Start your engines - We go hands on with Real Racing 3 for BlackBerry 10

By James Richardson on 1 Sep 2013 10:06 am EDT
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I've been a huge fan of Real Racing for a few years now - playing the original version, Real Racing 2 and Real Racing 3 on the iPad. Part 3 has now graced it with it's presence on BlackBerry 10 (praise the lord) and I'm 99% sure it will be one of the most popular games on our platform. Although games like this normally play better on larger screen devices I decided to try this one on the Q10 and I'm pleased to say that the experience is pretty much just as good. 

The game is free to download (unlike the previous editions) but there is a slight catch which you'll come across as you progress through the game. Essentially, as you win races you'll be awarded with cash which you can use to buy new cars as well as upgrade the ones you own. When you start the game you'll also be equipped with some coins and these can be used to to speed up the upgrading process as you need to wait for the upgrade to complete.

If you are thinking that the game is just about racing opponents around the track you'll be pleasantly surprised to hear that there are a load of variations to the races - such as drag racing, head to head, speed trials just to name a few. 

Where EA Games are going to make their money is that when your coins run out and you become addicted to the game you can buy more coins via in-app purchases. You don't have to do this though if you don't want to. I play the game on my iPad mini every evening but refuse to buy any additional coins. Unfortunately, as you get further into the game, the length of time it takes for a car part to upgrade or serviced gets longer, so instead of spending my cash on coins I just wait. Some things can only take two or three minutes, but if you play the game extensively you will soon find yourself having to wait over half an hour for an upgrade.

Although the above waiting times can be frustrating - the more you play Real Racing 3, the more cars you will have - meaning that if you are waiting for one to be serviced you can always jump into a different challenge and use another car. 

In terms of controls things are nice and straight forward. The car auto accelerates and braking is just achieved by pressing on the screen. There are some further options available to you which I would advise leaving on to start with. These are brake assist, steering assist and traction control. Once you've got accustomed to the game I would advise turning off the brake assist as it gives you a bit more control in terms of late braking into corners and often giving you the edge over other cars in the race. 

One of the great features with Real Racing 3 is that the other cars you are competing with are actually other peoples cars. This isn't live but the game remembers other users best lap times etc and you'll see their name and avatar when you are on the grid and also above their cars in the race. Watch out for seeing me though - I've been practicing a ton! 

The graphics and sound effects don't get any better than with Real Racing 3. The only downside to the game (apart from the delayed upgrade times) is that the file is huge as we mentioned when we announced the games availability - 1.2GB! If you don't have enough space on your BlackBerry 10 smartphone I would highly recommend freeing up some. Real Racing is absolutely awesome. See you on the grid. 

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Start your engines - We go hands on with Real Racing 3 for BlackBerry 10

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I need help, i downloaded and played the game once. next day i went to play it again, it loaded but it just sits on the 1st car screen and locked car screens. there is no play or next tab for me to push. there is a buy screen but that doesnt take me anywhere either. does anyone have an idea, thanks

I haven't had the need to purchase anything from the store.

Then again, I frequently win gold trophies, in turn granting me plenty gold and coins. I was a Gran Turismo geek growing up.

I actually highly recommend turning auto-accelerate off. It really takes away from the game.

Signed via my weapon of choice, Z10.

I win some gold trophies but still, if I spend one piece of gold every time I service one of my cars I'll have to buy gold or wait, same goes for upgrades.

This game rocks! I'm glad to see a cloud save feature to prevent losing your data with every OS leak lol.

Posted via CB10

already download this 2 days ago..and been playing it for a day..great game! just a few lag when too many cars at your screen at the same time..

Posted via CB10

Good game, but I've already played it on my ipad. Now I'm wondering if I should hold out of Asphalt 8 so I can play it on my z10 or just play it already..

Anyway Kudos to BlackBerry and EA for bringing this to BB10.

Posted via CB10

Ok, well, I figured you unlock more as you progress, but he scrolled past a bunch with the "locked" icon on them, so wasn't sure if those were all you could unlock or if there are more after that.

So how is the car selection? Is it more like Gran Turismo where it's all ricers and European cars or are there a good selection of American cars as well? Like Mosler, Saleen, Shelby, Shelby Supercars, Ford, etc. like in Forza? One reason I LOVE Forza, they have everything, while GT only caters to the young fast and furious crowd that doesn't actually know a whole lot about cars...

Really? Have you actually played gran turismo 5? There are about 1100 cars, then there is customization and racing mods and updates. Forza is small potatoes in comparison. GT6 is out this holiday too.

Posted from my incredible Z10

Agreed. Gran Turismo is THE racing game. And those "ricers" are really fast cars. Sounds like another brainless muscle head.

Signed via my weapon of choice, Z10.

Looks like we're heading towards a console war... but anyway I have to agree GT will take down Forza any day

The Gamer's Network- C00015A3 || From my Z on .1047

@ARWestenberger
I'm not, I was just asking about the car selection and what this game gears more toward. There's a difference between a focus on Japanese and European cars because they are considered "cooler" by the kids and others who have a limited knowledge on cars, and if it's geared more toward the educated car enthusiasts which would include a much broader spectrum of cars. So it'll include the Japanese and European cars, of course, if you look at my garage in Forza, the Lamborghini Aventador is among my favorites, The NSX is also a nice little car, and I just recently bought the Scion FR-S. Not a huge fan of Scion, but the FR-S is an interesting little rear-wheel drive. I always thought that if Scion would put an engine in that thing that's worth a damn, it would be a nice little car. Because at 200hp, it's pretty boring. My cross-over SUV that's not even attempting to be a sports car has 265hp... Maybe sometime in the future. I also have a NSX, I'm a huge fan of Porsche, Ferrari F40 and F50's are must-haves, and the list of Japanese and European cars I like go on. I just dislike GT because they FOCUS only on those cars, and ignore all of the great American cars like those made by Shelby, SSC, Saleen, Mosler, and the old muscle cars like the Pontiacs, Buick GNX, Plymouth Superbird, etc. etc.

@farteater
Nah, I literally only have a Xbox360 so I can play Forza. I don't have any other game on it. I bought my friend's 360 that broke, so I got it cheap, fixed it, and now I use it to play Forza. I am a PC gamer. My PC is already faster than either the PS4 or Xbox One, and I get games on it MUCH cheaper... So no console war here...

you ended up paying a helluva lot more for your 'gaming' system than 3 generations of consoles, just saying.

@extisis
Really? How do you figure? Before this most recent upgrade, the last time I upgraded was about 4.5 years before, I upgraded my PC to the current specs for just over $500 and sold the old parts for just under $400. So I spent a net total of less than $200 to get my PC to be faster than either "next generation" console. So you're telling me that the next gen consoles cost less than $67?? (1/3 of $200) Wow, I didn't know that, in that case, I'll be getting both consoles just because since they are that cheap... ;-)

@LtHavoc
Nah, actually I work in the auto industry, so unlike the kids here who only know what they know from watching street racing, reading online, and playing video games, I actually know about cars... Oh hold on, let me guess your next response, "Nissan Skyline!!!" Yah, every ricers' fall-back car, lol. You continue to "tune" your cars, I'll play Forza and drive my Ford GT, Shelby Daytona, 424 Chevelle, Shelby Supercars Ultimate Aero, Saleen S7TT, Corvette ZR1, and all of these "brainless muscle head" cars. :-)

Also, enjoy your digital fake engine revving noises too. I'll keep enjoying the real recorded engine sounds of Forza... Then again, it's not like ricers ever sounded good in the first place, so I guess you're not really missing much. Don't forget to put that fart can on the exhaust, that adds 15hp from what I hear. ;-)

I'm not sure what's funnier, the incredibly serious response to a joke of mine or the fact that you wasted your paragraphs assuming on my knowledge and preferences so I'll keep it short.

1. I also work in the automotive industry.
2. I do like Nissans, but unlike you, I realize all brands foreign and domestic have their pro's and con's. No car is universally better.
3. I'm also into muscle. 1968 Plymouth Barracuda w/ a 426 is my cup of tea.

My my, not what you expected? That's ok, whatever helps you sleep at night.

Signed via my weapon of choice, Z10.

@LtHavoc

Keep an eye on timestamps. Scroll up to my reply to ARWestenberger.

Ok, maybe you're too lazy, so I'll just copy and paste, and you can scroll up and check in case you think I posted it after your reply here:

"There's a difference between a focus on Japanese and European cars because they are considered "cooler" by the kids and others who have a limited knowledge on cars, and if it's geared more toward the educated car enthusiasts which would include a much broader spectrum of cars. So it'll include the Japanese and European cars, of course, if you look at my garage in Forza, the Lamborghini Aventador is among my favorites, The NSX is also a nice little car, and I just recently bought the Scion FR-S. Not a huge fan of Scion, but the FR-S is an interesting little rear-wheel drive. I always thought that if Scion would put an engine in that thing that's worth a damn, it would be a nice little car. Because at 200hp, it's pretty boring. My cross-over SUV that's not even attempting to be a sports car has 265hp... Maybe sometime in the future. I also have a NSX, I'm a huge fan of Porsche, Ferrari F40 and F50's are must-haves, and the list of Japanese and European cars I like go on. I just dislike GT because they FOCUS only on those cars, and ignore all of the great American cars like those made by Shelby, SSC, Saleen, Mosler, and the old muscle cars like the Pontiacs, Buick GNX, Plymouth Superbird, etc. etc."

My my, not what you expected? ;-)

Edit: Oops, just realized I mentioned the NSX twice, I guess I like that car THAT much, lol.

Geez, even in my original comment, I said: "One reason I LOVE Forza, they have everything," "everything" includes Japanese and European cars... I think I've made my point pretty freakin' clear from the beginning. lol :-D

The reason I'm calling you out on your rubbish is because you have an arrogant attitude towards Gran Turismo because for some ridiculous reason.. you feel stiffed that they didn't include more obscure American muscle cars. As far as I know, Polyphony doesn't pay for licensing. Many of those older muscle cars and contemporary super cars would cost money, money they're not willing to fork over. There's plenty more legal issues I won't dig into. So then, is it really all that surprising then that there are more Japanese cars in a video game produced by a Japanese entity? Video games are a showroom, and if manufacturers can get you to notice their car then it makes selling one to the consumer that much easier. Make sense? It has nothing to do with cool factors.

Your innacurate portrayal of GT as a fast-&-furious/boy-racer game is laugable, as we all know EA makes another series with quite a better claim to that title. Look, I get it. You're butt-hurt because there aren't as many American muscle cars in GT. In alternate universe, Polyphony is an American company and someone is out there bitching about the exact opposite thing you are. But hey, thanks for the laugh. I'm gonna go enjoy the rest of my weekend. See you on the road mate.

Signed via my weapon of choice, Z10.

@LtHavoc
LMAO!! The fact that you call the cars I named "obscure" pretty much sums up your knowledge on cars. Yes, such an obscure name as Shelby. Who is that guy? Ford? Is that a car company? Plymouth, I think they are a cable tv provider right? LMAO!!! Sorry dude, I took you seriously for a minute there, but that last comment just totally killed it. Go ahead and have the last reply, call me anything you want, I don't need to say anything about you, your own comments say more than I can ever say... So have the last word in this, be my guest. :-)

@Carruthers
Yes, I've played GT, there are 1000 cars, and 990 of them are not worth driving. They give you like 14 different versions of a Honda Civic and maybe 1 Shelby Cobra just so they can say they didn't ignore it... If you enjoy "racing" a 1988 Toyota Tercel, or a 2003 Nissan Quest, then Gran Turismo is THE racing game for you...

^^^ dedo this ^^^

"Unavailable for this device"

Posted via CB10 on my Seksi Z10 (STL100-3 | OS 10.2.0.1443)

Did you refresh BBWorld? Settings -> General -> Refresh BlackBerry World.

Posted via CB10 on my Seksi Z10 (STL100-3 | OS 10.2.0.1443)

Never mind. Try refreshing BBWorld. That worked for me.

Posted via CB10 on my Seksi Z10 (STL100-3 | OS 10.2.0.1443)

contradictory... i understand not everyone has wifi due to their country's conditions/limitations but why buy a smartphone then? you're experience would be half-assed and makes no sense you can afford a nice smarthphone like the Z10 in the first place

It's a fun game, even if it tries to get you to buy coins all the time. The biggest drawback is the file size. I have so many other apps and games on my Z10 that I may end up removing some just to fit this on my device. Too bad these games don't allow you to save the larger supporting files onto SD card.

Posted via CB10

i don't like how any of the app info (or downloaded content) can't be saved on the media card... the 16GB is somewhat of a limitation for the Z10 when you can't have options to store specific data to your external memory. One of the reasons I still love and use my Playbook is for the 64 gigs it has.

Great game and plays buttery smooth on the Z10. Controls and game play are awesome.

CB10- BlackBerry Z10 - 10.2.0.1047

Am using STL100-2 and the game lags a lot at times...is this the same experience for others as well and how is this game on STL100-1? cuz that model is having a more powerful gpu!

Posted via CB10

Especially the starting trial race was lagging a lot...then it began to run better with the next races but still it stutters at times...

Posted via CB10

When you open de app, just tap de icon at left -bottom, and then tap again de same icon but the white one. You can watch at right -top two logins way. I just log in with Facebook, you can run with your friends and own them heheh.

Posted via CB10

That's cool how everyone is racing against someone's track time! that has the game also! Thanks EA! Love you guys for this one!

Posted via CB10

I have a z10 and it says it's not available for my device..... I'm in Canada as well.... would really like to play

Posted via CB10

I got it when it came out. Now it says unavailable in app world but I already have it installed.

Posted via CB10

Something off with the installer. It runs very Apple like. The installer suspends when the task is minimized. No kidding!

You must have the task maximized for the installer to proceed. If you minimize the task and do something else, the progress won't change.

Perhaps EA pulled it from app world to fix this.

Posted via CB10

Yes the progress does change once you go back to it from minimized and wait maybe a minute or so, it will show the progress changed.

Yeh it takes maybe 10-15 min sometimes to go from 12% to 14 % on parts of the download and install, but minimized it still will install or downlaod.

Posted via CB10

I went to the gym and came back and the progress didn't move. When I stared at the task full screen, it was progressing quite fast. Minimized again and 30 minutes later...no progress. I ended up leaving it full screen until the end. Was done 20 mins afterward.

I'm not talking about the download from app world. When you click install of the 6mb file, a new installer loads.(1.2gb)

Posted via CB10

Awesome game took forever to download, now since two days ago I have completed 64 races in which around 62 I came first place gold trophy.

I have upgraded many cars to full compacity and yes I bought packs and coins and stuff around 30-40 dollars so far as it's so Damn addicting you want to get your Damn car delivered right away, but with no coins you can not get it, so I can not wait 49 min.

Awesome graphics man it's better then GTA.

Posted via CB10

Why is there no option to change the controls so that i can use the screen to turn left and right ?

I never looked but there are other options under settings.

I just use the default settings which is turning the phone itself and its awesome.

Posted via CB10

I've been playing this with the HDMI Output hooked up to my TV. It's awesome!

CB10 ¤ 10.2.0.1047 ¤ Crack-a-lackin'!

Seriously blackberry needs to consider adding the move to SD card feature for games soonest.

Posted via CB10 for BlackBerry Z10 Running BlackBerry 10.2

This game is pretty bad ass! I love it. Awesome graphics and smooth play. It took forever to download, but it was worth the wait. And I can't believe it's free too.

Posted via CB10

Sickest game yet! May take along time to download but worth it! Graphics are tight way to bring it EA!!

Finger flicking good! Z10

Yah seems to bê nice...
Haver u guys tryied to install Android game: asphalt7 and 8? This is the only game that is available for free...I want asphalt

Posted via CB10

I play it on my iPod touch, and now have to wait almost 3 hours for cars to be serviced. I haven't bought any extra coins though, I refuse.

I'd rather have just bought the game for $9.99 or something in the beginning.

Posted via CB10

I have a z10 and when I go to blackberry world, it says unavailable for this device...

Posted via CB10

I'm actually saving coins for the point in the game where you can buy cars with them, instead of just speeding up the upgrading process. At 65 so far!

Posted via my love powered Q10

That's the installer package. Once you run it the remainder of the game will install in several separate packages -all totaling 1.2GB.

I can't believe how long this game is taking to load??? Does this happen each time or just the first load up??

Posted via CB10

Like in my phone the game is only 10 mb but when I started it for the first time it started to download data I don't know how much it was but I guess it's over 1gb or so... it's all on ur net speed like my game took like 5 to 10 min or less :)

I have z10 100-1 first it was unavailable for my device and today it automatically got available I guess it's not abut the device it's something els .

And i loved the game so much on z10 that I no longer play on my iPhone lol

So people with s100-1 chill out as first I was really sad and was thinking to buy a new z10 from us lol as in India all z10 r s100-1 thank god I did not do that :)

Just wait ull also get the game :)

Posted via CB10

Tried backup and restore data over blackberry links.. the game re-download the huge data. verdict: the downloaded app data were not included in the backup file. Somebody could tell me where the app store it downloaded data? So maybe i can backup it manually..

Will not download on my z10... I'm with bell. Not available for this device. Other people have it for the z10??? Help meh

Posted via CB10

for those who are having a problem..having the app unavailable on there devices.."do not click the link on crackberry page, search it manually on the BlackBerry app world..and there you go.. the initial download size is 6.1 but when its done and you succesfully installed it, when you open the app..thats real deal..makes sure you have a good net connection, use wifi..because its 1.2gb!..lets race!!!!

Posted via CB10

Crazy. In app world it was just less than 10mb. And when I started the game, there comes the big pile of file that I need to download. Haha. Gonna do this later:D

Posted via CB10

5 minutes to upgrade the engine.. time to get a beer. The only way to drink and drive...lol

Kendes64

Can someone help me please!!! I want to setup my name and avatar but when I go to do it everything is in Chinese? How do i get around that? Oh yeah I don't have face book so I can't do it that way! Dose anyone know how?

Posted via CB10

Been playing this game all weekend. So far is the only game that has got me like this.

Marketing is everything

Excellent!!! Was a very addictive game when I owned an iPad ;-). Downloaded and already did some laps to try it out. Feels and reacts well on y #Z10

Z10STL100-2/10.2.0.1047

Posted via CB10

This game is amazing. Get it now while it's still free because I can't believe it will be free forever.

Posted via CB10

The game is awesome on the Q10 and Z10, either way. I play it constantly on the Q10, love it.

Posted via CB10

Is it available on Q5? Or should I refresh the BlackBerry world cz it shows unavailable?

Posted via CB10

Hey can anyone explain how you change add a name or does game have to be linked to Facebook? I thought one can create a name? As oppose to always saying guest every time I win or am driving. Feel like like I am driving with a stranger.

Posted via CB10

What the...?! not available for my Q5 SQR100-3? Man! I want this game available on my device! I already search it with the correct keyword, and that game wasn't show up. Please help me.

Posted via CB10

Great game, but what is the exact location of the game on my Blackberry Q10. I want to cheat the game by pasting a character.dat.