We tested Asphalt 9: Legends, same level of spectacular racing and new driving mode
The new version of the quintessential mobile racing game, Asphalt, has just landed, one of the jewels of the developer Game loft that has been carried out at its headquarters in Barcelona and with which it reaches the ninth edition.
Asphalt 9: Legends comes with a great improvement in graphics , and it is that between the latest version, the popular Asphalt 8: Airborne, and this one, no less than five years have passed. The proposal remains the same: one of the best racing games available for mobile, this time free, in which adrenaline is guaranteed.
Asphalt 9: Legends once again takes us to incredible scenarios – its races in the Himalayas are especially beautiful – to develop the most classic competitions, in all its modes and without plot distractions : it is about winning the race, either in Story mode, in daily events or in its multiplayer mode, where this time you can ** face up to seven players ** simultaneously.
Sometimes you have to complement the victory with escaping from the police, destroying the scene, doing a few stunts or meeting certain times. 60 seasons, 800 events and many hours of competition without concessions to which you can add your own community of friends with the ‘Club’ function.
Driving made easy with the new TouchDrive
Asphalt 9 launches a game mode that will remind us of the style of the smash hit Subway Surfers or Temple Run and that welcomes us just starting the game for the first time. A mini tutorial on TouchDrive mode will explain its details, but the idea is simple: you have to swipe right or left at the right time.
It is true that, in this mode, the grace of driving loses integers, but the spectacularly remains. A button to drift and charge the nitro, another button to activate it and the steering decisions in each available section. A double tap on the drift button and the car performs an impressive 360-degree drift that knocks the cars around it down.
Sometimes you will have to choose between a main route or its shortcut , although you will also have to decide between going right or left when you approach an improvement (a nitro) or when the car approaches a ramp in which to carry out one of its classic racing stunts.
A gameplay that continues to fall in love
The classic control mode is still available for any race and, with it, returns that unique gameplay that will hook Asphalt fans. Manual driving mode continues to include ‘Tilt to Turn’, taking advantage of the phone’s accelerometer for a more realistic driving experience. Without aid.
For the most classic, ‘ Touch to turn ‘ is still available among the control options, and you have a slider to choose the exact sensitivity you want to give to your steering wheel strokes.
The views also maintain their configuration possibilities, even in repetitions, where you have a free mode where you can review the entire race from the angle that you most want at all times. The takedown camera , as always, can be disabled. But who wants to stop seeing those nice crashes, really?
The levels are customizable and, once more edition, Game loft has done a great job of selecting music to round out a thrilling and accelerating driving experience. If you want something more relaxing, you can always disconnect the music track and play one of your favorite podcasts.
New cars in Asphalt 9: Legends
The list of hypercars’ of Asphalt 9: Legends includes authentic legends among which we find the Ferraris that give the game image, but also Porsche, Lamborghini and W Motors models.
Each new run is accompanied by a recommended car rank score that is easily assumed at first with the first available vehicle. Little by little, however, it will be time to update the car or unlock new models with plans that you must collect in each new victory or with card packs.
The game has more than 50 different models , which Gameloft claims to have selected taking into account their performance and aesthetics. These details, of course, are completely customizable with the respective tokens and credits that you can earn with your effort (fulfilling the missions at the career and game level) or buy directly.
Integrated purchases are still the source of income of choice in a game where advertising, luckily, is conspicuous by its absence : no advertising videos or interstitial ads that brutalize the interface.
The racing game of 2018?
The game dynamics, but also the image, sound and playability sections, once again make asphalt one of the most suitable games to test your driving skills, but also the performance of the mobile phone you have in your hands. With its improved graphics, new ‘Bullet’ physics engine and compatibility with HDR technology to enjoy on the most premium screens, the most minute details of each car will be evident with each acceleration and skid. The visual effects once again imbue the races with a unique spectacular .