10. Real Racing 2
Release date: December 16, 2010
Real Racing 2 is, to borrow the name of an old Jack Nicholson movie, about as good as it gets when it comes to iOS racing. Improving on the success of the first game in the series, the sequel gives players dozens of licensed cars, a nice variety of tracks and excellent graphics to tie all of them together.
You can also race just about any way you’d want: single races, time trials, local multiplayer and even 16-player multiplayer online races that actually work. The career mode is a fun way to spend some time, and the five different control schemes help ensure that just about anyone can find a comfortable way to drive.
Why isn’t its follow-up, Real Racing 3, thought of as fondly? That’s a good question, since it maintains the same high levels of quality and has just as much if not more depth. Critics seemed turned off by its free-to-play monetization, and there’s a certain reflex action among some gamers that kicks in once EA becomes involved in any franchise, which it did come the third entry in this one.
To those people, we’d say we’ll always have Real Racing 2. Or at least I hope we do.
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