by Marianne Schultz
If youâve been keeping an eye out for the newest entry in EAâs Real Racing series for iOS that was first revealed last September at the Apple keynote event when the iPhone 5 was announced, today is your day to hightail it over to the App Store. Real Racing 3 for iPhone and iPad debuted last night in the App Store in all its free download glory.
Real Racing 3 lets you race virtual versions of real cars on virtual versions of real tracks around the world. You can compete against others using Time Shifted Multiplayer, a feature that lets you race against other players even when theyâre not playing the game right at that moment. There are over 900 events you can compete in and you earn in-game currency to buy new cars or upgrade and repair cars when you complete events.
The graphics of Real Racing 3 are crazy good. As shown in its first demo at Appleâs keynote last year, you can actually see the other cars behind and next to you in the mirrors as you drive and details and lighting are realistic and crisp. Itâs truly a treat on a retina display device like the iPhone 5. Hereâs the trailer to give you a peek (and yes, it looks this good as youâre playing):
While Real Racing 3 is free to download and you can play it to your heartâs content without spending a dime, you do have the option of putting down real money to speed things along. You do earn in-game currency when you complete races but it can take time to rack up enough to buy stuff. Repairs and upgrades to your virtual cars take time to complete and if you donât want to wait for them to finish, you can spend the in-game currency youâve earned or buy more via in-app purchase to get them done immediately. The same goes for buying new cars and upgrades if you donât wait to wait until youâve earned enough from completing races.
If you want to keep your Real Racing 3 experience as low-cost as you can, check out âReal Racing 3â² Tips on How to Spend as Little Real Money as Possible  over at TouchArcade. While youâre there, check out their full review  if youâre not convinced itâs worth the time to download.
Iâve spent some time playing Real Racing 3 today and itâs been super fun and more realistic than I was expecting. I havenât come across any tracks that Iâve actually been on yet but the interior of the BMW 1 Series M Coupe I chose (which cost me $1.99 in real money that I donât regret spending one bit) looks just like the ones Iâve seen in real life. If you like cars and racing, Real Racing 3 offers an excellent experience for a mobile game and you should hit that Buy Now button below toute de suite and get it. And if I see you on the virtual version of Laguna Seca where Iâve had the pleasure of flogging a sportbike a few times, I will give you a run for your money.
- ^ âReal Racing 3â² Tips on How to Spend as Little Real Money as Possible (toucharcade.com)
- ^ full review (toucharcade.com)