Asphalt 8: Airborne is a driving game where you can take the wheel of some of the world’s fastest cars and drive through various easily-recognizable landscapes from all over the globe – and all of that while performing impossible jumps at improbable speeds.
I remember when I played Gameloft games on my Motorola V550. I remember when I first played Asphalt 5 on my first Android, and I’m amazed how can Gameloft staff improve every time their flagship racing game. Indeed, when the main flaw of Asphalt 7 was that it was too “Asphalt 6”, this 8th edition can’t even be blamed for that, because everything’s been revamped, and if you missed fantasy tracks or any luxury brand or whatever, fret not, it’s here. Asphalt 8 needs no further introduction. Gameloft has done it again, and you can enjoy that if your device can bear the 1.5 Gb download.
Graphics have nothing to envy to portable consoles, speed feeling is, well, just wow, and playability has been greatly enhanced so there are no misunderstandings regarding oncoming objects and vehicles. In addition, hold tight, you can now make acrobatic stunts while on the air, there’s a damage system and there have been added a bunch of social features of which I’d like to highlight asynchronous races (on live multiplaying still available, of course) and race against your own ghost. Anyway, solo playing is awesome by itself through nearly two hundred so-called “events” and a ton of cars, upgrades and stuff to unlock. User Interface when in menus is a little bit too stuffed, but I’m sure nobody will be reading this review so far: download button is above.
The game has a fleet of more than forty cars, some of which you’re sure to know, from companies including Ferrari, Lamborghini and Aston Martin. Look out for models like the Lamborghini Veneno, the Bugatti Veyron, the Ferrari FXX, and the Pagani Zonda.
Variety is the name of the game here, and so Asphalt 8: Airborne also boasts an impressive amount of tracks. You can compete in Venice, French Guinea, Iceland, and the Nevada desert, among other exotic locales. Each has been created with care, and include elements that make them both unique and familiar.
In addition to single-player championships and other races, Asphalt 8: Airborne has a multiplayer mode where you can find out who is the best driver in the world thanks to online rankings. You can even race your friends’ best times in ghost mode.
Graphically, Asphalt 8: Airborne is like the rest of the series – breathtaking. It’s especially evident if you’re using a high-resolution screen: the models and textures wouldn’t be out of place in a PC or console game.
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- Android: 2.3 and up
- Version: V2.4.0h
- Size: 45.2MB
- Asphalt 8: Airborne is a really fun driving game. Gameloft Barcelona, its developer, has set the bar high when it comes to Android racing games.