Real Racing 3 is a racing game for mobile devices. What sets it apart from other racing mobile games are the console-like graphics that almost make it like Gran Turismo for your mobile. EA Sports allows you to play all this for free – but with a potential catch.
I’ve played Real Racing 3 for over 25 hours and at the start, I was seriously impressed.
The game features real-world cars and real-world circuits like Silverstone, Laguna Seca and Spa Francorchamps.
As previously said, the graphics are impressive and good enough to make you forget that it’s a mobile game. The controls are near to simulator standards. You have the choice to race with steering and braking assists. Switch off all the driver aids to push it to the max, but push it too far and the game will punish you with under and oversteer before sending you off the track, or into the back of other race cars.
During in-game racing, you race against AIs which are actually real player’s race times. A unique concept.
Sounds easy but at times the AI racers can actually be competitive and cause race incidents.
A new addition to the game is the chance to play with fellow players in real-time. It’s still a work-in-progress, great potential is there…but frustration can set in easily as it seems 9/10 racers want to ram you off the track when you’re in first place due to racing properly. Win enough times to clock up points and generous rewards could be yours.
The game is free to download but in-app purchases are present so features the “freemium” label. As you progress through the game, you are encouraged to upgrade parts of your car in order to remain competitive and increase your chances of winning.
Although to do this, you have to wait for that part to be delivered. Instead you can instantly buy the part by using your precious gold coins…
This is where EA makes money and the most avid gamers will be easily sucked in and can spend as much as £69.99 in one go!
Also racing wears out your car meaning eventually you’ll need to service it or race with reduced performance. Realistic, yes, but you can be waiting for over an hour for this process to be done!
Saying that, I’ve played the game for 25 hours now and not spent any of my own money.
Overall, what is offered for free is impressive but the almost constant push for in-app purchases can be enough to ruin for some, but that can be said for all freemium games.
This is definitely the best racing game for mobile devices and is worth a download.