With a new entry comes new features, and this one doesn’t disappoint. Not only does it look insanely good, but it also has a completely overhauled control scheme.
Other than that there are about 50 licensed cars available and a full on career mode.
Beyond the aesthetic wonders, the most interesting featurein Asphalt 9 is the new ‘Touch Drive’ control system. This input method promises to ‘streamline steering to let players focus on the fun of racing’, which could be a huge benefit in terms of accessibility for gamers. Of course, there are questions over how this will be balanced online, and to what degree Gameloft have taken control from the cockpit, but it’s nice to have an additional steering method beyond the traditional touch and tilt inputs. Over fifty cars – featuring major manufacturers like Ferrari, Lamborghini and Porsche – seventy detailed tracks and promises of a fully-fledged career mode also underline Asphalt 9’s commitment to content. However, a free-to-play monetisation model and a constant network connection make me sceptical, no matter how polished and detailed the racing appears to be.
PS: To read more about our plans for Asphalt 9, please have a look at the Developers Q&A that were published: