Developer: RedLynx, Ubisoft Kiev
Release: February 26, 2019
Though it just released, Trials Rising is one of the finest examples of pure, unadulterated, arcade racing fun. It’s an improvement on 2014’s Trials Fusion, perhaps because it focuses on only two-wheeled vehicles. It features a drip-feed of loot, unlocked each time the player levels up. While there are several dozen built-in tracks to play through, and they are impressive, Trials Rising should see essentially unlimited longevity thanks to a powerful track editing feature.
Trials Rising is a steal at its starting price of $24.99.
Developer: Criterion Games
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Release: March 16, 2018
Perfect for those who want to wreak havoc on unsuspecting traffic, Burnout Paradise was an instant classic when it originally released in 2008. Developer Criterion Games even went so far as to patch trophies into the game when those became a thing on the PlayStation Network. The remaster includes all the features of the decade-old release, even including camera functionality which Sony was pushing back then. With support for 4K resolution and 60 frames per second of blisteringly fast gameplay, Burnout Paradise Remastered is always a fun ride.
Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment
Release: June 6, 2017
WipEout Omega Collection features all of the content from 2008’s WipEout HD, its Fury expansion, and 2012’s Vita release WipEout 2048. It’s every arcade racer fan’s dream, with pedal-to-the-metal speed, explosive power-ups galore, and tough-as-nails AI at higher difficulty levels. WipEout is a staple of PlayStation systems, and indeed has seen at least one release on every console to date. Even virtual reality fans aren’t left out of the vertigo-inducing audiovisual overload treat of these games, as a recent update enabled the full game to be played in PSVR. It’s a standout VR experience that all headset owners should pick up.
Release: March 22, 2016
Seems Ubisoft is a publisher that supports arcade developers! Trackmania is a series built on unrealistic speed and lax physics, combined with user-generated content. The game was given out for free to PlayStation Plus members in 2018, which was definitely a highlight. The reason? Trackmania Turbo was updated way back in 2016 to support not only the PS4 Pro, but also the PSVR headset. While you can’t play the whole game in VR, the tracks that are compatible are fun to drive through. The online also supports up to 100 players on one track, with all the hilarity that can entail, even if everyone is ghosted to everyone else.
Release: April 15, 2014
Trials Fusion released on Tax Day in the United States, when a lot of the adult population likely felt like they needed to flip out in ways completely unrelated to gaming. But few things could help you forget your troubles like playing a rhythmic, challenging game like Trials Fusion. While it sort of got sidetracked by adding four-wheeled vehicles, there was no denying the addictiveness that is inherent in any Trials game. Our reviewer loved it, and if you missed it as a freebie on PlayStation Plus, as it’s now been almost five years since Trials Fusion came out, you can pick up this solid arcade racer on the cheap.