Although they have already achieved success in previous installments of their franchise Asphalt, Gameloft launches into the pool with a real twist to this saga. And it is that this slope Xtreme it fully lives up to its name and transports us towards an even more arcade and crazier model than we are used to. An experience that we can enjoy with the mobile accelerometer, or with a gamepad thanks to its compatibility.
Asphalt Xtreme, a totally Offroad environment
If the landscapes of previous installments seemed varied to us, now we find ourselves in much more elaborate scenes away from the road such as deserts, jungles, rivers or the very pyramids of Egypt. Undoubtedly one of the most important elements to take into account in this section is the possibility of handling different vehicles such as a truck. This endows Asphalt Xtreme of a new playable dimension, so it is especially advisable to drive any type of vehicle available in the game.
With Asphalt Xtreme we are facing a challenging game of rallies with 35 off-road vehicles from manufacturers such as Jeep, Ford, Mercedes-Benz, Predator, Dodge or Chevrolet, and a variety of exotic places around the world, such as the Svalbard glaciers, the dunes of the Nile Valley, the jungles of Phuket in Thailand, or the Detroit steel plants. All cars are rated with scores such as top speed, acceleration or nitro ability.
The game is full of challenges so that the most demanding players do not get bored. Total there are 5 game modes among which is the usual career mode or the surprising infected mode. Also, in story mode there are more than 400 events so it ensures a good amount of hours of fun. To all this we must add 500 Mastery Challenges, events of Limited time and many others that will soon reach the title.
But it’s his way multiplayer the one that promises to bring more hours of fun. Hup to eight simultaneous players They can meet on the same stage to demonstrate their worth and courage. All this to see who scores the most points by chaining destruction of map elements, collisions with other vehicles or skidding. If we want, we can carry out Real-time competitions of up to eight players simultaneously and we could also customize our vehicles both in the color of the paint and with different vinyls that will give it a particular character.
Not all that glitters is gold, at least in terms of sound. And is that this new Asphalt is quite poor in sound quality that emanate from the vehicles and the blows, getting to be repeated in many cars the same. That canned, unrealistic sound cuts the experience a bit short, even playing with gaming headphones. The soundtrack that accompanies this title is successful, although we assume that, like everything, it will be to the taste of each player.
A continuity management in the Gameloft saga
In a driving game, one of the pillars is the handling that we can carry out in the cars. We start from the base that it is a tremendously arcade game, which focuses on fast-paced races with spectacular jumps and obstacles. It is worth mentioning that some obstacles lower the speed of the vehicle, such as mud puddles, lagoons and the sand of the dunes, something remarkable. Therefore, we are not facing a simulator where driving contains a lot of realism, although it has nuances.
And it is that the handling of Asphalt Xtreme is still fun, but somewhat stale. It is what we have been seeing during the last games of the saga, that if it were not for the change in theme and environment, it would not be a title that would encourage us to change it for any of the other editions. The mechanics of drifts, turns and camera movements remain the same, an aspect that Gameloft should consider a renewal for future titles.
The gameplay proposed by Gameloft with this game is very similar to MotorStorm, although certainly saving the distances of the Evolution Games game. Now we change the cold roads of past editions for places full of sand, dunes or forests. And it is thanks to this that the game charges a new playable magnitude and it becomes a different and fun proposal without losing its hallmark. We will continue to count on power ups to run more and other supports for the races. In the end, the goal of the game is still to win races.