Asphalt 5

Get the console-racing experience on your iPhone platform with Gameloft’s Asphalt 5. The latest release has a range of licensed car, customisable options and upgrades so you can pimp out your favourite cars with an extensive collection of cosmetic and performance modifications.

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Go for a quick spin in a quick race mode or start building up the bank balance in career mode before finally taking your hottest cars to a heat in the online or LAN racing mode.

The control system uses the accelerometer for steering with automatic acceleration combined with a (rarely used) brake button for slowing down on the corners. But since this is an arcade racer, feel free to drive like a maniac and keep the finger on the boost button.

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Your first race may seem a bit overwhelming, but after a couple of laps you should get used to the steering and find a few of the shortcuts along the way.

Asphalt 5 uses licensed cars so you get to jump behind the wheel of your dream cars like the Audi R8 or the Nissan GT-R R35 and Lamborghini LP670. There are over 30 cars/bikes to choose from manufacturers including Ferrari, Ducati and Bugatti.

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The graphics are sharp and detailed, and there’s features you would normally find on console equivalents. This includes features like online multiplayer racing using the Gameloft Live! system, vehicle customisation and iPod playlist playback.

Unfortunately, there is just one slight issue with the career mode that removes some of the fun. That has to be the cop-chase mode where insanely fast cop cars come after you and try to knock you off the road. This can very easily make you lose the game and unfortunately it can’t be switched off.

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For a pure arcade racer, Asphalt 5 is a fun and entertaining game with game longevity. It’s not one that you’ll complete in just a few hours, but one that you can play repeatedly with its multitude of cars and the online player mode.

2010-01-16 Onwah Tsang

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