Christmas Gift Guide: Top 10 driving games

Driving games give car lovers the opportunity to experience cars and circuits they would otherwise never even see, let alone drive. They provide escapism that is ever more realistic as years pass, with graphics and physics moving on to the point where screenshots could just as easily be photographs.

2017 has been a good year for racing fans, with lots of exciting new titles – many of which make the perfect Christmas gift idea for a car fan. Here are our 10 favourite games, from realistic sims to bombastic arcade nonsense.

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Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (£49.99 – Switch)

If a Nintendo Switch is on the kid’s Christmas list, then a copy of Mario Kart 8 should be too. This classic racing game series pits characters from Nintendo games against one another on gorgeous, imagnative circuits, with dozens of pick-ups and vehicles to mix up the gameplay.

It’s one of the most fun (and often frustrating) multi-player games ever made – and it can be brutally challenging. But equally, the latest version is more child-friendly than ever, with assists to help train new players (young or old) into the hectic world of Mario Kart.

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