Vega Racer 2 gaming review

A week back i acquired a korean android phone called the Vega Racer 2(heres that old post). the device’s specs were upto gaming spec(as far as non-tegra devices go).

so i proceeded to load up some of the games i’ve played on my acer tab before.. and heres what i found.
(note: i won’t mention games like Angry Birds.. since they obviously play on specs like this)
here are the specs:
Pantech SKY Vega Racer 2 A830S
-Android 4.1
-Dual Core 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4
-Internal memory 16GB
-dimensions: 68.9mm X 132.4mm X 9.35mm
(4.8″ screen)
-screen resolution – 1280×720(HD 720p) 306ppi
-NFC enabled.

-AnTuTu Benchmark score: 10476 (identical to the Galaxy Note)

so heres what i’ve played and the respective verdicts:


ShadowGun ✩✩✩✩✩
Bombshells Hells Bells ✩✩✩✩✩
Modern Combat3: Fallen Nation ✩✩★★★

Racers and the rest:
Shine Runner✩✩✩✩✩
Trial Xtreme 3 ✩✩✩✩✩
Rail Rush✩✩✩✩✩ (i know its a Temple Run clone)
Highway Rider ✩✩✩✩✩

as you can see, i didn’t give MC3 5 stars.. even though i’m a fan of the franchise, and have played the preceding games.

this is because it had some serious issues.. but considering that games like ShadowGun,Bombshells and shine runner ran without issues.. i have to believe that the fault is not with the device but with MC3. a quick look at the comments confirms it, i’m not the only one dealing with these issues..

heres what happened:
Issue #1
the game would fc(force close) on launch.. after skimming the comments on the google play page i realised its an issue with “Force GPU rendering” .. basically you have to turn it off for the game to run :bomb: .

actual screenshot from the Vega Racer2
so anyway once you do this the game runs great! the graphics are impressive and highly detailed for a mobile game. here are some more screenshots from the Vega Racer 2

actual screenshot from the Vega Racer2

actual screenshot from the Vega Racer2

actual screenshot from the Vega Racer2

so anyway all seemed fine, and i was happily playing the first level when i noticed that it was becoming uncomfortable to control.. because my fingertips were getting hot! the game really pushes the cpu and gpu on this device.. so anyway i quit after sometime and went to the desktop widgets to check the temperature..

it was at +50˚C !!! :yikes:

actual screenshot from the Vega Racer2

need to do further tests.. but i don’t think i’ve had this heating issues with the other games.

Quick Verdict for now:
The Vega Racer 2 is a great gaming device, when your playing games like ShadowGun and the others that i gave ✩✩✩✩✩. there do however exist games that will make the device over heat..(hot enough that your fingers hurt while playing) the consequences of this heating on the hardware…. are left up to your imagination.

UPDATE: all games are eventually heating up the phone. Modern Combat just does it a lot faster(probably because its a newer game with more extensive graphics)

The homescreen wallpaper is from here.

Racer and ATV rendered with Kerkythea

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