5 Racing Games Under €5 in the 2024 Steam Summer Sale

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The 2024 Steam Summer Sale is still live for the next week, offering great deals on racing games and sims. We found five games for less than €5 that we would recommend you take advantage of whilst the discounts last.

Until July 11, the 2024 Steam Summer Sale is active, which means all kinds of games are dramatically lowered in price. Racing games are no exception, and there are plenty with huge discounts. The darling of the sim racing scene Assetto Corsa is being sold for €1.99 in its base version, a one month subscription to iRacing for new members can be picked up for €3.73 and as always, RaceRoom is free.

But there are a few hidden gems in the Steam Summer Sale that may be of interest to many of us - some older games that we may want to pick up whilst we can for less than €5. Here are the five games we have picked from the Steam catalogue.

DiRT Rally 2.0​

The Codemasters team may now have the World Rally Championship licence and have developed EA Sports WRC as a result, but DiRT Rally 2.0 remains a firm favourite and continues to get high player numbers. Even now, DiRT Rally 2.0 continues to have a higher player count than EA Sports WRC on Steam, and that may be because of one feature absent in that title.

As well as traditional point-to-point style time trial rallying, DiRT Rally 2.0 has one thing that EA Sports WRC does not: rallycross. Close quarters short races with a mandatory tactical 'joker' lap that is a lot of fun for those who are not completely into solo time trial runs in conventional rallying.

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Never given dirt driving a go? Rallycross will be a great introduction via DiRT Rally 2.0. Image: Codemasters

As far as rallycross tracks go, the base game has the likes of Hell, Barcelona, Yas Marina and Silverstone. That is not even mentioning the vast array of modern and classic rallying cars and the rallycross vehicles too, there is something for all kinds of dirt driving fans in this game.

Besides, DR2.0 appears to give players much less trouble performance-wise, especially in VR.

If you have never given rallycross racing a go, you should and DiRT Rally 2.0 is the game to do it. With it costing €4.99, it is now dirt cheap! Pun intended.

GT Legends​

Are you a lover of 60s and 70s racing cars? GT Legends may be just the game for you. Developed by SimBin, it houses the likes of the Ford GT40, BMW 3.0 CSL, Jaguar E-Type, Porsche 906, Chevrolet Corvette C2, Shelby Cobra and even an Austin Mini Cooper S.

Whilst the cars are from that era, the tracks are firmly in the modern age. There is the usual selection of prominent tracks like Spa, Hockenheimring, Nürburgring GP, Monza and Imola but also the likes of Donington, Anderstorp, Mondello Park and Dijon.

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Live out your David v Goliath vintage touring and sports car dreams in GT Legends. Image: SimBin / KW Studios

The single player career mode provides a very rich and structured path with short quickfire races, so you can enjoy the wide variety of car types across the game. For a game that is 19 years old, it holds up amazingly well both visually and physics wise.

As of now, it currently only costs about €3.89 but in a package deal with a bunch of other SimBin titles, it can be bought along with ten other products for €14.97. Let's run over a few of them now.

RACE 07​

With the exception of Formula BMW, Formula 3000 and racing cars from Caterham and Radical, RACE 07 is primarily a touring car title. Among the rest of the car selection are Mini Cooper Challenge cars, two cars from the 1987 World Touring Car season and, finally, nine cars that raced in WTCC from 2006-2007.

Then as far as tracks go, the predominant selection of tracks are ones that made up the WTCC schedule across '06 and '07. Perhaps the biggest attractions on the list are Pau, Macau, Porto and Istanbul, and even a few additional tracks like the fictional Vara Raceway, plus many alternative layouts including a few ovals.

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Formula BMW has been the proving grounds for F1 drivers Sebastian Vettel, Carlos Sainz, Jr. and even rallycross star Timmy Hansen. Image: SimBin

SimBin it seems were the studio that developed the titles that got a fair majority of people into sim racing. Even 15 years after release, RACE 07 remains remarkable and a true testament of the attention to detail that sim racing titles have had put into them, both then and now. No surprise that RACE 07 can be considered the roots of the platform we know now as RaceRoom.

If you want to relive the memories of racing world touring cars back in the mid to late 2000s, RACE 07 can be picked up individually on Steam right now for just €2.99. But chances are if you only had space for one SimBin racing title, the next choice very well may be the one most people would choose.

GTR 2​

Now for the SimBin game that most people default to when it comes to how they got into sim racing. With the GTR name coming back to the spotlight in the form of what is currently being referred to as GTRevival, what made the name so synonymous with old school sim racing?

GTR 2 released in 2006 and featured FIA GT racing cars from the 2003 and 2004 seasons. These included the fire-breathing GT1 monsters like the Lister Storm, Lamborghini Murcielago, Maserati MC12 and Saleen S7-R racecars. There is the typical selection of tracks, but the big headline may be the inclusion of 24-hour races with the fully dynamic day-to-night transitioning, almost unheard of for its time.

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GTR 2 was one of the first platforms with day-to-night transition, might not have been the first but it popularised the feature. Image: SimBin

With how popular endurance sportscar racing is in sim racing nowadays, GTR 2 could be credited as the genesis of it. We take for granted now the ability to have seamless endurance races online, but it never would have been possible without this title.

To pick it up, the game is €2.99 which is a steal considering the content. But if you wanted a bit more variety, maybe even having some two-wheeled fun, the final game on our list is certainly for you!

Valentino Rossi: The Game​

Since 2013, Milestone has had the MotoGP licence and made all of the yearly titles. However, one may have typed in 'MotoGP16' into Steam and wondered why nothing came up. That is because for 2016, instead of a MotoGP game, they developed a Valentino Rossi game.

The 7-time premier class World Champion transcends MotoGP in the same way Tony Hawk transcends skateboarding, so it only makes sense that like Tony Hawk, his name can sell games. But Valentino Rossi: The Game is more than just a 2016 MotoGP game with a fresh coat of fluorescent yellow paint.

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It is not just motorcycle circuit racing in Valentino Rossi: The Game, there is way more than that! Image: Milestone

Along with the 2015 and 2016 season content for MotoGP, Moto2 and Moto3, there is also 4-stroke and 2-stroke 500cc classic bikes as well as classic 250cc and 125cc bikes. You can even ride four classic tracks in the form of Phakisa Freeway in South Africa, Estoril, Donington and even an old configuration of Assen that was used between 2002 and 2004, stretching for six kilometres. But there is even way more to it than that.

Dirt bike racing on Rossi's Motoranch and Misano's flat tracks, rally car driving at Monza or Misano, drift racing and even remote control cars are all included. This is all as a result of Rossi's VR46 Riders Academy which has produced MotoGP talent like Marco Bezzecchi, Franco Morbidelli and reigning champion Francesco Bagnaia. The academy gets up to all sorts.

If you wanted an introduction into the MotoGP games, Valentino Rossi: The Game is by far the most varied product that will have something that will appeal to car racing fans as well. All of the above comes in at just €1.49 during the 2024 Steam Summer Sale.

Which of these titles will you be picking up and are there any others you would recommend? Let us know on Twitter @OverTake_gg or in the comments below!
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Hopefully they've fixed Dirt Rally 2.0.
I tried it a year or so back and it felt horrible off-throttle....like somebody had stuck a massive weight on the top of the car.
There was zero inertia the minute you let off the throttle.
It went right back to STEAM in less than half hour.
Other aspects (visual, stage locations, etc...) were fine but overall due to that horrible oversight, it was disappointing.
Can anybody report if tht was ever sorted?
 
All great games and well worth the money. I had a digital copy of Valentino rossi game on xbox but for some reason it's vanished from my library :(
 
Hopefully they've fixed Dirt Rally 2.0.
I tried it a year or so back and it felt horrible off-throttle....like somebody had stuck a massive weight on the top of the car.
There was zero inertia the minute you let off the throttle.
It went right back to STEAM in less than half hour.
Other aspects (visual, stage locations, etc...) were fine but overall due to that horrible oversight, it was disappointing.
Can anybody report if tht was ever sorted?
Can't say I've ever had that issue with dirt rally 2.0 and had it on xbox and pc and played with both wheel and gamepad
 
I do not have a controller, can you use a steering wheel and pedals? Thanks for the anticipated help
I bought the game on a tablet for the Steam library. I don't currently have a PC suitable for the game, so I don't know. Sorry.
 
Hopefully they've fixed Dirt Rally 2.0.
I tried it a year or so back and it felt horrible off-throttle....like somebody had stuck a massive weight on the top of the car.
There was zero inertia the minute you let off the throttle.
It went right back to STEAM in less than half hour.
Other aspects (visual, stage locations, etc...) were fine but overall due to that horrible oversight, it was disappointing.
Can anybody report if tht was ever sorted?
Sorry to hear. No I never had that issue and Ive had DR2 since its release.
 
Shout out to Race07 for anyone who's not got it.

Tracks are certainly a bit out there, but other than that it's not half bad.

The mods for it are robust, just do the basics around QOL and graphics, cars and the like can come later.

For its price, completing a touring car championship in that game is a lot of fun - I'd say closer to PCars2 sort of gaming in its "it's a game" compared to the sims we know. But all the better for it.
 
Hopefully they've fixed Dirt Rally 2.0.
I tried it a year or so back and it felt horrible off-throttle....like somebody had stuck a massive weight on the top of the car.
There was zero inertia the minute you let off the throttle.
It went right back to STEAM in less than half hour.
Other aspects (visual, stage locations, etc...) were fine but overall due to that horrible oversight, it was disappointing.
Can anybody report if tht was ever sorted?

Explain this "zero inertia" a bit further... Is it a lack of engine braking, too much engine braking or does the car just feel dead after you lift off the throttle...?

It's not the most advanced in the physics, especially on tarmac where the cars feel glued to the road whilst you're sliding... It's remained pretty much the same in terms of feel as when I first got it years ago...

It's not ever going to dethrone RBR, but it's fun for what it is if you go into it thinking "It's a codies game"...
 
Explain this "zero inertia" a bit further... Is it a lack of engine braking, too much engine braking or does the car just feel dead after you lift off the throttle...?

It's not the most advanced in the physics, especially on tarmac where the cars feel glued to the road whilst you're sliding... It's remained pretty much the same in terms of feel as when I first got it years ago...

It's not ever going to dethrone RBR, but it's fun for what it is if you go into it thinking "It's a codies game"...
I'd get off the throttle and the car would slow dramatically...almost as if I'd braked....hard.
I had to go into the Fanatec software just to confirm I didn't have a dragging brake.
I found RBR to be way better in that department so I handed it back to STEAM.
 
Am I the unique one to have issues with my wheel's FFB in GTL and GTR2, making the games unplayable? With a TS PC Racer (which used to work flawlessly before in GTR2 but never kn GTL).

Race07 still works like a charm and provides a bit more detailed FFB than the previous games.

Valentino Rossi is another old Mklestone's game and probably doesn't qupport wheels properly,expect to use a gamepad or to use a tamepad emulator with your wheel for the ramly part of the game (which I think is really short (I had searched for.information about it few years ago, don't buy it only for the rally part, main focus is on the bikes).

Dirt Rally 2.0, still a great game but buy the GOTY edition. It is currently 10 euros, "bad " sale, you can get ir isually on sale at 8. It's only 2 euros difference but as the article.is refering to less than 5 euros games, the GOTY edition is currzntly twice this amount, I advice to w1it some time to save 3 euros more and wait for a 8 euros sale.

In a less sim but still bbeievable physics game, for less than 5 euros,I would suggest Nascar Hear 4 (or the 5 if you can live with the broken state of the gzme on PC, though adding practice sessions).
 
I'd get off the throttle and the car would slow dramatically...almost as if I'd braked....hard.
I had to go into the Fanatec software just to confirm I didn't have a dragging brake.
I found RBR to be way better in that department so I handed it back to STEAM.

Yeah that's definitely not an issue for me with DR2...

Sounds like a handbrake or something is dragging like you thought, but within the games settings not your wheels profile/app... Maybe the brake needed a deadzone?

RBR may have spoiled you now though... :roflmao:
 
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I'd like to play casually at Dirt Rally 2.0 with a Xbox controller, is the game playable with it or playing with a wheel overwhelmingly recommended ?
 

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