Asphalt 5 iPhone App Review.
I hope you're ready for a visually stunning experience, cuz that's exactly what you'll be getting with Gameloft's Asphalt 5. This is iPhone arcade racing at its best, and if you can let go of the habbit of racing with a Racing Wheel, Asphalt 5 should definitely be your pick for mobile racing.
Visually, Asphalt 5 is one of the best games available in the AppStore. I usually like to concentrate more on what a game or app provides as content and functionality, rather than look at graphics that may impair rather than help. But this one is a definite winner in terms of the graphics engine. The details are smooth, and even if the tracks fly by at high speeds, they are never lost in the background. The race tracks themselves are beautifully rendered. Asphalt 5 provides you with 12 different racing tracks, where you'll compete against five other opponents.
The beautifull thing in the game is the wide array of hotrod racing cars available, from the top-of-the-line Lamborghini and Ducati to the little compact Mini Coopers. Gameloft delivered awesome graphical recreation of these vehicles, and I'm sure that among the 30 or so cars readily available, you'll find your favorite ride (mine's the Ferrari 599 XX).
As for controls, the default settings are to use tilt steering to take charge of your car, with two buttons to tap in the lower left and right corners, for braking and nitro, respectively. These settings can be altered to suit your needs of course, so you can set your acceleration to either manual or automatic (which is the default), or use tapping for steering. If you're used to the PC experience of touching keyboard keys or shifting gears up and down (like I am), then you'll find Asphalt 5's controls a bit sensitive at first. Don't let that get you down, as you're gonna hit a few walls before swooping by into first place.
8 Different Game Modes To Choose From
Apart from the five opponents, and depending on the track, you need to watch out for the heavy traffic as well. This does add a touch of realism to the game and definitely takes the difficulty up a notch. There are eight game modes to choose from, and they all deal with high-speed car chases and generally getting first across the finish line. Asphalt 5's career mode will probably be your first pick, as it more or less incorporates all the game has to offer, from drag to time trials and drifts. As you win events, you collect cash so you can upgrade your car or buy new rides.
The Cop Chase, as you'll probably experience, is perhaps the one game mode that needs a bit of polishing. Eliminating rivals by slamming them off the road is fun indeed, were it not for the (perhaps too high) AI that Gameloft bestowed upon your opponents. It sometimes looks like they seem me coming a mile away, and no matter how close I think I am, they still have time to duck out of the way and poof! I'm the jackass that slammed off the road.
If you're tired of swooping by your opponents, then perhaps you should challenge your friends to a race. Gameloft put at our disposal a solid multiplayer mode through WiFi or Bluetooth for you and five of your dearest friends. I personally haven't tried the multiplayer mode (yet), as I'm still finding the opponents outsmart me at times. But I'm sure the multiplayer mode will definitely add a high replay value once the AI get boring.
The game is pure madness and you'll definitely love the graphics. There's a free version available for you to get a taste of the real thing, which is priced at $6.99. Let the racing begin!
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