47 cars over 9 circuits
In this 8th installment of the Asphalt series, Gameloft has gone above and beyond by updating 80% of the fleet with brand new cars. Asphalt 8: Airborne's fancier models aren't available at the start, but you can unlock them as you win circuits and earn points (or shell out cash if you can't wait that long). The vehicles are, on the whole, very well designed and true to the originals. You can collect up to 47 in total and repaint them in various colors.
As for the environments, Asphalt 8: Airborne takes you to 9 new destinations that include Venice, London, Barcelona, Tokyo, and Monaco, as well as the Nevada desert, French Guyana, Iceland, and the Alps. There are hidden shortcuts to be discovered that help you gain on your opponents.
As for game modes, there's first and foremost a complex career mode that lasts eight racing seasons and 180 events. Next is a quick race mode with six solo race types (classic, elimination, duel, ejection, infection, and slalom). And, finally, there's a multiplayer mode for online play with up to twelve players, and the highlight: multiplayer mode played against friends over WiFi. A ranking system displays your world ranking and how you compare to your friends.
A decidedly arcade-style gameplay
The Asphalt 8: Airborne gameplay is the same as in previous versions and is still arcade-style. You can still use Nitro to boost your speed, you can always drift for miles, many items dot the road, etc. The big change in Asphalt 8: Airborne is the addition of springboards scattered around the tracks. They enable you to take flight and perform spectacular stunts in the air. The Asphalt 8: Airborne courses also climb into the air, hence the name Airborne, chosen for this version.
To control the cars, you can choose different combinations. Use commands entirely from the screen, the accelerometer on your device to steer the vehicles, or both at the same time.
New graphics engine and punchy music
As for the graphics, Asphalt 8: Airborne is as good as before and even better, with detailed universes and lighting effects that are quite impressive. The new physics engine shows what it can do when slowing down for collisions with competitors, and when debris is swirling on the screen.
All we need is music that can keep up with the fast pace of the races in Asphalt 8: Airborne. Say no more: there are three styles of music, each more catchy than the next and make you want to smash everything on the road.
A game that keeps the Asphalt tradition alive
Overall, Asphalt 8: Airborne has changed very little from the previous version, with the same philosophy and gameplay as before. What's changed are the environments and cars, the even more spectacular slow motion, and springboards located around the circuit.
Fans of Asphalt and arcade racing games won't be disappointed by Asphalt 8: Airborne, which is still one of the finest games in the mobile and tablet category, along with Real Racing 3. Asphalt 8: Airborne guarantees hours of fun while you take part in many solo or multiplayer competitions!
Asphalt 8: Airborne's most recent update has added the isle of Tenerife, which brings with it four tracks to burn your way around. You can enjoy these courses with the game's eight new super cars. These include the Lamborghini Aventador and Audi R8 LMS Ultra, which join the diamond encrusted Lykan HyperSport on the starting grid.