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Need for Speed No Limits has Been Unveiled for iOS

Posted by Ellis Spice on November 24th, 2014
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EA and Firemonkeys have announced Need for Speed No Limits, the next mobile installment in the Need for Speed franchise.

Firemonkeys is known as the team behind Real Racing 3 and other mobile Need for Speed titles, with No Limits being built from the ground up in order to deliver the best performance and graphics as possible on the newest devices.

More details about Need for Speed No Limits are set to be announced by Firemonkeys in the following weeks and months.

Take Back the Night and Much More In Real Racing 3's Newest Update

Posted by Blake Grundman on May 29th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Racing after dark is nothing new for fans of the European Le Mans Series. The endurance competition's preeminent track, Circuit des 24 Heures du Mans, has been included in the most recent update for Real Racing 3, along with the ability to relive the sunset from behind the wheel.

Speaking of behind the wheel, there are a trio of new Le Mans vehicles being added into the game, including the Porsche 919 Hybrid. Plus, the aforementioned Porsche can be unlocked for free!

Last, but most certainly not least, the newest patch includes the ability to connect bluetooth controllers to your iOS devices and play split screen for up to four players. Fire up your engines, because the checkered flag is about to drop.

Real Racing 3 is available now as a Universal app for free.

EA Mobile and Firemonkeys Giving Away Free Gold in Real Racing 3 in Preparation for Big Update

Posted by Carter Dotson on May 15th, 2014
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EA Mobile and Firemonkeys are saying "Something big is coming for Real Racing 3," and apparently it's so big that they want to make sure people are prepared by giving them 10 free gold, worth $1.99. Just visit this site from your iOS device, and it will open the App Store to give you a promo code for your free gold. This is one of the first uses of promo codes for in-app purchases, which typically have been for obtaining paid apps.

No further details are available on just what said "big thing" is that would make this gold necessary, though.

Give Your Cars New Rims, Paint, Vinyl, and More with the New Real Racing 3 Version 1.2.0 Update

Posted by Stephen Hall on March 12th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Real Racing 3, known as that racing game from EA with breathtaking graphics, has received an update featuring a massive number of new car customization features. After you've used these new features to tweak your ride's height, its rims, and you've given your car one of a multitude of new vinyls, the update also lets you share your creation with friends using a new "Photo Mode" - allowing you to stop the action mid-race and capture a beautiful shot of your car.

Other new features in this version 2.1.0 update include new cars - Aston Martin’s DB9, Vanquish and V12 Vantage S - to add to your Real Racing experience, support for your favorite MFi iOS 7 controller, "Gold Achievements," and a "New All Star Vendetta Series."

You can get Real Racing 3 - and all the beautiful car tweaking features available in this update - on the App Store for free.

Real Racing 3 Gets Yet Another Big Update - This Time it's Adding... Real Time Multiplayer?

Posted by Rob Rich on December 18th, 2013
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Well now, this is awkward. It would seem as though Real Racing 3's Time-Shifted Multiplayer is no longer the only way to compete against your friends. In this latest update, Firemonkeys has added the (apparently much-requested) ability for players to race against each other in real-time. Everything old is new again, huh?

It's not just about putting the real-time back in Real Racing, though. Two new Supercars - the Lamborghini Veneno and the McLaren P1 - are joining the roster as well, along with the new Vertex event series, and a special holiday paint job for your Ford Focus RS. This timely and festive new update is available now.

Real Racing 3 Drives in the Enzo Ferrari in the Latest Update, Adds Over 100 New Events and Race Replay Capabilities

Posted by Andrew Stevens on November 22nd, 2013
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Real Racing 3 makes all Ferrari fans happy once again as it receives new vehicles from the popular car manufacturer. The update adds the Enzo, 458 Spider, and 599 GTO Ferraris along with weekly time trial tournaments and 4 New event series that hold over 100 new events within. The update also adds race replays that let users view the entire race with a full cinematic camera. Talk about a great time to add that feature with the three new Ferraris in town!

Real Racing 3 Got a Beautiful New Update, Adds Ferrari's To The List of Cars Players Can Drive

Posted by Andrew Stevens on October 17th, 2013
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Oh, yeah! Real Racing 3 just got real beautiful by adding gorgeous new Ferrari vehicles to the game. The latest update brings the Ferrari FF, 458 Italia, and the F12 Berlinetta. Do I really need to say anything more? It's time to drive Ferraris!

Ok, fine, the update also added Spain's Circuit de Catalunya track to the game and the ability to hire crew members to earn Real Racing money. Those are pretty noteworthy things, but still not as cool as FERRARIS!!!

Time to race!

GT Racing 2 Races Against Real Racing 3 in a Battle of Tracks, Cars, and More

Posted by Andrew Stevens on September 24th, 2013

GT Racing 2 is on its way and Gameloft wants to make sure we have all the right stats to help us get even more excited for the game. Driving head-to-head against Real Racing 3, check out some of GT Racing 2's numbers in comparison:

GT Racing 2 has 67 cars at launch and a total of 35 manufacturers while Real Racing 3 has 67 cars after 3 updates and only 16 manufacturers. GT Racing 2 features 13 tracks compared to Real Racing 3's 10 tracks. Also, for those who like a little more change in the weather, GT Racing 2 has day, night, twilight, and rain, while Real Racing 3 only has day and twilight.

I look forward to learning more and actually getting my hands on with GT Racing 2. We'll wait to see how well it handles on those 13 tracks before getting any more excited.

Real Racing 3 Update Drives In Seven Generations Of The Porsche 911

Posted by Andrew Stevens on September 5th, 2013
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Porsches are such beautiful cars, and now we can all enjoy seven generations of the Porsche 911 in the latest Real Racing 3 update. This includes the 911 Carrera RS 2.7 (1972), the 911 GT2 (2003), and the brand new 911 RSR. The update also comes with a new Porsche-themed series to race in that's all about the 50 years of the 911 Series.

Check out the beautiful Porsche-filled trailer below! I love Porsches!

Real Racing 3 Shifts Into Dubai, Adds Lexus and Dodge Cars

Posted by Andrew Stevens on May 30th, 2013
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Real Racing 3, in the latest update, speeds onto the challenging Dubai Autodrome. The new Dubai track has 6 different layouts with day and twilight racing for you to navigate. There are also new vehicles available as Lexus has brought its Lexus IS-F and Lexus LFA to the game, while Dodge adds the Dodge Charger RT and Dodge Charger SRT8.

Now, go dominate the new track, and check out the 50 new events while you're at it!

Real Racing 3 To Speed Through Dubai In Coming Update

Posted by Andrew Stevens on May 28th, 2013
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Pocket Gamer reports that the Real Racing 3 will receive its second content update soon, The Dubai Update. According to the Real Racing Facebook page, the update will feature twilight racing at the Dubai Autodrome, along with new cars and events. Check out the short trailer below to get a quick glance at what's soon to come.

Real Racing 3 Chevrolet Update Is Out Now

Posted by Andrew Stevens on April 11th, 2013
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

It's time to grab the Camero ZL1 or Cobalt SS because the Real Racing 3 Chevrolet Update is live in the App Store. A new event type, Hunter mode, is also available, allowing players to pursue and overtake the hunted car within a single lap. There are also over 100 new events to partake in as well.

Real Racing 3 Recap and a Contest with Prizes!

Posted by Rob Rich on March 1st, 2013
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Wow, what a month it’s been for racing fans. Specifically Real Racing fans! You might recall how we kicked things off with our three-part series documenting the history of the Real Racing series, Firemint’s (now Firemonkeys’) approach to designing the first two games, and a peek at Real Racing 3’s Time Shifted Multiplayer that everyone’s been talking about. If you don’t recall you should give them a read. You know, for science or something. Not because I wrote them and am proud of my work or anything.

Of course that was just the beginning. There was also our look at Real Racing 3’s first true hands-on demo. And of course that whole free-to-play business that turned into something of a debacle. Let’s not forget the seething jealousy that was undoubtedly felt when we all found out both New Zealand and Australia were getting the game a couple weeks earlier than the rest of the world!

Before we knew it, Real Racing 3 was only a week away. Our lord and master, Jeff Scott, really dug into the mathematics at play and analyzed the in-game economic structure, for better or for worse. Blake Grundman followed with a look at the top 5 drool-inducing rides players can get their hands on (thus far), and soon after that Carter Dotson stepped up with a look at the 5 most alluring real-world racetracks on offer. Finally, the week was capped off with Carter’s in-depth look at Time Shifted Multiplayer while Jeff hopped back in the driver’s seat (sorry, I’m only human) one last time to bestow his Real Racing wisdom with an impressive number of tips and tricks. We also reviewed it, of course.


Get Racing - we've got prizes!

Since it’s been something of a non-stop Real Racing 3 party here at 148Apps we wanted to draw things to a close with a bit of style. Which is why we’re going to capitalize on all the spirit of Time Shifted competition and challenge you, our readers, to a race. Specifically the Pure Stock Challenge, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Nissan Silvia (S15) Showcase Cup race pictured above. I think I’ve typed that out correctly. Why this event? Because it requires one of the first cars new players will have access to and doesn’t allow for any other; providing as even and easily accessible a playing field as we could find.

All you have to do is drive your heart out. Snap a screen shot (hit the Power and Home buttons on your iOS device at the same time) of your best time and post it in the comments below along with your Game Center username. We’ll pick random winners from all of the entries and post the results here on Monday (3/4) afternoon.

The prizes? We'll give away three $10 iTunes gift cards to spend how you see fit. Although in the spirit of the contest we’d suggest something like, oh, maybe the Race Car Booster Pack that includes 65 gold and a 2010 Dodge Viper SRT10 ACR-X?

Update: We'll contact our three winners via email. Thanks for playing and look for more Real Racing 3 contests coming up soon.

Real Racing 3 - Tips, Tricks, and Cheats or at Least Dirty Tricks

Posted by Jeff Scott on February 28th, 2013

Now that Real Racing 3 is out, we are going to give you some tips to get the best times and have the most fun with Real Racing 3. All of that with an eye toward how you can minimize any real money investment in the game.

Real Racing is the most beautiful racer on any mobile platform, and it's free, so there is no reason not to try it. I've played Real Racing 3 for around 30 hours total now, let me give some tips on how to get the farthest possible in the shortest amount of time and without paying a thing.


Racing Tips

Manual brakes = faster times. The main tip I can give is one that I still haven't mastered completely myself, turn the braking assist to low or even better off. Of the three assists in the game it makes the most difference in your racing times/speed. When the computer does all of the braking for you, it does so very conservatively. If you can at least turn braking to low, it will greatly decrease your times. One thing to remember, you can change this in-race, at any time. Hit the pause button and you can then get to the settings in the lower left of the screen. (See more dirty tricks below)

Get inside, quickly! You start in last place in every single race. Seems unfair, but get used to it. You can usually jump up at least half way up the standings in the first couple turns with smart maneuvering. The key here is to not follow the car in front of you. If you do that you can only go as fast as they are going, and the car in front of them, etc. Pick your own path, preferably on the inside of the turn, and zoom past the other cars as they all line up and then slow down when the car in front of them does. It's best to not follow another car at any other time if at all possible, you get no advantage from drafting and will be more likely that you will need to slow down to avoid hitting the car you are following.

Build your stable of cars, smartly. You will need a single car that is one of the 3-4 for each circuit to race in that circuit. But you will need all of the cars in the circuit to complete it 100% as there will be races that require each car in the circuit. You should also note that most cars you purchase will be able to race in more than one circuit -- just check out the list on the main page to see the circuits you have access to.

All You Need To Know About Real Racing 3 Time Shifted Multiplayer

Posted by Carter Dotson on February 28th, 2013

Real Racing 3's standout feature just might be Time Shifted Multiplayer. This feature takes the performance of actual players, and makes them the racers that you then compete against. There are no fake computer opponents; every event is a race against actual people (though not their exact performance, per se, because it is possible to interact with the cars). Still, the whole game is one entire multiplayer race, and every event presents an opportunity to not just get first place, but to beat the actual times of real people, including friends' times. It's extremely satisfying.

However, this feature can be confusing when trying out the game for the first time. When you see that you're racing some random schmucks and not your friends, you might wonder. To alleviate any potential confusion, then, here are the answers to some frequently asked questions about Time Shifted Multiplayer.

How do I race my friends?

You just need to add them to your friends list on either Game Center or Facebook. As they download and play the game, they will be added to your friends list and they will start to populate the race grids. There's nothing you necessarily need to do manually to be racing friends--the game handles it all automatically. And it's not just ghost performances that you race against: in time trial and top speed events, their ranks are what you need to top.

So what's that invite button on the left sidebar for?

It's meant to invite friends who aren't on Game Center or that you haven't added yet to join your friends list, or to invite existing Facebook friends to download the game. There's no need to do anything to add your existing friends who play the game to your in-game player list, the game will add them automatically.

Why am I racing all these people who aren't my friends?

Well, that's for two reasons: one, if you don't have enough friends to fill out a race grid then it will use other people from the internet. Two, the game will try to provide a fair challenge when trying to earn trophies. If friends fit that bill, they will be your competitors in that race. This is meant to provide a sense of balance, as if you just had friends who were really good, then it would be impossible to get the top-3 finishes necessary for trophies. Conversely, if you outclass your friends, then it would be way too easy to succeed.

So how do I actually race my friends?

Get a gold medal on a track, and the game will focus on making you race friends, especially ones with better times than you, in order for you to try and beat their times.

Is there any benefit to adding friends to race against?

Well, there's certainly pride: seeing the name and avatar of a friend disappear in your rear view mirror is plenty satisfying. Plus, they get a push notification saying that you've bested them. It's more of a push humiliation, really. However, as a more tangible benefit, the game also grants cash bonuses for beating the top times of your friends.

Have any more questions about Time Shifted Multiplayer? Ask us in the comments below!