Car racing games are an extremely popular genre, especially on Android phones due to the unique steering capabilities offered. What you can’t do on the road in the real world, many people instead opt to do in the digital world. Here are the top 5 best car racing games to play on your Android phone this year 2017.

Top 5 Best Car Racing Games of 2017

1. Real Racing 3

Lets start with the top one in our list of the best car racing games: Real Racing 3. Real Racing 3 is by no means a new game, having first been released in 2013, but regular updates with new game additions, mechanical improvements, bug fixes and performance optimizations keep it at the very top. As its name suggests, Real Racing 3 focuses on realistic gameplay – from the cars and tracks to the driving experience, it has no rival.

Real Racing 3

Choose and customize any of 140 cars as you amass a garage and race on any of 39 circuits, against real human opponents or in time trials against yourself. Over 4,000 special events occur for you to take part in, including a wide variety of track challenges to show off your prowess behind the wheel. Fully customizable controls and jaw-dropping visuals help Real Racing 3 redefine mobile racing games. With hundreds of millions of installs, you’ll never be without an opponent to compete with or an event to partake in.

One aspect the game is lacking in is graphical control. The game automatically sets a graphical setting for your device based off of its hardware analysis, and doesn’t offer the player any options to tweak performance, although a third party utility exists for this purpose. If you want snappier performance, or if you possibly wish to enhance the already-fantastic graphics some more, you’ll have to download that tool and do the tweaking outside of the game.

Due to its incredible graphical acuity, Real Racing 3 is quite resource intensive and requires at least 1.5 GB of RAM to operate, as well as running Android 4.0.3 or above.

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2. Asphalt 8: Airborne

First released in 2013, Asphalt 8 takes the classic racing game and puts a (literal) twist on it which becomes our number two best car racing games of all time. While most other racing games determine victors by time alone, Asphalt 8: Airborne also takes into account driving stunts, which enable the player to rack up points that are then used in conjunction with track time to determine a winner. Nitrous boosts enable the player to perform all sorts of tricks, from simple drifts to insane spins, and even thrilling jumps!

Asphalt 8 Airborne

However, poorly maintained servers lead to slow download speeds, which is a problem which must be faced due to frequent game patches. Many players also complain of connectivity issues in-game, as well as excessive advertising intruding on the gameplay experience.

Being a relatively older game, Asphalt 8: Airborne doesn’t take much power to run, needing at minimum a device with 1 GB of RAM, a dual-core processor, and 2 GB of free space. Most phones will support the game as the operating system requirement is only Android 2.3.

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3. GT Racing 2: The Real Car Experience

GT Racing 2 offers players with a selection of 71 cars from over 30 manufacturers that can compete in any of 1,400 racing events. Almost 30 new challenges appear weekly for players to complete in both single player and multiplayer game modes, and dynamic weather and physics provide the game with a welcome jolt of realism.

GT Racing 2 - The Real Car Exp

Car performance can be tailored according to driver skill, and various automatic assists such as braking and steering can be enabled to help new players get acquainted with virtual driving or can be disabled for experienced, veteran drivers to have more control over their handling.

While GT Racing 2 offers a great gaming experience due to its playability without getting any in-app purchases, its optimization remains to be perfected. Many recent, high-end devices have difficulties with the game due to poor optimization for Intel processor based handsets. To play the game well on most other phones, you won’t need much: A dual-core processor, 1 GB of RAM, and approximately 1 GB of free storage space on a phone running Android 2.3 and up.

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4. Nitro Nation: Online

With a player base of over 30 million and more than 25 car manufacturers to choose from, you can’t go wrong with Nitro Nation. A fresh drag racing game, Nitro Nation features extensive customization, enabling the player to choose the length and time of their race, create ranked multiplayer teams for matchups, improve any of 33 different car components, and modify basically every cosmetic part of their car to their liking!

Nitro Nation Online

One of Nitro Nation’s failures lies in its free to play status. Although touted as free to play, progression is extremely slow if money isn’t spent on in-app purchases, leading to only approximately two days’ worth of gameplay before an extensive grind is required to obtain the resources to get a car capable of advancing to the next tier.

Nitro Nation requires an internet connection to play, and if you’d like a lag-free experience, it’s advised that your device have at least 1 GB of RAM as well as a quad-core processor. You’ll also need to be on Android 4.0 or above, although I suspect this won’t be a problem.

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5. CSR Racing 2

Just newly released, this highly-anticipated sequel to the original CSR Racing revamps the mobile drag-racing experience.  Another drag racing game, CSR Racing 2 takes all the elements from the first game that made it such a blast and goes even further.

CSR Racing 2

Over 50 powerful sports cars are featured in the game, and its unique tailoring abilities enable the player to modify virtually every aspect of the car, from its paint job to transmission gear ratios. Beautifully rendered cars and environments provide the player with a breathtaking visual experience, matched by just about no other.

Upon its release, CSR Racing 2 was initially plagued with bugs and compatibility issues, causing almost no devices to be able to run it, although those issues have since been resolved. Being an extremely new game, you’ll need some serious horsepower to run this game smoothly. You’ll need a minimum of Android 4.1, combined with 2 GB of free space, 1.5 GB of RAM and a quad-core processor.

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There you have it – the top 5 best car racing games to be playing this 2017 on your Android phone. What have you been playing, and what else are you looking forwards to this year?