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All of the Real Racing Games on Sale, Drive as Crazily as You Want for Less Money

The sheer sound of the name Real Racing gets me creating all types of images and words in my mind: awesome, realistic, graphically ground-breaking… the list can go on and on and on.

And if you haven’t been a part of this ground-breaking experience yet, Firemint has made it a little less of a pop to your wallet by putting its Real Racing games on a sale of up to 80%.

The original Real Racing is $0.99, the HD version is $1.99; Real Racing 2 is put at $4.99, and Real Racing 2 HD at $5.99.  In my personal opinion, if you have an iPad, I suggest just picking up Real Racing 2 HD, as it’s one of the most technologically-advanced game out so far, along with the fact that it will support the mirror display feature once iOS 5 is released.

And if you own an iPhone, you really cannot go wrong with Real Racing 2, although the original Real Racing is still quite a steal at $0.99.

And if you’re still not convinced, be sure to check out our reviews on the Real Racing titles.

 

Updates: ‘Angry Birds Seasons’, ‘Real Racing 2’, and More

Weekdays are usually when updates start to trickle out, and I was thoroughly surprised when I checked what updates were available.

For starters, Angry Birds Seasons has been updated with 15 Valentine’s Day levels, new achievements, golden eggs (assumption from the little puzzle in the update list), and 3 secret levels.  And if you haven’t picked up Angry Birds Seasons yet, it’s definitely one that seems to be a nice investment for only $0.99.  This is the second update following the initial Christmas release, and with Easter coming up, I doubt Rovio Mobile is done updating.

As for Angry Birds, it’s been also updated with 15 brand new levels along with a new golden egg, more adventures in the Frontier Badlands, and a hidden clue found in the Angry Birds Rio Super Bowl commercial (now that’s a mouthful).

Real Racing 2 has also released a significant update with six new events, a tweaked Control E layout, multiplayer improvements including a change in rankings and multiplayer matchups, and other minor fixes and improvements.  And if you haven’t bought this racing game yet, it’s on sale for $4.99 until February 14th; I suggest you go on down and purchase before the sale ends.

And last but not least, Dungeon Defenders has been updated to include a new campaign mode and challenge, Hall of Heroes PvP competitive arena, Tavern Shop system, and in-app purchasing of Bank Mana.

These latest updates improve upon already great games, and if you haven’t picked up any one of them yet—again—I suggest you to do so in the sincerest way possible.

‘Real Racing’ Titles On Sale

Firemint has put its flagship racing titles on sale, with Real Racing 2 leading the list at only $4.99.  Real Racing 1 is on sale for $1.99, while Real Racing HD is $4.99.

While all are very good games, I can’t help but suggest Real Racing 2 over any of the other ones.  It contains real, licensed cars, GameCenter achievements, and online multiplayer.  The graphics are by and far superb compared to its predecessor, and it’s a complete racing experience that just cannot be duplicated.  Real Racing 1 is a solid game as well, and for only $1.99—even though it’s over a year old now—is a great steal.

The sale will run until February 14th, so I suggest you get buying before it ends.

Real Racing 2 Review: Quality at its Finest

People who have already played Real Racing 2 will probably be reading this review to see what score I gave it; if it’s lower than a Must Have, then I’ll probably receive mountains upon mountains of complaints such as “this reviewer sucks” and “this review is absolutely horrible”.

And good news for all of you just waiting to pounce on me, you don’t have to.

Real Racing 2 is quite frankly one of the best racing games I have played on the App Store.  Being quite a Gran Turismo and Pro Gotham Racing fan for consoles, I’ve always played the racing genre on the App Store to see if, one day, the quality would soon be up to par with some of the best PSP racing games.

And sure enough, here we are nearing the end of 2010 and almost two and a half years after the launch of the App Store, we have a PSP-quality racing game.

Don’t get me wrong, there are some flaws in Real Racing 2.  It’s by no means perfect and leaves enough room for their to be a third Real Racing, etc.  But honestly, looking at the level of quality and production values, this is one of the most complete games on the App Store.  I believe I said that (or just thought it in my mind) when the first one was released, and they’ve taken that completeness and completely rebirthed that ideology.

This is one game, folks, that you definitely don’t want to miss.

Likes

Graphics: Wow, how fast does time really go?  I played the original Real Racing a few days ago and thought to myself, “Wow, these graphics suck.”  No seriously, I did.  And I’m pretty positive that everyone of you—including me—that have played Real Racing when it was first released thought they were the best graphics ever.  I remember being mesmerized by the fact that there was a sun in the sky following your car, shining so brightly that it actually hurt your eyes.  Hurt your eyes, imagine that!  But fast-forward to present day and you see games with graphics like Aralon or Infinity Blade; my eyes are just completely spoiled now.  With that all said, Firemint did a terrific job of updating the graphics for Real Racing, and I honestly don’t know how it happened or when this transition from Real Racing looked amazing to Real Racing looks sucky happened (talking about the first one here, folks).  But wow.  I’m impressed.

Content: I’ve been playing for three and a half hours, according to the game clock, and I’ve finished 50% of the game.  And for all you math majors out there, that equates to around seven hours of gameplay.  And if that still has you questioning the amount of content, think of having to buy every car, get some achievements, and playing online multiplayer to increase even more your playtime.  It should be somewhere around ten hours before you’re completely finished with the game.

Options: You really can’t complain about anything when it comes to lack of features or having something wrong with the controls.  Like the first one, Real Racing 2 contains seven control options, sensitivity options, and brake assist options (i.e. 0 is no brake assist, 10 is basically the game drives for you).  There’s on or off vibration, anti-skid on or off, steering assist on or off… the options are countless.  I guess this like also falls under the category of controls, and heck, I can’t complain.

GameCenter: We here at NoDPad have fallen in love with GameCenter.  It’s fun, and while not perfect, it certainly does centralize a lot of our achievements into one place.  Real Racing 2 contains GameCenter leaderboards, achievements, and online multiplayer; you literally can’t expect more.

User interface: The first one didn’t have a horrible UI, but the one here feels much more professional and Need for Speed/EA-like.  That may not sound like a good thing—that a small company is going corporate-ish—but I would say it is when referring to the user interface.  It looks professional, fresh, and very clean.

Dislikes

Repetitive: Racing at its finest is actually quite boring when put into game form.  I can’t play this for more than 30 minutes at a time, mostly because of the repetitive nature of the game.  Race this track, race that track… the racing never really ends.

Balancing issues: I thought the beginning was a bit confusing, as I beat all the races that were in the start of the career mode only to have to re-race a track to earn enough money to buy another car.  I also think that it’s a bit unnecessary to have different speeds and engines for different races, as you should be able to race whatever you want as long as you have enough money and worked hard enough to gain that money.  I can see why they did it: for a fair racing experience and such, but I think you should be allowed to race any type of car on any career event.

Along with that, the difficulty balancing is a bit off.  The easy is way too easy, but the medium is too challenging (for me, personally).  On my first race I received 9th place (note I didn’t know what I was doing), but when changing my difficulty to easy, I received first place with 20 or so seconds to spare.  Maybe it was just that one instance or maybe I’ve improved drastically, but there does seem to be an unbalanced gap.

Real Racing 2 is basically what you thought it was.  It’s awesome, the graphics are great, and the gameplay isn’t too shabby.  Sure, there’s room for improvement.  And if you didn’t like the first one, you definitely won’t like this.  But honestly, compared to the competition, you really can’t ask for more.

Real Racing 2 was developed by Firemint, and I played through version 1.01 on my iPhone 4.  The price is $9.99.


Real Racing 2 Coming Next Thursday, 16-Player Online Multiplayer Included

Firemint is going all out with the upcoming Real Racing 2 release in just a few-days wait. Besides the 16-player online mode, The game will feature real car licenses of 30 vehicles and not just generated models this time around. Firemint also promises a career mode with over 10 hours of gameplay along with 15 locations to race in.

In-game currency will be earned to purchase new vehicles and upgrades. Vehicle damages will also be visible after crashes and the game will feature five camera angles along with replays.

Real Racing and Real Racing HD have also recently been given an update in the form of a four-player multiplayer mode already available on iPad and in the approval process at Apple for the other iDevides that should tide over some gamers who can’t wait till Thursday. The first title has been hailed as a gamer’s racing game and one of the show-off app for the iPad when it was first released along with Firemint’s other hit, Flight Control HD. Although Firemint promises Real Racing 2 to have 16 cars smashing into each other online the game will only support an eight-person local multiplayer mode.

The price for Real Racing 2 has been announced for all App Store regions and it will be $9.99 in the U.S., £5.99 in the UK, €7.99 in continental Europe, $12.99 in Australia, and ¥900 in Japan. The title will support GameCenter and Cloudcell integration.

For more screenshots, be sure to check out their website.