Real Racing 2 is the long-awaited sequel to popular driving game Real Racing, and it definitely lives up to all the hype. Like the original game, Real Racing 2 offers the same sensitive accelerometer steering that feels just right on the iPhone. But there are a lot of new features in this sequel that make it even better than the original.
One of the biggest changes is the ability to drive real-world cars; Firemint managed to get 30 officially licensed cars, and each car sounds and drives like its real-world counterpart. You also can take part in automatched 16-player online races, though you'll want to have a solid connection over Wi-Fi or 3G to be competitive. You also can compete in eight-player local Wi-Fi races for a seamless multiplayer experience.
The original Real Racing was known for its amazing graphics, and Real Racing 2 is even better, with fairly high frame rates and realistic-looking lens flares and reflections as you tear around the track in one of 15 different locations. The single-player game offers a lot of content, challenging you to compete in races to make money so you can purchase performance upgrades and new cars. You also compete in short head-to-head challenges where you'll earn a significant amount of in-game money for winning single-lap races against an AI opponent.
As you progress through the game you'll earn enough money to buy faster, more expensive cars, such as the 2010 Ford Shelby Mustang GT500 and the 2012 McLaren MP4-12C. You'll also have the option to purchase different-colored paint jobs so you can customize your car just the way you want it.
Overall, Real Racing 2 is probably the best racing game in the iTunes App Store and easily one of the best games of 2011. With beautiful graphics, 30 real-life sports cars, 15 tracks, and 16-player online racing, this game is a must-have for all driving-game fans.