Cloud gaming is an exciting new prospect in the world of gaming. Here are seven Xbox Cloud games that you can play right now!
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With the recent release of Xbox Cloud Gaming to all Xbox Game Pass Ultimate members with Windows 10 PCs, as well as users of Apple phones and tablets, gaming via the cloud is becoming increasingly relevant. Streaming games from the cloud to a PC allows gamers to play their favourites without having to download the whole game, and it puts less stress on a machine’s hardware too. Theoretically, this means that even high-end titles can be played on any number of devices which would never have dreamed of running them before. Now that Xbox Cloud Gaming is becoming more accessible, we thought we would compile a list of some of the best racing games available with the service!
7. MotoGP 20
Made by Italian developers Milestone, the official MotoGP series emulates the real-world sport of motorcycle racing. Players can race as real-world riders in the MotoGP, Moto2 and Moto3 series, or they can create their own new rider to compete in the game’s career mode. MotoGP 20 isn’t the newest game in the series, but MotoGP 21 didn’t exactly reinvent the wheel, so you won’t be missing out on too much by settling for the 2020 edition.
6. Joy Ride Turbo
Released back in 2012, Joy Ride Turbo is Xbox’s answer to Nintendo’s Mario Kart Franchise. Like with Mario Kart, Joy Ride Turbo provides a casual racing experience, with powerups to deploy and weapons to launch at your competitors. There are 42 in-game vehicles to unlock and do battle with, so there is fair amount of replay-ability for those that want it. The game also features a stunt driving mode, in case the racing gets too much for you.
5. F1 2019
As with the MotoGP series, the Formula 1 game series by Codemasters seeks to recreate the real-life thrills and spills or Formula 1 in the form of video games. This game would be higher on the list if it weren’t for the fact that it is about to be two years out of date. Not only that, but F1 2020 brought a good deal of new and high-quality content to the table which is missing from F1 2019. That being said, if you haven’t played any of the recent F1 games and you want to give the series a go, then trying out F1 2019 is a good place to start.
4. Dirt 5
Coming in at number four we have another Codemasters title, DIRT 5. The DIRT series brings the world of rally to gaming with a somewhat casual vibe attached. That’s not to say DIRT 5 is an arcade game – it certainly isn’t – but it’s not an all-out sim experience either. Players can compete in rally races, gymkhana events and more, and the Playgrounds mode allows players to drive on user-created maps as well as to build their own arenas from scratch.
3. Hotshot Racing
While DIRT 5 may not be an arcade title, Hotshot Racing certainly is! The game is quite small, but the quality of the gameplay makes up for that fact. Developers Lucky Mountain Games and Sumo Nottingham have managed to capture the retro feel of the arcade racers of yore, while simultaneously avoiding the game feeling dated and outmoded. Four-player split screen availability and relatively simple controls make this game an ideal candidate for a casual party situation.
2. Forza Motorsport 7
The seventh edition of Microsoft’s flagship racing series, Forza Motorsport, released back in 2017. Players can choose between and unlock a very wide array of vehicles in-game, each of which has been rendered in painstaking detail. The driving itself favours fun over true realism, but that doesn’t mean that it’s easy! You’ll still find yourself in the wall if you plant the throttle too soon out of a slow corner. Forza Motorsport 7 looks good and feels good, a great combination for a good time!
1. Forza Horizon 4
If you were wondering what could possibly keep Forza off the top spot, it’s none other than Forza of course! The Forza Horizon series goes in a different direction to its cousin the Motorsport series. Horizon lets players roam free in an open world setting, with incredible graphics and scenery to sweeten the deal. Great Britain is the location of choice for this, the fourth game of the series, so if quaint villages and rolling hills are your thing, you’ll love Forza Horizon 4. It has been very well received since its release in 2018, and as such it steals the top spot on this list!
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