Until I had played Firemint’s Real Racing ($9.99), I had played a few casual racing games that were not comparable. Then Real Racing came along and beat out all of those racing game contenders at the track. With Real Racing, $9.99 takes you way ahead of the game. This game boasts amazing graphics that mimic HD on a television and excellent gameplay.

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The game has five modes. Quick Race lets you enjoy a quick run through the track and is great for getting started. Career mode lets you improve upon your skills while ramping up points and unlocking new opportunities (tracks, cars, and more). Time Trial lets you race against the clock to get better than your last score. Play locally or online (via leagues) with friends.

The controls are great. Tilt your iPhone to go left or right; touch the bottom of the screen to brake, and touch the top to change the view of the driver. You’ll find that these controls beat out other racing games, as I found most of those a lot more difficult.

One of my favorite features is that you can listen to your own music from your iPod library instead of listening to the game’s music. But beyond this, there’s a pretty good music soundtrack as well.

I’ve never before played an iPhone game that actually makes you feel like you’re there. That all changed with Real Racing. It’s really that good.

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