164008_largerCars! Real Racing 3 [Free] has them. And yesterday, even more were added to the simulation game via an update. Specifically, Bentley and Mercedes-Benz joined the line-up, introducing a couple of new "prestige" vehicles to try out. The update also added more than 180 events and a new event type, Time Trial. Haven't checked out Real Racing 3 in a bit? Maybe it's time to do so, eh? Cars! Tracks! Driving recklessly! I mean cleanly!

Oh! And here's something neat: with the update, you now get bonus Real Racing bucks when you "drive cleanly and fairly." Also, you're now awarded bonus funny money after your first race of the day. Apparently, this bonus goes up over the course of consecutive days played, which seems cool.

Real Racing 3 has been out for a bit, but it remains one of the better simulation racing games on the App Store. Love or hate the free-to-play scheme, this thing is pretty solid mechanically.

  • Rothgarr

    Love this game. I'm thrilled they are still pumping out updates.

  • Megagator

    Wow. Another IAP supported currency for time trial events. Remember when you could race any time you wanted, to win one virtual currency to buy better cars/upgrades? Every time I start playing RR3, I'm locked out in 10 minutes. Ugh.

    • Uncopyrightable

      That's for time trials, not ALL races, by the time I race down a line of events and get to the next time trial, they've refilled on their own. No probs here so far.

  • Rob Bates

    This avoided a lot of the IAP criticism by being pretty lenient on earning money when it was released. However the recent updates have been terrible. The cost of repairs has increased to the point that it is very hard to make any money in the higher tier races. If you drive clean you don't have time to work your way through the pack in a few laps (you always start in the back), and if you drive aggressive enough to win you take so much damage that you spend all of your winning on repairs. On top of that, the AI basically ignores your existence and slam right into you or pushes you off the track. The game mechanics encourage clean driving, but the game play doesn't support it. Plus if you have your wifi on, the races are even more challenging, meaning that make even less money per race.

    I would usually just ignore a game with this type of broken gameplay, but this RR3 annoys me because otherwise, it has a ton of potential.

    • Jay G

      Uh oh, I think that "Guest" guy below is plagiarizing you!

    • bilboad

      Totally agree, especially your last sentence about how it's especially annoying because otherwise RR3 would be a great racing game. The whole repair timer thing is very annoying, and there seems to be other ways the game goes out of its way to try to maneuver you into making IAP purchases instead of just trying to be a fun game. I love driving games, and have bought a number of them for the Xbox, so I would have no problem spending $10 or $15 for a high quality racing game like this for my iPad, if I could just pay once and then have a game which actually felt like it was on my side and just wanted me to have fun.

      • Rob Bates

        I just played the latest update, and I must say that they have improved the repairing issue quite a bit. Now you always earn the full race amount, and the repair value is a bonus on top of that. It seems to be about a 25% bonus if you drive clean. The damage system seems the same behind the scene, but your car is auto repaired after each race with the cost deducted from your bonus. In the end, you earn money much faster now.

        Also, for better or worse, the new update is a lot easier then it was previously

      • bilboa

        Wow! You're certainly right about it being easier. I just retried one elimination event in which it was a big struggle for me to come in 2nd, and with the update I easily came in 1st and about 500+ yards ahead of 2nd place, and I wasn't even driving very well. I hope all the events aren't this dumbed down now. I liked that I usually had to learn each track pretty well in order to win before.

        They did fix one thing I found very annoying, which was having to individually choose each repair. I always wanted to perform all repairs, so I prefer the new behavior where it just deducts the repair cost from your winnings automatically. Also glad they added time trials.

      • bilboa

        On second thought I realized one justification for making the opponents easier. Previously the game pretty much required you to race dirty in order to win. Races are so short that given the previous opponent speeds, and the fact that you always start at the back of the grid, it was impossible to make it to the front within 2 or 3 laps while racing cleanly.

        I think the slower opponents go along with the new Clean Racing bonus. While it is now ridiculously easy to win if you race dirty, it's actually pretty hard to win if you try to not make contact with other cars or go off the track at all. Previously I think it would've been nearly impossible in most events.

  • Guest

    This avoided a lot of the IAP criticism by being pretty lenient on earning money when it was released. However the recent updates have been terrible. The cost of repairs has increased to the point that it is very hard to make any money in the higher tier races. If you drive clean you don't have time to work your way through the pack in a few laps (you always start in the back), and if you drive aggressive enough to win you take so much damage that you spend all of your winning on repairs. On top of that, the AI basically ignores your existence and slam right into you or pushes you off the track. The game mechanics encourage clean driving, but the game play doesn't support it. Plus if you have your wifi on, the races are even more challenging, meaning that make even less money per race.

    I would usually just ignore a game with this type of broken gameplay, but this RR3 annoys me because otherwise, it has a ton of potential.

  • Lamar Taylor

    I really enjoy this game and I'm glad it's still being supported by the developer with updates and more racing events. My biggest gripe is with charging coins for repairs. We buy these games to play...not sit around and wait for repairs and engine upgrades to be delivered.

  • Jake7905

    What a shame, there is clearly an amazing racing game here, but unfortunately the developers had to distort the mechanics of the game to fit a free-to-play model.

    Every update reminds me why I stopped playing.

  • Jesse7277

    This is a great game and being a father of 3 with not much time, the timers don't affect me. By the time I am able to play again my repairs are done. As far as the other IAPs' are concerned I just treat it like a racing MMO. As long as they keep bringing updates and fresh content I don't mind paying a little. Most racing games that I payed $60 I'm done with at this point. I've put nowhere near. $60 into this game and its just as fun. In my humble opinion of course.

  • Curtis Hamlett

    EYE can understand how so many users are put off by the premium game model. EYE believe it is because in this day of information technology, and this 'have-to-have-it-now' mentality, patience is no longer a commodity (but it is still a virtue). EYE race on!

  • marc0313

    I don't give a shit. I just hacked the game, but not buy everything or anything like that.

  • iValerio90

    F**K you. you and ur s*******g freemium game.
    p.s. f**k freemium f**k ea f**k firemonkeys f**k kabam f**k candy crush f**k gameloft and every freemium city builder/running game

  • hobnail

    Picked this up after a few weeks and decided to once again bash my head against the brick wall that is Melbourne...and won.

    While I'm glad to win more starting from the back the AI is terribad, it now drives like my Nan. A much better idea would have been to restore RR2's qualifying laps and to integrate them with the drive tokens to prevent save scumming.

    Also what was up with servicing? Day 1 of the update I was given near instant repairs but now it's uniformly 15 min+

    • bilboad

      Agreed on how easy the opponents are now. The only way I've seen to make the races still feel like a challenge is to try to win the races as cleanly as possible, i.e. without making contact with other cars or going off the track at all. The new Clean Racing bonuses encourage that too.
      Regarding servicing timers, since the app is free, the whole business model for this app is based convincing some percentage of users to buy tokens in the game. The way they've chosen to do that is by inserting timers in all sorts of places in the game which can be bypassed by using tokens. It simply wouldn't make business sense for them to remove the service timers, unless they switched to some other business model, like actually charging money for the game up front.

  • siryami220

    This game is proof that EA Games can take what should be a hardcore gaming experience and totally wreck it with asinine freemium bullcrap. This game is also why I don't support EA Games with downloads or dollars.

  • Nach0Libre

    The time trials are a great idea, but it really bugs me to see someone at the top of each leaderboard with a time of 000.001. It just ruins the point of competing on skill and effort. I wish EA would block absurd times or remove them from the leaderboards.

  • p1neapples

    Update is good for the tracks and cars, but like mentioned AI is horrible. More importantly is the REDUCTION in the amount of $$$ you get from winning a race. On average before the update I would earn approximately $900-$1000 for each minute of race time. This was something I was tracking to figure out the best races to play for $$$. Now it is well under $500 for each minute of race time. This will greatly increase the amount of time you will need to play the game to get to 100% without breaking your actual wallet out, which is why I'm sure it was done.
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