Sports is arguably the most popular genre in Xbox gaming; however, the most played games are the likes of football, basketball, etc. So frankly speaking, horse racing is one of the most unexplored in console gaming.
However, in recent years, many gamers are beginning to see the light. Horse racing games are one of the fewest that present what a large percentage of gamers are looking for—short, fast-paced, unpredictable, and fun. What else could any player ask for?
Looking back at the rise of horse racing in Xbox gaming, we can attribute it to the competitive nature of the sport. If you ever watched the Kentucky Derby any year, you will understand what we mean. And if you haven’t checked some of the fastest and best races in the event’s history you can see them here: edge.twinspires.com/racing/top-10-fastest-kentucky-derby-times-in-history/
Our aim today is to save you the time of searching for the best horse racing games for Xbox. There are so many titles out there so settling for one may be confusing. With this guide at your fingertips, you are in for only the best.
Phar Lap Horse Racing Challenge
Phar Lap Horse Racing Challenge from PikPok is as realistic as they come and this game can be very addictive if you are not careful. The developers put in a lot of work in making the game one of the best and it reflects in every area of the game.
Apart from the superb graphics, the movement and overall gameplay are immersive. The developers replicated the movement and reactions of a real horse and imprinted it in the game. And if you are familiar with real-life horses, you will easily tell the similarity.
Phar Lap also does a great job of keeping players busy with something similar to a career mode. There, you own facilities, breed horses, schedule races, and climb the ranks from the bottom.
The game also brings in some betting just like the real world but you should be careful not to risk everything you have taken so long to build.
Champion Jockey: G1 Jockey and Gallop Racer
Have you ever wondered what it feels like to be a jockey
? Well, you don't have to imagine anymore when a game like Champion Jockey: G1 Jockey and Gallop Racer exists. It aims at exploring the underrated jockey roles in the industry.
Just like every engaging game, you will start in the role of a beginner jockey. From races and relationships, you increase your points which allows you to progress. And the more rider points your jockey owns, the better the horses you can ride.
One thing this game also highlights is the importance of the relationship between stables and jockeys. In the game, you cannot ride horses from stables you are not on good terms with.
And for the race experience? We must add that it is not like your typical racing game. Rather than focusing on the horse, you also have to control your jockey’s weight distribution.
Melbourne Cup Challenge
Melbourne Cup is a thoroughbred race
, largely known by the horse racing universe but did you know that there was a video game after it?
What we love about this game is the developers giving players some sort of freedom. You could either choose to be a horse owner, jockey, or punter. That way, you get to see every area of the industry for what it is and appreciate them better.
This game may not have 4k and HD graphics as it goes a long way back since 2006, but it still hits hard. The fact that developers can create a game based on only one racing event and still make good content speaks volumes about the sport.
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