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The Best Drifting Games on Xbox


While for some racing games are all about speed, for others there’s also an element of showmanship. Sure, the fastest way to make your way around a track most of the time is to exhaustively learn ideal braking points, hit the apex of corners, and get back on the accelerator as soon as possible. Some, however, like to turn getting around corners into what is essentially a work of art, skillfully getting their car sideways and keeping it there, before either straightening up or combo-ing into yet another drift. Here, we aim to answer the question: what are the best drifting games on Xbox consoles?

Whether you’ve got an Xbox One, Xbox Series X or Xbox Series S, there are many games available that will let you drift to your heart’s content. Some are on the serious side, truly testing your abilities. Others take more of an arcade approach, making it easy to get your car sideways – and keep it there. Ultimately, we’ve put together a short list of the best drifting games on Xbox that covers the whole spectrum. So, whether you fancy yourself as a drifting pro or just want to show off without much effort, there’s something here for you.

1. Forza Horizon 5

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  • Playable on: Xbox One and Xbox Series X/S

Forza Horizon 5 is perhaps the best open world racing game available right now, allowing players to race around and explore a stunning recreation of Mexico. It also has lots to offer to fans of drifting. Because of its somewhat arcade nature, this is a game where drifting around corners sometimes pays dividends during events.

On top of that, there are also drifting challenges found throughout the game’s world, and getting three stars on them all is genuinely a challenge. If you want a game that offers variety, then, as well as plenty of opportunities to get sideways, this is the game for you. Even better, it’s included in Xbox Game Pass if you’re a subscriber.

Read our review of Forza Horizon 5

2. Need for Speed Unbound

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  • Playable on: Xbox Series X/S

The latest entry in the Need for Speed series is one of the best. And of course, like most entries in the last decade or so, there’s a large emphasis on drifting. While you can set up your cars to be grippy, letting you race somewhat sensibly, it’s generally accepted that you’ll take most corners like a lunatic, getting sideways as often as possible in order to charge your boost meter. There are drift events, too, where getting the back end of your vehicle out is absolutely necessary to score big, claim victory and take home the cash.

All in all, those looking for the best drifting games on Xbox can’t go wrong with Need for Speed Unbound, although it’s only available on Xbox Series X/S. If you’re an Xbox Game Pass Ultimate or EA Play subscriber, it’s included as part of your subscription.

Read our review of Need for Speed Unbound

3. Burnout Paradise Remastered

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  • Playable on: Xbox One and Xbox Series X/S

An oldie but a goodie, Burnout Paradise was the last Burnout game to be released. It’s since been remastered, and while it doesn’t look as good as some of the latest racing games, it’s still a hell of a lot of fun to play. Like in all Burnout games, drifting is pretty much necessary here to get around corners with speed. Because of that, initiating a drift is as easy as pie, but depending on the car your driving maintaining it might be a bit tricky.

In any case, racing around Burnout Paradise Remastered’s carefully designed open world sideways is an absolute delight. And so is scoring some Takedowns along the way. This is another game playable at no extra cost via Xbox Game Pass Ultimate or EA Play.

Read our review of Burnout Paradise Remastered

4. DriftCE

  • Playable on: Xbox One and Xbox Series X/S

Here we go, a game for the serious drifters out there. DriftCE is a drifting sim, meaning the physics are much more demanding on the player. Jump in to the game’s career mode, and there’s work to be done before you can even get out on a track and get sideways as well.

Here, there’s a large emphasis on building the car of your dreams, and so you’ll need to learn hot to build your vehicle as well as maintain and switch out components. You don’t have to engage with that if you don’t want to, though, and DriftCE even allows you to compete with others online. Needless to say, if you’re after the best drifting games on Xbox, you really need to check this out.

Read our review of DriftCE

5. The Crew Motorfest

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  • Playable on: Xbox One and Xbox Series X/S

The latest entry in Ubisoft’s open world racing series, The Crew Motorfest takes a lot of inspiration from Forza Horizon. But despite its picturesque island setting and festival theme, it manages to stand on its own two feet. While drifting isn’t always the best way to approach corners here, it’s certainly viable. And just like the latest Forza Horizon games there are drift events to complete that will very much test your abilities to tune a car specifically for getting sideways and then putting it to good use.

Is The Crew Motorfest as good as Forza Horizon 5? Maybe not, but it certainly has its merits. Forza Horizon 5 doesn’t also let you pilot planes and boats, for example.

Read our review of The Crew Motorfest

6. Inertial Drift

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  • Playable on: Xbox One and Xbox Series X/S

Inertial Drift is another game for those serious about drifting, but very much in a different way to DriftCE. An arcade racer at its core, drifting is at the heart of Inertial Drift but not in a realistic manner at all. Here, all you need to do to initiate a drift is move the right analogue stick.

That alone isn’t enough to get you around some corners, though, especially in some of the game’s fastest cars. You’ll also need to carefully apply the throttle and brake, as well as make use of the left analogue stick. It may be an arcade racer, then, but drifting in Inertial Drift requires some skill.

Read our review of Inertial Drift

7. Hot Wheels Unleashed 2 Turbocharged

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  • Playable on: Xbox One and Xbox Series X/S

Got kids and want to introduce them to the world of drifting? Hot Wheels Unleashed 2 Turbocharged might just be the ideal game to do that. Drifting around corners here is absolutely necessary here if you want to keep up with the pack or post a good time during a Time Trial. It’s just how it is. As you drift you’ll also charge your boost meter, which then allows you to engage a stunning burst of speed when you’re on a straight.

Hot Wheels Unleashed 2 Turbocharged is the go-to game for those seeking out the best drifting games on Xbox that have kids, then, but players of all ages will enjoy it. New to this sequel is additional vehicle types, the ability to jump, and a whole lot more.

Read our review of Hot Wheels Unleashed 2 Turbocharged

Editor in Chief // An avid gamer since discovering the wonders of the Acorn Electron in the '80s, Rich has nearly played more games than he's had hot dinners. Not one to put all his eggs in one basket, Rich is happy to play games of all genres, but he particularly enjoys racing games and anything that's full of non-stop action, especially if it includes a good dose of humour, horror or crudeness!