Ever felt the need for speed but thought your low-end PC couldn’t handle it? Think again!
In this guide, we’ve curated a list of rally games that deliver all the heart-pounding action without performance problems.
Say goodbye to worries about system strain and embrace the thrill of rally. Below is a list of all the rally games designed to run seamlessly on your low-end PCs.
Get ready to rev up and experience the excitement of rallying on your terms!
Rally Games For Budget PC Setups
While technology is advancing I understand that not everyone has access to better hardware.
This is why I’ve invested time into researching and playing rally games that can run on low-end PCs.
All of the games listed below are made for computers without graphics cards, or low end dedicated GPUs.
While they’re not going to look the best, they are filled with special stage rallying fun.
The other bonus is that they’re older games and are cheaper as a result.
Xpand Rally was released 19 years ago, and I’m a little gutted I didn’t know about it back then.
It was released for PC and has held up pretty well over the years. If this game was remastered or re-released in HD, I’m pretty sure it’d sell well.
Xpand rally was the first game to bring in the economy progression system and allows you to build & customize the cars you’re racing.
While the cars that are included in the game aren’t licensed, it’s pretty easy to tell what they are.
The Tiny Hooper, Center Cord, and Lion 200 (aka Mini Cooper, Ford Focus, and Peugeot 206) are all WRC cars and look similar enough to be able to tell which is which.
At the time, as well as the economic system, Xpand Rally offered realistic driving physics, detailed models, and a wide selection of stages.
Xpand rally also offered a map editor, where you could edit official tracks or even create your own.
There was a “modding” community which led to some custom packs being available online. The developers even offered a pack with a destruction derby in it.
Looking back, this game was well ahead of its time.
If you’re looking for a decent-looking game that runs well and offers a lot of playability, this is one of the best. Especially if you’re looking for special stage rallying.
Xpand Rally Extreme
Xpand Rally Xtreme was the standalone sequel to Xpand Rally.
It was developed by Techland and released in 2006.
As a sequel, Xpand Rally Xtreme looked to add more up-to-date cars and more racing environments.
Alongside the Citreon C4 and Peugeot 207, came various off-road trucks and hill climb cars.
This opened up the possibility for more championships in career mode, as well as more locations.
Overall this was a step up from xpand rally, but didn’t really justify being a standalone game.
While it did offer more cars, different racing disciplines, and slightly better graphics, I can’t help but feel it’d have been better as a DLC.
That being said, back then, it wasn’t that common to release expansions, DLC, or upgrade a game via patches.
I believe Xpand Rally Xtreme is the one being played the most. Both of the games are pretty similar and go on sale at $0.79 during Steam sales.
I’d recommend giving both a shot and seeing what one you prefer. I know there are some annoying bits in XRX such as driver injury that isn’t in the original.
WRC has been one of the main rally games for as long as I can remember.
The reason we’re going all the way back to WRC 4 is because it’s the oldest on Steam.
This means in theory, it’s the one with the lowest specs. Thus would be the best option for low-end pcs.
Released in 2013, WRC 4 is a fully licensed rally game that includes the official cars, stages and drivers from the 2013 season.
Due to the licensing and authentic content, this is one of the more realistic games you’ll come across.
The game also offers somewhat realistic handling and physics, to satisfy the sim racer. But it’s also easy enough to pick up and play for casual gamers.
I found the best thing about WRC 4 to be the campaign.
You can work your way from Junior WRC all the way to the main stage while earning faster cars at the same time.
Unfortunately, the only car groups are WRC 3, WRC 2 and WRC. There are no Group B or classic cars.
I suppose that’s just a sacrifice you have to make for a fully licensed WRC game that offers a great campaign.
This is by far the best game on the list. Unfortunately, it isn’t for the really low-end pc’s as it requires a dedicated GPU.
If you’re familiar with rally games, you’ll be aware of the dirt series. It’s still going strong today.
Dirt 3 is the game I’m going to recommend. This is the oldest game that’s easy to access on PC. Dirt 2 is listed at $300 on DLCompare and dirt 1 is impossible to find.
If you can get access to Dirt or Dirt 2, then I do recommend them. However, obtaining them is the hard part.
Dirt 3 is a multi-discipline game with a lot of different modes to play. This is a rally game that offers a wide variety of gameplay.
As well as the traditional point-to-point stages, you’ll be able to do rallyX, Gymkhana, and more.
If you can find a lobby online there are also many different party games that can be fun with the right people.
Due to the various disciplines, the game is full of different cars. Whether you’re looking for classic rally, R5, or even Baja trucks, Dirt 3 has a very wide selection.
Again, as it’s a more modern game, being released in 2011, it does require a dedicated graphics card.
While it’s still a great rally game for low-end pcs, it’s not for the absolute bottom-spec computers.
Richard Burns Rally
Released in 2004, Richard Burns Rally is regarded as one of the best rally sims to be released.
I remember playing this every single night as a child and almost 20 years later it still has a following.
While RBR has low system requirements because of its age and general graphics, there are plenty of mods and support for this game.
As a result, it can be as easy to run or as intense as you like.
Even now in 2024 the game is praised for its realism. It offers a challenging and authentic experience, perfect for the racing sim fan.
It also offers a rally school that teaches you the game mechanics so you’re not thrown in at the deep end or left struggling for long.
RBR doesn’t have the widest selection of cars, only 8, but they are all WRC-licensed cars. They’re also some of the most iconic cars from the early 2000’s
Depending on your PC, you can expand this by installing some of the various content or community mod packs.
If you’re a sim racing fan, this is by far the best game on the list for you.
Unlike some of the other games, it’s also somewhat easy to install RBR. There’s a full guide on reddit.
Bloody Rally Show
While not exactly “rally” in the way that you’d expect, Bloody Rally Show is a great top-down arcade racer.
With a unique mix of fast-paced racing action, combat, and strategic progression, Bloody Rally Show is a refreshing change.
It’s also very easy to run. The system requirements are almost zero, and the developers even list the game as potato-friendly.
Admittedly it’s not going to be everyone’s cup of tea.
It’s more Mario Kart than Richard Burns Rally. However, there is a free “prologue” that you can download, play and see for yourself.
RXC – Rally Cross Challenge
RXC Rallycross is the newest game on this list, and one of the more demanding.
While it’s still a game for low-end pcs, based on the technology available today, it does require a 550ti or 7750 as a minimum.
RXC Rallycross is a top-down racer with a twist.
Unlike the normal arcade, top-down racers, RXC prides itself on its physics. Offering a traction and handling model that challenges even the most dedicated sim racers. You can tell when you change from tarmac to gravel and vice versa.
There are tons of tracks and cars, a career mode, daily time trials, and of course multiplayer.
While the game is still in early access and doesn’t have the biggest player base, it’s a great foundation.
I’m really excited to see what comes of this game. Hopefully, it doesn’t just fizzle out.