In-between races, there's a constant cycle of self-improvement of the automotive variety. Seven different parts of each car can be upgraded to five stages (six with special parts), meaning there's almost always a way to make your car faster.
2 was almost starting to have that feel. It was announced, in the works for a while and then in soft launch for quite some time.
It's fair to say the cars look pretty impressive even before you do anything to them, as NaturalMotion delivers on its promise to up the ante on the game's visuals. The lighting and reflections are especially eye-catching, and provided your phone or tablet has enough oomph under the hood, you can even open the doors, hood and trunk. Purchased cars roll off the truck into your garage, making this as close as you can get to owning an insanely expensive fleet of high-performance vehicles without a ten-digit net worth.
It turns out that the first game that NaturalMotion has produced since becoming part of Zynga was worth the wait. While it's still drag racing, and thus might not interest people interested in seeing cars do things other than go in a straight line, CSR Racing 2 is visually stunning and offers enough gameplay improvements that it should easily hook everyone who enjoyed its predecessor and a bunch of new fans to boot.
The general framework in CSR2 is more or less the same.Topple the boss a fourth time in a special race and you win his or her ride to use in the next tier of races.
A wide range of cosmetic enhancements is also available, including paint, rims, custom liveries and more. A freshness bonus rewards you for switching up the look of your vehicles each week, providing even more reason to get creative.
The primary game mechanics of timing the launch just right and shifting at the proper times have also been adjusted to make them more accessible while still challenging. Gone are the system of lights from CSR Racing, replaced by a zone on the tachometer at which you have to keep the needle in the green. It's similar to the approach taken by other games in the genre released since the previous title, and it works well.