Real Racing 3 Review

If the Samsung Galaxy S IV is the most anticipated Android smartphone of the year, Real Racing 3 must be its equivalent in the gaming world. Well, at least when it comes to racing games where Real Racing 2 has set up the bar high for a more realistic driving experience. Real Racing 3 has now arrived on Android, the iPhone and iPad, and takes that to a new level with extremely polished graphics of 48 available cars including exotics like Bugatti and a wealth of real-life tracks selected carefully and in great taste.

It is a game that is not afraid to serve you a repair bill after you finish racing. Nor is it afraid to ask you to service your car and put some oil in.

And while all of that sounds great and engaging (your car becomes like a little tamagotchi you look after), it comes with one big caveat. Time and money.

Freemium at its worst

Thing is Real Racing 3 costs nothing to download and play. Start to play, though, and you’d see that it is not just like any other freemium game. The developers from EA/Firemonkeys have ingrained the freemium deep into its DNA, making it almost impossible for serious gamers to avoid it.

Here is an example. Say, you have raced a couple of tracks and you notice your car requires oil change. You choose to add new oil, and the game serves you a warning that it would take around 5 to 10 minutes. Annoying, but not all that much. Go through a couple of more tracks, and you’d need to further service your ride. The waiting time can jump to half an hour or more easily.

Speeding it up is done with the hard-to-obtain in the game gold coins.. or with real life money. You don’t want to give this game to your impatient kids who can quickly run up significant sums. Buying new cars is an equally expensive experience. It is an annoyance, especially for hardcore gamers that like to get lost for hours in front of the screen.

Freemium is a double-edged sword, though. For casual gamers that would just quickly race a few tracks without any colossal ambitions, the zero dollar price might work perfectly.


The gameplay itself is hugely addictive, and once again, the graphics are amazing. This is console-grade experience on a mobile device. Real Racing 3 has different racing modes that come in a varied sequence so you never get bored. You also play against real opponents, or rather their achieved times (which are strangely fairly easy to beat), and that only adds to the thrill.

For beginners, you can race with assistance - break assistance especially, but if you want higher speeds, manual control of the car and ultimately more adrenaline, you should switch all of that off.

With a wealth of cars, brilliant tracks, an engaging gameplay that will have you caring about your virtual ride, Real Racing 3 is an addictive racing game that easily ranks among the finest we’ve played. However it is also a demonstration of freemium at its worst - it feels like a greedy a money-draining creation. It is rare that we love and hate a game at the same time, but if there is one, it must be Real Racing 3.

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28. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

Alright, I've just bought my second car, and now there's no waiting issue any more.. you can just switch cars; while one is repairing, you race with the other. I love how they made car damage.. when you wreck a car bad enough and then just take it into a 3D spin instead of repairing it, you can virtually see under the hood, and every component of the engine department. Amazing dedication to detail! Overall, I'd give this game an 8 on my S3. With better IAP implementation, proper multiplayer, and replay option, it would be a masterpiece

26. ChafedBanana

Posts: 409; Member since: Sep 20, 2011

If you're serious about racing games, you play Forza Motorsports 4 and nothing else. If anyone wants to play a real racing game, my gamer tag is Chafed Banana.

25. yyuu1000

Posts: 260; Member since: Jul 26, 2012

works with nexus 4 and 7

18. Oneiric

Posts: 5; Member since: Mar 01, 2013

Cant work on tegra 3 One x

17. yyuu1000

Posts: 260; Member since: Jul 26, 2012

i would get the need for speed most wanted it has better graphics and it is cheaper for full version but RR3 is a very good game

19. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

Better graphics? You obviously don't know a thing about graphics. NFS is a pure arcade, whereas this is a full blown driving simulation with much more polygons on cars and tracks, and multiple views.

24. yyuu1000

Posts: 260; Member since: Jul 26, 2012

did you try need for speed most wanted?

27. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

I have :)

16. papss unregistered

I have played this on my Ipad 4 and it's truly an amazing looking and fast on it.

14. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

Ive only done the initial race so far but the game plays very well and the graphics are very nice. I am not a fan of Freemium models, but I will give anything a try a few times. We'll see how good this one is. Btw Need For Speed Most Wanted on phones is made by the same developer, and that game was awesome, but even though you bought the game, it still has "Freemium" qualities to it, specifically how some cars in the game cost so much, and upgrades on the cars are just per race so you constantly have to pay more ot upgrade them, so let's not bash this one too much over it when a game you had to PAY FOR had the same thing.

11. nikenturd unregistered

Well, too bad this racing game franchise got greedy and decided to suck thair faithful customers dry....downloaded it yesterday and it is both sloppy on my Note 2 and Nexus 4.

10. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

I hate freemium,charge me 3.99 once off for a paid game,don't charge me 1.99 ten times to progress in a freemiun game

15. Zero0

Posts: 592; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

I agree. It's just aggravating. Take my money now, and don't charge me on a per-use basis. Who has two thumbs and won't be playing Real Racing 3? This guy right here.

6. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

Oh, now I see It's a S3 mini! Damn, that is ridiculous

20. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

I mean, ridiculously ironic that It's supported for the mini and not for the big galaxy S3, which also has the same basic GPU

23. ojdidit84

Posts: 462; Member since: Jul 16, 2011

It's the same for the DNA. Phones that have been out for a while with big screens, high resolutions, and the newest capable hardware aren't supported where older phones like the Rezound, EVO 3D and even the Photon are supported. This is the norm with EA. They might give you some good graphics but you can't expect much beyond that.

5. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

Is that the snapdragon version of the S3? Not compatible with mine! (Exynos). Btw, I'm really disappointed that they messed up the game like that.. the extra cost should be a few dollars to get rid of the waiting times PERMANENTLY! Greedy pricks

4. imkyle

Posts: 1117; Member since: Nov 18, 2010

It's boring. I'd rather par for Need For Speed and enjoy the graphics. Plus Asphault 8 is coming up soon.

21. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

Have you played real racing 2? Or any serious racing game, in your time? You must be a little kid, for comparing Asphalt with this

30. wholsum_handsum

Posts: 1; Member since: Apr 03, 2014

You don't compare street racing with track racing, YOU JUST DON'T !!!

29. Mazdajdavis

Posts: 3; Member since: Jun 10, 2012

Asphalt 8 is no good. It dosent even look as good. Much more cartoonish , plus oh my good the controls after playing Real racing 3 it feels like it drives itself you just suggest a direction & it does it's thing. There really not the same type of game so really can't be compared it's Apples to oranges. But I like apples(RR3) better.

3. valapsp

Posts: 565; Member since: Aug 12, 2011

The Android link does not work.

13. valapsp

Posts: 565; Member since: Aug 12, 2011

2. sagemda

Posts: 34; Member since: Dec 20, 2012

laggy on s3 lol....

7. Cesar

Posts: 140; Member since: Aug 16, 2012

that's is the Samsung Galaxy S 3 Mini my friend

8. Lifengineer

Posts: 44; Member since: Dec 15, 2011

Put on your headset or at least watch the video! It's samsung express and not S3!

9. mukmin01

Posts: 4; Member since: Feb 28, 2013

front facing camera for s3 is on the right

12. TA-21

Posts: 20; Member since: Oct 22, 2012

Oh god amazing graphic, just use with a 1080p display to know quality of this game enjoying Real Racing 3 on HTC DROID DNA.

1. easymomo

Posts: 91; Member since: Jul 04, 2012

The Pay to Win existed in some games but now we have a new system: Pay to Play. Each and everyday you want to play this free game, you will have to pay. Try Frontline Commando or other Glu Mobile games, it's the same system.

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