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Real Racing 2 HD not looking so special on your new iPad 2? This might help

Real Racing 2 HD is a flagship game for Apple's A5 powered iPad 2. The massive increase in graphics rendering power provided by the SXG543MP2 chip gives RR2 HD a new lick of paint compared to the iPad 1 version. Realtime reflections, rock solid frame rates and full screen anti-aliasing make RR2 HD a perfect vehicle to show out your new iPad 2, or so we thought...

After restoring the iPad 2 from a saved iPad 1 backup (via iTunes) we fired up Real Racing 2 HD fully expecting to be blown away. What we saw was almost exactly like what we had just previously witnessed on the iPad 1, where was the silky smooth frame and the anti-aliasing?

After much investigation we drew a blank, either the problem was very rare indeed, or simply hadn't been noticted and documented yet. Out of frustration we searched on Twitter for the term, 'aliasing'. A-ha! Though not an answer to our problem, Robert Sammons had made a similar observation about the poor quality of RR2 HD on the iPad 2. A few messages back and forth and we soon had a solution.

WARNING: Deleting and reinstalled RR2 HD will erase all your save game data.

Delete Real Racing 2 HD from your iPad 2 and reinstall it via iPad's own App Store app. We have no idea why this works, though we are guessing that the game only checks to see what version of the iPad it's running on when it's launched for the very first time, meaning that the code is optimised for the iPad 1's graphics chip rather than the new SGX543MP2 that powers the iPad 2. Reinstalling seems to correct this issue. RR2 HD running in its full glory on an iPad 2 is a sight to behold, and is easily the best racing experience on the iPad so far.

We take no responsibility for any loss of game data. However if you are using Game Center with RR2 HD you can restore all your saved data. Here's how:

On the home screen, the first screen after the intro movie, tap on your Game Center name in the top righthand side of the screen. Then under Player Settings tap Restore Save and select and restore the most recent backup. It would be well worth checking that you actually do have a saved game data file on Game Center before deleting and reinstalling.

Many thanks to Robert Sammons for his help in finding a solution.

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