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Real Racing 2 HD Review: Live your Childhood Dream

It’s in the movies, it’s in common culture; it’s everywhere: every kid wants to become some sort of driver some day.

Kids and adults, especially males, love cars.  That’s just the way the world revolves, and for me personally, driving a Lamborghini of any kind or a Ferrari would be a dream come true.

And I’m that much closer to reaching my dream, thanks to the efforts of Firemint and Real Racing 2 HD.

Packed with all of the features included in the iPhone version, I wouldn’t say it’s too huge of a difference.  One feature that was just released—HDMI output to play on your TV—is one that I haven’t tried out due to the fact that I don’t have an HDMI cord, but it’s one of the extra features included in this fullscreen iPad version.

Other than that, if you already have the iPhone/iPod touch version, you’re buying into the enlarged and absolutely gorgeous visuals.  It feels like I’m actually driving a car when in the cockpit view, and honestly, this is the most realistic racing will every get on the iPad.

Am I exaggerating?  Sure.  But this is one heck of a game that if you missed it on the smaller devices, the iPad version is the way to go.  The quality is unrivaled, the content is plenty, and for $9.99, I doubt anyone will be disappointed.

Likes

Graphics: One thing that makes the iPad the iPad is its larger screen, which brings about some crazy visuals.  The immersive environment really brings you into the game much more than any iPhone ever will, and it feels a lot more freer and open than the iPhone version.  As a stand alone iPad app — without comparing it to the iPhone app — this is the best looking iPad app to date.  Firemint always does a great job on its visuals, and Real Racing 2 HD is no exception.

Content: Looking for an iPad game to last you a good 10-15 hours?  Well here you go.  Easily even 20 hours if you’re into the whole achievement collecting business.

Controls: Fully-customizable controls topped with the fact that there are more options than I can count makes for quite a racing game.  There aren’t many games that can boast so many different options, and what I like about Firemint’s games is that they cater to my tastes and my “habits”.  There is no other company in the App Store that puts this much attention to even the smallest details, and the fully-customizable controls is a large reason why I absolutely love this game.

Dislikes

iPhone owners beware: For me personally, having already played through the entire iPhone version of the game, playing through the entire campaign didn’t have much appeal.  I still did it for reviewing purposes, but hey, it wasn’t as exhilarating as the first time.  For $9.99, you’re basically buying into the larger screen experience and the immersive environment it brings.  For one, you are definitely not buying any new features or content.

Real Racing 2 HD is unrivaled in the App Store.  There are no racing games like it, and if you’re even remotely into driving, then Real Racing 2 HD is for you.  While people who have already bought the game on the iPhone will have a hard time finding much appeal in this, people who haven’t bought the game yet should definitely check it out on the iPad.  And hey, bigger is better, right?

Real Racing 2 HD was developed by Firemint, and I played through version 1.1 on my iPad 2.  The price is $9.99.




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