Billed as the reference for the race simulation on smartphone and tablet. Can Real Racing 3 PC is it to live up to our expectations? What is Free to play changes the game? Can we speak of a revolution?
After two titles to his credit, FireMonkeys (formerly Firemint) presents what appears to be the new benchmark games driving games on Smartphones and Tablets.
From the first minutes of the game, Real Racing 3 graphically impressive and ranks as the best racing game on this platform. The visual rendering of cars is absolutely amazing, the attention to modeling every detail is noted. The decorations are no exception and are also very well made, textures are convincing as the circuits that despite feeling empty correspond to real (or Hockeinheim Silverstone).
Level lifetime, the game features more than 900 trials and more than 70 cars to buy and customize, or many hours of addicting gameplay.
A graphical beauty is added the realistic behavior of vehicles, coupled with superb handling, will join any gamer. Maneuverability, adjustable early in the race, is both flexible and accurate, to the point where you feel a big difference when it switches between different models of cars where we do not have enough maintenance.
Exactly, Real Racing pushes the player to “spare” her vehicle, maintain and make repairs if necessary or risk being seriously handicapped in future races. This system is very well done and provides additional player immersion but refers to a recurring problem in the game.
Indeed, Real Racing 3 is a Free To Play, so you can download it on your devices and try to perfect technical demo (intro with the Porsche). However, like any good player who respects you want to go further in the game. And so that’s where the trouble starts, you have to pay or be patient.
This is part of one of the main criticisms we can make this game during repair, maintenance, or other customizations to your car, you will pay. The money will come from your victories and bonuses earned, so far this is normal, except that you have to wait tens and tens of minutes while your repair is done. Your car is immobilized, if you want to play immediately you have to give some gold coins. The latter is not very heavy you will be in some cases short and therefore tempted to buy. The exorbitant price of the most tempting vehicles push you forward when out your credit card.
The downside can be happily and simply bypassed. Indeed, you need to be patient, make some modifications to your vehicle to keep your place on the podium and especially avoid accepting untimely procurement proposals offered by the game as soon as you get a nice amount of money
Is not the only negative we can add the disappointment of not finding that very few models. Only 70 cars in the game of brands (Ferrari, Porsche, Lamborghini, Mercedes-Benz, Bugatti and Audi) will be available, much of it at exorbitant prices.
IA side, Firemonkeys proposes a system called TSM is Time Shifted Multiplayer it is an “innovative” technique that clearly puts you face to “Ghosts” of friends and other players around the world. So your enemies will not see their behavior change depending on you but follow a “preset” with a friend or any golf player, which distorts the real challenge during the race. Fortunately a recent update lets you play against friends via GameCenter Live.
Finally, Real Racing 3 is not the big hit as expected but does not make it a failure. Despite its minor flaws this title is undoubtedly a reference type. With 900 events, 70 cars, stunning graphics and a very nice handling, it would be a crime to miss out on this excellent title especially at the price where it is.