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Real Racing 2 HD Updated to Support new iPad Retina Display

The updates to apps to support the new Retina Display on the new iPad are coming fast and furious and one of the latest, no pun intended, is Firemint’s Real Racing 2 HD.

As a side note, Real Racing 2 and Real Racing 2 HD is the best racing simulator out there for iOS in my opinion.  The game is more of a real simulator, not an “arcade” racing game.  Don’t get me wrong, I like a pick-up-and-drive game as well but for a more realistic experience, Real Racing 2 is the way to go.

That said, Firemint has released a big, big update to Real Racing 2 HD.  The 444MB update brings full 2049×1536 Real Racing 2 HD in 1080p (click to enlarge)resolutions support with 4x anti-aliasing to the new iPad.  You also have a new a Photo Mode which brings several editing tools and filters to snap photos of your favorite car to save in your gallery.

Not all of the updates however were aimed at the new iPad.  All Real Racing 2 HD users gain new supported languages (French, Italian, German, Spanish, and Dutch to name a few), multiplayer now uses the 3D game environment, Career difficulty can be adjusted a bit more and a wide range of updates and fixes.  Real Racing 2 HD already supports 1080p output

Real Racing 2 HD is $2.99 in the App Store.  In app purchases for cash to buy new cars and upgrades range from $3.99-$9.99 but are not needed to play the game.

Get Real Racing 2 HD by Firemint in the App Store

Real Racing 2 HD updated with 1080p on the iPad 2

Firemint has released a much anticipated update to their popular racing simulator, Real Racing 2.  The iPad version, Real Racing 2 HD, now supports 1080p High Definition output from the iPad 2 and in this mode, makes your iPad 2 a fantastic controller and information center.  This is the first of its kind when it comes to game play on the iPad 2 and really sets the standard for other game developers.

When you connect your iPad 2 to your HD monitor via the HDMI out cable (sold separately from Apple), the game play itself is on your monitor while your iPad turns into a game controller.  On your iPad 2 you will have the traditional accelerator and brake buttons but will also get timing and scoring as well as a track map that indicates where you are on the circuit.

Here is a screenshot of Real Racing 2 HD in full 1080p

Real Racing 2 HD in 1080p (click to enlarge)

Real Racing 2 HD in 1080p (click to enlarge)

Here is a run down of what is new in this version of Real Racing 2 HD

  • NEW IN v1.10: Full HD 1080p out to HDMI-compliant displays with real-time racing telemetry on your iPad 2
  • Visual enhancements exclusive to iPad 2: full-screen anti-aliasing, spectacular reflections and incredibly detailed objects and surfaces
  • Fully modeled vehicle interiors, including drivers, visible through transparent windows
  • Full iPad 2 gyroscope support for remarkable steering precision
  • Race locally or online with players of Real Racing 2 and Real Racing 2 HD
  • Save game transfer service between Real Racing 2 and Real Racing 2 HD

Note that you can run Real Racing 2 HD on your original iPad with no problem.  You just don’t get to take advantage of the 1080p output and controller configuration.  While the iPad 2 does have a better frame rate than the original iPad in the game, it plays just great on the original.

If you have not read my review of Real Racing 2, you can do so here.

Real Racing 2 HD is $9.99 and available in the App Store.

[Link to Real Racing 2 in the App Store (iPhone)]

[Link to Real Racing 2 HD in the App Store (iPad)]

Firemint adds 6 new levels in update for Real Racing 2 for iPhone

Firemint has released a new update to their fantastic racing simulator game for iPhone and iPod Touch, Real Racing 2.  If you have not read my review of Real Racing 2, you can do so here.

The new 1.02 version of Real Racing 2 brings six new events along with massive improvements to the multiplayer experience and rankings.

The new events and type of event are as follows:

  • IEJ Blue Ribbon (Cup)
  • Alkeisha Island Dash (Head to Head)
  • Volvo STCC Elimination (Elimination)
  • NRGee 6 Cyl Cup (Cup)
  • Motul Autech Face-off (Head to Head)
  • Twilight Time Attack (Time Trial)

The multiplayer improvements are also impressive:

  • Boast your best efforts with the newly added online multiplayer leaderboard and multiplayer rankings.
  • Multiplayer grid position is now determined based on multiplayer rank.
  • Multiplayer game rooms have been extended with player rank and point rewards.
  • Multiplayer server performance has been improved.
  • New measures have been implemented to prevent malicious driving.
  • Control method E layout has been adjusted to improve the experience for players using this method.

Last week Firemint also made a significant price drop in Real Racing 2.  It is now only $4.99 instead of the original price of $9.99.  The price drop is good through February 14th.

[Real Racing 2 – Firemint Pty Ltd]

Real Racing 2 gets an update with in game notification – an iPhone first?

Firemint released an update to their super popular iPhone game, Real Racing 2.  If you didn’t read my review, you can do so here but it is sufficient to say that I believe this is the best racing simulation game available on any mobile platform.

The update really is more of a bug fix than anything – addressing some multiplayer issues as well as some crashes when extra trophies are collected.  Here is what I found interesting though:

In game update notification for Real Racing 2

In game update notification for Real Racing 2

When I started Real Racing 2 this afternoon I go this in game notification that a new update was available.  This is the first time I have seen such an update being displayed on the iPhone.  Has anyone else seen something like this in other apps?  If this is indeed something new, I frankly love it.

Real Racing 2 for iPhone is $9.99 and in the App Store [Real Racing 2 – Firemint Pty Ltd]

Review of Real Racing 2 for iPhone – Forza for your iPhone

I will start with the punch line of the review:  Real Racing 2 by Firemint is the single best racing simulator game on the platform – perhaps any platform – today.  It’s $9.99 in the App Store and if you like racing games go get it.

[Real Racing 2 – Firemint Pty Ltd] – $9.99

For those of you who have decided to read on, let me explain why I feel the way I do about Real Racing 2.  Simply put, it is one of the most challenging and realistic racing games for the iPhone available today.  The graphics are stunning to add to the fun and the unmatched 16-way online racing against those around the world makes this game stand head-and-shoulders above the rest.  Frankly it is hard to put into words how impressive this game is and despite the fact that this review is going to have plenty of screenshots in it, you really need to check it out for yourself.  My son said it best, “This is Forza for your iPhone”.  I think he is 100% dead-on, referring to the Microsoft Xbox 360 franchise that has been extremely popular on the console.  If you like racing simulators then there is little doubt you need to have Real Racing 2 on your iPhone today.

Real Racing 2 hits the app store!

It is one of the most hyped game releases for the iPhone in a while and now it is finally available here in the US.  Firemint’s Real Racing 2 has hit the App Store and brings an unmatched online gaming experience to the platform.  With 16-way multiplayer, 30 licensed vehicles and 14 tracks, it is already receiving high marks from reviewers.

It is $9.95 in the App Store

[Real Racing 2 – Firemint Pty Ltd]

Real Racing 2 races onto your iPhone December 16

Firemint has announced that the much anticipated sequel to Real Racing will hit the App Store on December 16th.  Real Racing 2 looks to be such a quantum leap over the first version of the game that it almost deserves a new name.  To start the game has 30 different licensed cars.  Now you will see Corvettes and Mustangs in the mix which always adds a bit of fun to any racing game.  You will be able to do a 16 person multiplayer session with Real Racing 2.  16! This is a first for any iOS game.  Add to this 15 different tracks and you have a true racing game.

And keep in mind, Real Racing 2 is a simulator, not an arcade racing game.  The original Real Racing was challenging and I expect nothing less from Real Racing 2.

Here is a rundown of the features coming in Real Racing 2:

  • 30 officially licensed cars
  • 16 car grid against AI, and 16 player online racing – an iOS first
  • Career mode with well over 10 hours gameplay and a range of event types
  • Earn in-game currency to buy and sell cars, and buy upgrades
  • 5 game modes: Career Mode, Quick Race, Time Trial, Local Multiplayer (8 players), Online Multiplayer (16 players)
  • 15 locations with 40 miles of highly detailed race track
  • Vehicle damage
  • Online Save Game
  • Game Center and Cloudcell integration, multiple profiles
  • Wide range of control options
  • HUD with minimap that can be turned on or off
  • 5 camera angles including fully 3D cockpit view, and TV style replays
  • Powered by Firemint’s exclusive Mint3D™ engine

Real Racing 2 will be $9.99 in the App Store for iPhone when it is released on December 16th.

Firemint releases screenshots of upcoming Real Racing 2 for iPhone – STUNNING!

Firemint (follow on Twitter @firemint) has just posted some screenshots of the upcoming Real Racing 2 for iPad on their Facebook Page.  To say the new images are stunning is an understatement.  Leveraging the graphical power of the iPhone 4 and iPod Touch, Real Racing 2 looks just as good as a console game in these screenshots.  Just take a look!

Firemint Real Racing 2 for iPad

Firemint Real Racing 2 for iPad

So here is what you need to do:  Go to Facebook to the Real Racing 2 launch page [Link] and get all the screenshots, videos and get ready for what looks to be an amazingly impressive game!

Second, check out the trailer… enough said… :-)

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Review of Firemint Flight Control and Flight Control HD for iPhone and iPad

If you have followed in the past you know I’m not much of a game reviewer.  I usually try to focus on applications that enhance or add productivity be it on an iPhone or Windows Phone.  That said, when I run across a game that is what I refer to as a “time suck” then I have to tell everyone about it.  Thus is the case with Firemint’s Flight Control for iPhone.  This game came recommended to me by Christopher Galuva over at Gear Diary and I’m glad he did – or maybe not?  As the name suggest, Flight Control puts you in the seat of an Air Traffic Controller.  The object is to land as many planes and helicopters as possible without crashing them into each other.  The more you land the higher your ranking in the online score keeping built into the game as well as on Game Center.  With easy controls and great graphics, Flight Control is well worth the .99 cents.  The HD iPad version is $4.99 and you get a few more challenging airfields to land upon and fantastic HD graphics.