5 challenging online car games to play with your friends

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Car games – and by this we mean racing games – will never get old.

It might be difficult nowadays to find a good car game to play online. Unless you agree to stick to a rather unpretentious general game that you can find on any general gaming website, you have to dig for a while.

Any good car game available for PC or console needs to be downloaded on way or another. Many of them are paid. Only some of them have multiplayer or online modes.

We’ll go over a few car games that come with online modes, since this is one of the most sought for feature not only for this genre, but for almost any game genre.

 

Check out the Top 5 best online car games

TrackMania Nations Forever

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A classic among online racing games, TrackMania has a community of over 17 million racers so far.

The initial game was released in 2008, the game is still valid and lived because of the solid and fun gameplay.

In the free version, you get access only to the Stadium environment, plus some features. In the paid version, Trackmania United Forever, there are also car customization features, a track editor, 6 other environments, and many more.

You can try a preview of the game by downloading a particular setup, only for Windows.

⇒Play TrackMania Nations Forever

Distance

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Opinions about Distance vary a lot since the game takes a bit of dexterity to carry on.

So it’s not a game for beginners. However, given its complicated gameplay and visual style, it managed to win some fans that don’t fancy racing games at all. Players have also appreciated the original soundtrack.

It comes with a multiplayer feature that allows online playing (for up to 12 players) and split-screen playing (for 2-4 players) in various game modes.

⇒Get Distance on Steam

Real Racing 3

real race 3

This is a very popular car game, available only as an app, for both Android and iOS devices.

Its key features include 39 circuits, over 140 cars from top manufacturers, Real-Time Multiplayer, night racing, and Time Shifted Multiplayer™ (TSM) technology, that allows you to race anyone, anytime, anywhere.

As a side note, players have complained about the numerous cheaters in the online multiplayer mode.

As is the case with apps, the free version works up to a certain level; from then on, you have to make in-app purchases.

Get Real Racing 3

Forza Horizon 3

forza horizon 3

The Forza series (or their latest games) always top any racing games rankings due to their ultra-realistic graphics and challenging gameplay.

Forza Horizon 3 uses some of Australia’s top-notch locations for various forms of races, time trialsdriftings, and Bucket List Challenges.

The game also features a four-player live co-operative multiplayer Horizon campaign. It is also part of the Xbox Play Anywhere program, allowing live cross-platform play.

Get Forza Horizon 3

Mario Kart Tour

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We left this one at the end because a car game list is not complete without a Super Mario game.

Mario Kart Tour is available only as an app, on Apple Store or Google Play. The standard version is free to play, but then there are, of course, in-app purchases.

After downloading the app, you have to create a Nintendo account, register your friends on the dedicated list and you are good to play online.

Unfortunately, the multiplayer option received bad reviews online for its many bugs. The developers are surely working to fix it, as many players have installed the app precisely for this feature.

⇒Download on Google Play


We’d like to hear about your favorite online car games so fee free to use the comments sections below.


Frequently Asked Questions

  • Based on various rankings, car racing fans and specialists say that Forza Horizon series (usually the latest game) and Mario Kart are among the best driving games.

  • The Forza series, with Forza Horizon 4, is considered among the most realistic car games.

  • You can better your driving technique by practicing, of course. You should try all kinds of cars, all available environments and tracks, and various types of racing styles.

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