Life in the fast lane. See you at the finish line. Put the pedal to the metal. I got a need and it just so happens to unironically be a need for speed. These and other familiar phrases evoke today’s genre at hand: Racing. Racing games, admittedly, are not my forte but I recognize their existence and the appeal of their high-speed antics. I’m particularly interested in those racing games which add a little something extra to the general structure of “drive from point A to point B”. Throwing items, seeing some combat, customizing vehicles, driving as the characters from beloved franchises, these are all things that push racing games a little further down the road. When can we get a Final Fantasy Kart? That’s what I wanna know.
Catch these favorites if you can…
The Green Screen Mage
By far Mario Kart 8 is my favorite racing game. I love a lot of the older ones, but you can’t beat the new levels and DRIFTING!
The Black Humor Mage
Mario Kart: Double Dash is my favorite racing game. I’ve played this game so much as a kid with my cousins, and we still play it to this day. It was the only Mario Kart where you could get two characters in one cart, and hold two items as well. Mario Kart 8 is a close second, and we’ve been playing that one much more recently. I’ve seen that Mario Kart 8 Deluxe includes the functions of Double Dash with Mario Kart 8 as the core game, so that one is definitely a reason to get the Switch.
The Midnight Mystic Mage (Sublime Reviews)
Burnout. I’ve had my share of fun with racing games, they aren’t my favorite type of games but The Burnout series was really something else. The first time I got to a mission where the objective was to cause as much destruction as possible, I was like oh yeah, I can get into this. (Honorable Mentions – Mario Kart, Need For Speed Underground 2, MX vs. ATV)
The Spoony Bard Mage (Nerd Speaker)
Mario Kart has had so many iterations that it’s hard to keep track, and everybody has their favorite. For me, it’s Mario Kart 64, simply because of the many high school hours sunk into it and the glitchy shortcuts.
The Final Fourteenth Mage (Cilla vs. Games)
Walt Disney World Quest: Magical Racing Tour.
The Hopeful Handheld Mage (Retro Redress)
Burnout 3 (Xbox). I can barely drive and know nothing about cars. To me, racing games should be about driving as fast as possible. Burnout 3 was amazing at this, high speed races with frantic CPU chasing you around tight corners. The World Tour mode, different cars and the great variety of races made Burnout 3 a classic. Thankfully, EA phased out Burnout so we could play Need For Speed instead…
The Dapper Zaffre Mage (Save File 02)
Hoo boy! I knew racing had to come sooner or later, and there’s absolutely no other series that had me as captivated as F-Zero, with its GameCube entry F-Zero GX being the favorite of them all. The N64 and GC games had absolutely none of the problems the 2D ones had; malicious drivers were now fair targets, and you could even finish a race in both first AND last place if you were so ‘inclined’. Nintendo expanded on the cast from the N64 and gave even the most bit-player driver their own backstory, revealed through the ‘interview’ segments at the end of a GP. The soundtrack was the best in the series, and I’d even go on to use it in Wipeout HD. F-Zero probably even nudged out Metroid in terms of what my favorite Nintendo IP was, and I’m sure I was one of many fans waiting for a Wii release that would finally grant us the 30-player online mod we all wanted.
…So you can imagine how disappointed I was when the Wii came and went with no F-Zero. With its last game being as far back as 2004 on the GBA, it seems as though we’re not getting a continuation any time soon.
The Over-Caffeinated Nostalgia Mage (Nostalgia Trigger)
In the late 90’s, I took a gamble while in a CompUSA, and picked up a game based on my favorite sport. That game was Motocross Madness. I had never played a racing game before, but this game lives on as my favorite racer of all time. Not only because I loved watching motocross on TV at the time, but because years later I still credit it as the driving force behind me getting into the sport of dirt bike racing. It’s wild how much a video game can get into your head and give you ideas, even decades after they came out!
The Rage Mage
Just in case you can’t tell the difference between a Fast & Furious movie and a Fast & Furious video game, here’s Fast & Furious: Showdown, a game that could only be worse if Vin Diesel were in an FMV in it pretending to act, mumbling something about how painful it is staring directly at the sun.
The Well-Red Mage
I haven’t delved into too many racing games, mainly because I’m not very good at them, but some notable titles I’ve enjoyed more or less include Gran Turismo 5, Top Gear 3000, Rock n’ Roll Racing, Mario Kart… but my favorite has got to be the highly addicting and pitch-perfect Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. Once again, Nintendo dominates the list. I read some weeks back that MK8D was the real reason to get a Switch, not Breath of the Wild. That’s quite an audacious statement, and impossible to prove, but I can assure you that MK8D is phenomenal. It feels like the ultimate kart racer. It’s the triumph of decades of Mario Kart evolution. It is as fun as this picture looks.
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