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Asphalt 8: Airborne Review

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Developer: Gameloft | Genre: Arcade Racing | Platforms: iOS, Android | Price: $0.99

Asphalt 8: Airborne is finally out! After first launching on the iPhone in its fourth iteration years ago, the game has evolved tremendously and the latest Asphalt arrives simultaneously on both Android and iOS, the world’s two most popular platforms. With steady improvements for years on, Asphalt 8 culminates to be one of the best arcade racing games on mobile. Here’s why.

Gameplay feels like an action movie

Gameplay like an action movie

Gameplay like an action movie

Before you get to play the game, you have to download a whopping 1.5GB of data. The wait is well worth it. Once you launch it, you’ll instantly feel like you’re in an action movie. The adrenaline kicks off from the start and you quickly realize this game is all about speed and aggressiveness, fast and furious, and we really mean both. It’s all about the action from the very start: drift, jump off platforms, hit other cars, you’ll quickly forget your thoughts of safe driving - all to get you more precious nitro, pushing the pedal down to the floor again and again after every other drift. 

There is not a hint of realism - for that you’d have to go to games like Real Racing 3, but there is not a hint of tranquility either - the game keeps you on the edge all the time.

More about speed than realism

More about speed than realism

The amazing graphics and wide selection of the newest cars are just the background. But boy is it a good looking background. With a brand new physics engine and sharper graphics, the game truly looks like a console masterpiece, not a mobile game. The cars are amazing - you start off with enough money to buy just one, but as you progress the game would require you to buy new cars to enter certain events and progress. You have got all the mainstream cars plus some exotics - we loved that we could buy a Tesla Model S, and more expensive cars like Mercedes, Lamborghini, Marussia, Koenigsegg and even some concept cars were all welcome additions.

The action packed gameplay is addictive and we mean it. The adrenaline you get from the speed and the dynamics of the game will keep you wanting to play “just one more track.” The game is not easy! You’d be able to win the first few events without much effort, but you’d find yourself putting a lot of extra effort to get the maximum amount of stars for each track later on. And that money is piling up way too slow given how expensive top car models are.

Asphalt 8: Airborne has a ton of replay value and countless hours of gameplay. There might be eight tracks (all of them are gorgeous), but you have a whopping 8 seasons with 15 tracks each. That’s a total of 120 challenges! You’d have to replay a lot of the challenges to either finish first, or do some tricks for an extra star.

Asynchronous multiplayer means you can race your friends anytime

Asphalt 8: Airborne Review
Then there is multiplayer. Asynchronous multiplayer means you can race your friends even when they are not online. That happens via a ghost car, a recorded interpretation of your friend’s racing history. Multiplayer is even more fun and you find yourself hitting that nitro harder and going more aggressive against your opponents when you realize they are actual humans. You can pick one of three types of events and your favorite track, and if the majority of votes agree with yours you play that exact type of challenge.

Priced at the affordable $0.99, virtually everyone can afford to buy the game and this one dollar price has allowed the developer to keep in-app purchases less intrusive and not in your face. Remember Real Racing 3 where you had to wait for hours (literally!) for car repairs? There’s none of that intrusive in-app purchase promotion here.


Asphalt 8: Airborne is the best arcade racing game we’ve ever played on mobile. Playing it feels like not simply watching, but being in an action movie. It’s dynamic, aggressive, fun, but leave your expectations for realism out. With gorgeous graphics, great matching soundtrack and tons of replay value, we definitely recommend you try it yourself. See you on the tracks.

  • Extremely engaging, dynamic action-filled gameplay
  • Gorgeous graphics, matching aggressive soundtrack
  • Tons of replay value, great cars


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posted on 23 Aug 2013, 09:39 8

1. valapsp (Posts: 562; Member since: 12 Aug 2011)

The graphics are OK but it mostly looks like kids game. You don't get such a feeling when playing the NFS MW.

posted on 23 Aug 2013, 09:51 6

3. RaKithAPeiRiZ (Posts: 1488; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)

this is true with the entire Asphalt series , lots of great cars (you get Ferraris unlike the EA ) but the overly annoying woman driver , cartoonish graphics and gameplay that defy's the laws of physics make it more suitable for younger gamers

posted on 23 Aug 2013, 11:19

13. valapsp (Posts: 562; Member since: 12 Aug 2011)

youre right.

posted on 25 Aug 2013, 04:16

25. kenobi (Posts: 35; Member since: 30 Apr 2013)

You're half right. Until the 7, it was childish. this 8 is more heavy on fast pumping fun which is the fast lane of racing games and somehow i found that it covers up the childish side. This one expand more beyond young gamers to fun gamers

posted on 23 Aug 2013, 09:49 2

2. neutralguy (Posts: 1152; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)

Sir, since you used note 2, what variant is it? N7100? Also, does it lag? Thank you.!

posted on 23 Aug 2013, 10:14 2

6. superfans (Posts: 155; Member since: 30 Jul 2012)

I know It lags on my device ! Waste of money ! Btw, I use iPhone 4S ! Might try on s4 later.

posted on 23 Aug 2013, 18:10

16. vincelongman (Posts: 5081; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)

Dam, Asphalt 7 was already very laggy on my iPod Touch 4, so I guess 8 will be far too laggy.

posted on 23 Aug 2013, 10:18 3

7. Victor.H (Posts: 790; Member since: 27 May 2011)

No lag on our Galaxy Note II, perfectly smooth, it was the N7100.

posted on 23 Aug 2013, 10:52 1

10. neutralguy (Posts: 1152; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)

Thank you. Might try this. Wasn't impressed by nfs most wanted on my note 2, maybe this might.

posted on 23 Aug 2013, 10:37 2

8. rawbow (Posts: 428; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)

no lags in the iPhone 5 too, enjoying every bit of this awesome game

posted on 23 Aug 2013, 10:00 2

4. scriptwriter (Posts: 396; Member since: 13 Nov 2012)

What the hell happened to image 19? i know the game has only been out for a day but wasnt expecting a Minecraft reenactment so soon. lol. Love this game. Will be playing it most of the weekend.

posted on 23 Aug 2013, 10:04 2

5. dexter_jdr (Posts: 1163; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)

told you graphics vary on phone's gpu

posted on 23 Aug 2013, 10:42

9. evarod48 (Posts: 154; Member since: 30 Oct 2012)

it sounds like you say asshole when you say asphalt

posted on 23 Aug 2013, 11:01 3

11. livyatan (Posts: 867; Member since: 19 Jun 2013)

Victor, does it have google games integration?
I'd hate to start playing this and get hooked and then not be able to transfer the progress to my future device.
Also, does it stick with medium graphic settings on the Note 2?
I've heard that it does so on the galaxy S3, yet I can't believe this is how good it looks on medium settings.
Just imagine the potential these graphics promise- playing this on the upcoming snapdragon 800 devices ( about 6-8 times the performance of the GPU in the Note 2) and optimized for all that power, it should look truly spectacular and far beyond anything on portable consoles.

posted on 23 Aug 2013, 12:36

14. Victor.H (Posts: 790; Member since: 27 May 2011)

Thanks for asking! Sadly there's no cloud save. Hence, there's no way to transfer your progress across devices. Lets hope an update would fix this like with RR3.

posted on 25 Aug 2013, 03:55

24. kenobi (Posts: 35; Member since: 30 Apr 2013)

I don't know about it in android, but for IOS they provide cloud saved profile so don't worry about progressing between devices

posted on 23 Aug 2013, 11:06 2

12. MirOsamahAli (Posts: 25; Member since: 30 Apr 2013)

I tried all graphics quality options, its pretty amazing on high, but the framerates :/

The quality and gameplay is pretty slick on low setting, not very low.

- Nexus 7 2012

posted on 23 Aug 2013, 14:17 1

15. Jobayer (Posts: 167; Member since: 22 Feb 2013)

love the game! ppl who say its for kids don't know what they r in for ,but on the contrary the landing of cars are like Airplanes which is not appreciated should learn from GRID :D

posted on 23 Aug 2013, 19:34 2

17. rency0722 (Posts: 158; Member since: 12 Jun 2013)

Why didn't you try in the Nexus 7 II or in Xperia Z Ultra?

posted on 23 Aug 2013, 20:50

18. imkyle (Posts: 1087; Member since: 18 Nov 2010)

Or even a Nexus 4 like everyone else is doing on YouTube.

posted on 23 Aug 2013, 22:56

19. anirudhshirsat97 (Posts: 408; Member since: 24 May 2011)

How is this game on iPad 2? Any lag?

posted on 24 Aug 2013, 01:05

20. ideal_josh (Posts: 34; Member since: 26 Nov 2012)

i have the game on ipad 2 and galaxy s3, perfect on both. my galaxy s3 ran preety hot after an hour and a half of gameplay, ipad, well had some screen tearing at the beginning of some races, but damn the game is awesome

posted on 24 Aug 2013, 22:53

21. TuanGugu (Posts: 46; Member since: 07 Jun 2013)

Is the $0.99 price going to be a permanent one or is it just for a promotion period? Anyone please answer. I'm thinking of buying this game if that price is a promotion & it might go up after this...

posted on 24 Aug 2013, 23:51 1

22. PootisMan (Posts: 260; Member since: 02 Aug 2013)

No I am pretty sure that's the permanent price it's going to go on sale for, meaning that it isn't a promotion.

posted on 25 Aug 2013, 03:44 1

23. kenobi (Posts: 35; Member since: 30 Apr 2013)

Some notes about the game which should have been noticed if u played for several hours.
First, the reward system is, well, not rewarding. Not enough credits from winning to purchase upgrade and new cars. And that force us to look into the in-app purchase. Everybody would rather purchase the more expensive version with better reward system. And about the online multiplayer World Series, they should give more credits for the brave players who participate more and winning 2nd and 3rd posts rather than just giving the credits for the cowards who only participate on the game they could win

posted on 28 Aug 2013, 04:33

26. louisthomson3 (Posts: 1; Member since: 28 Aug 2013)

I pleased on the awesomeness of Asphalt 8 while playing. What may be the imagination of reality for Asphalt 9 ??

posted on 15 Sep 2013, 00:58

27. ratan (Posts: 1; Member since: 15 Sep 2013)

Only random multiplayer available . No option to invite friends to join in the same room .
No Cross Platfrom Multiplayer support

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