Driving Games and Toys for Christmas 2016

Keeping the Petrolheads happy this festive season

We're now well into the Christmas shopping period, with Black Friday and Cyber Monday looming over the next few days. If you're struggling to think of what to get the car-enthusiast in your family - hopefully this will provide some inspiration. We take a look at some of the driving games and toys likely to be on Christmas lists this year.

Farming Simulator 17 (All Formats)

Farming Simulator 2016 sold over 4 million copies. There is massive interest in agricultural machinery from the likes of New Holland and Ransomes. The 2017 version has built upon the successful formula. As a bonus, you can see how the real-world versions of these amazing vehicles look over at Platts Harris.

Driveclub VR (PSVR)

Virtual Reality has been one of the major topics of the tech world in 2016, with the launch of the Oculus Rift, HTC Vive and particularly the Playstation VR bringing headsets into the mainstream. There aren’t a huge amount of driving options for PSVR yet, however, Driveclub could be an option for the VR petrolhead in the family. The original Driveclub was released last year. Although it took a while to settle, it eventually proved itself an excellent driving game. Now, it has made the transition to Virtual Reality, it would be well worth visiting again to enjoy a more authentic experience.

Forza Horizon 3 (Xbox One and PC)

The Forza series has been popular for many years, and the latest version is the best yet. With over 350 cars to choose from in an enormous open-world game environment, it brings 12-player online gameplay that works across both Xbox One and PC platforms - an excellent purchase.

Scale Model Racing - Anki Overdrive/RealFX/Scalextric

Anki Overdrive could be described as a kind of next-gen Scalextric (although in fairness they have their own app-driven games). Anki is interesting as it uses AI cars (and trucks) that can learn whatever track layout you create. Controlled via a smartphone app this is a classic ‘buying it for the kids’ toy that will go down well with all ages. RealFX also provide a similar system.​


Lego remains as popular as ever, and there are always a number of options for car lovers. It’s very hard to choose a few, but, at the moment, we like the Ferrari F40, Mercedes and Ferrari F1 Pit Sets and the Technics Porsche 911 GT3 RS set for the more technically-minded!

These are some great game and toy options for Christmas 2016. There are sure to be a number of happy petrolheads this festive season!