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Awesome Xbox 360 Racing Games for Teenage Boys

Updated on December 8, 2011

What teenage boy doesn't like cars? Even those not yet old enough to drive will enjoy zooming about in their favorite Xbox 360 racing games! Here are some of the Xbox 360 racing games on my teenage boys' Christmas list this year.

Need for Speed: The Run

Released in November, 2011 by Electronic Arts, Need for Speed: The Run is sheer fun! What could be better than racing across the country? No speed limits. No rules. Just you driving your car at breakneck speeds around busy city streets, dangerous mountain highways, and even through narrow canyons. But be careful, one wrong move and the police will do whatever it takes to take you down! The game is rated T for TEEN, for violence, language, and mild suggestive themes, so parents use your own judgement before handing over the virtual car keys for this exciting thrillride.

Forza Motorsport 4

Rated E for Everyone, the whole family can enjoy this fun Xbox 360 racing game! The variety of cars provides a wide array of choices for racing over the stunning backgrounds, including a Ford Mustang, a Lexus SC300, a RUF RGT-8, and a Tesla Roadster Sport. (Hey Santa, I'll take that last one in red, thank you very much! Hehe.) The graphics are awesome -- it looks like the cars are meant to be right where you are driving them, which adds a lovely realism to the racing game. When the cars wreck, they really look wrecked! And when you go online and visit the auction house, it has all the fun of a real auction house. This is one of my favorites, and I'm not even a teenager. Or like, you know, a boy.

Shift 2 - Unleashed

Virtual drivers get the feeling of being behind an actual steering wheel while zipping around a track with surprisingly real crashes -- made even more realistic with the awesome helmet cam! The limited edition features bonus content not included in the regular sequel, including three additional cars -- the Nissan Silvia spec.R Aero, Alfa Romeo Giulietta QV, and Lamborghini Murcielago LP640 -- and career event extras. And customization! You can trick out the body, soup up the engine, bump the suspension, and more! The regular edition is rated E for Everyone, and I can see why! Even younger children will have fun playing this with older teen siblings or other friends and family members.

Dirt 3

It's the dirtiest game you'll play with a T for TEEN rating. Prepare for more mud slinging, more cars from over five decades, and more routes -- from the US to Africa to Europe. Be careful which route you choose because you won't only have to navigate the terrain, but you'll also have to take the weather into account. And unlike it's predecessors, Dirt 3 lets you race in snow. SNOW! Yeah, other Xbox 360 racing games have snow, but Dirt 3 has the feeling of the classic arcade games that predate video game consoles. After listening to fan feedback, developers focused more on rally racing than cool features in this third installment of the popular game. If you're looking for a basic racing game with stellar graphics that's simple to use, then Dirt 3 is your game!

Blur

Amazon describes this game as such: stunning racing environments in real world locations and licensed cars that look and feel great. They aren't kidding! One thing that stands out above other games in this list is the power up feature. Use them one at a time, or combine three of the same type for triple bonuses. The four player split screen is just as fun as playing alone, especially when you sideswipe your opponent and watch his bumper go flying into the air. Muhaha. And the mutiplayer modes are immediately saved through Blur's social network -- another perk that makes this game stand out amongst other Xbox 360 racing games.

No matter what the rating or the features, the important thing to remember when buying racing games for teenage boys is this -- that you can have fun too. Of course you won't get any time to play in the evenings, but teenagers tend to sleep in on weekend mornings, giving you unlimited access to the Xbox 360 and all its fun games. Thanks for reading, and happy gaming!

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