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Looking for a racing game

10-01-2009, 03:21 PM
#1
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Looking for a racing game

I'm having an urge for a racing game, and hoping folks can help me. I'm a recent enough convert to portable gaming on the ipod, that I don't really know the franchises to mention when looking for a recommendation; forgive me for starting with console references.

I'm looking for something along the lines of a Ridge Racer, or maybe Burnout if either of those are possible.

I don't mind getting better cars or better parts for my car as I go, but I'd rather not start out in a Ford Focus, and race through lots of laps to get a slightly faster, better tuned Ford Focus.

Also, I would like to stay away from both the more technical games like Gran Turismo, and the really game-y kart racing.

Suggestions, comments, questions?
10-01-2009, 03:22 PM
#2
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You may like Need for speed.

10-01-2009, 03:29 PM
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Originally Posted by darkhorse View Post
You may like Need for speed.
Agreed. Real Racing is the Gran Turismo of the iPhone, NFS is pretty basic in comparison, has nice graphics and story mode.

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10-01-2009, 03:31 PM
#4
not a big fan of racing games myself but im pretty sure almost every single person will say real racing. the only game i have is fastlane which I always liked... but its really hard. its just 99c though so good deal there
10-01-2009, 03:35 PM
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I think that the only two games you should be considering are Real Racing and NFS Undercover. From what you tell us, it seems that NFS would be more adecuate. It was made to be like Burnout Paradise, except that they weren't able to bring the city to iPhone version so it's a bunch of individual races. There is a lot of customization and you drive by tilting your phone, which feels very responsive, though, it's very very asisted, completely arcade.

I have both of these games and although I still play them both, as soon as I got Real Racing, it became my favorite racer quite possibly on any device.
I would describe it as being in between Ridge Racer and Gran Turismo. The main reason why I stayed away from it at the beginning is because I wanted to customize my cars (you can't at all in Real Racing, nor are they real, existing cars) and because I too wanted to avoid a GT experience on my iPhone. But the truth is that the driving experience is so orgasmic in Real Racing, soon you don't want to play anything else. There are various ways of driving and my favorite one is where you actually use the car's inside view and control the steering wheel. Let me tell you that I have NEVER used the inside view, I hate it. But in Real Racing, it's wonderful.

You will enjoy both games. NFS comes closer to what you want, but the truth is that it doesn't even come close to Real Racing. I say this as a hardcore NFS Undercover supporter. RR blew me away.

In case you want more options, which I consider inferior, try out Gameloft's Ferrari Game or wait for the new Need for Speed game, it could turn out to be great.

Let me know if you have any questions or want more options.
10-01-2009, 03:46 PM
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Quote:
Originally Posted by sarahsdad View Post
I'm having an urge for a racing game, and hoping folks can help me. I'm a recent enough convert to portable gaming on the ipod, that I don't really know the franchises to mention when looking for a recommendation; forgive me for starting with console references.

I'm looking for something along the lines of a Ridge Racer, or maybe Burnout if either of those are possible.

I don't mind getting better cars or better parts for my car as I go, but I'd rather not start out in a Ford Focus, and race through lots of laps to get a slightly faster, better tuned Ford Focus.

Also, I would like to stay away from both the more technical games like Gran Turismo, and the really game-y kart racing.

Suggestions, comments, questions?
You might like Fastlane...idk anything about the games you mentioned
But as I'm sure you'll hear over and over, Real Racing is the best racing game
10-01-2009, 04:08 PM
#7
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Originally Posted by themendoz View Post
I think that the only two games you should be considering are Real Racing and NFS Undercover. From what you tell us, it seems that NFS would be more adecuate. It was made to be like Burnout Paradise, except that they weren't able to bring the city to iPhone version so it's a bunch of individual races. There is a lot of customization and you drive by tilting your phone, which feels very responsive, though, it's very very asisted, completely arcade.

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You will enjoy both games. NFS comes closer to what you want, but the truth is that it doesn't even come close to Real Racing. I say this as a hardcore NFS Undercover supporter. RR blew me away.

In case you want more options, which I consider inferior, try out Gameloft's Ferrari Game or wait for the new Need for Speed game, it could turn out to be great.

Let me know if you have any questions or want more options.

Thanks for the rundown. For some reason, the whole Undercover thing never grabbed me as much as I thought it would. I think I'll pick up Asphalt and Fastlane for now, and see how the upcoming NFS game matches up against RR when it comes out.
10-01-2009, 04:13 PM
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Nooo don't get asphalt
10-01-2009, 04:24 PM
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Originally Posted by wootbean View Post
Nooo don't get asphalt
Oooops. well. If I hate it, I will at least freely admit that I bought it with some fair warning that there are better games.

I figure I'll wait for the new NFS game, and see how that stacks up against RR, then spend the relatively big bucks on one of them.

The only thing that worries me about RR is seeing phrases like "drive the line", because I usually hear them when someone's talking about the more technical racing games.

And no matter what, it'll cost me a lot less to hunt around for a fun racing game here than on a console.
10-01-2009, 04:39 PM
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Quote:
Originally Posted by sarahsdad View Post
Oooops. well. If I hate it, I will at least freely admit that I bought it with some fair warning that there are better games.

I figure I'll wait for the new NFS game, and see how that stacks up against RR, then spend the relatively big bucks on one of them.

The only thing that worries me about RR is seeing phrases like "drive the line", because I usually hear them when someone's talking about the more technical racing games.

And no matter what, it'll cost me a lot less to hunt around for a fun racing game here than on a console.
I think fastlane is a good option. I really enjoyed the lite version and if it's still 99c, you get a great deal and lotsa fun. Be warned though, the iDevices are capapble of much more graphics and feature-wise. Ive heard everywhere that people complain about Assfault so it might be a good idea to start with Fastlane and then wait for the new NFS or RR.

Don't worry too much about the simulation side to RR. The developer addressed that issue and convinced me thouroughly. When asked if his game was an arcade or a simulation, he simply stated that it was a mix of both and said that simulation is a term people use when they can't get their vehicles to respond appropriately. He wanted to create an experience where even real life drivers could try out his game and feel that the controls were responsive to what is expected of a car. Someone probably has that link somewhere and it was fun reading his opinions.

Anyway, maybe you like wipe-out-like games. Low grav racer and Phaze are the best clones in the app store. You might like those too.