Everyone's favorite game studio, Electronic Arts, has released the third incarnation of its "hyper-realistic" racing series. Real Racing 3 is in the Play Store, but appears to be available only in certain countries right now. The North American listing isn't working for us, but the international version appears to be functional for at least some folks. Although, considering the bizarre new in-app purchase upsell, maybe you're not missing much.

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The Real Racing series makes its name by licensing dozens of authentic cars. This time players have 45 different rides to enjoy from manufacturers like Audi, Bugatti, and Porsche. There are a whopping 900 regular events to race, and the game includes an interesting time-shifted multiplayer mechanic. The visuals are also very impressive.

That all sounds cool, but Real Racing 3 has apparently implemented a questionable in-app purchase system. This game is based around upgrading and keeping your cars in good working order. Not only can you buy upgrades with real money, but there is a timer-based purchase system. Want to buy a car? Wait 2 minutes. Repair the damage from that last race? Wait an hour. Take the car in for a tune-up? Wait another three hours. This isn't how anyone wants to play a game, so you can buy coins to skip the wait times.

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It's possible the unavailable North America listing is a result of last minute tweaking because of the poor reception this "hurry up and wait" system is getting. When it is available, Real Racing 3 will be free to try and comes with a 1.7GB additional data download.

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Ryan Whitwam
Ryan is a tech/science writer, skeptic, lover of all things electronic, and Android fan. In his spare time he reads golden-age sci-fi and sleeps, but rarely at the same time. His wife tolerates him as few would.

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  • http://twitter.com/EightRooks Matthew Lee

    Did you... not know it had gone F2P or something? With the waiting times? You guys get your game news from DroidGamers a lot of the time, and they've talked about it a lot, plus the big iOS sites have been full of people screaming about it for a while now. It's had a soft launch on iOS in NZ and Canada for the past couple of weeks, and the timers have apparently been tweaked already in response to that (supposedly they were ridiculously over the top to start with), but they're not going away. EA make insane amounts of money out of freemium games and DLC now, they're fully committed to the model and they just announced pretty much every single one of their games going forward is going to feature microtransactions of some kind.

    It runs okay on the Nexus 10, if anyone's interested. :) (I'm in the UK, it's been up on Google Play here for a while.) I don't intend to spend a penny on IAP - just trying to see how difficult it is to get to the point where you have multiple cars and can swap them in and out for repairs as needed, so you've always got something to drive. Not trying to say that people shouldn't be upset by the F2P setup, just that there are perfectly legitimate ways around it by all accounts, if you've got a little patience. Fingers crossed.

    • alan

      waiting for further reviews from you :)
      also, are all cars unlocked ? or we still have to pay to unlock some ?

      presonally I don't like the idea of downloading huge 1.7GB of game just to "try it".

      I prefer they provide some initial levels or cars fully unlocked, with smaller downloads (perhaps100mb or so), for user that want to try for free,
      then if I commit to play the game more, I'll have to pay, with bigger downloads com, more levels, more cars.
      that's more reasonable to me.

      • http://twitter.com/EightRooks Matthew Lee

        Sadly EA aren't in the business of being reasonable. :(

        And yeah, it is a lot of download if you're just going to end up feeling that the timers aren't for you. I'm just lucky enough at the moment not to have a whole lot of big games installed on my tab.

        I'm enjoying it - will that get me more downvotes? :) - and I don't feel like the timers are the Satanic evil everyone thinks. At the same time, they are annoying, and they're blatantly a push to get real money out of you. There isn't any other excuse for them to be there. I can live with them, and with knowing I'll never see everything in the game (I like the driving model enough that "grinding" doesn't bother me too much, but I'm not going to play the damn thing for whatever ridiculous length of time it would take to earn the supercars). Still, even though I know this is going to be at the top of the free charts in a week or less, just like The Simpsons: Tapped Out, I still wish they'd tried a kinder freemium model. Oh well.

  • Sootie

    Same basic concept as the simpsons game and that gay campus life game my GF is super addicted to wait or pay!

  • Ben Baranovsky

    I avoid all games with this style of in-app purchases. It's not cool for devs to do things like this to users. I would rather pay for the game than wait to play. I won't be going near this money-hog of a game.

    • HopelesslyFaithful

      yea i was pissed ages ago when i downloaded brother in arms and uninstalled it after first mission.

    • http://www.facebook.com/sebastian.kaczor.9 Sebastian Kaczor

      Don't blame the devs. These poor souls wouldn't do that if they weren't told to

  • tgags2

    Porsche was spelled wrong :)

  • http://twitter.com/AlexDeGruven Nathan

    It's like the worst possible combination of IAP and Mafia Wars' style of turn limiting. Yeah, this will go over fantastically.

    EA UR doin it rong.

  • Srsly

    People actually put moneymaking into in-app purchase systems like this?

  • joe

    porche? It's PORSCHE

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Indeed, it is. Fixed it for Ryan.

  • Matti

    I'd rather save the money ang go karting. You get an actual buzz (more so than real sports cars in some cases), plus you get a good work-out.

    • HopelesslyFaithful

      hell yea like real go karts with a large track going 40-70 MPH ^^

  • RaviShah

    Can't install on tegra 3 one x but can install on Nexus 7... huh?

  • GraveUypo

    didn't even read, but....

    YES i was waiting for this game.

    • defred34

      And is performance smooth?

      • GraveUypo

        nope. on races with a lot of cars you better get in first place or you'll be playing at 20~25fps.
        that's with a i9300 gs3

        same story as always. SO fucking annoying. if i bought this phone for the games i'd regret it so much.

  • NexusKoolaid

    I'm sorry, you lost me at "Everyone's favorite game studio"

    • http://www.facebook.com/matty.b.miranda Matthew Miranda


    • krzychos7

      Maybe this is sarcasm. I hope.

    • http://www.facebook.com/jasper.willows.1 Jasper Willows

      Definitely sarcasm. EA has been rated for the second year in a row as the worst company in America.

  • http://www.facebook.com/lgchaiyo Luis Chaiyo

    For Those that cant install the game normally Try To use the "Google Now" - "Search With Camera" and scan the QR code, That's how i got this game on My Nexus 4 even though its "not compatible" apparently.

  • TheFirstUniverseKing

    I remember I was really looking forward to playing this game!...until I learned it was going to be freemium. Freemium is my biggest gripe with mobile gaming, because you never really own the game. I can understand why smaller developers do it (it gets them money while causing piracy to not really be an issue), but a big developer like EA can afford to lose a few copies due to piracy in order to give its paying consumers the opportunity to actually own a quality product without having to jump through hoops and microtransactions to enjoy it. Need for Speed Most Wanted is great, I really hope they don't soil the next NFS mobile entry by making it freemium.

  • DeadSOL

    I might install it just to take a look at the graphics. I heard this has the worst IAP ever! So, it'll be an install and a delete!

    • http://www.facebook.com/matty.b.miranda Matthew Miranda


    • Guy Hoang

      Can't be worse than gameloft's games.

  • mgamerz

    EA at its finest.

  • David M Whittley

    I have nothing against 1.7 GB file sizes. It's just a shame Google and Samsung decided that files can no longer be saved to SD cards!!! Do i want to use 20% of the available memory I have on my new Note II for one game. No, of course not.
    Wake up Google/Samsung

    • Joseph Cascio

      If you create a script to bind the /Android/Obb/ folder to another folder on the external sd card you can save all game files to the external sd.

      If interested look at my thread for the LG Optimus G. The script can be adapted for any phone as long as you know the internal and external sd card paths.

      I have literally saved 11+ GBs on my internal.

      • http://twitter.com/misterE33 Mr E

        That's cool, but why can't we do that with a setting?! Perchance a motivation to spend $50-$100 for an extra 16GB of internal storage?

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000003999549 Mike Harris

        Unfortunately, that's not even an option for us Nexus 10 users because there's no external storage support. I feel like I'm back with my OG Droid all over again, carefully watching how many apps I install and constantly deleting the large ones.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Nata-Greer/100000669676144 Nata Greer

    My wife plays that dumb Zoo game by EA. I won't let her buy anything. If you want to play a game for free, you can wait out the build times. If they are going to make you pay upfront, it better be fully playable without being forced to use IAP.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ShitizGarg Shitiz Garg

    This is fucking stupid, why can't I simply pay 5-10$ and enjoy the stupid game?

  • primalxconvoy

    Wake me up when the full game comes out for a reasonable price.

  • http://twitter.com/xyrer Gustavo Parrado

    I still prefer square enix's model of making awesome mobile games for $18 and such, gladly paid for those, and gladly WONT for these.

    • Jongjungbu

      Yeah. If you want the full experience in RR3 that you'd get in an SquareEnix game, you'd have to spend more than you'd be giving Square.

  • http://twitter.com/Gurpsc Gurpal Chima

    And Microsoft think that a partnership with EA is going to win them the next gen console war from a company that has this unworkable ethic. I don't think so.

  • paleh0rse

    There is simply no way in hell that I'll ever support this particular freemium model, so I guess that means no more EA games for me going forward... :(

  • Farrukh Shabir

    Installed on htc one x and boy fps is unplayable. Is there any way to improve performance. Any way to reduce grfx quality?

    • http://twitter.com/TheSoSerdo Lluqes Soler

      Try Real Racing 3 Graphics, it's on Play Store. I can play it decently (20-30fps with loads of cars, in 1st position it doesn't even lag) on my Nexus one.

  • http://www.facebook.com/CTSolstice Jeremy CT-Solstice Gilliam

    Download works now. Looks nice. Great graphics. Time delay on upgrades not fixed for US.

  • mafo5000

    I love this game.

  • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

    Works from the U.S. now.

  • http://twitter.com/Dave_BG Dave Bg

    I like some of the races ? I do not see nags for money yet but i am on the first rounds still.

  • nmsiva

    There are so many people who would buy the full game at reasonable price. This freemium works best for only certain apps , where the extra added features really stand out , at the same time , it doesnt cripple the actual app/game. And these game studios dont know why people pirate ? Pity on them.

  • bobbutts

    Played just now for about an hour. No issues with IAP. Graphics look great. Try it before you knock it.

  • CypherGate

    Have you seen what it cost for $ and gold coins in the game? Its crazy prices. I mean if you want to buy $5 000 000 in game currency... it costs ($87) more than a fully fledged Console game ($60). Yes there are cheaper amounts, but just the shear extremes in pricing is just plain greed. Imagine 500 000 people paying $87 for $5 000 000 in game currency. They make a shit load of cash. GREED GREED GREED.

  • Sebastian Pop-Vlaic

    Just spent your in game money on getting 3 cars in different competitions. That way you will always have a car out of the shop and ready for racing.