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Top 5 Console Racers for Android

Best ways to get that high-class racing experience on Android

The Google Play store is packed full of racing games, but today we're focusing on a particular elite breed. We're talking about the console racer. Yes.

We don't necessarily just mean racing games that have appeared on the home consoles - although we certainly have featured a couple of those on our list. We're also interested in games that nail the 'feel' of a classic console racing game.

In this Top 5 console racers on Android round-up, we're concerned with gorgeous 3D visuals and super-slick arcade-y handling. Games you could imagine playing blown up on your TV.

Let's roll.

If Need For Speed: Most Wanted represents the kind of adrenaline-fuelled arcade racer commonly found on console, GT Racing: Motor Academy Free+ represents the flip side of that coin. You know, those detailed racing simulators that can suck up hours of your life at a time. With 111 licensed cars across 26 manufacturers, Gameloft's motor is a true top-of-the-range model.
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8.6
Made by the team behind Real Racing 2 on iOS, Need For Speed: Most Wanted sports a similarly stunning take on 3D racing, albeit with a far more console-y edge. Expect a ridiculous sense of speed, spectacular crashes, and a simply stunning graphics engine. Worthy of the console series whence it came.
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8.6
Despite its aquatic theme, Riptide GP is a truly console-like racer, with advanced water physics and stunning 3D graphics that would scarcely have been believable on Android a few years ago. In fact, it's become the go-to game for showing off the capabilities of Nvidia's powerful and popular quad-core Tegra 3 processor. Fancy.
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8.6
Raging Thunder 2 captures the mad fury of a console arcade racer and the knockabout, power-up-heavy charm of the console kart racer. It even features that most console-like of features: online multiplayer. Fast, fluid, and with some suitably fantastical settings, Raging Thunder 2 is like a covers band that plays all the console racing hits.
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8.4
Another Need For Speed, though Shift is a very different beast from Most Wanted. Whereas Shift is kinda like your careful, precise, wise old uncle, Most Wanted is your rambunctious and daring younger brother. Shift does still find time for a little back-end action through its entertaining street drifting sections, mind. A fine mish-mash of racing disciplines, all told.
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7.3
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