Real Racing 3

Electronic Art’s Real Racing 3 is finally here via the Play Store, at least for international Android users. The North American listing doesn’t work just yet, but with EA freemium approach for the game, you might not be missing much.

While many people don’t care much for “freemium” apps to begin with, apparently Real Racing 3’s in-app purchase system is even worse than you’d expect.

In Real Racing 3, just about everything takes real-world time. Crash your car? Repairs take about an hour. Need a tune-up? That’s about three hours or so. Even buying a car takes a few minutes. The only way to skip the wait is to buy coins with your hard-earned cash.

This new system could certainly ruin the game for many folks that aren’t willing to pay the right to play the game quickly without real-life wait times. There is a glimmer of hope, though.

EA has already received quite poor reception of the title because of this new timer ‘feature’, and so perhaps the fact that the North American version hasn’t been released is indication that they are tweaking the system to be a little less annoying? Keep your fingers crossed.

Outside of the timer system, there is actually quite a bit to love about this game. There are 45 different rides from manufacturers including Bugatti and Audi. There are also 900 regular events to race, and a unique time-shifting multiplayer mode. The graphics are also top-notch.

Of course none of that will really matter if no one plays the game due to Electronic Art’s decision to ruin it by going freemium and utilizing a horrible timer system. When it becomes available to your area, you can at least try it out for free. Keep in mind that the game requires a 1.7GB additional data download, which might be a little big for some us with limited space on our Android devices.

Are you still excited for Real Racing 3 our has Electronic Arts ruined it for you by requiring in-app purchases to make the most out of the game?