Gameloft introduced us to GT Racing 2 two months ago with a strange focus on Mercedes-Benz cars, but now the full game is available with a full complement of manufacturers. GT Racing 2 is a free download in the Play Store for devices running Android 2.3 or higher. You'll need just under a gigabyte of free storage to download it (not to mention a decent connection).
GT Racing is Gameloft's take on a racing simulator, a la Gran Turismo or Forza, as opposed to the more cartoony style of Asphalt. Grand Prix-style tracks, somewhat realistic physics, multiple weather conditions, and yes, a driver's eye camera are all included. The game features new and classic cars from 30 different manufacturers, including the Big Three American manufacturers, Nissan, Audi, Ferrari, Mitsubishi, and more. There are a handful of standard race modes in single-player and multiplayer, and Gameloft will update the game with 28 new challenges each week.
The campaign progression is virtually identical to Asphalt 8: start out with a low-end car, earn stars to unlock new events and cash to buy new cars or upgrades. Yes, it's a freemium game, which means you'll definitely hit a grind for stars or cash at some point in order to tempt you into spending real money on cars or in-game currency. On the other hand, Gameloft knows that more than a few people were left with a bad taste in their mouths after trying EA's time-based freemium model in Real Racing 3:
• No repair times or repair costs! We won't make you wait or pay to race in an event again.
Well played, Gameloft. Well played.