Asphalt 8 Airborne Review (Android)
Drivers start your engines and enter the latest in the Asphalt series with Asphalt 8 Airborne!
Firstly, I’ll just start with this. It’s a sorry state of affairs when I find myself comparing the amount of fun that I’m having on this Android/IOS based game to one of this year’s biggest and eagerly anticipated racers in Codemasters Grid 2. Now, I’m not saying that Grid 2 is a bad game at all (and that’s a different story altogether)… I’m just saying that the level of fun that I’m having on Asphalt… is much, much higher.
Airborne follows on from the already popular and established series and continues with its easy to master racing style, but then throws you a huge curveball. Now, you can add stunts to your full speed runs around each of the tracks. As the title suggests during races you have the opportunity to hit ramps and kicker ramps to become airborne and perform stunts (such as flat spins and barrel rolls) off the kicker ramps; either resulting in a successful landing or a painful crash and wreck!
In many ways its feels like a homage to Burnout: Paradise City with its collection of high performance cars, the ability to perform stunts and even smash into other racers and wipe them out and take their place.
The selection of cars is just as great as in other Asphalt games (I’ve been playing them since 6) and there are some truly incredible cars to look at and drive in this latest offering, ranging from Audi’s brand new R8 e-tron to some wacky looking concept cars like Mercedes Benz’s Silver Lightning. go ahead… Google it! As with other titles in this series, all cars are readily upgradable to keep you in the race.
Even though the Asphalt 8 Airborne is incredible amounts of fun… that’s only when you actually manage to figure out how to play it. The main menu is a confusing myriad of options and grids and knowing which one is which is difficult.
The game offers you the chance to race online against other Asphalt players in its World Series and gain levels with each race that you win, or just enter for the various achievements that go alongside it. For those of you that don’t wish to do this there is still the classic race against other AI racers and you can even add your own ghost to race against and beat your previous times. Each race that you complete earns you medals which you can then spend these on purchasing new cars and upgrades to these cars in the form of acceleration, top speed, handling and nitro upgrades. Completing various objectives in races, like finish in first place, will earn you stars and these stars go toward unlocking new cars for you to drive and new race series’ for you to race them in.
One aspect of this game that has really quite impressed me was the addition of the new race mode, Infection. It sounds a bit silly, but frankly that’s because it is. The car in last place becomes the infected and it is then their job to infect all other cars whilst a ticking countdown timer runs down before you ultimately explode and restart as an uninfected vehicle. This can be dodged though as you can add extra time by hitting other cars and thus being rewarded with extra time. As with the other modes, the main objective in this is to win.
All in all, this is a thoroughly enjoyable game, and once you have become accustomed to how the game modes work and decide on your play style (do I use all the jumps and race in style or do I drive to win?) you’ll no doubt have as much fun as I did. You’ll spend many an hour, and many a precious battery bar playing it, and that’s not bad for the £0.69p that it costs!
4 Scorching tires outta 5