The 10 Best Free Online Racing Games

Of late, it’s just not the apps that are escaping the shackles of the desktop, games are too and they’ve made quiet a splash online. From a single player 2D flash game, today’s online gaming rivals that of their desktop counterparts in 3D graphics and performance. Thanks to online gaming, you do not have to buy costly gaming gear or consoles to blow some steam.

Add to it the ability to play head to head with gamers from across the world, online gaming is a serious contender to games locked across proprietary platforms. Read on for a list of ten online racing games that are fun to play with and kill some time.

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Upshift Strikeracer

Upshift Strikeracer

Upshift Strikeracer

Upshift StrikeRacer is a high-octane car combat game designed for quick game sessions. In the gameplay, you can do what you fantasize to do in the real world – driving a race car fitted with heavy ordinance at high speed and blowing up fellow racers. The USP of the game is it’s easy to play format.

Many of the vehicles, body kits, accessory kits, weapons, finishes, and special items can be bought with the reputation you generate by StrikeRacing. Items can be bought from inside the game itself.

  • Game Type – Car Racing MMO
  • Multiplayer – Yes
  • Paid Upgrades – Yes
  • Leaderboard – Yes

Project Powder

Project Powder

Project Powder

Project Powder is a 3D, snowboarding MMO racing game. You can compete with as many as 8 players at once racing down the snow clad mountains. Three game modes—Race, Coin and Battle—bring a lot of variety to the gameplay experience.  In the Race mode, you can team up with others or race alone to reach the finish line first.

You can take advantage of the variety of offensive and defensive items available to emerge victorious in the Race mode. Coin mode is a different story altogether; based on your racing skills, you earn coins and the one who has more coin wins. Project Powder is such a fun game to play even if you’re not a fan of snowboarding.

  • Game Type – Snowboarding MMO
  • Multiplayer – Yes
  • Paid Upgrades – Yes
  • Leaderboard – Yes

HEAT Online

HEAT Online

HEAT Online

Formerly known as Project Torque, HEAT Online is an online MMO racing game. Experience the thrills of high-speed on and off road racing with tens of awesome cars in HEAT online. While playing, you can race against thousands of players across the streets of Los Angeles, on the racetracks of Germany or the Hungarian and Mexican off-road tracks, in the English countryside, on the rooftops of Shanghai and many more.

While the gameplay covers a global racetrack, the availability of the game is not. Only users from USA, Mexico and Canada can play this great game. HEAT online boasts to have a game engine that offers a realistic real-time damage model and the vehicles can be customized to your taste.

  • Game Type – Car Racing MMO
  • Multiplayer – Yes
  • Paid Upgrades – Yes
  • Leaderboard – Yes

Drift City

Drift City

Drift City

Drift City has an interesting storyline set in the future where severe oil shortages hamper industries across the globe. Elsewhere, in the (fictional) island of Mittron a new fuel is discovered and refined Mittron now powers all modes of transportation to run faster, longer, and cleaner.

While the entire world and the OMD Government are planning to tap this newfound fuel for progress, mysterious cars called HUVs terrorize the streets of Mittron Island. As a OMD Driver, you will carry out missions that the OMD government assigns at the various Stations you work out of.

  • Game Type – Car Racing MMORPG
  • Multiplayer – Yes
  • Paid Upgrades – Yes
  • Leaderboard – Yes

TrackMania Nations Forever

TrackMania

TrackMania

While there a few other titles available in the same name, TrackMania Nations Forever is the free online version that lets you drive at mind-blowing speeds on spectacular tracks in solo and multiplayer modes. Nations Forever offers a new “Forever” version of the Stadium environment, a solid solo mode and 65 brand new, progressively difficult tracks. TrackMania Nations Forever unites an even larger number of players than the original Nations thanks to its engaging multiplayer modes, innovative online functions and revolutionary interactivity between players.

  • Game Type – Car Racing MMO
  • Multiplayer – Yes
  • Paid Upgrades – No
  • Leaderboard – No

Big City Racer

Big City Racer

Big City Racer

Big City Racer is a unique, action-rich massive multiplayer online racing game. You can constantly improve your skills by racing against thousands of rivals. Captivating 3D graphics, short, but action-packed races (depending on the route maximum is 2.5 minutes) are the main attractions of this game. You can chat with fellow racers while playing the game as well.

  • Game Type – Car Racing MMO
  • Multiplayer – Yes
  • Paid Upgrades – Yes
  • Leaderboard – Yes

Raycity

Raycity

Raycity

Raycity is promoted by the gaming giant Electronic Arts. Raycity is a realistic 3D game that combines the thrill of a racing game with the immersive experience of an MMORPG. As your gameplay progresses you gain experience and cash to gain new skills, upgrade your car and open new options and areas in the game.

  • Game Type – Car Racing MMORPG
  • Multiplayer – Yes
  • Paid Upgrades – Yes
  • Leaderboard – Yes

Need for Speed World

Need for Speed World

Need for Speed World

Need for Speed or NFS is one the long surviving game franchises available across multiple platforms. NFS World World’s gameplay mimics the style of Most Wanted and Carbon, primarily focusing on illegal racing, tuning and police chases. Currently there are 30 different cars to choose from.

  • Game Type – Car Racing MMO
  • Multiplayer – Yes
  • Paid Upgrades – Yes
  • Leaderboard – Yes

Tales Runner

Tales Runner

Tales Runner

Tales Runner is a 3D racing game that combines the genres of social, fantasy and racing games. Players compete with each other by running, climbing, dashing, jumping and skiing across a bunch of magical fairy tale settings.

  • Game Type – Car Racing MMO
  • Multiplayer – Yes
  • Paid Upgrades – Yes
  • Leaderboard - Yes

Racing Star: Come On Baby

Racing Star

Racing Star

Racing Star: Come On Baby is a truly fun cart racing MMO. With cartoonish characters and bright colors, this game is so addictive. Race through unique environments while impeding the progress of other racers by throwing stuff at them.

  • Game Type – Cart Racing MMO
  • Multiplayer – Yes
  • Paid Upgrades – Yes
  • Leaderboard – Yes

Share Your Thoughts!

What is your favorite online racing game? How interested are you in playing an MMO game? Share your thoughts and opinions in the comments section!


  • http://www.baked.thecomicseries.com Will Radie

    Gonna give a look at these…

    Really looking forward to these posts. Will definitely send in some suggestions.

    Any chance we can get a mention about how beefy a system needs to be to run some of these.. The graphics on some of these look pretty intense.

  • Seb

    Why didn’t you write system requirements fot those games in your post?

    • Yasas Pasindu

      I Will Kill You

  • http://twitter.com/sulcalibur Suleiman Leadbitter

    I just wish more games like this were available for the Mac :(

  • http://ironman.artlogo.ro IronMAN

    none of this games is working on MAC. what’s the point of online games if interoperability between systems is not working. big disappointment. maybe this post is better to be on windows.appstorm.net

    anyway… good article, like always.

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  • Spreng

    Need for Speed World is one of the best free games I’ve ever played, I recommend it!

    • John

      I highly disagree. There are many reasons to hate this game, hold on I’m not talking about EA, that would take a whole article, I’m talking about how bad the server connectivity is, their ridiculous partnership with SponsorPlay (don’t bother with that), lack of help from mods on forums and so on. If you happen to be one of the unlucky ones, you will have to deal with ‘SERVERERROR_FATAL_ERRORCODE_7 ‘, what’s that? well no biggie, your game will just crash at anytime, perhaps in the middle of a race. Did I forget to mention the crazy amount of cheaters using scripts to gain advantage? Don’t bother wasting money also, they charge way too much and honestly, they aren’t delivering enough at all.

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  • Steve Jenkins

    all of them are downloads…
    any good racing games you don’t download?

  • http://www.streetrally.com Martin White

    there are many new games that have come out in the mean time… one of which is a social racing game made by us, it’s named StreetRally and we’re beta-testing at the moment so all of the feedback would be really appreciated… we are shaping pur game according to it, so thank’s in advance :)

    the game itself is here: http://www.streetrally.com

    cheers,

    Martin

  • yash

    nice games & comments

  • rebecca mora

    i <3 the games

  • rich

    i hate unrealistic racing games, so this list is useless to me, sure you got racing going on, anyone here ever tried superstar racing? has kinda f1, and kinda rally, yea costs money to use anything other than a keyboard, but the racing gets really close, and people always strive for perfection, with that said, no realism to the game, can’t make actual contact with cars, instead they are half ghost, you go through them kinda, but they slow you down, with offers some difficulty when passing, but when racing against computers, its just annoying, wouldn’t recommend superstar racing to anyone that loves real die hard racing, and would like to drive a simulator based on cars in reality, instead, if you like close racing, and some fun chit chat with the people on there, yea sure go for it

  • shane

    best game ever is deffinetly nfs world. it’s better than most wanted too!

  • Walter

    Need for Madness Two (at Radicalplay.com ) should be added to this list.

  • Yasas Pasindu

    Want’s to be Loos

  • Theodore Swint

    Hey there,
    Need For Speed and Track Mania are my all time favorite racing games. I agree with the list that you have shared. However, I would also like to add some more games to the list, which I found interesting. They are F1 Track 3D which I play at bgames website, it’s a bit similar to Trackmania.

  • Daddykins75

    NFS world is excellent game, but is now overrun with cheats using hack bots making gamplay suck.

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