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Asphalt Street Storm Racing Review

Asphalt Street Storm Racing Review

Asphalt Street Storm Racing is a free to play racing game that lets you race through large cities against AI or online players. Developed and published by Gameloft. Asphalt Street Storm Racing game is one of many in the Asphalt series. Is this a worthy entry in the series? Is it worth your time? Should you stick to a different game in the series, or switch to a racing game from a different developer entirely? Let’s find out.

Asphalt Street Storm Racing Game Play

Asphalt Street Storm Racing Gameplay

Here you start off in New York. You received an invitation to the Street Storm Competition. Luckily, you’ve made it! It’s time to show other racers who’s the boss of this city. The game doesn’t actually work as you might expect. You don’t really get to control the car, which is unfortunate.

At the start of each race you tap the button on the right side to start the engine. Make sure you keep the needle in the green area of the speedometer. When the countdown reaches zero you tap the left button to launch the car. You can also launch the car early, but you have to time it right so as to not cross the line before the race starts.

As you race through the streets of New York you tap the white arrows to change gears.  Your main goal while racing, apart from winning, is to keep that needle in the green area by changing gears at the right time.

That’s pretty much all there is to it. It gets boring really fast as you don’t get to steer the car at all. Even the races are boring to watch. They’re just cars moving forward to the finish line. No turns, no corners, no drifting, nothing. It would’ve been much better if you had corners that you had to time right and more features to keep you engaged in the race. The game tries to be simple, but the idea is poorly executed and is sadly, wasted potential.

After a few races you realize that there’s nothing interesting to see. Except for the N2O Bottles that you buy and tap on to get a good boost. This will hopefully help you get past your opponent or help you keep the lead even if you make a mistake.

Graphics

Asphalt Street Storm Racing Graphics

The graphics aren’t that good either. Buildings and trees look decent, but something feels wrong. A huge impact on the graphics might be that there are barely any shadows, if at all.  The cars in the menu look okay, but when racing everything just looks worse. It doesn’t seem to look as good as the screenshots show. Other Asphalt games look much better than this. What went wrong when the developers worked on the graphics is beyond me. Maybe they were a bit lazy and didn’t bother trying to optimize and bring great graphics to most Android devices.

AI & Online

Subscribers are what you earn at the end of each race. You use them to unlock other cities, which is totally okay. There are AI opponents that you can race against in each city. The AI is pretty easy and most of the time easy to beat. These AI races are sort of a campaign mode and the easiest way to earn Subscribers. You are restricted to the first city online as well until you unlock the others.

That’s fine but I fear the gameplay just doesn’t hold up long enough to even bother trying to unlock all the cities. What’s really annoying about this game is that connection problems with the server can happen even when playing against an AI. That is ridiculous.

You also have a 4-player racing mode but I haven’t had luck getting in a race with 4 players at all, which may show the game’s low player base. A neat idea in the game though is that you can place your bet whenever you race someone. Apart from that, each race feels pretty much the same. The player that manages to launch his car earlier usually wins the race. The boosts and car stats also end up determining who wins the race in the end.

Cars

To buy a car, you need Diamonds. Each car can be upgraded using Cash. Every time you want to upgrade you will have to wait real life minutes or hours for the upgrade to finish. You can speed it up by watching a 30-second ad or finish upgrading instantly using Diamonds. There are a ton of things that you can upgrade, from specific engine parts to the exhaust system, to the tires – you really have a lot of things to upgrade.

This is great, but unfortunately the gameplay just doesn’t hold up to this standard. The gameplay is barebones compared to the amount of things available for upgrading. There’s a decent selection of cars that you can buy.

However, you’re most likely going to stop playing the game before you manage to buy a mid or high tier car. Personally I don’t play a lot of racing games but the gameplay here is so shallow that I doubt even racing fans could enjoy it at all.

Asphalt Street Storm Racing Conclusion

Positive

  • Lots of parts that you can upgrade.
  • Decent selection of cars.

Negative

  • Boring, repetitive gameplay.
  • Little variety.
  • Graphics don’t really look that good.
  • Each race is practically the same, with no corners or obstacles to deal with.
  • Connection problems, even when playing with AI.

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Iron Blade Review – Free to play action RPG

Iron Blade Review – Free to play action RPG

Iron Blade is a free to play action RPG made by veteran developer Gameloft, known for tons of other great Android games, such as N.O.V.A Legacy or Dragon Mania Legends. The game takes place in the medieval Middle Ages and you are the hero on a daring quest to save the world from the Demon Lord Baal, who has returned once again. If you ever played one of the games in the Batman Arkham franchise or the highly successful hack & slash Shadow of Mordor, then you’ll feel right at home with Iron Blade.

Iron Blade Introduction 

When you first enter Iron Blade, you’ll have to wait for it to download 1.6 GB of data, so make sure you have space. After that, the game requires you to enter your age and gender, and after that it puts you straight into the game, showing a beautiful village and a quick dialogue which, unfortunately, has no voice acting.

Now it’s time for the tutorial. Tap the right part of the screen to attacker hold it for an ‘offhand attack’, in other words, a charged attack. To block, tap the left part of the screen. You can also swipe from the right side of the screen to choose a new target to attack. There is a variety of abilities that you can use. For example, the Flaming Arrows to slowly burn that group of enemies coming at you. After learning all there is to know you’re tasked with a quick fight against a tougher enemy and his minions to make use of all the things you’ve learned in this tutorial.

Iron Blade Campaign

After finishing the tutorial a cut-scene starts which has voice acting (and every dialogue from this point on features voice acting) and explains some of the story behind the game, showing burned villages and talking about a traitor in the ranks of the Templars. Once the cut-scene finishes you’re put in the main menu screen of the game, where you can go straight ahead and start the Campaign or take a look at the shop, your hero, your inventory, news, events-or the global chat.

Iron Blade Review

Once you’ve equipped your character with a better sword, you’re ready to start the campaign. The campaign is divided into Chapters and each Chapter is divided into missions.

The goal of each Chapter is to eliminate the Commander. Before you get to the Commander you’ll have to fight your way through various enemies, slashing them to pieces. After each mission you get items and XP which you need to level up. Leveling up gives you rewards, such as gold coins or rubies.

Iron Blade Gameplay

The gameplay is great, it’s simple but fun and the controls are responsive. The levels are not very well designed, unfortunately. There’s no exploring, you’re not given the option to move where you want at all. It’s just slashing enemies and blocking their attacks, which can get boring after playing for some time. Animations are pretty good for a mobile game, and some of them can be quite brutal.

I’m really glad that the game even lets you change the visual quality of the game. If the game is not running smooth enough on your phone then you can easily tweak the visual quality and game screen density in order to get smoother game play. After changing the settings the game will restart to apply your requested changes.

Iron Blade Fusion

A bit later the game introduces you to “Fusion”, which is basically a way to upgrade your gear such as your sword using items that you don’t need, such as weaker swords. Fusion costs Gold, so you’ll have to make sure you have enough Gold before upgrading your item. You also have “Evolution” which in this case basically means that once your item reaches its maximum level, you can evolve it to the next tier to make it much stronger.

Each item has 5 tiers and to evolve an item you also need enough Gold and a variety of materials, such as a potion, an iron ingot and so on.

Iron Blade Gameplay

Iron Blade Micro transactions 

Iron Blade features Daily Rewards, which can include more gold coins, or keys that you can use to unlock chests and so on. You get one free chest that you can open to receive things such as troops, which you can use later to fortify your Fortress once you unlock it in the game.

There are 3 types of chests: Regular Chest, Premium Chest and Legendary Chest. The first two can be unlocked using Rubies or regular and premium keys respectively, while the Legendary Chest requires legendary keys in order to unlock it. You can get these keys by progressing through the Daily Rewards or by buying them with real money via In-App Purchases.

Rubies are a currency that you can use to buy Gold or consumables, such as iron ingots. You can watch a video to get free Rubies or buy them as an In-App Purchase, the lowest price being $4.99 for 200 Rubies and the highest price $99.99 for 5000 Rubies. There are also War Tokens which you can earn in PVP battles or purchase through In-App Purchase packs.

Iron Blade Energy system

Iron Blade also uses an Energy system, a system you’ve probably seen in lots of other free to play games. What this basically does is limit how much you can play the game for that day. Each mission in this game takes up to 3-5 Energy. You can earn Energy by leveling up or you can use Rubies to purchase it.  At the start it seems you’re given 20 Energy which is more than the maximum amount of 10, but later the maximum limit increases as you level up.

Iron Blade Fortress

Fortress mode is the online part of Iron Blade. The way it works is you add a Commander to a Wave, as well as troops for better defense. There are 3 Waves, but only the first one is unlocked at the start,the other two is unlocked by leveling up the Fortress.Using Gold you can upgrade the Fortress.Join an Alliance or create your own and you can take a look at the Leaderboards to see which player currently has the strongest Fortress. To attack a Fortress you need to have PVP Energy.

Positive

  • Good hack & slash game-play.
  • Brutal animations.
  • Great graphics.
  • A good amount of customization.

Negative

  • Repetitive, no variety in objectives.
  • Linear levels.
  • No exploration in levels.

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Asphalt 8 Airborne Review-Popular racing series

Asphalt 8 Airborne Review-Popular racing series

Asphalt 8 Airborne is yet another entry in the popular racing series, Asphalt. Despite releasing way back in 2013. It still seems to receive a bit of updates, which shows that developer Gameloft really care for this title.

The Asphalt series is known by many racing fans, with the first Asphalt game releasing way back in 2004. It’s a highly popular racing mobile series that strives to push the graphical boundaries of mobile phones, while introducing new things to keep things fresh. Let’s see what this entry offers compared to its predecessors.

Asphalt 8 Airborne: Game Play

Asphalt 8 Airborne Gameplay

What I really like about this game, but what is also seen in previous Asphalt games, is that you can choose from a few different control options. You can tilt to steer, tap the side of the screen to steer or use a virtual steering wheel to steer your car.

In all of these options, the car automatically accelerates, which is okay and understandable, as this is a mobile game. But, in this entry, the developers have added another new control option. This new control option lets you manually accelerate using on-screen icons, while tilting to steer.

I really like that they added this option, as you can now have full control of your vehicle. It might be harder, but it’s an option for gamers that want to have complete control over their vehicle, as seen in PC racing games. It’s completely optional but it’s great that the developers took the time to add this option for those that want it.

The user interface has got a good upgrade. Everything is much cleaner and easier to find when navigating the menus. As for the game itself, it looks and runs great. You can adjust the visual quality if it’s lagging for you but the game looks great on the highest settings. There are a variety of different maps to race through, and each race can last a maximum of 3 laps.  The environments in which you race through look great. Racing through the sandy landscapes of Nevada makes your car look dustier. A lot of maps also have various different shortcuts that you can use to your advantage. They are all very well designed and a lot of fun to drive through.

This is the first game in the Asphalt series to feature a licensed soundtrack. I really like it. Each map starts off with the music that best suits the area. The developers have done a great job putting music that fits greatly in each map.

The game can played against AI in Career mode or in Quick Solo Race mode, but can also be played in Multiplayer. Here are the kind of races you can play both against AI and online players.

Asphalt 8 Airborne Type of Modes

Elimination Mode

You have your classic races to the finish line, but you also have this Elimination mode. In Elimination mode, the racer in last place gets a timer. When the timer reaches zero, this racer is eliminated. This goes on and on until the last racer still on the road wins. It’s a pretty fun and intense mode that forces you to keep a constant lead on other racers.

Knockdown Mode

Next to Elimination mode you also have Knockdown mode where the goal is to take down as many cars as you can. The racer with the highest amount of wrecked cars wins. It’s a lot of fun using nitro and blasting every car to pieces. The physics are great and you can really see the cars shatter to pieces when you do wreck them.

Infected Mode

In this mode there are infected racers that explode when their timer runs out. The racer in the last place gets infected, and this infected racer has a timer. When it runs out all infected racers explode and get cured from the infection when they are spawned back in. Hitting and infecting other racers gives you more time till the explosion. Infected racers even have infinite nitro, which lets them easily get past every non-infected racer. Apart from that your goal is to win the race. It’s a lot of fun playing this mode and the races are always quite fast and chaotic, with knockdowns happening on every corner.

Versus Mode

Versus Mode is just like classic racing, except here it’s only you and your rival. There’s nothing much different here. The goal is to win the race with only 1 lap, which means that each mistake can heavily impact who gets to the finish line first. It’s nothing special but it’s a fun 1 on 1 game mode.

Asphalt 8 Airborne Racing

Asphalt 8 Airborne: Tag Racing Mode

Tag Racing is a mode that you can only play against AI. In this mode you get to choose 3 cars and the goal is to win the race by driving all three cars. You have a timer on how long you can drive each car, so when time runs out, your current car gets transformed into the next car. This goes on and on until the race is finished. It’s a really interesting mode that lets you try out various different cars that you may have in your garage but haven’t really used that much.

Asphalt 8 Airborne Cars

There are a ton of different licensed cars, from Audi and Chevrolet to Lamborghini and Ferrari. You have no shortage of cars to choose from. Some cars may require Blueprints which you can get in various events, boxes and exclusive deals. You also have a lot of different decals that you can use to customize your car.

One of the newest licensed cars to this game, never seen earlier in any Asphalt game, come from Porsche. Publisher Electronic Arts previously owned the rights to use Porsche cars in their game, but things have changed and Gameloft has now taken the opportunity to include these beautiful cars in their game.

There’s even a whole new mode called Porsche Championships made to celebrate this new partnership. Through this mode you’ll earn the new cars and complete various challenges for rewards. I really like the way the developers have introduced this great brand to their classic series, and other companies should take note of how a new partnership is done.

Asphalt 8 Airborne Cars

Asphalt 8 Airborne: Conclusion

Positive

  • Fun gameplay.
  • A great variety of environments to drive through.
  • Maps are very well designed, with lots of different shortcuts.
  • Great soundtrack.

Negative

  • N/A

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