REAL WORLD RACING is a top-down racing game using high-quality aerial imagery that lets you race through the world's greatest cities! Speed through London, Paris, Berlin, Rome and many other cities from a new and realistic perspective in a refreshing take on racing simulations.
User reviews: Mixed (301 reviews)
Release Date: Dec 6, 2013
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"Top down, Google Earth style racing. Really cool presentation and a ton of fun, with more realism than most racers. 8/10 (online isnt very active sadly)"
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REAL WORLD RACING is a top-down racing game using high-quality aerial imagery that lets you race through the world's greatest cities!
Speed through London, Paris, Berlin, Rome and many other cities from a new and realistic perspective in a refreshing take on racing simulations.



The use of high resolution aerial photographic images with 3D terrain enhancements, weather conditions and lighting effects guarantees a stunning visual experience.



REAL WORLD RACING delivers faithfully modelled car parameters and physics simulation for the best control experience yet in a top-down racer.



With a full-fledged career mode, online multiplayer up to 16 players and special Online challenges, REAL WORLD RACING really keeps you coming back for more. Compete in a variety of events ranging from Slalom courses to arcade-like Checkpoint races.



Find your favourites among 80 cars, each with its very own driving style and swappable liveries, 50+ tracks running along world-famous landmarks, 80+ career events and 50 collectible challenge cards are only a taste of what awaits you in REAL WORLD RACING.



Developed by a small and dedicated indie team, REAL WORLD RACING is a live game, constantly updated and shaped by the playerbase, with free additional content planned and added regularly.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP or higher
    • Processor: Dual Core Processor
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX 9, Shader Model 3.0 compliant (Intel HD Graphics Core Series)
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 2500 MB available space
Helpful customer reviews
11 of 13 people (85%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: March 4
Well, I was on the fence as far as buying this game goes, but I'm glad I did. It's actually a very fun racing game presented in a somewhat unique fashion.

It basically looks like Google Earth/Maps/what have you, with the street view, and your racing is all top down view. This looks really cool, adds a dose of realism to the game, and is effective in presenting the game in a manner quite unlike anything I have seen previously.

I dont know how authentic the cities really are, but they look perfect in my estimation. I can see myself actually driving through those cities. It's all street racing, and there are points where the roads narrow, split, go under bridges or large trees, etc...that can make the races even more challenging than they already are.

So, what about the races and the cars themselves? The cars are cool. There are a lot of unlockable cars plus an in game dealership to buy more with money earned in races. There isnt a lot of in game detail due to the google Earth approach, but you can go to the garage via the in game options to see what they really look like, what their strengths and weaknesses are, etc...They actually handle a lot like real cars in my estimation. No loose controls or silly features. This game rewards tight, practical control of your vehicle, and everything seems pretty much just like the way real cars handle.You will need to practice to get good at this game. Sloppy play will result in a lot of replays. That said, I didnt find that it took too long to get accustomed to the controls, and once you do, you defintiely feel like you can take down every race. Just know this isnt a casual game as far as the mechanics go. You WILL need to learn how to drive your cars properly.

The races themselves take the form of all the standards....normal lap races, time trials, elimination, and so on. There is also a helicopter cam race type where instead of being the normal top down view, you instead are looking at your vehicle via the helicopters camera. It's a pretty cool type of race that I havent seen before either.

The only real downside to this game that I can see is the distinct lack of an online community. There doesnt ever seem to be anybody online, which kind of sucks since a lot of the features and cheevos are dependant on online play. I thinmk the way to go is to simply play with people you know, or possibly to start a Steam group specifically for this, and then list it on the Community Hub.

Anyway, I give the game itself 8 out of 10. It's actually really good. However, that rating could slide quite a bit if you are hoping for online play, which is virtually non-existent sadly
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
5.7 hrs on record
Posted: March 18
This is the best top-down racing game on steam. I don't normally play top-down racers, but when I do, it's Real World Racing.

That's about it, there is not much to it. It's a top-down racing game.

Or is it?

Pros:

+Top-down
+Very nice graphics
+Real cities
+Actually fun to drive (try that manual gear son)
+Engine sounds
+Day/Night concept in races
+Bonus objectives to complete during races
+Stuff unlocking
+Different race types (knock-out, one-on-one etc.)
+Multiple DLCs to download (including a zombie filled one)

Cons:

-Handling of cars can sometimes be frustrating - especially on higher tiers (those things fly)
-No car modifications (except colors)

That's about it. There is a career mode where you can climb the tiers up. Higher tier cars are harder to drive. The tracks tend to get harder as well. You will unlock special paint jobs for your vehicles. You will stack up money and buy new cars for higher tiers. I like the whole driving license thingy as well. I always liked that in a racing game. All in all, there is no way for me to not recommend this game.

On a final note, the developers are now working on a confirmed Real World Racing 2!
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 4
Fun top-down racer. Physics and handling are tighter and more realistic/less arcadey than your typical top-down racer, but not quite to the extent of a full on racing sim. It looks great, and has plenty of content.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
35.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 31
Bearing in mind that there are few top-down racers on Steam to choose from, i still recommend Real World Racing though if it had more competition then it would be a thumbs-down.
This game has so many flaws that will drive you up the wall, but it does at least remain fun throughout providing you have the patience.

Let's list them, shall we?
- This is a racing game, but one of the game modes (helicopter) requires you to stop-start and not drive as fast as you can. Plus you have to play it many, many times over in order to learn the route. It's dreadful in every conceivable way.
- There is no AI in the other cars, they all drive like morons, and if you happen to touch them then 99 times out of 100 you will come off worst, even if you're T-boning them.
- The main selling point of the game is that each 'track' is a real-world location using photographic data. Unfortunately some of these photographs use a really low resolution and look terrible on any large display.
- The game uses a scale of various vehicle traits with scores out of 10 for each one to help you work out which car is best for each event. But in nearly every case the figures are meaningless and do not reflect the performance of the car in any way.
- The cars are all modelled on real-life vehicles though i presume for licencing reasons, they have different names. A few of the cars appear to be performance-matched to the real-life counterparts which is good, but the rest of them do not. It's almost as if the developer's started down a path and then decided it was too much work and so didn't bother for the rest.
- At least 50% of the vehicles have the handbrake and brake functions the wrong way round.
- You will be restarting races a LOT.
- No really. Some of the secondary challenges require perfect runs and the AI is non-existent so you'll be crashing a lot through no fault of your own.
EDIT: Oh yeah and the game crashes on a regular basis too, especially when after a bazillion retries you finally succeed in a task.

It's not worth the £6.99 regular price, but do pick it up in a sale if you like top-down racing. Just don't expect too much.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: April 21
Really sweet game, and the developers are making a sequel that promises an even better experience. Highly recommend it to the casual racers. This is not a simulator, ok?
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