Asphalt 8: Airborne Review
- Excellent arcade handling.
- Inventive and considered track design.
- Triple-boost system is a gas.
- Tons of content.
- Could afford to be a teensy-bit more generous with its currency rewards.
Asphalt 8: Airborne is a patchwork quilt of arcade racing tropes stitched together with skill and affection. Join the joyride.
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Ashpalt 8: Airborne plays like a greatest hits compilation of arcade racers. Perhaps you enjoyed the powerslide from Outrun and Ridge Racer? Or the nitro boosts and takedown challenges from Burnout? Well, you'll find them all in Asphalt 8.
The good news is that rather than Gameloft simply ripping off aspects of other games and mashing them randomly together, the dev has managed create a polished, adrenaline-infused racer which is way more fun than it has any right to be.
One thing's for sure: it certainly isn't short of content. There are 8 seasons to race through, featuring a total of 180 races. You've got 47 licensed cars to purchase and upgrade. Game modes range from standard races and eliminations, to drifts challenges and a zombie-style infected mode. The tracks themselves often branch off in numerous directions, offering you several alternative routes to the finish line.
However, all of this is worth nothing if the racing isn't any fun. Luckily, racing finds should find themselves gelling with Ashpalt 8: Airborne's controls and physics from the moment the light turns green.
Both the tilt and touch control options put you confidently in command of your vehicle. Though the drifting isn't quite as smooth as in other arcade racers, the triple-tap boost - which gives you three tiers of nitrous boost - is incredibly satisfying to use. Timing precisely when to open the nitrous tanks is often the key to victory. Challenges are rarely a walk in the park, and you'll often find yourself scrapping for first right up to the chequered flag.
Likewise, deciding when to upgrade your existing ride and when to purchase a better one requires thought too. If you want to unlock seasons without spending any real money (and you really don't have) you must invest wisely, and make sure you grab all 5 stars from every race. Things get pretty tough towards the end, but races are rarely anything but a blast. Even when you're repeating challenges, you'll discover a new sidestreet or pull off an even better stunt, and you'll find excitement coursing through your body once again.
Though Asphalt 8: Airborne's parts may be borrowed, they have been skilfully assembled to build a highly entertaining vehicle. If you like your racing fast and furious, we suggest you take this one for a spin.
Description290 Licensed Vehicles / Action-Packed Races / 75 Tracks / Offline & Online / Single & Multiplayer
AWARD WINNER: ** Pocket Gamer Best Racing Game Award ** | ** 5/5 – TouchArcade **
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FUN, UNRESTRICTED GAMEPLAY: Blaze a 400 km/h trail across open locations that grant the freedom to find your own best route. Fly off ramps, charge up your nitro, defy gravity, and surpass yourself in this limitless arcade experience.
DETAILED ENVIRONMENTS: Race in spectacular recreations of San Diego, London, The Great Wall, Barcelona and more. Each curve and turn is designed to optimize the action so you can experience the future of racing, from the anti-gravity roads of the Moon Base to loops of Sector-8!
ONLINE & OFFLINE ACTION: Race in real-time multiplayer competitions, or enjoy a MASSIVE single-player career mode. You don’t even need an internet connection to play!
8 ADDICTING GAME MODES: Race to finish first in Classic races, use high-tech power ups to claim victory in Showdown, change your ride on the fly in TAG Racing, and much more!
6 CONTROL OPTIONS: Take your pick from 6 precision control schemes that let you can master the road whichever way suits your style.
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