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Real Racing 2
A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Real Racing 2 is an incredibly realistic racing sim that features real car models and in-app purchases. The commercial quality of the real-world car manufacturers is not a particularly big deal as it adds to the game's realism, but players who want to upgrade can take a shortcut by buying in-game funds with real world money. Violence isn't an issue as all that happens if you drive into an opponent or the wall is the car slows down. There are no overly dramatic crashes here. The game offers multiplayer through Game Center, but the only personalized information offered is whatever nickname the player has chosen in that service.
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Is it any good?
Firemint set the bar for racing sims on iDevices -- and it has raised it considerably with REAL RACING 2. The game is the closest you'll get to a Forza title in the app store and is sure to overjoy racing fans. The car models are spectacular, the tracks are long and detailed, and (most importantly) the controls are seamless. That's key, as they're so often overly complicated in racers.
The in-app purchase option is annoying, but meant solely as a shortcut for people who don't want to wait to get a muscle car. It's hardly essential. And the multiplayer mode, through Game Center, works without a flaw. Bottom line: This is a game that redefines quality in the app racing genre.