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Mozilla Firefox updates to version 21 with a new Health Report and additional Do Not … Read more
Endless runners have been a longtime staple for many casual gamers. Whether you're a Temple Runner, Jetpack Joyrider, or Robotic Unicorn on the Attack fan, you realize that these games are fun for one simple reason: they are easy to pick up and put down. Race The Sun, at its core, is not very different from these other running games. With that said, we were surprised how much time it sucked out of our day.
In Race The Sun you pilot a solar-powered craft, racing at a breakneck speed down a desolate gray desert toward the sunset (Sounds like … Read more
It may be more than 40 years since NASA last put a man on the moon, but those Apollo missions continue to serve as a driving force for some aspiring engineers.
On Friday and Saturday, the space agency hosted its 20th annual Great Moonbuggy Race. For these competitions, entrants from colleges and high schools have to to design, build, and race lightweight, human-powered vehicles -- think pedicabs on steroids -- that a pair of riders then must muscle over a half-mile course designed to simulate the lunar surface. NASA says that the "race teams face many of the same … Read more
Vroom vroom! PlayStation gamers should get ready to rev up their racing rigs as it appears Gran Turismo 6 might be coming later this year.
Following last week's discovery of Newegg's nondescript placeholder for Gran Turismo 6, Italian retailer Multiplayer put up a very revealing listing for the unannounced racing game on its Web site. Surprisingly, the page hosts a never before seen image of what could be GT6's box art as well as a November 28 release date. Keep in mind these details could be exclusive to Europe and the North America version may differ. … Read more
You and your friends need a Playstation 3 or Xbox 360 to play great racing games together, right? Wrong! Real Racing 3 gives you an incredible racing experience on your smartphone or tablet. With real, customizable cars, amazing graphics, and hundreds of levels, there probably isn't a better racing simulator on Android.
The app takes an absurdly long time to load when you first play it. It took upwards of 30 minutes to actually get to the game during testing. Your best bet is to leave it downloading while you work on something else. Once you're finally playing … Read more
Complain about freemium all you want, but that isn't stopping the momentum behind Real Racing 3.
Despite early complaints that Electronic Arts had turned a beloved franchise into a nickel-and-dime operation, Real Racing 3 has proven to be a solid title for the company. EA told CNET that downloads of the game in the first week exceeded the total for the first two games combined.
Some of the other statistics are impressive: 350 million races have been completed since the game launched late last month. On average, 25 million races are completed each day, with players spending an average … Read more
Real Racing 3 (iOS | Android) is the best in the popular auto racing series so far, with real-world cars, tight controls, and amazing graphics, but some people still may be turned off by the game's somewhat intrusive freemium model. In fact, this game would have been a CNET Editors' Choice if EA had stuck with the one-time purchase model of the first two games in the series.
Real Racing 3 delivers the most realistic racing experience available on a touch-screen device. Everything from the car models and textures to the lifelike physics as you speed around real-world tracks fully … Read more
PLAYA VISTA, Calif.--Electronic Arts is betting big that it can make more money by giving its games away.
The company plans to offer Real Racing 3, its marquee mobile racing game, for free to iOS and Android customers on February 28. That marks a dramatic shift for the franchise, which previously charged a hefty amount for the console-quality game. Real Racing 2 for the iPhone still costs $4.99.
The change underscores a move toward a business known in the mobile industry as "freemium," or games that are freely offered but have the option of in-game purchases … Read more
Though this game can't decide if it wants to be for kids or adults, it definitely lives up to its name. Fun Run - Multiplayer Race is a side-scrolling racer that lets you do unspeakably awful things to its cute characters to win. This game is enjoyable enough racing against the computer, but really shines once you start racing against your friends or people worldwide.
To start the Fun Run - Multiplayer Race game, you need to register. Luckily, you don't need to give the game anything more than a username and you can sync with your Facebook … Read more