things keep getting harder and harder. Unfortunately, I keep going back at it because it is addictive to me. :) Blacklist #1 challenges finally! And I only got the game in March, lol. ;) Yea, I'm slow, but it's fun! It's the best $30 (I think) I've spent on a non-FPS. (WoW is nice and all, but too time-depriving!)
      • 9 Years Ago
      Test Drive (C64) was the first in-car driver I'd ever seen. It's been surpassed, but it was the benchmark for playability.

      Another C64 game called HotRod was the first time you raced for money and built up cars. Winning and selling cars along the way got you to build with better race parts. Kinda like a GT-lite.

      I'd put the original GT in before GT4... that game sold millions of consoles and exposed the PS to non-gamer car people.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Porsche Unleashed was one of the best IMHO, miss those days when NFS had the interior view.

      They should have considered GTR2, GT Legends, rFactor and Toca 3, they are more on the simulation area, but are the best in their class.
      • 9 Years Ago
      GT4 wasn't such a great simulation. Looks like gtr2 is, on the PC. I understand why gtr was left off, but still. Most of these games are jokes. And what about Papyrus' Nascar series on the PC? It's so realistic Junior still races on it, there are whole whole leagues built on it.
      • 9 Years Ago
      The fact that Forbes also consulted video game historians and experts, as well as considered the appeal of the vehicles presented in the various games makes the results convincing enough.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Forbes=Old rich dudes who don't play games.

      And anyway, my favorite so far has been Need For Speed Most Wanted. You get sweet cars and a have a wide variety of challenges, instead of just doing laps over and over. For replay value, it rocks. I also love the sensation of speed, it's really good (playing it on a 60" HDTV helps). :) It's not for everyone, and I haven't played most of those others so I can's say if it should be on the list, but it's my favorite.
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