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Best racing games for PC 2022

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Whether you're looking for serious sim racing or more casual four-wheeled action, there are some really terrific racers among the best PC games. There really is something for everyone, and these are the racing games you should be playing on your PC.

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★ Editor's choice

Forza Horizon 5 has managed to supplant its predecessor on every front, a notable accomplishment that firmly places it at the top of racing games on any platform, as long as you're not seeking the most realistic simulation experience. Online launch issues aside, FH5 is a near-perfect racing game. If you're an Xbox owner as well, playing the Microsoft Store version on PC will give you Xbox Play Anywhere crossplay.

Utterly simtastic

For serious sim racing fans, the place to be is the PC, but it's not all serious all the time. Forza Horizon 5 is utterly stunning and an insane amount of fun, and it supports racing wheels if you want to get a little more immersive. It gets weekly content updates, and there's always something to keep you occupied.

But if you are looking to get serious, there's plenty to choose from. The newest contender, Assetto Corsa Competizione, should be towards the top of any aspiring sim racers list. The scope of cars and tracks is a little limited compared to some, but with the International GT license and a blossoming competitive scene, it's one you'll easily pour hundreds of hours into.

The old stalwart, iRacing, is also still worth checking out. The pricing model may suit you, or it may send you running, but at the very least, you need to check it out with the base content. The realism is almost unmatched, there's a neverending collection of competitive series to enter, and it's a favorite of two current F1 drivers, a heap of NASCAR drivers including Hall of Famer, Dale Earnhardt Jr, and many other global stars. Which is a pretty strong endorsement.

Richard Devine is an Editor at Windows Central. A former Project Manager and long-term tech addict, he joined Mobile Nations in 2011 and has been found on Android Central and iMore as well as Windows Central. Currently you'll find him covering all manner of PC hardware and gaming, and you can follow him on Twitter and Instagram.