The Nintendo 3DS has me interested in
racing games again. Asphalt 3D is an interesting racing game. It
accentuates the high speed crashes, but at times I felt like I was
watching two Hot Wheels cars smashing into one another. I will try and
elaborate on that in just a bit. The race tracks have cars on them going
both directions. Some tracks will even have the police try and run the
player off the road. Which was not a pleasant experience.
The 3D effects are absolutely amazing in Asphalt 3D. I enjoyed the menu screens, the tracks, other cars, etc. The graphics look nice, and there is a lot of diversity in the cars (forty-two cars, and seventeen tracks). I did notice there was some damage to the cars as they would take multiple hits. The lack of damage in a head on collision at a hundred and twenty miles felt a little strange. Especially after playing games like Split/Second. The camera slows down to show the crash, which focused on a lack of crash detail. Don't get me wrong, I am happy there was not car parts flying, or bodies bouncing off the road. I just do not understand why it slowed down to accentuate the crash.
The music is some nice techno that thumps while the player is racing. The announcers voice is pleasant, although rarely heard. I was happy to win events and races. Her voice allowed me a sigh of relief. Why? Because I had finished in first. You may be thinking what's the big deal. The big deal is I was in first for the majority of some races, made one mistake and finished in last place.
We were provided a reviewable copy of Asphalt 3D from Ubisoft. With that said, I do feel that Asphalt 3D is worth the price. There is a lot of unlockable content, and different goals in the races. There are also achievements, and unlockables as the player progresses. Winning the race is one thing, but can you win without crashing? The more you achieve, the higher you level up. Cars can be unlocked as well as tracks. Asphalt 3D includes a nice array of unlockable content.
Asphalt 3D is like a lot of other racing games. The cars control a little bit differently. This hand held game is forgiving in terms of hitting the walls. Hitting other vehicles will seriously drain your speed. The boost bar, and effects are something to behold. The speeds are so high in Asphalt 3D that I found myself looking really hard to find other vehicles on the track. A mistake sent me to the back of the pack in most races. Doing that in the last lap, meant doing it all over again. There are various shortcuts in Asphalt 3D that players will want to find. Collecting items on the track like money is a nice touch, and helped with the unlocked content (editor: in terms of upgrades to the vehicle).
There is a goal in Asphalt 3D that I am not big on. That is destroying the competition. This is done by smashing into them, and making them crash. I also noticed that certain crashes gave me road rage points. I also had to run from the police to win certain races, and make them crash to get them off me in others. Asphalt 3D reminds me of illegal street racing. So the lessons are not that positive in my opinion. Asphalt 3D did assist me with improving my reflexes and avoiding crashes.
Family Friendly Factor: 66%
System: Nintendo 3DS
ESRB Rating: 'E10+' for Everyone 10+
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