Asphalt 4: Elite Racing Review
- Ability to rotate the screen in real time.
- High profile licensing.
- Physics can be unresponsive.
- Fiddly menus.
It's almost scary just how good this game feels and plays on the iPhone, there's so much to enjoy and you'd be forgiven for feeling a bit overwhelmed. Casual gamers may think it's too much to handle, but for any racing fan it's worth grabbing.
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Gameloft have consistently put out a high level of effort into their iPhone applications, but Asphalt 4: Elite Racing takes the cake. With console-like production values and license deals from car manufacturers, it's every bit the game that should appeal to a mainstream gaming crowd and even its flaws will be forgiven when you realize you're playing this game on your iPhone.
As you'd expect, the controls have been well designed for this arcade-style racer, giving you the option of tapping the sides to turn, using a miniature virtual steering wheel or tilting the iPhone itself. Due to the need to keep pressing your turbo, the tap and steer controls can feel awkward and the gameplay definitely favors tilting as you strive to control your car.
Thanks to their licensing, players will get to slide and crash around the world in instantly recognizable recreations of Ferraris, Aston Martins, Lotus' and even a few high profile motorcycles. The visuals are solid, but despite all the good looks the arcade physics can be a problem to deal with, which is a shame given that most of the gameplay modes (Race, Beat 'Em All, Cop etc.) rely on your ability to crash other racers.
Asphalt 4 is a high quality offering that's hard to ignore. A lot a small issues from the physics to the somewhat labyrinthine menu system outside of racing can be off-putting for some, but gamers looking for more than just another casual game will have more than enough to sink their teeth in to here.
Description"iPhone's most anticipated racing game," Asphalt 4: Elite Racing™ revolutionizes car races:
- Race against your friends in the exclusive Wi-Fi multiplayer mode.
- 28 licensed rides from the world's most prestigious car manufacturers: Ferrari, Bugatti, Aston Martin, Chevrolet Corvette, and more.
- Use your phone as a steering wheel thanks to the accelerometer controls!
- The best 3D graphics available on an iPhone driving game.
- Hours of high-speed driving entertainment: 5 racing modes, 12 cities such as New York, Shanghai, Dubai, and Paris.
Can you become the ultimate VIP of urban racing?
Recommended for fans of car games.
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