Racing games should be about having a good time above all else, but sometimes you just need need tweak your damper settings to shave .3 seconds off your lap record. Jalopnik readers know the ten most realistic driving sims for you.
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We're sticking to sims that you, yourself can play. This excludes perhaps the very best racing sims out there, but we'll explain.
First of all, car manufacturers and Formula One teams build their own bespoke simulators that outdo any and every commercial sim there is. They are fully-surrounding chambers that cost millions of dollars, so of course they're better. The problem is, you don't work for a Formula One team, so you'll never use one.
There are also two games in development that would come right at the top of this list, if only they were finished. The first is Project C.A.R.S. It's still in alpha testing, but the released video already is already the most visually stunning racing game we've ever seen. Second is Rigs of Rods, which is bar none the most realistic simulator for car crashes ever made. The problem is it's just an engine at this point, and is not a fun game you can play against your friends.
There's also Desert Bus, where you drive a bus eight hours from Tuscon to Vegas in real time with no saves. That game is actually too realistic, and is no fun.
Photo Credit: Project C.A.R.S.