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Review Asphalt 8: Airborne
Breathtaking sequel of legendary races
Author: Evgenii Kostrov
Date: 16 Nov 2013, tested on Nokia Lumia 920
Asphalt 8: Airborne is a new part of the unrivaled races from the studio Gameloft where you will find more than one hundred and eighty breakneck races on eight corners of the world by forty-seven powerful vehicles. At that, 80% of these cars first appeared in the Asphalt series exactly. The game is based on a new, more productive graphics engine and you will notice it in the first seconds of a round.
Incredible graphicsThe graphics in this game are just awesome. Things worked out to the smallest details are not only cars taking part in races, but also those that you meet along the way. The game world is detailed just as clearly. This applies to the terrain, and to the trees growing along the roadsides, and to the flowing water. Even the dividing fences shatter to pieces when collided with any road users, and the vehicles lose in accidents the doors and other parts of the body. By the way, depending on the type of terrain or weather conditions, your car will being gradually covered by a layer of dust and dirt.
Realistic physicsThe physics in the game have undergone minor changes as well and, of course, to the better. Now, just as in real life, while being in a controlled drift it isn't advisable to activate nitro or hit the brakes. If you dare to do so, you will feel the charm of the realistic physics and will simply be thrown into the oncoming lane or hit seriously by a curb.
Gameplay featuresIn this game, in addition to new tracks, cars and challenges, you will find new opportunities. Now, by using specially twisted jumps and ramps, you will be able to perform somersaults right in the air, and it does not matter if you fail to drive on the trampoline with all the four wheels. In this case, the car will also be thrown upward but it will behave respectively (you too will spin in the air but not the way you wanted it).
Another feature of this version is an incredibly large variety of routes. The road will speckle with a huge number of intersections and alternative routes, because of which it is extremely difficult to make forecasts regarding victory. For example, on the second track laid in the heart of Japan, it is possible to break away from your rivals in a few seconds after the start, and if you look in the upper left corner of the screen, it will be clear that you are the undisputed leader, but after missing one important turn you will see just before the finish all your competitors will jump out from a small alley and leave you behind.
ResumeIn general, the game, as expected, provides a lot of interesting possibilities. It will delight you with the excellent design, incredibly high-quality graphics, the astounding gameplay and a holy load of adrenaline. We recommend it to all fans of the genre.