I’m not a big gamer on the iPad or any platform, but for some reason I’m always drawn to racing games. I’ve tried out a handful on the iPad and Real Racing 2 HD has been a big favorite of mine. I’m not even any good at it, and I still find it an immensely cool game to play. It looks and plays fantastically well on the iPad, and is also very impressive over AirPlay Mirroring to an Apple TV.
So I’m pleased to see the guys at Firemonkeys have started a series of ‘Real Racing 3 Developer Diary’ videos – that offer a look behind the scenes at the development of the next generation of this superb game.
The first video in the series is out now and focuses on specific features and details of Real Racing 3.
Real Racing 3 lets gamers compete against friends and rival drivers from around the world. Fans can race on real world circuits with powerful dream cars from all-new manufacturers like Porsche, Audi, and Dodge. With the improvements achieved with Real Racing 2, the team aimed to raise the bar on expectations and continue to give their artists the ability to create the most realistic graphic effects on cars on an individual basis. Including realistic reflections, customizable cars and improved details down to glosses and finishes, Real Racing 3 delivers the unique experience of speeding in some of the best cars on world famous race tracks.
There’s no release date yet for Real Racing 3, but these videos should definitely whet the appetites of iPad racing game fans.
Race of Champions (ROC) Official Game is a moto racing game based on a real-life competition. The true Race of Champions, created in 1988, prides itself on being an international extreme race tournament which leaves motorists “free to battle, head-to-head, on the very same track in the very same car,” spectators watching every piece of the action in a large stadium surrounding the racetrack.
In order to get people excited about December’s upcoming Race of Champions in Dusseldorf, Germany, the company has created an iPad game that lets fans leave the stadium seats and get behind the wheel of this no-holds-barred racing competition.
Does it work? Not really.
Real Racing 2 HD – one of the very best racing games for the iPad – has had another update today, to Version 1.11.03.
Here’s the list of fixes and enhancements in this latest update:
* Optimized performance and fixed a visual issue relating to camera changes.
* Entering/exiting the lobby no longer resets track votes.
* Addressed a rare issue that resulted in erratic vehicle movement.
* Game server stability enhancements.
* New button to indicate the availability of In-App Purchase.
* Steering assist improvements.
* Various crash fixes.
This is another great example of a stellar app that is frequently updated. I’m running the latest iOS 5 beta on my iPad 2 and I gave this game a quick look on AirPlay Mirroring the other night – big, big fun.
Here’s an App Store link for Real Racing 2 HD; it’s currently priced at $6.99.
Real Racing 2 HD now lets you play in 1080p on an HD TV via mirroring from an iPad 2.
Using the phenomenal power of iPad 2, Real Racing 2 HD smoothly renders a stunning 1080p image to your TV while displaying your position, lap times and speed on its own screen. Seamless connectivity means you can disconnect and reconnect effortlessly without interrupting your gaming experience.
OK, we’ve known for a while now this was coming, but it is still tremendously cool to see it in action. The smooth handling of connecting and disconnecting sounds especially slick.
I just did the update to Real Racing 2 HD that enables this feature this morning, and had a quick look at the 1080p mirroring. It’s pretty much just as good as expected – at least from a quick initial look. I’ve only tried a quick race so far but I’m looking forward to some serious racing later on when I have some time.
Here’s the list of requirements for using this new feature of Real Racing 2 HD:
- iPad 2 with Real Racing 2 HD (version 1.10 or later) installed
- Apple digital AV adapter
- HDMI cable
- HDMI compatible display (example: HDTV capable of full 1080p)
And here’s an App Store link for Real Racing 2 HD; it’s priced at $9.99.
As Maverick said to Goose, or Goose said to Maverick, or some other dude with a goofy nickname said to some other … I feel the need, the need for speed. I spent $14.99 over the weekend on the new Need for Speed Shift for iPad.
I’m usually not much of a ‘gamer’ at all – on any platform – but I do have a little weakness for racing games. I already have RealRacing HD on the iPad, and like it. But … Need for Speed Shift is a whole different story. It is the most fun I’ve had with any racing game, and the most intense experience I’ve had on the iPad yet.