Real Racing 3 finally arrives in the US App Store with fremium model and lots of in-app purchase options

Its been a long wait for whatever reason but from today, Real Racing 3 has finally shown up in the US App Store. Real Racing 3 was released to other countries over a week ago but for for some strange reason it never showed up in the US App Store. That has now changed and you can now get your hands on this amazing looking driving game.

Hyper-realistic. Pure fun. And FREE. Real Racing 3 sets a new standard for mobile racing games – it really must be experienced to be believed. Trailblazing new features include officially licensed tracks, an expanded 22-car grid, and over 45 meticulously detailed cars from makers like Porsche, Lamborghini, Dodge, Bugatti, and Audi. Plus, racing with friends gets kicked into another dimension with the reality-bending Time Shifted Multiplayer (TSM) technology.

The game is free to download and play but has received a lot of criticsm for its fremium model. Once you have the game you are then faced with a plethora of in-app purchase options which if you are not careful can soon mount up and make Real Racing 3 a really expensive experience. Of course you don’t need to buy any in-app purchases but its hard to resist getting your car a spec bump to help you win more races.

Real Racing 3 is currently compatible with the iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPod touch 4th and 5th gen, iPad 2, iPad 3, iPad 4 and iPad mini; you must be running at least iOS 4.3. The game has also been optimized for the iPhone 5’s larger screen as well as being a universal binary for iPhone and iPad full screen gaming.

It looks like an awesome racing game and the graphics really are outstanding. If you grab this one, make sure to let us know how you enjoy playing it! Also let us know what you think of the in-app purchases.

chrisoldroyd

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Real Racing 3 finally arrives in the US App Store with fremium model and lots of in-app purchase options

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My opinion of Real Racing 3 is that EA have ruined this game series with their insistence on trying to suck every last dime out of their customers without actually giving us what we want. I can almost guarantee that most customers would rather pay a fair price for this game than have a freemium game.
I think it's a shame, because the developers that have crafted this beautiful game would surely as individuals want the end user to experience the game in all its glory, but is almost impossible to enjoy this game to the fullest without spending a potentially endless amount of money, which will ultimately leave a sour taste in your mouth.
Smaller, really talented game developers keep getting acquired by the EA monster which is a real shame, because EA is a greedy company that is becoming so disconnected with their customer base. So disappointing!

I see your point of view. I do have to say that I'm actually enjoying the time limits. It makes it feel more like real life. You can surely get through the whole game without paying. It will just take you longer.

Yes, I have seen some people saying that you can get through the game with the time limits, but the thing that puts me off is that EA's intention is obviously for users to pay to play, and to keep on paying, which may be a great business model, but would be great if they occasionally listened to their customers. They ruined Madden NFL 2013 for IOS with their freemium model, and I can see titles like FIFA going this way too. In the 80s I used to dream of owning my own old school arcade machine so that I could play pacman and the likes without blowing all my pocket money. Then we got Ataris, Nintendos and play stations and you could own your own arcade at home. It's starting to feel like we've come full circle and we back at the arcade, but instead of needing a pocket of quarters, you now need your credit card.

It still amazes me how this games have $100 in app purchases, it's like what nutcase came up with these price points? It had to be someone from a mental institution. Most I have spent on an in app purchase is $5, they had a "sale" on smurf berries, lol.

Downloaded but won't have time to play until tonight. Looks great but I hope the IAP isn't going to ruin it.

This freemium model and the implementation of it in this game seem a little overdone. I'd rather pay 1 amount and have my game without limitations than to be "nickel-and-dimed" to death or have my experience "tainted" in any way because I haven't forked over 1.99 here and there.

Ok look.. It should be real simple.. about 90% of the premium games are what? $6.99 ? It's ok to lure more potental $ in by starting out free to let one get a "Taste" of the game.. but, By Gawd if you choose to purchase upgrades the MAX you should have to spend is that $6.99.. to get EVERYTHING the game has to offer.. that way in this economy those that don't have or want to spend 7 Bucks on a game can pick a Pricepoint that fits their needs. I personally bought all my High End Games when they were on sale over the holidays for $0.99.. I think I have about 7 such games.. That's the most they will get out of me unless there is another sale.. :-)

Update: The game had not finished downloading when I first commented.. O.M.G. ! You can spend upwards of $225.00 on upgrades!!!!!!!!!!
Really??? Are you Fricken Kidding Me~!
If this is what the year 2013 is going to be all about, then I for one am glad I got my games for $0.99 during the Xmas sale.. Guess I will just play them from time to time to stretch things out till the next holiday sale.. :-)

For $225.00 Danica Patrick better be out in front of my House in a Swimsuit and a Convertible saying "Let's Ride Baby~!"

I was a huge fan of the Real Racing series but this was so disappointing. When I first heard that RR3 was going to this pricing scheme, I thought it was a joke and that any serious game or application would never have this model. Much to my surprise, EA wants to roll this out for all there games on all consoles. Imagine if Apple used this pricing scheme; $200 for an iPad, $30 for the OS, $10 for Mail, $20 for Web Browser, $10 for contacts, $10 for calendar and so on. The result would be that the true experience would be horrible. The thought of Madden requiring me to pay per play or per quarter makes me sad. Applications like this need to be boycotted.

I agree 100%. You buy one ripoff pack of gold coins and you risk ever owning a game again. They have sucked the life and enjoyment out of an awesome game.
Not only imagine if Apple charged for every little addon, but imagine if Apple charged you $1 every time you used Safari or ever time you opened you mail. That's what this model is like and it sucks. There is no difference between this and going down to the casino. Games are addictive and they prey on the weak. It's unethical in my book.

I love the graphics and physics improvements.

But the IAP model means I'll never play this game. Unlike RR2 it is impossible to earn enough to buy cars and keep advancing. I refuse to support games that are nothing more than crippled trials unless you buy their stars, cash, coins, or whatever.

EA has truly killed te franchise with this one. Just like "Enterprise" did to Star Trek