Here we have the latest instalment in the Asphalt series of games from Gameloft. As this is the 7th instalment in the game series, we would expect there to be a severe improvement in the game to make it worth paying the £0.69 asking price. Between each instalment there have only been marginal improvements and sadly this time it’s the same case.
We see the standard format racing game with tournaments including various tracks across various cities. There are about 60 cars to buy with the money earned from races and unlocked with the starts earned from your race ranking and goals completed. The cars include vehicles from the most prestigious manufacturers such as Ferrari, Lamborghini and Aston Martin. There are various different types of races including knock-out, elimination and circuits.
The graphics of the game are great with the cars looking very realistic. Sadly the buildings and street are still rather dull and the render distance can be quite poor at times. I’d say the graphics are slightly better than that of Asphalt 6 but only very marginally and it would be hard to tell which was which if playing both side by side.
As for the control system we see the same system that has been used in Asphalt 6, touch the left side of the screen to brake, the right side for the nitrous boost and motion controlled steering. I still think the developers need to add an acceleration control. The fact that the acceleration is automatic can be quite a pain especially off the start line.
The only real difference in this game is the improved multilayer game mode. This feature allows you to race up to 5 of your friends at any time and keep track of your records with the record tracker. This is a great feature but gets annoying with prompts to get you to share your scores at every turning, which can be a pain if your not interested in the social side of the game.
My final thoughts of the game are as follows: As a game in its own right Asphalt 7 is a great game, as a follow up in a major series however, it seems that Gameloft could have done a lot more. I think to improve the game perhaps Gameloft could do a Need For Speed style game where there is actually a storyline, such as in NFS: Most Wanted. All in all though this is a good game for a one off purchase.