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Asphalt 6: Adrenaline Review
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Asphalt 6: Adrenaline, the most recent iteration in Gameloft’s Asphalt lineup, is available from the app store. Gameloft continues to bring the heat with flashy graphics, rip-roaring audio, and some of the most exciting racing action around.

Asphalt 6: Adrenaline Pros:

  • Exciting, fast-paced racing action
  • Beautiful graphics with fluid animations and minimal pop-in
  • Multiple control methods
  • Rocking soundtrack with clear audio
  • Tons of cars, tracks, modes, race types, locations, tuning options
  • Multiplayer via online wi-fi and local wi-fi/Bluetooth

Asphalt 6: Adrenaline Cons:

  • Can cause some eye strain after a while

Asphalt 6 contains plenty of game modes to keep things fresh and give you plenty to do. In addition to the Free Play mode that lets you race unlocked vehicles on unlocked courses, there is a lengthy Career mode consisting of 11 racing leagues with 5 races in each. In typical Gameloft fashion, there is also a Multiplayer mode where you can race up to 5 others via online wi-fi, as well as play over local wi-fi or Bluetooth. AI racers fill in if there aren’t enough human players to take the wheel. With over 42 vehicles (including bikes), 15 courses, and a dozen international locales, there’s plenty of room to mix-and-match. You can compete in 8 different types of races: Normal, Elimination, Under Pressure, Beat ‘Em All, Drift, Duel, Collector, and Time Attack. They are all pretty self-explanatory, from racing to the finish to knocking the competition out of the race to avoiding being in last place when the timer expires to achieving the best track times and so on and so forth.

During the course of a race, you’ll have the opportunity to earn money by snagging dollar signs placed around the track and accomplishing special maneuvers, such as near misses, drifting, and eliminations. You can also be docked for causing mayhem and destroying property. The biggest purse is claiming by actually winning the race. Finishing in the top 3 will allow you to move on to the next race and unlock other vehicles/locations. Nitrous bottles can also be picked up around the track, allowing you to initiate a quick burst to fly by the competition. When your boost bar fills completely, you can enter Adrenaline mode, where the screen gets dark except for neon accents that indicate the roadways and other racers. During this short time, you are invincible and can easily blow through the competition, sending their cars flying. Each track has plenty of shortcuts for you to discover that can shave valuable seconds off of your time or give you a better angle to t-bone a competitor. Upon completion of the race, you receive up to 5 stars: you can earn 3 stars for completing your main objective and earn a star for completing each of your two secondary objectives. This offers a lot of incentive to re-race and pick up those elusive stars.

Any cars that you win can be seen in your Garage, where you can admire your collection. Your cars become even more desirable as you improve them by spending some winnings to tune your ride. Not only can you choose from a handful of paint jobs and decals, but you can also upgrade your car across 10 attributes under the categories of engine, handling, and nitro. Each attribute has 3 levels that can be unlocked and purchased to improve your overall performance. It’s a fun system that keeps us coming back for more.

The graphics take advantage of the Retina Display, offering crisp, clean visuals that don’t quite meet the Real Racing standard, but come close enough. Given the speed with which everything is happening, we were impressed with how little pop-in we experienced. The imagery does a nice job of keeping up with the action and giving a good sense of fast movement, making you really feel that you are driving at incredible speeds. The vehicles look realistic and the locations are gorgeous. Pertinent info like your position and lap number adorn the screen top, but they almost seem to fade into the backdrop. Your nitro/adrenaline bar is in the center of the screen top with your speed tucked nicely above it. A portion of the mini-map can be seen on the left side of the screen to give a quick indication of upcoming turns. Competitors have numbers indicating position above their vehicles, helping to distinguish them from the other cars that share the road and pose collision hazards. The audio is terrific, with a rocking soundtrack to match the furious action. Even the commentary from the female announcer is decent. Asphalt 6 supports playing music from your own library, too.

The controls are customizable, with 4 different setups that allow various combinations of auto-accelerate and manual accelerate, as well as tilt or touch steering. Sensitivity is adjustable so that you can tune the tilt controls to your liking. Manual braking requires touching the screen’s left side (or tapping the brake pedal if using an alternate method) and nitro requires tapping the screen’s right side. The controls felt very natural and were easy to use. Replay value is great, as the 55 career events and various ways of customizing a Free Play race give you plenty to do. Multiplayer mode and car tuning are also compelling reasons to keep playing. Gameloft Live! integration brings 30 trophies into play, as well. While a whole lot hasn’t changed from the previous version, the changes that were made simply serve to make the experience that much more enjoyable. For the typical price of $6.99, Asphalt 6: Adrenaline is a 5-Dimple speedfest of pure fun.

Asphalt 6: Adrenaline Review, reviewed by Kevin on 2011-03-30T01:05:07+00:00 rating 5.0 out of 5

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