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Under 14$ is okay, but do not buy above that price. Good game but could had more content
on May 25, 2015
I bought Asphalt3D for 14$. I was searching a car game that does not look cartoon (like Mario Kart). Even if this is a port from a cellphone game, I think it deserves more consideration than what I read everywhere. Nevertheless, I wouldn't pay more than 14$. In this review, I will explain what I think is good and why I wouldn't invest more than 14$.
The good is the visual. I am having a 2DS so I cannot talk about the 3D aspect but the graphic does not look from a phone. On the other side, the visual representation of every race is poor. It is hard to see car coming (both way) and hard to see far ahead. This cause a lot of unnecessary accident caused not by the lack of skill of the player but because it was not possible to see. It is the same thing with "power-up" which are glowing semi-transparent icons on the road. These hide a lot of what is coming on the screen. It is possible to change from first person two 2 different above-the-car view but it does not help.
The loading speed is very fast. This is true for the initial load but also between race. This is also true when restarting a race. I do not have anything negative on the speed expect during the choice of cars. For an unknown reason, the switch between car is very slow. It does not make the experience enjoyable to change vehicle. However, this is something we do not do often so it is fine.
The game as 70 tournaments race, this is the competition game which is required to be able to play free-play. If you don't than you won't be able to play with car since you must purchase them with the fake money you earn on the tournament. The free-play is better in my own opinion because you do real race against others or against your last best performance (ghost mode). This make the game replayable a lot. However, the bad side is that on these 70 races, you have only 16 tracks. On these 16 tracks, half look almost the same. So, you do not have a lot of track to have fun on it. Another really bad thing is that during the tournament, you are competing against only 5 cars. Instead of creating a bright artificial intelligence to make each race challenging, they put civilian car going on the other way around to road. This is annoying. Also, to make it harder, they put some police car that can arrest you. This is just wrong in a racing game on a close circuit... this is frustrating in a lot of occasion because of the low vision you have on the road. The tournament plays has also another inconvenient which is that you do not have to race only but have to crush your opponent car to win races, or do a minimum amount of drift point. Not that this is not interesting some time but it become annoying to have to do a lot of points on something no possible unleast you go backward in the race to have more track to execute move. Tournament also has 2 additional goal which you gain more experience if succeeded. I finished the game with about 80% of these goals done and I am just at 57/60 level which does not allow me to have all car, so I have to replay some of them.
Overall, the game is great to play. It took me 11 hours to get to 96% of the game done. I also did 2 hours of free-racing. I am sure I'll play at least an additional 8 hours against myself in ghost mode. However, because of the limited about of track, I doubt I'll be able to play more.
An other thing, they are a lot of cars to choose and to add features on. I really like the optimization you can do. However, the difference between car on the road are not really noticeable. This is the counter side which make it a little bad.
At the end, this is a good game, could have been better. For example, it has a multiplayer game but no one to play, for example, you can drift but the pleasure it not there compared to other computer game like Grid. Buy this game if it is under 14$, but never above that.