Gameloft’s Asphalt racing series has been one of the franchises that have constantly pushed the envelope of mobile graphics. With great models, rich textures, and eye-catching effects, the graphics of Asphalt 8: Airborne are not quite console-quality yet, but it’s safe to say we’re slowly getting there.
After a delay of a few weeks (the launch was initially scheduled for August 8), Asphalt 8: Airborne can now be downloaded from the Play Store for the reasonable price of 99 cents.
Under the appropriate “Leave gravity in the dust” tagline, the game showcases 47 cars, of which 80 percent are reportedly new, including licensed models from makers such as Lamborghini, Bugatti, or Ferrari. The developers have supposedly recorded the sounds of genuine car engines to deliver the most immersive and authentic driving experience. Players will get to push said cars to their limits on a variety of tracks, in the over 180 events of the career mode.
Of course, the signature feature of this new arcade title is the liberal interpretation of the laws of physics – a variety of ramps let players get airborne, perform barrel rolls, and even somersaults with their cars. Because, why the heck not?
The game, which was first introduced during the keynote of Google I/O 2013, features excellent integration with the newly launched Play Games Services. There are some in-app purchases to contend with, but if those don’t put you off, Asphalt 8: Airborne looks like a must play.
Get Asphalt 8: Airborne from the Play Store.