Real Racing 3 Finally Lands In The U.S. App Store With Mind-Blowing Graphics

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It’s here, and it’s beautiful.

After saying that the highly anticipated racing game would launch in 2012, EA and Firemonkeys have finally released Real Racing 3 in the U.S. App Store. The Real Racing franchise has been a staple part of the App Store since 2009, and the third installment was demoed onstage at Apple’s iPhone 5 event last September.

Real Racing 3 is perhaps the most visually stunning iOS game ever, and it’s free to download. However, there is one catch…

Firemonkeys has implemented a ‘freemium’ business model in the game that thrives off in-app purchases. This means that the 700 MB app is technically free to download, but that doesn’t mean you won’t be spending money once you start playing. Every time you wreck your car, you have to pay to get it fixed with either game currency or real cash. If you don’t want to drop dollars, then Real Racing 3 makes you wait for your car to magically repair itself. That means you can’t play the game until the timer is up. A push notification will be sent to your device telling you when you’re able to race again.

If you want to avoid spending exorbitant amounts of dough in this game, then Touch Arcade has a great guide for you. These gameplay limitations are bound to piss a lot of fans off.

Real Racing 3 Finally Lands In The U.S. App Store With Mind-Blowing Graphics

While the wait-to-play aspect of the game is an obvious negative, Real Racing 3 still has a lot of great stuff that makes it worth checking out. A new “Time Shifted” multiplayer allows you to race against your friends even if you’re not playing the game at the exact same time. The racecourses are all based on real locations around the world, and each race features 22 beautifully rendered cars. You have the ability to drive 45 different cars, from Dodge to Bugatti. There are over 900 events to play.

The real selling point of Real Racing 3 is the graphics. We’re talking console-level quality here. It’s amazing to see how far the iOS platform has come.

  • MrBilly

    Real Racing 3… It’s Real, and it’s Spectacular.

  • Mads Teland

    Yeah, but the graphics is not mind blowing like consoles or computer or mobile and it’s ok :)

  • MrBilly

    Personally I really like the game, but HATE the business model.

    For crying out loud, just tell me how much the game costs, I’ll give you my money. End of transaction. You have my cash. I have a fully unlocked game to enjoy without having to reach in my pockets every five minutes or wait while my car gets repaired. When I have a few minutes, I just want to get in the car and race without all of the hoops to jump through.

    I don’t expect to get anything for free. I am perfectly fine paying for the game. This business model sucks the fun right out of a very good game for me. I’ll likely be playing Real Racing 2 more for this very reason.

  • robraden

    WOW. Those in app purchases cost $5, $10, even $20.

  • joewaylo

    They also have their first three reviews. Two of them saying EA ruined it.
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    As far as in-app, how many gold coins do you get for $2.60 USD?

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