The GOAT. Trackmamia games. Hands down the best stunt racing games ever made, and it’s not even close! A legacy of almost a decade of racing games with tons of different environments, an incredibly robust track editor, and a massive active community to back it up.
With that out of the way, I’ve been a fan of racing games for decades, but most of my gaming life has been on PC. With that in mind, here are some of my favorites:
PC : Death Rally - Early Apogee/3D Realms masterpiece, top down, chaotic racing with weapons.
PC : Rollcage I and II - Your tires are bigger than the height of your vehicle, so you can flip upside down and keep going. Driving on the walls and the ceiling is a thing. Weapons are a big part of this one. Recent spiritual successor called Grip is also a lot of fun.
PC : Whiplash - Classic early 3D stunt racing game, the announcer has lots to say lol…
PC : Hi-Octane - Another classic, early 3D game. On PC where you could play with great frame rates, this was a blast. Has a lot of really fun weapons sand crazy tracks.
PC : Need for Speed III Hot Pursuit, NFS High Stakes, NFS Porsche Unleashed, NFS Hot Pursuit II - Everyone knows these, but I grouped these specific ones together because they are the best in my opinion. They are more fun and refined than the first 2 games, and in that sweet spot before the series went the way of riced up cars and street/night driving.
Amiga : Lotus Turbo Challenge II: The Best of this series and the best racing game on Amiga, hands down. Incredible fun to this day, and the music is banging.
SNES : Top Gear 2 - Probably my favorite racing game on the system, it’s got a really sense of speed that isn’t matched easily for that era.
Xbox : Burnout Games - All of them are phenomenal, but Burnout Revenge really made a great decision to show you to mow down same-direction traffic with what they call “checking”. These games completely redefined what racing game should be, and modern games are still trying to perfect it (usually failing to do so), to this day.
PC : Flatout Series - While these games are merely OK arcade racing games, there is little in the gaming world that is as much fun as the ragdoll stunt modes in flatout 2 and 3 when you play on a LAN with friends. Absolutely hilarious.
PC : Carmageddon II - There’s racing in this game, but really the point is to kill everyone. Much more refined than the first game with huge maps, more weapons, and total chaos. So much fun back in the day.