We love us some sim racers; Gran Turismo, Forza Motorsport, and GTR are all great series. But even though we love driving around in expensive cars that we’ll never be able to afford unless we win some huge cash settlements, sometimes we just want to abandon realism and send our cars through motorized Armageddon. That’s why we have a soft spot in our hearts for arcade-style racers, a genre that’s all about achieving major dents and driving on unthinkable terrain. 

With Motorstorm Apocalypse (which is literally about racing during the end of days) coming out today, we thought it’d only be right to look at the most hazardous racing conditions in gaming history, picking out 10 games that force you to be suicidally reckless if you want to win the race and survive. So buckle your seatbelts—it’s going to be a bumpy ride. Actually, on second thought, screw the seatbelts. How much good are they gonna be when somebody’s shooting missiles at you and trying to knock you off a cliff?

By Rich Knight