The newest update to EA's free-to-play racing title Real Racing 3 has an assortment of shiny new things to dangle in front of you. Of course, you'll have to pay for most of them, but the game is a free download, and there aren't many games that can match to overall quality of the racing experience in RR3.

Included in this update are Ferrari vehicles like the 458 Italia and the V12-powered F12 Berlinetta. They are pretty, fast, and expensive – you'll probably need to drop some cash to afford them in the game or just win some big races and save up your dough. In addition to the new cars, there is a completely new track to race on – the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya in Spain. The Barcelona-Catalunya is a varied all-rounder circuit with long straights and a variety of corners.

Updating also gets you new time trial ghost races and some UI improvements. Real Racing 3 does have annoying mandatory wait times and upsells, but it's free.

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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  • bungadudu

    And more = even more IAPs!
    It's amazing on how many things you must pay in this game!

    • Primalxconvoy

      Which is probably why most serious gamers don't.

      I stopped playing it ages ago.

  • Adrian Meredith

    theres only so many times you can play the same track over and over again. this game is ruined by iaps

  • Alex James Simon

    They locked it however, and the only way you can access it is after the zenith series with the very expensive cars :/ and the track wasn't added to any of the other cups.

  • เกรียนเทพ ดี อันลิมิเตด

    This is the best update ever... considering that race rewards are much higher than before, both the actual race reward and clean race reward.

    Also, there are 3 crew members who will help you even more in the game if you finish a race in first place. Manager will x2 your race R$ reward, the girl will x2 your exp reward, and the mechanic will maintain your car so you don't have to repair it after every single race.

    So far so good about this update. >...<

  • GraveUypo

    cool, i've been playing this game sometimes lately.
    thing is i hate any event with more than 2 cars on the track at once on this game.
    how am i supposed to OVERTAKE 25 cars in a 2-lap race on a tight street circuit without ramming around like a madman? it's stupid.
    i wish i could remove all cup and elimination events from the game :

    • beomagi

      Cups are the fun ones for me. 2 laps is ok for most tracks - the really shot ones with no challenging corners are the toughest, and generally force you to upgrade. Normally, I overcome it by cutting corners, and side swiping ;) only real reason to worry about them is to get your 100% completion bonus.

      • GraveUypo

        well that's why i hate them. you HAVE to do that stuff if you want to get to first place. i like doing clean races and you just can't do it in those modes.

        you ask a race driver to overtake 25 people in two laps in real life and i can assure you he'll laugh at your face. it's already near impossible to do over the course of a 50-lap race, let alone 2.

        • beomagi

          yeah I get that. But on the whole there aren't many games that effectively handle that. Real racing is done well enough to make its want even more. Just do them for the sake of completion. Then have fun on some other tracks.

    • Pepo

      the eliminations are awesome, if you intentionally loose like ten, the robot cars are easier

  • dkarcing

    It runs bad on nexus 4...just like MW

    • someone755

      THE ACTUAL DUCK? Runs fine on my Snapdragon S3 Xperia S (Adreno 220). You're doing something wrong...

    • Luovahulluus

      It also runs bad on Note II, after the Android 4.3 update. It used to be perfectly smooth on Android 4.2. Any tips how to make it run smooth again?

  • abobobilly

    I am at a point in my career that it has become Extremely difficult for me to survive. I became kinda an expert in extracting the most amount of money and gold from the game but it seems if i need to survive further, i have to PAY them. :S

    This update is only gonna make matters worse where these Ferraris cost "Real Money" :S

    Ah well, its still free so can't really complain about anything.

    • beomagi

      How far are you?
      I'm saving for the Veyron now, running melborne cup repeatedly with the GTR.
      Daily bonus for mount panorama = $29k
      then repeatedly run the melbourne track without repairing for ~8k each time.

      Some races will give a better payoff:time spent ratio.

      • abobobilly

        I own 52 out of 69 cars so you can guess where i am atm. I am currently about to unlock "Vanguard Challange" (need 15 cups) while trying to complete the "50 Years of Porsche" (have owned uptil GT2 and on my way to Turbo and then RSR).

        I made most of my money (with Daily 100% bonus) by playing "Endurance" in "Indianapolis Motor Speedway" using a Nissan GTR (90% upgraded) which would take approx 10 minutes per run, and making atleast $30-31k for a perfect run ... for a 22-23miles run. (That was in "Pro/Am Supercar Club > 2nd Tab's 1st Race)

        Later i realized that it takes too much time to play endurance. Thats when i moved to "Accolade Open" > 18th Tab > Melbourne Cup w/ 6 Laps ... using a "BMW M3 GT2 ALMS" (almost fully upgraded). Now i earn approx $26-27k (including clean race bonus) for a "daily run". It takes about 6 minutes to complete 6 laps and per minute earning ratio this way is much faster for me. (I can play 12 laps with this BMW before i need to service it).

        I accidentally lost my 70+ Gold because of an accidental click and thats where matters started to become worse for me. Now i have left just above 100 gold coins, and since there is no proper way to earn Gold (more important than money) ... i am getting worried. We can't even earn gold on online races :

        Anyway, i have always used the opportunities i to get cheaper cars (20% Off). Infact, i don't proceed to "Unlock" a car unless i get enough money (i pre-calculate all the stuff).

        So you can see how carefully i am playing. But its becoming more and more difficult slowly. And seeing supercars like CCX take shit load of money to unlock, i don't think i'd be able to complete this game EVER, unless i pay them ... which is not going to happen.

        Please excuse this LONG and difficult-to-read post :D I wanted to show off my stats.

        • beomagi

          I hear you completely, I'm relying on leveling up for gold and that's a pittance compared to how much some areas require for completion.

          Higher up the ladder the winnings just don't match the cost of the cars. Lexus LFA stands out like a sore spot on my list, since I refuse to spend gold on it, and it's just sitting there with only the last cup race being unplayable.

          I'm starting to think it would be better for me to unlock cars and just wait for better than 20% off deals :( it really is that slow now).

          Give the Melbourne cup with the GTR a try. It's not a whole lot of money , but its a solid 8-9k in a minute per lap, so it's a good ratio. Thing is, that's time time for the GTR completely unserviced. The acceleration is so much better than the other cars in it's class, there's no need to service it for most races.

          • abobobilly

            Exactly. Thats the only way to get gold.

            Btw i did buy Lexus LFA. But without upgrading it, its utterly useless. And its not cheap upgrading it (or any car now for that matter), seriously :

            And 8-9k "Per Minute"? :o Are you serious? Can you guide me towards the location of this Melbourne lap? Is it the 11th Tab in "Pro/AM Club" ?

            I have experimented A LOT and the current one i am playing is the MOST money giver stage. I can choose not to service that BMW M3 GT2 ALMS but that brings an added challange, only makes the game harder. I still do play it without servicing it sometimes.

            Oh btw, incase you don't know ... we can skip those huge service or delivery times easily. Just turn off WiFi when playing (only makes the game tougher against real opponents anyway) ...

            1. Minimize the game (if you can, if you have 1GB or more RAM),
            2. Go to Settings > Time & Date and move either the date or time forward.
            3. Then go back to the game. You'll find your times skipped.
            4. Minimize the game again and Before resuming gameplay, MAKE SURE you restore the time to its original settings.

            Just takes some common sense. It will work on ANY game using these stupid times (say, CSR Racing) ... as long as you aren't connected to internet.

          • beomagi

            sorry I couldn't remember how many laps but it's a minute per lap at 4 laps. so 9k in 4:00 to 4:20. I know about the time thing but it's annoying to do. I like this one because there's no spending money to fix the car, and if you get an easy race, hitting retry gives you the same cars in the same order doing the same thing. So if your race has a slow viper in the lead, hitting retry will putt him back there again for an easy race even without repairs.

          • abobobilly

            The race with 4 Laps, yep. Its the one i mentioned, which is in "Pro/Am Club". For me, its difficult than the one i am already playing because it doesn't turn as efficiently as the M3 GT3 ALMS i am using for 6 laps. (GTR does 1.18 as max Gs while M3 GT3 ALMS does 1.56Gs, which even if i don't service, remains well above 1.26 which makes it faster and easier than the GTR).

            The fastest lap of Melbourne i did with M3 GT3 ALMS was 48-49 seconds and the slowest was 54-55 seconds.

            What i mean is, i am on the right track and getting the maximum money per lap, per minute ... which is basically the same as you are doing with the GTR, only i do 2 more laps. BUT, in the end i am saving slightly more time with M3 GT3 ALMS than with the GTR (because the latter is slower).

            Ah well, i haven't updated the game yet because i am not getting the time. But i hear this new update improves the money generation. If you notice any such thing, Please do let me know as well. :)

            P.S. Holy shit i just noticed that the Porsche RSR i was targeting is like 600 Golds. :o Where the f*ck do they expected me to get this gold from :S Even with 20% Off, its still heck of a lot gold than i EVER managed in the game (i managed to reach 520 something gold at max, in like 2 months).

          • beomagi

            I just updated, and the manager is awesome - doubles not only the race win, but the bonus too. I wonder if that works with the daily bonus too. Only problem is the first one was free and then he wants a gold coin. I'm hoping he resets daily.

          • abobobilly

            NICE. :D

            I am updating it right now. Just one last question. Can you tell me the size of the folder after the update? I am sure you know the location to where its installed. :)

          • Alex James Simon

            I have a quicker way, 288k per hour, need Porsche 918 RSR Concept, Accolade Open > Event 1 > Autocross Melborne (before you start try and get a TSM player with 32+ seconds 1st place time, makes it easier), each completion of this event should average 30 seconds, each 1st place you get equals 2350 R$, so 4800 R$ per minute, 4800 x 60 = 288,000, so 288k per hour :)

          • abobobilly

            That really helped. Added to my info bag :D

        • Pepo

          Race the Suzuka Cup in the same series and you will get a little more. Wait until you get to LFA it stinks you have to do 2 gold upgrades in order to meet the PR of 55 so that you can unlock the next series, >Supercar masters

          • Andi

            In the last race of Accolade Open race with the BMW M3 GT3 ALMS upgraded to some extent. A winning race for me is around 8'40'' and it pays 37-39'000, depending on the penalties. Today I raced using the daily and manager (crew) bonus in conjunction, for a reward of 140'000.

          • Hans Van Nuffel

            I drive that last Accolade race with the Porsche 918 on a daily basis, with the 100% bonus and the manager combined, I earn about 950'000 per WEEK. A very lucrative grind, that one.

          • Luovahulluus

            You only need to do one gold upgrade to the Lexus LFA, if you upgrade the exhaust. It's enough to push it to PR 55.

    • Pepo

      go to the nearest elimination event and use the same car that you are stuck with. loose 10 to 15 races and the robot cars will be easier and you can get farther I am on Supercar masters and have not spent a dime

      • tsingounis007

        Just turn off wireless and 3g networks and it has the same effect, no need to waste time loosin 10-15 races to race the bots :)

  • Editdroid

    I love this franchise, but hate the freeimum model. Ill pay any amount for a good game, but I will never pay money inside the app.

    • My name is….

      Couldnt agree more.
      And every update makes it worse.

      I would happily spend some dollars for this games, but here you need to spend a lot of dough to really progress in the game.

      Hack anyone?

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  • Pratik Holla

    Screw EA. I'd rather just pay 20 dollars for the game and be done with it. Both gameloft and EA are ruining mobile gaming. Can't believe gameloft has a $99 IAP to buy their expensive cars in Asphalt 8. I'd rather spend 60 on Forza 5 than on a mobile game.

    • Primalxconvoy

      That's why they aren't "real" games. It's not the mobile part of their games that makes them less of a serious contender against consoles; it's the frivolous disregard for customers with the iap's and, in EA's case, the lack of hardware joypad support.

      • StriderWhite

        The problem is that gamers on mobile devices aren't willing to pay for games (not all, but most of them). Take the example of Lemegeton Master Edition, a full game, a kind of (good) Castlevania clone, that cost less than 10 $$, but it was downloaded by less than 1000 persons! Even now, that it costs 2 bucks, isn't quite popular (less than 5000 downloads!). And only thanks to some popular blogs that pointed out the price reduction...
        If you look to the most grossing games, you'll see that most of them are free-to-play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/collection/topgrossing?hl=en

        That means that some people pays a lot of real money for these games...

        • Primalxconvoy

          I understand and I think there is a viscous circle or catch 22 in play here.

          Mobile games need to offer hardware controller support in every release, while hardware manufacturers and Google need to do more work in bringing a stable and easily available hardware solution to support controllers and/or big screen gaming.

          Once that is in place, I believe that the current gamers in the portable and home console markets will start to migrate some of their interest and money into the mobile market, by buying full priced (mobile priced) games.

          For me, that's the greatest hurdle that's stopping me from buying games over 99 units of currency.

  • cesar suarez

    luckily I have the hacker game! :)

    • Primalxconvoy

      What bonuses do you get? Unlimited funds?

      • cesar suarez

        if gold coins and unlimited once and you can use it forever no matter if you update the application :)

  • David Li

    you can't actually drift in rr3

  • Elloizius

    Why i cant i update my rr3 in nexus 5. Package invalid wtf?!

    • Primalxconvoy

      Are you using the same store to update it? Maybe you installed the game from another online source?

      • Elloizius

        I used google playstore. That's the only thing availablein our contry.

        • Primalxconvoy

          You can search Google or the app store for "aptoid", "1mobilemarket" or even some other Android stores. Some are more legit or safer than others. Some are web stores and some are apps themselves. I use them whenever some idiot dev decides to region restrict an app, for example.

  • Primalxconvoy

    Yawn... in other news, Asphalt 8, even with iap's, had no wait times and true online multiplayer.

    RR3 is yesterday's racer.

    • StriderWhite

      Sure, but Asphalt 8 is not free...By the way Asphalt 8 is impossibile to play without spending real dollars (not different from RR3). So. yeah, no wait time, but surely Gameloft is greedy as EA is...I think I will buy Real Racing too, I tried the demo yesterday, and it was pretty good!

      • Primalxconvoy

        I agree, but Asphalt 8 offers more value for me as it supports my ps3 controller and allows online multiplayer without the need for Google play services. Also, there are no artificial wait times to use cars or buy them.

        I suppose you could say that Asphalt 8 was the lesser of two evils.

        • StriderWhite

          This is so true...I enjoyed Asphalt 7, because you could actually play most of the game without having to pay a dime, after the actual price of the game, but I fear that Asphalt 9 will be the worst freemium game...

        • GraveUypo

          meh i have that installed but i don't like it very much for a few of reasons:

          1- it doesn't work offline (trust me, that's important to me. i do most of my "cellphone gaming" laying in a hammock in my farms with no internet connection)

          2- it's a dumbed down 'full throttle' racing game, only wide tracks and corners, and all the nitro boost and stunt bs which i never liked.

          3- multiple paths are stupid. they're just an excuse for the computer to blatantly cheat while staying out of your sight.

          i guess they're both racing games, but they're certainly not in the same genre. and in that, i'd pick nfs:mw over asphalt too.

          • Primalxconvoy

            I agree with all your points. That's why I won't invest anything more than a few pennies in mobile games right now. The controls are pants. I liked nfs: hp but I didn't like the waiting times for new nfs ed cars to appear (that'swhy I stopped playing gran Turismo psp). I just think Asphalt 8 is the lesser of many evils and more accessible, plus the controller support is good.

  • David Anderton

    This update messed up the endurance mode. Now I have to go off track before my distance starts being added. This game is getting worse with each update. Once you get into the pro levels the game forces you to spend big coin on cars otherwise you can't compete and I refuse to pay real money as I consider it cheating. Prefer to buy the game outright.

  • Rex Abellar

    anyone know the new code for Lexus?

  • Lazaro Santos

    Good afternoon, when he arrived the next update to Real Racing 3.

  • RR#@3

    You have got to be kidding me with this invaild lap BS!

  • Lui5888

    If you enjoyed earning lots of money with the Dodge showcase in the Speedway DON'T UPGRADE until you have your MILLIONS! The latest update has made this tougher, less cars n no chance of doing the 100's of miles u could previously rack up to earn £1M+. Stuffed! Back to earning the slow way!!!!

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