asphalt 7
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Format: iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
Developer: Gameloft

This game may very well be called Asphalt 7, but this is actually the tenth game in the long running series. The funny thing about this game is that it is one of the games I had on the Nokia NGage back in the day. You would think that by now the series would be showing some signs of slowing down, but that certainly is not the case here.

To start with Gameloft really have got the visuals nailed now. This is an incredible looking game it has that look of an arcade racing game. The game boasts well over 50 different cars and now some of the biggest car manufactures in the world have let Gameloft use some of their most badass looking cars. Ferrari, Lamborghini and Aston Martin are just a few of the licensed cars you can get your hands on. And if that is not cool enough you can pretend you are Marty McFly and let rip in a DeLorean.

The game moves at a really blistering pace without any slow down at all which is pretty incredible. Even when I played a few races online the frame rate was still silky smooth. The tracks all look amazing, but the game moves so fast taking your eyes of the road to look at the scenery will pretty much always end in disaster. I think I would go as far to say that this is one of the best looking racers I have played on a hand held. And I am not just talking about on the iPad either. I have not even played a better looking racing game on the Playstation Vita or the Nintendo 3DS.

As far as the game play goes Asphalt 7 is pretty jam packed with content. The career mode is where you will be spending most of your time in the single player mode. This is a very addictive and pretty full on mode. You need to earn stars by winning various races. As you progress you also will be earning some cash which is used to get sponsors. I thought this was a really cool touch you see the sponsors then give you your vehicle upgrades. Most racing games see you just buy the upgrades yourself, but I liked this sponsor idea. You need to level yourself up which will then unlock more of the game. It is a great mode and one that I personally spent a great deal of time with.

If you are having a little bit of trouble in the career mode then you will probably want to get some practice in the quick race mode. Here you just get to pick a car and tear up the tracks. This is a great way to get the hang of the controls and it also serves as a good mode if you have ten minutes to waste. There is also a really fun random generator that will randomly pick you a course. Multiplayer is also a great deal of fun and even playing it online the game holds up pretty much perfectly.

In terms of how you actually play the game you still use the tilt controls, but I think the Asphalt series has some of the best tilt controls of any racer out there. You then use the left side of your device to use your breaks and the right side to boost. Drifting can be pretty tricky especially in the faster cars so there is a little bit of a learning curve in that regard. Overall it’s a pretty easy game to pick up and play. But if you really want to master it then you can put in some serious time and then you will be drifting round the corners like you are Vin Diesel in The Fast And The Furious.

Overall this is a great arcade racing game. If you like your racers more on the fun side without all that simulation stuff then this is the perfect racing game for you. I am having a hard time thinking of a racing game I have spent as much time with as I have this bad boy. At under a buck this game is an absolute steal.

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