The Good Real Racing 3 improves upon a great racing-game franchise, with beautiful graphics, lifelike physics, upgradable cars, and real-world tracks.
The Bad The freemium model prevents you from racing while your car is upgraded or going through maintenance.
The Bottom Line Even with the freemium model, Real Racing 3 still holds the crown as best racing game on a touch screen.
Racing at its finest, but with freemium hitch
Real Racing 3 (iOS | Android) is the best in the popular auto racing series so far, with real-world cars, tight controls, and amazing graphics, but some people still may be turned off by the game's somewhat intrusive freemium model. In fact, this game would have been a CNET Editors' Choice if EA had stuck with the one-time purchase model of the first two games in the series.
Real Racing 3 delivers the most realistic racing experience available on a touch-screen device. Everything from the car models and textures to the lifelike physics as you speed around real-world tracks fully immerses you in the racing experience. You have a number of different control options, including tilting your device to steer or using an onscreen steering wheel.
There are also Driver Assists that help you with steering, traction, and braking into turns if you're worried about the difficulty of the game early on. But as you get used to speeding around the track, you can turn off the assists and rely on your own driving skill.