GT Racing 2: The Real Car Experience is a true-to-life automotive journey featuring the most prestigious cars in the world. The best-selling franchise is back to offer an unprecedented level of driving enjoyment, whether playing solo or multiplayer
Release Date: 13/11/2013
Available on: iOS, Android, Windows
GT Racing 2 is as Real as it Gets
When it comes to racing games, it's hard to deny that car variety is the one that seals the deal. And that's one area where GT Racing 2 truly shines. The game features a whopping 71 licensed vehicles from over 30 manufacturers. Try your hand at driving an authentic Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca or take your pick from an impressive collection of racing machines by leaders in the industry including Ferrari, Audi, Mercedes-Benz, Dodge, Lamborghini and much more.
The Checkered Flag
Of course, having the chance to drive the world's most prestigious vehicles won't mean much if their handling is off. The good thing is, driving physics is also one of this game's strengths. GT Racing 2 claims to have the most realistic car dynamics ever found in a handheld system -- and why not? We've tested the controls and were pleasantly surprised with its response. You don't even have to be the one to adjust your play style in order to learn how to maneuver your chosen car because the game does all that for you. There are 4 different control schemes which dictate how you turn corners. A Sensitivity adjustment feature modifies how the controls respond to your taps to ensure that they work without delays. Are you new to the racing circuit? Keep things simple by activating the game’s Steering Assistance, its Braking Assistance -- even use both at the same time.
Dynamic Racing Delivery
It's not always sunny in the circuits of GT Racing 2. When they say realistic, they mean it. Races occur during different times of the day and are affected by different weather conditions. Worry not though. You won't miss any of the heart-pounding action with the game's camera options. There are four all in all, including an amazing Interior view. Because the cars are based on actual designs, this is sure to be a treat for auto aficionados.
Speaking of which, the game's graphics are absolutely stunning. The 3D models look sleek without that artificial, computer generated feel. The level of realistic detail, combined with believable lighting makes for a true feast for the eyes. From shiny bumpers to reflections on the hood of the car, expect console quality visuals. We're not talking about pre-rendered graphics here; we're referring to real time rendering. On the downside, we found the menu layout to be messy. Instead of an organized list, you get a flashy mix of large previews and scattered labels. It looks good, no doubt, but it may confuse young racers enough to lead to unintended premium purchases.
Good Use of Premium
Unlike other free to play racing games in the market, GT Racing 2 has no repair times or repair costs. After hiring a mechanic, you will have to be patient when it comes to upgrading your cars though. Leveling up a Sonic's acceleration, for instance, lasts 4 minutes. While your car is in the garage, you cannot use it for races unless you pay to speed up the process. We found it to be a fair compromise, since you can time these to happen when you're about to go offline.
The Verdict: Time to Rev Up
Of course, as it is with all freemium games, this title does encourage you to spend somehow. Aside from the upgrade wait times, you will need to contend with a steep level of difficulty starting somewhere in the middle of your campaign. This entails some serious grinding to overcome, but it is possible. The good news is that there are plenty of challenges to conquer even before you hit a free to play roadblock. There are 28 new ones per week that give you a chance to add to your car collection. Play solo mode to hone your maneuvering skills or go for multiplayer to see how you match up against the best handheld racers across the globe. You can even join teams to cooperate and conquer with your pals. With its sophisticated physics, user-friendly control schemes and realistic vehicle models, this game is something no racing ran should miss.
GT Racing 2 is developed by Gameloft.