The next addition to the Real Racing series, Real Racing Next, has just been announced by EA’s Firemonkey Studios. As the test version of the game is now available on Android in Canada and Australia, I downloaded it right away and have been playing it for over a day now. So obviously, it’s time for the first impressions of Real Racing Next. Before moving forward, I want to make it clear that the game is in the early stages of development and everything mentioned here is subject to change.
Real Racing Next is the next addition to the popular Real Racing mobile game racing series. The developers of the title claim that it will revolutionize mobile racing games. It will be a free title with optional in-app purchases and will be released on Android and iOS platforms in the future.
In Real Racing Next, you can choose any available car and drive it on one of the four tracks available at that time. These four tracks keep changing every few minutes, which means that sometimes you will find yourself running on the Circuit of the Americas, while next time you might be running on Lime Rock Park. Each track also has a different type of race going on, like sprints, a cup, or even a duel.
In Real Racing Next, you get slowdowns for tight turns, and players can also check their fastest lap times and sector times on the end screen. Both of these features will be highly appreciated by die-hard racing game fans.
Real Racing Next is very realistic
I’m a big fan of motorsport, and Real Racing Next cheered me on from the first lap because he has a pretty precise physique. Yes, sometimes the car reacts a bit too much, and you might feel like you’re playing Rally Rush, but other than that the appearance of the game is very realistic.
The progression has changed a bit compared to Real Racing 3. Now you unlock new cars based on a pack system. There is also a system of trophies; each race will earn you trophies which will help you move forward on the trophy route to unlock prizes. Completing races will also earn you Season Points, which will help you move up the Sponsor Pass ladder, unlocking more prizes. The sponsor pass offers both free and premium pass options.
I’m really not a fan of how this game was monetized. It kind of pushes you to do in-app purchases. However, the game doesn’t have an energy system (you don’t have to maintain the cars either), and I’m happy with this change as it lets you play as much as you want – but keep it in mind. Keep in mind that there is a limit of season points that you can earn during a given period.
Ultimately, Real Racing Next is a fantastic mobile game. Is this a revolution in the genre of mobile gaming? Definitely not! This is basically what we expect from Real Racing 4. Just a little upgrade, nothing fancy. But that being said, keep in mind that the game is a long way from its global launch, so that can all change.
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