One of my favorite racing games of all time was Gran Turismo on the Playstation. That racing simulator was groundbreaking during its time. On iOS, an equivalent game in terms of amazing graphics and gameplay can be found in Firemint’s Real Racing 2. TheÂ latest version builds on the successful Real Racing. This time around users get the chance to race real vehicles and the graphics are even better than before.
The new features of Real Racing 2 include:
– 30 officially licensed cars, each with unique performance characteristics.
– 16-car grid multiplayer â€“ the first on iOS!
– Get to know meticulously detailed cars including the 2010 Ford Shelby Mustang GT500, 2010 Nissan GT-R (R35) and 2011 McLaren MP4-12C.
– over 10 hours of gameplay in the massive career mode with time trials, head-to-head races, eliminations, single â€˜cupâ€™ races, qualifiers and championships.
– Meet up with friends for 8 player local WiFi races. Compete on global leaderboards in Time Trials.
– Race in 15 beautiful locations, with 40 miles of highly detailed race tracks, speedways and city circuits including twilight and night races.
– Cutting edge graphics and physics powered by Firemintâ€™s exclusive high performance Mint3Dâ„¢ engine â€“ optimized to push OpenGL ES2 and retina display technology to the limit, and fine tuned for the best experience on older devices.
Real Racing 2 can be a challenge for the hardcore racer yet is simplistic enough for the casual gamer. I started my “career” off by purchasing a car to get started. By winning races I gained points and money to upgrade the parts on my ride.
The controls are set on auto by default which might annoy the hardcore racer; but for keeping it easy to get started it’s a good decision. There are a variety of options to set manual braking and transmission, or a combination of both. Steering is accomplished by holding the iPhone horizontally like a steering wheel.
Real Racing has various difficulty levels to test every type of racer. I found the medium setting to be challenging yet satisfying. Multiplayer is also a breeze to setup and the Gamecenter integration is flawless as usual. The Firemint’s team has done a great job here.
My favourite aspect of Real Racing 2 are the beautiful graphics that pop out on the Retina Display. It’s incredible these are accomplished on a mobile phone. If you’re a racing fanatic, you need to be playing this game.
As for some improvements I’d like to see are performance load times. On the odd occasion I was left waiting for the game to be race-ready. However given the intense graphics that’s expected of any resource-reliant game. The price tag is on the higher end of the spectrum at $9.99, but considering there are actual licensed vehicles in the game it’s more than worth it. If you’re a racing fan, definitely check out Real Racing 2 as the Firemint team has pulled out all the second version of this game.
Disclaimer: Firemint sent us a promo code to review their game.