Real Racing 3 has seen a fair bit of criticism this week as the industry continues to move toward the freemium gaming model that consumers can’t quite get their heads around. Real Racing is the mobile equivalent of Gran Turismo or Forza Motorsport, and although inevitably it’s not quite that authentic it gets far closer than you’d expect from a game you can play on your phone or tablet. On the surface we are left with a stunning racing game at the detriment of paying out to get any real enjoyment from it.
The cars are all real and now so too are the circuits you race around, from Silverstone to Laguna Seca. The braking and accelerating are necessarily simplified, but although it may inspire flashbacks of using the Wii Wheel in Mario Kart the handling is very good. It’s both realistic and accessible, striking a balance between simulation and arcade fun that many retail games never come close to. You can catch it cheating on your behalf at times, but all mobile games require compromise of some sort and considering the kind of game it’s trying to be this manages them very well.
Real Racing 3 sets a new standard for mobile racing games with trailblazing new features include officially licensed tracks, an expanded 22-car grid, and over 45 meticulously detailed cars from makers like Porsche, Lamborghini, Dodge, Bugatti, and Audi. Plus, racing with friends gets kicked into another dimension with the reality-bending Time Shifted Multiplayer™ (TSM) technology.
Featuring Real Racing’s largest roster of cars yet, don’t miss our new manufacturers like Porsche, Lamborghini, Dodge, Bugatti, and Audi. Take the wheels of over 45 intensely detailed racers and test your skills on an authentic 22-car race grid – for the first time on mobile.
In another first for the Real Racing series, burn rubber on a full lineup of real tracks in multiple configurations from top locations around the world, including Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, Silverstone, Hockenheimring, and many more.
Like nothing you’ve seen before, our innovative new Time Shifted Multiplayer™ lets you race anyone, anytime – even if they’re offline! Every career event is filled with fully interactive AI-controlled time-shifted versions of your Game Center or Facebook friends, as well as other players from around the world.
MORE CHOICES THAN EVER
Compete in over 900 events like cup races, eliminations, endurance challenges, and drag races. Upgrade your car parts to maximize performance. See the action through a variety of camera angles and fine-tune the controls to your personal preference.
THE PREMIER RACING EXPERIENCE
Powered by the remarkable new Mint™ 3 Engine, Real Racing 3 features persistent car damage, fully functioning rear view mirrors, and dynamic reflections for a super-enhanced racing reality. Enjoy a rich, next-gen game with the most advanced cross-platform social and competitive racing community ever. Real Racing 3 delivers it all.
In terms of content it’s the new licensed tracks that are perhaps the biggest single addition for this sequel – but it’s certainly not what Real Racing 3 is going to be remembered for. Compared to this Dead Space 3’s microtransaction system is the most benign and unobtrusive imaginable. Where that game merely tempted you to spend real money to make your life easier Real Racing 3 demands payment for almost anything you want to do in it. Complete your first proper race and you’ll be convinced that Real Racing 3 is a mobile classic. And perhaps it would’ve been if on finishing you weren’t then presented with a repair bill.
This lists all the damage you sustained during the race and makes you wait until it’s fixed – a good 30 minutes or so on average, although it can be even longer. This of course is hugely frustrating and so the game offers you the alternative of paying real or in-game currency to skip ahead and race again immediately. And don’t think you can just get away with driving as clean a race as possible. Even if you do manage to avoid the other 22 cars on the track your car still picks up unavoidable wear and tear along the way.
Even if you only want to play one race at a time, at half hour intervals, you also have to pay to unlock new cars and upgrade them. But the worst thing about microtransactions is that they’re never finite. You can’t just pay £40 and draw a line under it because the game keeps picking away at your virtual wallet with every possible excuse it can think of.
A flawed classic, decide for yourself!