This fear is created by a combination of sensations for an arcade game. They may need revolve around loud engine noises, screeching tires, the thrill of speed, and the feeling that you’re on. The very brink of losing control at almost every turn. Asphalt 9 Legends understands that and he understands it better than we can explain in a single pithy paragraph.
It understands it so well that it’s confident enough to strip back almost all the frippery in turn, becoming a blistering assault on your senses that super easy to deal with. And that’s the point. This is a lightening injection of all the chaos that makes the very best arcade games. So much fun to play after a brief fling with one of the Supercars you’re trying to unlock, you’re dropped into the lower leagues of the street racing world.
You get a car, a bit of money and need to work your way up to the top of the driving really fast tree. The default controls are simplicity itself. Steering and acceleration are taken out of your hands, leaving you to concentrate on the important things like drifting, pulling off jumps and using your nitros.
Now, if you’re understandably worried that might narrow the scope of the game, let us put your mind at ease
There are still multiple branching paths on each track, which you get to with a swipe when you’re using the default controls. And importantly, you can turn the assistant off taking full control of the steering yourself. If you’d prefer. There are pros and cons to each of the control system, but whichever you choose, you’re going to have a breathless time. As you plow through skyscrapers, Dodger, enormous waves and try and hit those jumps sweet spots, just right. It’s partially those surroundings that make the game such an enjoyable experience.
They combine it to create a maelstrom of insanity around which you’re flailing with a ridiculously expensive car. There are crashes. There’s rubbish to drive through. Sometimes you get hit by a train. The free to play here is solid as well. Each of your cars has its own gas tank. When it’s empty, you need to use the other car, wait for it to refill or buy some more gas in the time that we’ve spent playing.
We’ve not hit anything close to a hard paywall, Asphalt 9 Legends knows what it is and it isn’t afraid to stand on the roof of its Supercars, barking it out to anyone who listens. It’s a brilliantly balanced game of skid and fly that makes you feel like a stunt car reset from the get go. The learning curve might be relegated to an option, but there’s still challenge here.
And the simple fact is that being able to jump in a car and flip it off a giant ramp feels absolutely brilliant. Atmosphere is everything. And this is a neon slashed, glittering. How of engine revving madness. There may well be a new arcade racing King.