Real Racing 3 Hits App Store, Free To Download but will Cost a Fortune

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EA Games has finally launched the much-anticipated Real Racing 3 for iPad. It is better looking than its two predecessors and, at a download price of free, is potentially the most expensive game in the trilogy.

Real Racing revolutionized mobile gaming by being the first game in its class graphically. Not only was it beautiful to look at, it was also fun to play. The follow up, Real Racing 2, was just as fun and had even more improved graphics. Now that the new iPad has a Retina display screen and a processor that is at least twice as fast as the third-generation model, the game developers at EA have maxed out the tablets performance.

The game is a whopping 3GB in size; so make sure you have a lot of free space on your device. It is better to download it to your computer first and then sync it with the iPad from iTunes since downloads actually require a significantly larger amount of free space than the file itself.

According to Touch Arcade, the game is excellent and the graphics are “console quality.” The controls are customizable for tilt-based gaming, on screen buttons, or a little bit of both.

There is a multiplayer mode where players can compete against friends through Facebook using the ghost driver style of competition. Ghost driver competition is when one player drives a track and another player, at a later time, drives the same track against the recorded, or ghost, version of the first player.

The game is time-based, so you’ll be waiting between races to be able to play. This is where the money-sucking part of the game comes in. Players can either wait around for oil changes, tune-ups and performance upgrades, or spend real money to speed up time and race again.

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It’s not a surprise that EA Games has chosen to make Real Racing 3 a Freemium game. The company’s CFO, Blake Jorgensen told conference attendees last week [Via: GameInformer] at the Morgan Stanley Technology, Media, and Telecom Conference that EA Games plans to integrate “microtransactions” into all of its upcoming titles.

“We’re building into all of our games the ability to pay for things along the way, either to get to a higher level to buy a new character, to buy a truck, a gun, whatever it might be, and consumers are enjoying and embracing that way of the business,” Jorgensen said.

It may seem to some that EA Games is ruining the gaming community by nickel and diming them at every turn. However, the numbers don’t lie and the company has been extremely successful at turning a profit on those willing to spend the money in-game as long as it means downloading it for free.

Real Racing 3 is free to download and available now in the App Store.

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  • lucascott

    This is the way IAP in games should be used. You can fully play the game without them but if you want to speed it up, jazz it up, you pay

    Unlike some games where you get maybe 5 turns and then you have to pay to do anything. THAT is not cool

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