Published on October 19th, 2013 | by Christine Celis0
Asphalt 8: Airborne Review
Summary: The game is amazing and addicting, save for the in-app purchases. I highly recommend this game, even for those who don’t like racing games like me. You’ll end up being obsessed with being the top racer in the Asphalt 8 world.
Asphalt 8 is a typical racing game that actually exceeded my expectations. Why? Because at 0.99$, the graphics are insane and the content just gives you a lot to do with the game. If you’ve played any game under the Burnout series, then you wouldn’t have a hard time familiarizing yourself with Asphalt 8.
The style of the game is more arcade-like and you can even get rewards (game currency and nitro) if you fulfill certain objectives during races. Getting “nitro” is actually very important to your success in the game. If you’re a speed devil like me, then nitro is your best friend. And it doesn’t hurt that you can actually get rid of other cars in the game with it, which incidentally makes you gain more nitro.
I’ll be honest, I despise racing games but Asphalt 8 got me hooked! Why? Simple: the game had flawless controls that weren’t difficult to navigate with while I was busy being frustrated at my opponents.
Don’t even get me started with the graphics. Everything’s so shiny and smooth that I’m actually wishing that the 0.99$ I used to buy the game also included a real-life version of the cars within the game—but hey, we can’t have it all. The developers did a good job with the aesthetics of the game that everything looks so realistic.
The game also has an amazing soundtrack that helps you cancel out everything else except for the game itself. You can even choose your own station (bass, electronic, rock) while playing! There’s always something for someone within this game.
The only downside of having a great game at such a low price (Seriously! 0.99$ with very detailed graphics and nice gameplay? I’m sure those involved with the making of the game were paid a lot!) is the numerous in-app purchases that you’ll be enticed to buy once you get hooked on winning races.
I was tempted to upgrade all the cars that I already have and almost got talked into buying a car pack because they all looked so nice and shiny. It was then that I realized that I’d prefer if the money that I’m planning to use to buy in-game credits for a car pack for Asphalt 8 went to a real car instead.
However, if you’ve got some spare cash lying around, then you’re free to buy all the credits and car packs you want. I can’t blame you, because once you’re hooked on the game, you’ll be obsessed with having the best car ever.
All in all, the game is amazing and addicting, save for the in-app purchases. I highly recommend this game, even for those who don’t like racing games like me. You’ll end up being obsessed with being the top racer in the Asphalt 8 world. It’s obvious that Gameloft really did exert a lot of effort to create one of the most genius games in the App Store. Frustrations with in-app purchases aside, Asphalt 8 is a steal at its price because of all the awesomeness that it contains.
So, if you want to drive recklessly and wreck other people’s cars without being injured or arrested, then Asphalt 8 if the game for you.