The Best PSP Racing Games

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The PlayStation Portable, more commonly known as the PSP, released in 2005 to compete with Nintendo’s successful line of portable gaming consoles. This massively successful new handheld console used optical discs, or UMDs, for their games which was a first in the handheld gaming market. The PSP boasted a wide library of awesome titles as well as media-player functionality - Sony even described it as the Walkman of the current generation. The PSP also included wireless internet services which allowed players to play games online with friends or browse the web which had Adobe Flash support (a big deal in 2005). The PSP is one of the best handhelds to ever be released and a definite fan favorite.

Racing games have always been a staple of the gaming industry. It’s always fun to perform tricks and crazy maneuvers without the constraints of driving rules or the laws of physics. Who doesn’t want to drive cars they cannot afford on amazing tracks against strong opponents? The great thing about the PSP is that you could take this action with you anywhere. At a NASCAR race but want to experience the action for yourself? Take your PSP and play one of the many NASCAR games available for the platform. Having these high action games anywhere was a major selling point for racing games on the PSP, and there are plenty of them that are still worth playing.

Ridge Racer

Fans of the PlayStation line of consoles are probably familiar with this series of arcade racing games. The first title in the series to be on a portable console, the same home console action has been squeezed into a small package. The gameplay is relatively similar - drift and boost your way through each stage to beat difficult opponents.

There are twenty-four different courses to feel like a racer in Tokyo Drift. Ridge Racer also includes online play where up to eight different racers can go head-to-head over the internet. This title is awesome for fans of old arcade racers and one of the best titles on the PSP.


Wipeout Pure

This original PlayStation classic hit the portable gaming market in 2005, making waves among fans of the original title and racing game fans. Wipeout Pure brings back the same zero-gravity, F-Zero-like action that fans loved from other entries in this series. There are eight different hovercraft for the player to choose from and fly at impossible speeds while listening to some awesome tunes.

There is also some DLC available with plenty more hovercraft to choose from. There are hours upon hours of content in this title that will have racers glued to the screen. Players will fall in love with this return to 90’s arcade action.


Burnout Legends

Fans of the Burnout series of racing titles will fall in love with this awesome, portable version of the game they love. This title is an homage to everything the series had accomplished so far. Burnout Legends keeps many of the mechanics from the third entry into the series, while showcasing some of the best moments that made Burnout 1, 2 and 3 great.

There are multiple different modes in which the player can unlock new tracks and cars. These modes include World Tour, Race, Eliminator, Face-Off, Time Attack, Burning Lap, Road Rage, Pursuit, and Crash. There is plenty of content in this title to keep fans glued to their screens.


OutRun 2006: Coast 2 Coast

The original OutRun was an amazing racing game made by SEGA back in the heyday of arcades. This title for the PSP is a return to that arcade greatness. There are 15 different cars to choose from, each with their own classes including the special “OutRun” class which can greatly change the stats of a car.

There are seven different game modes included in this title, four of which are exclusive to the PSP release. All of which change up the gameplay nicely while still keeping the fun racing action of OutRun. This is a great title for fans of arcade racers.


Race Driver 2006

Race Driver fits as much action, realistic physics, and damage as the PSP can handle. This title also includes over fifty different vehicles to race, all real racing vehicles, and up to twenty-one different racers on screen at the same time.

With the PSP’s wireless functionality, players can play with up to eleven friends or randoms to compete for the best time. There are also many different types of racing that players can enjoy that include Classic Car Racing, RallyCross, and Truck Racing along with many more. This title includes everything that a racing fan could ask for.


Test Drive Unlimited

Test Drive Unlimited gives players the chance to drive some of the fastest and best cars ever made in a completely open world based on Hawai’i. There are 1,000 miles of track that players can explore and complete a multitude of challenges. After completing challenges, players will be able to buy homes, garages, and even more vehicles to drive around the map.

Players will never be bored with the almost unlimited amount of content that Test Drive Unlimited has in store. There are ninety different cars to choose from, making this one of the biggest and best titles that the PSP has to offer.


Midnight Club: LA Remix

The much beloved Midnight Club series makes its way to the PSP with its second entry on the handheld even bigger and better than the last. While not including every level from the console version, Midnight Club: LA Remix includes Tokyo bonus levels that are exclusive to the PSP.

Almost every feature from the console version has been packed beautifully into this small package, ensuring that players will get the big screen experience anywhere. The game is beautifully detailed as well with real-life landmarks to help guide players through the vast and open world. This is an amazing title and a landmark for the series.


MotorStorm Arctic Edge

This title has made its way from the PS3 to the handheld with plenty of version exclusive content to make this game a must-buy for players. MotorStorm Arctic Edge takes place in the freezing cold of Alaska with new environmental changes to fit the new setting. Honking your horn or ramming into a barrier may cause an avalanche which can be used against other opponents.

There are also plenty of customization options available to players that can totally change the look or drivability of a vehicle. Up to eight players can race against each other with the PSP’s online capabilities making sure players stay engaged with this feature-rich racing game.


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  • Updated May 10, 2020
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