If you are reading this article, in all likelihood, you are missing the amazing epoch of the development of video games which took place in the 1990s and gave a variety of classic games to the world. Needless to say, this was also the time when a great variety of racing simulators was developed. Some of them were pretty innovative and therefore are now regarded as the most significant games of the genre easily recognised by any player who enjoyed gaming back to that time.
Even if you were too young for gaming in the 1990s or did not have an opportunity to enjoy these classic racing simulators, you can still explore them as the majority of them are still available for playing. Needless to say, you should not miss your chance to enjoy the most loved race games from the 1990s.
For the fans of Grand Prix races
The gamers particularly excited by the Grand Prix races enjoyed playing such a racing simulator as Rage Racer. This game was developed and released in 1996 by Namco.
Even though the game does not have any particularly unique features, its overall mechanics is highly enjoyable and, what is more important, it offers a fantastic collection of Grand Prix tracks to its players. The choice of vehicles and beautiful landscapes of the game made it one of the most favourite racing simulators of the gamers playing on Play Station back in time.
For the fans of Grand Theft Auto 2
GTA 2 does not require any introduction as it is known to gamers of all ages even if they have never happened to play it. yet, not everyone is aware of the fact this game had a serious rival which was created by Reflections Interactive and was released on the market in 1999. This game was legendary Driver and it was loved not only by the devotees of car races but also by the enthusiast preferring action games.
Driver is a game about the adventures of a former racing driver who is now working as an undercover detective. The protagonist is called John Tanner and playing the game, you will be able to explore such fantastic places of The USA as New York, San Francisco, Miami and Los Angeles. As you can imagine, racing and vehicles is a significant part of the game, the huge part of its mechanics is also about action.
Certainly, if you particularly enjoyed playing with vehicles while progressing on Grand Theft Auto 2, you will absolutely enjoy playing Driver. There are still chances you will be able to get this game and run on your machine.
For the fans of racing against time and the fans of realistic racing simulators
The mechanics of racing simulators based on competing against other drivers was already popular in 1990s and widely loved by players. There was also a variety of games of such a type available for playing on PlayStation. Yet, in 1998, the market saw a game with a new approach offered by Codemasters.
This game was Colin McRae Rally and it offered its players a new way of racing. This game based the racing experience on competing against time which turned out to be even more exciting for the majority of players. Moreover, the developers worked on the tracks making the game more realistic. As a result, the game made it possible for players to lose their way so that they had not only to keep a track of the time but also constantly check the directions. Undeniably, this made the game even more challenging and exciting.
On top of that, Colin McRae Rally became an exclusive game at the time providing its players with an ultimate weather experience. Indeed, the game made it possible to experience rain, snow, mud and dirt.
Of course, the game was also known for its amazing choice of vehicles available for playing. Some of the most notable examples of the cars available to players were Toyota Corolla hatchback, the Ford Escort All WRC version, Mitsubishi Lancer, Ibiza and Subaru Impreza.
For the fans of off-road races
While magnificent landscapes with neat racing tracks are definitely widely enjoyed by the devotees of racing simulators, there is a different vibe offered by off-road racing games.
When it comes to the 1990s, one of the most popular games of such a type designed for PlayStation was Test Drive: Off-road. Actually, this is an entire series of games and the most significant one of it was released in 1999 by the Midway studios.
The games of the series were very innovative for the time as they offered players a particular approach to playing progress. This one was based on unlocking new items such as new tracks and vehicles. In order to do it, a player needed to earn special trophies.
Another amazing feature of the third part of the Test Drive: Off-road series was a choice of vehicles this game provided players with. It included the most admired models loved by the fans of the automotive industry of the time. Chenoweth, Isuzu, Ford, Dodge, Nissan and Jeep are only some of the cars in the collection of this fantastic game.