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Hey Poor Player Holiday Buyers Guide 2021 – Racing Games

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Welcome to the Hey Poor Player Holiday Gift Guide. From Monday, November 8th through Friday, November 19th, we’ll be bringing you a guide to all the games, accessories, systems, and other hot items players will be looking for this holiday season. With Black Friday and other Holiday sales set to start in the coming weeks, we thought now was the perfect time to help draw attention to just what you players should be looking for in the coming weeks. So whether you’re looking for a gift for someone else, or maybe something for yourself, we’ve got you covered. Please keep in mind that as we move into our individual game lists, we’ve limited each game to one list to help spread the word about more great titles released in 2021. So if a game you love shows up on a genre list but not on one for a system, it doesn’t mean we didn’t love it. It just means that let us showcase more great titles.

Racing games have had a pretty excellent year in 2021. While I might ask for a few more arcade-style titles, there was something for most any player with even some games few would have expected to succeed turning into great titles. Let’s look at what came out this year.

 

F1 2021

 

Holiday Buyers Guide

Platforms: PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PC

Price: $59.99

Codemasters has been making excellent racing games longer than a lot of us have been alive. They go way back, but in recent years it feels like they’re often taken for granted. EA, however, didn’t do so when they purchased the company earlier this year. So far, their partnership has been strong, with F1 2021 being one of the better racing games this year. With a fantastic sense of speed, this is one any fan of realistic racing games or F1, in general, should definitely consider.

 

Forza Horizon 5

 

Holiday Buyers Guide

Platforms: Xbox Series X|S (Our Review), Xbox One, PC

Price: $59.99

My first impressions of the Forza games were negative. I blamed it for the death of the Project Gotham Racing series, which comfortably sit among my favorite racing games of all time. When Microsoft turned to Forza instead, they didn’t fit what I wanted in a racing game. They were too realistic, without the personality I crave in a game like this. It seems Microsoft eventually realized that they needed a more arcade-style racing title because the Horizon series eventually spun out of the main Forza games. After all these years, things have come full circle. There’s finally a Forza game I prefer to any Project Gotham Racing title. Forza Horizon 5 offers so much to do, and it feels so great. There are so many audacious moments, it’s the full package. Here’s what I had to say in my recent review:

 

Hot Wheels Unleashed

 

Holiday Buyers Guide

Platforms: PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, Switch, PC (Our Review)

Price: $49.99

A new Hot Wheels game in 2021 didn’t fill players with a ton of hope at a glance. Yet somehow, this one provided just the sort of fun, pick up and play racing that has been missing in recent years. If something like Forza still feels too much like a sim for you, Hot Wheels Unleashed is worth your time. Here’s what our own Cory Clark had to say about it:

“Casual racing has been pretty sparse, and this is without any doubt the injection of life the genre’s been in desperate need of, a real turn-your-brain-off romp ‘n stomp motor festival. The simple, pick-up-and-play racing action keeps things tame so anyone can pick one of the several rides and zoom down the masterfully crafted tracks without any fuss and little learning curve.”

 

Skydrift Infinity

 

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Platforms: PS4 (Our Review), Xbox One, Switch, PC

Price: $9.99 (PC), $14.99 (Other Platforms)

Proving racing games don’t need to be firmly planted on the ground, Skydrift Infinity takes to the sky with dogfighting-inspired races where you’ll have to fight your way to the finish line. Here’s what our own Francis DiPersio had to say about this one:

SkyDrift Infinity accomplishes just what it sets out to do: deliver a fast, frenetic, and furiously fun arcade racing experience. With a wide selection of planes to unlock and addicting multiplayer (at least in local play), it’s sure to be a hit at your next gaming get-together.”

 

WRC 10

 

Holiday Buyers Guide

Platforms: PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, Switch, PC (Our Review)

Price: $49.99

WRC fans who have enjoyed the work of KT Racing over the years will want to pour one out for WRC 10. Codemasters had a good year with their own F1 2021 featured on this very list, but now that they’ve regained the WRC license, this will be the last installment from the development team who have released them since 2015. It’s at least a good one. Here’s what our own Jon Davis had to say about the game:

WRC 10 is still the best rally simulator out there; despite stalling a few times on the way to the finish line. It’s clear that there’s real passion behind much of what KT Racing have poured into their final iteration of the franchise.”

 

Andrew Thornton
Andrew has been writing about video games for nearly twenty years, contributing to publications such as DarkStation, Games Are Fun, and the E-mpire Ltd. network. He enjoys most genres but is always pulled back to classic RPG's, with his favorite games ever including Suikoden II, Panzer Dragoon Saga, and Phantasy Star IV. Don't worry though, he thinks new games are cool too, with more recent favorites like Hades, Rocket League, and Splatoon 2 stealing hundreds of hours of his life. When he isn't playing games he's often watching classic movies, catching a basketball game, or reading the first twenty pages of a book before getting busy and forgetting about it.

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