In June 2022, Sony launched its new PlayStation Plus model, one that combines the previous iteration with PS Now. The subscription service is divided into three tiers: Essential, Extra, and Premium. If someone opts for PS Plus Extra, they are granted access to hundreds of PS5 and PS4 titles, all of which can be downloaded and installed on the user’s console. In addition to those games, PS Plus Premium members have a plethora of titles from older PlayStation generations at their disposal.


This massive collection covers almost every type of game imaginable, but it can be challenging to pinpoint the standout titles on PlayStation Plus. Consequently, here are the best racing games on PS Plus to get fans of the genre started.

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Each entry states whether the highlighted game is accessible using a PS Plus Extra subscription.

Assetto Corsa Competizione

Platform PS4, PS5
Developer Kunos Simulazioni
Approximate Game Length (Main Campaign) 40 Hours
Type of Racer Sim
Available With PS Plus Extra Yes

Like most other categories, racing games cannot be pigeonholed into one bracket. PS Plus is filled with racers that are so far removed from each other that they barely seem like they belong to the same genre. Assetto Corsa Competizione is a hard-as-nails racing sim revolving around the Blancpain GT Series.

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Realism is the name of the game here, and Assetto Corsa Competizione comes as close as any of its contemporaries to capturing the feel of being behind the wheel. Unsurprisingly, this results in a package that is not friendly to beginners, especially those who wish to jump straight into offline or online races. However, if someone puts in the time to master the game’s mechanics, they will find perhaps the best racing sim on PS Plus.

Hotshot Racing

Platform PS4
Developer Lucky Mountain Games, Sumo Digital
Approximate Game Length (Main Campaign) 2 Hours
Type of Racer Arcade Racer
Available With PS Plus Extra Yes

A throwback to classic arcade racers like Virtua Racing and Daytona USA, Hotshot Racing wears its inspiration proudly on its hood. Utilizing a vibrant, blocky art style that just screams ’90s arcades, this charming racer features eight drivers and more than 30 unlicensed vehicles that pay (obvious) homage to recognizable cars.

In terms of its actual racing mechanics, Hotshot Racing drives like a dream. The cars are responsive and weighty, and their stats do impact the way they control. Similar to its inspirations, Hotshot Racing is not particularly overflowing with content, and players can experience almost everything the game has to offer within a few hours.

Wipeout Omega Collection

Platform PS4
Developer XDev, Clever Beans, Creative Vault Studios
Approximate Game Length (Main Campaign) 15 Hours
Type of Racer Futuristic
Available With PS Plus Extra No

Wipeout Omega Collection contains remasters of the PS3’s Wipeout HD and the PS Vita’s Wipeout 2048, both of which are great futuristic racers. Over the last decade, Studio Liverpool’s franchise has been mainly dormant, and that does not appear set to change in the near future. In the meantime, PS Plus Premium subscribers can at least visit two of the license’s highest points.

Offering a stylish presentation and challenging gameplay, Wipeout Omega Collection is the perfect game to throw on for a few quick races. Although it has an arcade feel, the package is not lacking in content either.

Jak X: Combat Racing

Platform PS2 On PS4
Developer Naughty Dog
Approximate Game Length (Main Campaign) 10 Hours
Type of Racer Kart Racer
Available With PS Plus Extra No

Naughty Dog’s Jak X: Combat Racing tends to be overshadowed by the studio’s other kart racer, which is a shame as the PS2 title is nearly as great as Crash Team Racing. Along with exhibition and multiplayer modes, Jak X has a single-player campaign that casts players as the franchise’s heroes in a competition consisting of four cups.

While a kart racer, Jak X places a heavier emphasis on vehicular combat than most of the sub-genre’s representatives, and Naughty Dog even goes as far as to give health bars to cars. The adventure mode is a blast and consistently rewards players with new unlockables.

Kinetica

Platform PS2 on PS4
Developer Santa Monica Studio
Approximate Game Length (Main Campaign) 4 Hours
Type of Racer Futuristic
Available With PS Plus Extra No

Overshadowed by Santa Monica’s subsequent Kratos-themed releases, Kinetica has been reduced to a footnote in PlayStation’s history. While not groundbreaking by any stretch of the imagination, this futuristic racer deserves to be remembered more in this day and age, especially since PS Plus Premium subscribers can play the PS4 re-release whenever they feel like a quick and fun race.

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Kinetica has a great soundtrack, creative tracks, and decent controls. In terms of content, there is not much here outside a bare-bones season mode divided into stages consisting of four tracks each; however, Kinetica is perfect as a palette cleanser between meatier games.

Trackmania Turbo

Platform PS4
Developer Nadeo
Approximate Game Length (Main Campaign) 12 Hours
Type of Racer Arcade Racer
Available With PS Plus Extra Yes

Trackmania believes in making every second count. Debuting in 2003, the franchise has produced its share of great titles, and Trackmania Turbo is among the most accessible and enjoyable. For the uninitiated, the game consists of short and imaginative tracks that are essentially puzzles. The fun comes from figuring out and mastering a track’s nuances in order to pull off an unbeatable time, and this process is satisfying.

Split into four vehicle types and locations, Trackmania Turbo‘s single-player campaign consists of more than 100 events. While some vehicles are more enjoyable than others, the game seldom misses a beat.

Split/Second

Platform PS3 (Cloud Streaming)
Developer Black Rock Studio
Approximate Game Length (Main Campaign) 10 Hours
Type of Racer Arcade Racer
Available With PS Plus Extra No

As can be said for a number of Black Rock Studio games, Split/Second is awesome and underrated. This arcade racer casts players as stunt drivers in a reality TV show, and the goal is to blow up everything while dashing towards the finish line. Unapologetically ludicrous, the game embraces its absurd premise with vigor and style.

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As fun as the over-the-top shenanigans are, Split/Second also does not ignore its fundamentals. At its core, this arcade racer plays very well.

Wreckfest

Platform PS4, PS5
Developer Bugbear
Approximate Game Length (Main Campaign) 20 Hours
Type of Racer Vehicular Combat
Available With PS Plus Extra Yes

Games like Wreckfest rarely come around these days, but Bugbear’s title is so good that it can carry the vehicular combat genre on its shoulders. Regardless of the chosen mode, the goal here is to smash the competition while trying to minimize received damage. Wreckfest loves to unleash complete mayhem, and tracks often resemble trash heaps following most races.

Chaotic as things can get, Wreckfest has a relatively grounded presentation and control scheme. Players can also determine how realistic they want the gameplay to be.

MotorStorm: Apocalypse

Platform PS3 (Cloud Streaming)
Developer Evolution Studios
Approximate Game Length (Main Campaign) 7 Hours
Type of Racer Arcade Racer
Available With PS Plus Extra No

From 2006 to 2012, Sony published five Motorstorm games, seemingly setting the license up to be a PlayStation cornerstone moving forward. Then, the franchise just died. Though never reaching the heights of Need for Speed or Forza, Motorstorm is relatively consistent, with each game building on the one that came before it.

Motorstorm: Apocalypse drops players in a world that is falling apart around them, setting races amidst decrepit and crumbling buildings. While not the most precise or complex racing game on PS Plus, Apocalypse is quite the spectacle.

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