Developers Firemint have skidded back into the extremely popular
racing market with their latest Real Racing game, Real Racing 2
HD which features improved graphics, slightly slicker gaming
mechanics and 16 cars on track at once.
However my favourite aspect of Real Racing 2 HD is of course the
licensed cars that include brands such as BMW, Lotus, Jaguar and
even Volvo. There are actually 30 licensed cars and compared to the
first Real Racing title, this game is far superior.
NEW IN v1.10: Full HD 1080p TV-out
and dual screen gaming support on iPad 2. Experience Real Racing
2 HD like never before in stunning, true 1080p while real-time
racing telemetry is displayed on iPad 2!
Expanded Career mode with 120 races
and new high-definition version of Castellona, available only on
iPad and iPad 2
Gorgeous, high-fidelity graphics on
iPad 2: full-screen anti-aliasing, building window reflections,
high-detail objects and surfaces and fully-modelled vehicle
iPad 2 gyroscope support for
exceptional steering and handling
Race against players using Real
Racing 2 and Real Racing 2 HD
Completely revamped controls and
user interface, tailor-made for the iPadís larger screen
Upload and download save games
between Real Racing 2 and Real Racing 2 HD
The gameplay on the iPad works well and there are a few different
control options, depending on your preferred method but for that
full experience, using the gyroscope (e.g. tilting your iPad) is
very responsive. Add in a variety of gaming modes such as 10 Hours
of Cup, Head to Head, Championship, Time Trial, Elimination and you
have everything you need to keep you quite busy.
The career mode in Real Racing 2 HD is exceptionally long and
definitely well worth to get lost in its complexity. Add in a
variety of courses and Real Racing 2 HD definitely gives the player
some good replay value when it comes to racing.
Another cool aspect of the title is the ability to play up to 16
players online which for me was where the fun was located. As
opposed to the sometimes stagnant AI, real-players give the iPad
owner a true challenge and is where I've spent many hours of my life
racing. Another highlight of the game are the glorious HD graphics.
Visuals in Real Racing 2 HD are sharper than the previous version
and contain some awesome car models that look quite realistic.
Backgrounds are equally as good as are the lighting effects. The
game is bordering on high-end console graphics. Sound effects are
decent and the soundtrack works, although it does sound a little
generic. I should also mention that this game supports 1080p output
so if you want to hook this up to your FULL HD TV, it is possible.
Firemint continue to be one of the leaders in iOS gaming apps and
Real Racing 2 HD is no exception to that rule. Although the solo
modes are fun, nothing is more enjoyable than pitting your skills
against real-world opponents as it turns the sometimes generic
racing into a virtual racing frenzy.