The best driving games

JonathanApril 29, 2014

With the development of graphics, some driving games can be as good – if not better – than getting behind the wheel yourself. For many people, when the weekend comes around, there are few better ways to unwind than to turn on your console or computer and whack on your favourite driving game. 

The great thing about these games is that you can rise to speeds and do stupid stunts that would, quite rightly, get you thrown off any real roads. So, with the bank holiday just around the corner, dig out your old driving games or even pop down to your local store and treat yourself to a new one.

But which should you play first? What game will really bring back your love for driving?

Driver was one of the first games that allowed you to get out of the car you were given and run around picking other vehicles you want to drive, and getting behind the wheel. The older versions still hold their own, as long as you are free to take them with a dose of nostalgia as their graphics don't measure up to today's standards. However, the more recent adaptations in the Driver franchise can stand up with the best of them.

One of the game's latest iterations, Driver: San Francisco, features enough high-speed car chases, dodgy shortcuts and chances to evade the law, to keep most drivers' fantasies alive. However, it also comes with the added bonus of being able to swap to other perspectives, allowing you to drive another person's car as them rather than having to run around and stop one. This has added a new dimension to the game, and kept the series current in an era where most people aren't satisfied unless there is an element of Grand Theft Auto.

Gran Turismo
It has been more than 15 years since Gran Turismo launched its first game and it is currently on its sixth version. All of its predecessors are decent driving games if you don't want to fork out on the latest. However, if you do opt for Gran Turismo 6, you will be able to choose from more than 1,200 cars, including both absolute classics and brand new supercars. 

Need for Speed
With a Hollywood blockbuster still in some cinemas, it is likely that the Need for Speed game franchise will be more popular than ever. The series' Most Wanted game allows you to experience the life of Lewis Hamilton or Jenson Button, without any of the hassle or pool of finances necessary to break into the F1 world. 

It gives gamers three modes to release the road rage from the comfort of your sofa – sprint racing, circuit racing and time trials. These take place on an open road, where the police are always just behind you to add an extra element of excitement.

If you have lost that rush when you get behind the wheel, and sitting in front of a console just isn't cutting it anymore, then switching up your model may be exactly what you need. Car leasing allows you to pick from a wide range of vehicles, whether you want one for the home, workplace, or to transition between both.

Ever dreamed of getting behind the wheel of an Audi? Or maybe BMW is more your thing? Whatever your manufacturer, car leasing can give you the freedom to drive your ideal model in a cost effective way.

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