Best racing games on PlayStation Plus Premium

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Back in June, Sony launched new Premium and Extra tiers for PlayStation Plus, but what are the best racing games on PlayStation Plus Premium?

It’s not quite Sony’s answer to Xbox Game Pass, but these subscription services let you access a comprehensive catalogue of the best PlayStation racing games.

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These are the best racing games on PlayStation Plus Premium you need to play.

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Assetto Corsa Competizione

Surprisingly, there are no Gran Turismo games on PlayStation Plus Premium at the time of writing. Fear not though sim racing fanatics, because there is an excellent alternative.

Assetto Corsa Competizione is regarded as one of the best PC sim racers of all time. Luckily for PlayStation owners, it’s no longer PC-exclusive, also making it one of the best sim racing console games.

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The official game of the GT World Challenge, ACC boasts a large roster of GT racing cars along with stunning weather effects and iconic racing circuits around the world. Its ultra-realistic driving physics makes it more challenging than Gran Turismo - but that’s what makes it so rewarding.

With a recent physics update and car and track pack DLC bringing the PS5 game on par with its PC counterpart, there’s never been a better time to take Assetto Corsa Competizione for a spin on PlayStation.

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Wreckfest

If you don’t care about shaving seconds off lap times and just want to smash up cars, Wreckfest is the game for you. A spiritual successor to the original Destruction Derby games, Wreckfest is all about full-contact racing and spectacular crashes.

Crashes are inconsequential in most racing games. This is because manufacturers don’t want to see their models getting banged up and abused by players. Not so in Wreckfest. Thanks to its advanced soft body damage model, your car gets reduced to a crumpled wreck by the end of each race.

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Also available on PlayStation Plus Premium is Destruction AllStars, which also attempted to revive car combat games on PS5. But unlike Destruction AllStars, Wreckfest lets you wreak havoc on race tracks as well as arenas. It also features a lengthy single-player campaign as well as car customisation. 

With an upgraded 4K resolution and DualSense controller haptic feedback making you feel every impact, Wreckfest looks and plays better than ever on PS5. If you have an appetite for destruction, Wreckfest is a smashing good time on PlayStation.

The Crew 2

If you ask someone what the best open-world racing game is, they’ll probably say Forza Horizon. But there’s one problem for PlayStation owners: Forza Horizon is published by Microsoft, meaning it’s only on Xbox and PC. There is, however, an alternative for PlayStation gamers.

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Launched back in 2008, The Crew 2 has become one of the PlayStation’s most popular racing games. In The Crew 2, the entire United States of America is your driving playground, giving you the freedom to go on extended road trips with friends, enter street races, or complete challenges.

You aren’t restricted to cars either. Setting The Crew 2 apart from Forza Horizon, you can switch between cars, planes, and boats on the fly.

Split/Second Velocity

No other driving game makes you feel like you’re in a Michael Bay movie like Split/Second.

Originally released for PS3 back in 2010, Split/Second Velocity is an adrenaline-pumping action-driving game set in a reality TV show where you trigger traps to take out opponents.

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These epic setpieces still hold up today, from track-side explosions to crash-landing jumbo jets and collapsing buildings that change the route of the track. Every lap is exhilarating, and the cinematic visuals have aged remarkably well for a PS3 game.

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Sadly, Split/Second was a commercial failure, leading to developer Black Rock Studios closing its doors and cancelling a sequel.

The Xbox 360 version has been backwards compatible on Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S for several years, but Split/Second was never ported to PlayStation platforms since its original PS3 release. Thanks to the PS3 streaming service on PlayStation Plus Premium, PlayStation gamers can finally rediscover one of the best action-driving games ever made.

Wipeout Omega Collection

With its fast-paced futuristic racing, iconic art style, and thumping techno soundtrack, the original WipEout put Sony’s original PlayStation on the map in the mid-1990s. We haven’t had a new WipEout game in ten years, but Omega Collection reminds us what we’ve been missing.

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With WipeOut Omega Collection, you’re getting two games in one. This essential compilation contains every ship and anti-gravity track from the PlayStation 3’s WipEout HD and the underrated WipEout 2048 PlayStation Vita.

Despite the age of these games, WipEout Omega Collection looks incredible running in glorious 4K at a buttery smooth 60fps. It even supports PlayStation VR if your stomach can handle it. With Sony seemingly reluctant to revive the series, this could be the last official WipEout game on PlayStation.