Asphalt 8 Airborne is yet another entry in the popular racing series, Asphalt. Despite releasing way back in 2013. It still seems to receive a bit of updates, which shows that developer Gameloft really care for this title.
The Asphalt series is known by many racing fans, with the first Asphalt game releasing way back in 2004. It’s a highly popular racing mobile series that strives to push the graphical boundaries of mobile phones, while introducing new things to keep things fresh. Let’s see what this entry offers compared to its predecessors.
Asphalt 8 Airborne: Game Play
What I really like about this game, but what is also seen in previous Asphalt games, is that you can choose from a few different control options. You can tilt to steer, tap the side of the screen to steer or use a virtual steering wheel to steer your car.
In all of these options, the car automatically accelerates, which is okay and understandable, as this is a mobile game. But, in this entry, the developers have added another new control option. This new control option lets you manually accelerate using on-screen icons, while tilting to steer.
I really like that they added this option, as you can now have full control of your vehicle. It might be harder, but it’s an option for gamers that want to have complete control over their vehicle, as seen in PC racing games. It’s completely optional but it’s great that the developers took the time to add this option for those that want it.
The user interface has got a good upgrade. Everything is much cleaner and easier to find when navigating the menus. As for the game itself, it looks and runs great. You can adjust the visual quality if it’s lagging for you but the game looks great on the highest settings. There are a variety of different maps to race through, and each race can last a maximum of 3 laps. The environments in which you race through look great. Racing through the sandy landscapes of Nevada makes your car look dustier. A lot of maps also have various different shortcuts that you can use to your advantage. They are all very well designed and a lot of fun to drive through.
This is the first game in the Asphalt series to feature a licensed soundtrack. I really like it. Each map starts off with the music that best suits the area. The developers have done a great job putting music that fits greatly in each map.
The game can played against AI in Career mode or in Quick Solo Race mode, but can also be played in Multiplayer. Here are the kind of races you can play both against AI and online players.
Asphalt 8 Airborne Type of Modes
You have your classic races to the finish line, but you also have this Elimination mode. In Elimination mode, the racer in last place gets a timer. When the timer reaches zero, this racer is eliminated. This goes on and on until the last racer still on the road wins. It’s a pretty fun and intense mode that forces you to keep a constant lead on other racers.
Next to Elimination mode you also have Knockdown mode where the goal is to take down as many cars as you can. The racer with the highest amount of wrecked cars wins. It’s a lot of fun using nitro and blasting every car to pieces. The physics are great and you can really see the cars shatter to pieces when you do wreck them.
In this mode there are infected racers that explode when their timer runs out. The racer in the last place gets infected, and this infected racer has a timer. When it runs out all infected racers explode and get cured from the infection when they are spawned back in. Hitting and infecting other racers gives you more time till the explosion. Infected racers even have infinite nitro, which lets them easily get past every non-infected racer. Apart from that your goal is to win the race. It’s a lot of fun playing this mode and the races are always quite fast and chaotic, with knockdowns happening on every corner.
Versus Mode is just like classic racing, except here it’s only you and your rival. There’s nothing much different here. The goal is to win the race with only 1 lap, which means that each mistake can heavily impact who gets to the finish line first. It’s nothing special but it’s a fun 1 on 1 game mode.
Asphalt 8 Airborne: Tag Racing Mode
Tag Racing is a mode that you can only play against AI. In this mode you get to choose 3 cars and the goal is to win the race by driving all three cars. You have a timer on how long you can drive each car, so when time runs out, your current car gets transformed into the next car. This goes on and on until the race is finished. It’s a really interesting mode that lets you try out various different cars that you may have in your garage but haven’t really used that much.
Asphalt 8 Airborne Cars
There are a ton of different licensed cars, from Audi and Chevrolet to Lamborghini and Ferrari. You have no shortage of cars to choose from. Some cars may require Blueprints which you can get in various events, boxes and exclusive deals. You also have a lot of different decals that you can use to customize your car.
One of the newest licensed cars to this game, never seen earlier in any Asphalt game, come from Porsche. Publisher Electronic Arts previously owned the rights to use Porsche cars in their game, but things have changed and Gameloft has now taken the opportunity to include these beautiful cars in their game.
There’s even a whole new mode called Porsche Championships made to celebrate this new partnership. Through this mode you’ll earn the new cars and complete various challenges for rewards. I really like the way the developers have introduced this great brand to their classic series, and other companies should take note of how a new partnership is done.
Asphalt 8 Airborne: Conclusion
- Fun gameplay.
- A great variety of environments to drive through.
- Maps are very well designed, with lots of different shortcuts.
- Great soundtrack.
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