A small collection of hints and basic tips to get the jump on your racing rivals
A Tip or Two To Try
As far as racing simulators out there go, Firemint’s Real Racing 2 is truly one of the very best examples of the racing genre you could possibly hope to own (that is until Real Racing 3 came out, but that’s a subject for another day). Never has there been a racing game with an all-round brilliance at the level of Real Racing 2: everything from the 16-player multiplayer to the immersive career mode, the huge range of incredibly-designed and represented cars through to the first-person view and the phone-tilt steering mechanism is brilliant and, save for a few framerate decreases here and there – utterly perfect. It surprises me therefore that I haven’t really found any form of well-written FAQs or guides on how to improve your racing game on the internet whatsoever. Though I cannot claim to be good enough at the game to possibly offer to write any sort of comprehensive guide on the matter, I would like to offer at least a few tips to beginners and those out there that are struggling to progress or shave those vital few seconds off their time.
Some basic considerations
If you’re new to the Real Racing concept and the gameplay of Real Racing 2, you may not know even things that most may consider common sense for the game, so let’s start with some very basic tips to ensure the foundations are covered.
Firstly, if you aren’t managing to properly control the action due to a disagreement with the control arrangement itself, then don’t moan about it: change it! You can access the control configuration from the options menu to change between a few different types of steering such as a virtual wheel and even a tap-and-steer configuration if the tilt controls simply aren’t working for you.
This may seem obvious but try to avoid bashing into other cars because although you won’t suffer any damage that will affect your performance long-term, a simple tap against another car can reduce your speed enough to alter the course of the race. This is particularly true in the more difficult races where literally every turn and each second count, meaning the difference between 1st and 3rd place.
It can pay to take care when upgrading your car because if you make it too powerful you will exclude the car from some events that may have been fruitful in terms of earning money to grind for upgrades. Conversely, also pay attention to which upgrades you can apply to your car since you may be excluded from a race as you car currently stands but just a few upgrades could allow you to qualify for some races. Also remember that upgrades purchased are vehicle-specific, so upgrading one car to the max doesn’t mean the next car you purchase will be upgraded to the same level.
A Little Bit More Detail
Enough with the general tips, eh? Let’s get down to some actual detail and focus on ways to improve your driving.
As is mentioned above, you can choose between control settings, though setting B (accelerometer steering, manual acceleration and manual braking) is probably the best. Any option that takes over accelerating for you is an absolute no-no, that is if you want to actually be successful and win every single race you can, that is. It is vitally important that you are completely in control of the acceleration and braking because it is the combination of these on the track and around corners that will make all the difference in each race.
Upgrade Up to Requirements
When selecting cars for tournaments, it is best to purchase a car that has suitable stats to meet requirements and then upgrade them as much as you can without exceeding the requirements for each race. This ensures that you have the best possible chance in each race and you won’t be limited by sub-standard hardware.
Follow the Tyre Marks
In addition to the mini on-screen track icon that dynamically represents your position on a representative portion of the track, there is a more obvious visual cue: the tyre marks. Follow these as much as possibly, particularly when taking corners.
Let Off, Tap On
Remember when I told you to have manually-controlled acceleration and braking earlier? This was for a reason, which is that Real Racer 2 is about gaining ground literally inch by inch, pinching a corner here and a straight there. Firstly, ease off the accelerator a little when coming towards a corner, and tap (do not hold down or jam on) the brake if needed in order to control the car. The idea is to have to apply as little brake and ease off the accelerator for the least amount of time you can possibly manage.
Slow Down, Speed Up
With the more powerful cars that are unlocked later on in the game, it can be a good idea instead of braking around corners to instead let the car slow down before it even approaches them (roughly 110mph often does the trick), and when you hit the apex of the corner, begin accelerating through the turn. This often negates the need for using the brakes and therefore allows you to achieve a greater speed through the corners.
Stay Away from the Strips (Where Possible)
The stripped edges of the tracks that alternate between white and coloured blocks are another source of deceleration slowing you down by as much as 15%. These can be used when the purpose is to slow down, but avoid them as much as possibly in the straights since they will cause you to lose speed.
When all Else Fails, Ricochet!
If you think you can afford to make contact with rival cars, make each contact count by literally using your opponent’s vehicles as surfaces to bounce off when taking corners. This allows you to approach corners much more quickly than if no one was there since you have the other cars as essentially safety nets for you to bounce off from (enemy cars don’t affect your speed as severely as bumping into actual road-side obstacles or walls.