Excerpt: I've heard pretty good things about the Asphalt games for iPhone. And I believe most of what I heard is true, despite my experience with Asphalt 3D . This could have been a must-have launch title. Unfortunately, some crippling gameplay flaws and a serious lack of overall polish make it one to avoid instead. Asphalt 3D 's graphics are a 50-50 affair when it comes to quality. On the one hand, the 3D effects are nice, if not great.
Excerpt: The Nintendo 3DS has me interested in racing games again. Asphalt 3D is an interesting racing game. It accentuates the high speed crashes, but at times I felt like I was watching two Hot Wheels cars smashing into one another. I will try and elaborate on that in just a bit. The race tracks have cars on them going both directions. Some tracks will even have the police try and run the player off the road. Which was not a pleasant experience.
Excerpt: Ridge Racer 3D isn't a tremendous game, but in comparison to Asphalt 3D it's a masterpiece. Whereas Namco's game nails the arcade handling model, this Ubisoft launch title feels like a racing game for beginners, rushed out for the launch of the handheld. There's plenty of content here and the 3D is at times decent, but I'd be surprised if a ropier game hits the 3DS this year. Asphalt 3D had the potential to be good fun.
Summary: : Asphalt 3D is the sort of game that assembles itself from the parts of other successful games without knowing why those parts work; you can see elements that might have been part of a good game, but the game itself doesn’t work as well as it wants to. There are a decent amount of gameplay modes to work with, the game looks and sounds okay enough while you’re playing, and the gameplay is simple enough to learn.
Action-packed racer with a heavy emphasis on wrecks.
Common Sense Media
11 July 2011
Summary: Parents need to know that Asphalt 3DS is an arcade-style racing game that allows players to compete in illegal, reckless road races in a variety of locales. Players drive a branded vehicle (such as a Mercedes or Ferrari), trying to win a high-speed race against nameless and faceless competitors.
Excerpt: The race is on to get the perfect 3D racer out for the new Nintendo 3DS and presently, we have two choices, Namco Bandai's Ridge Racer 3D and Ubisoft's Asphalt 3D . Both have their pros and cons. We'll get to which game is better at the end of the review but for now, let's talk about Asphalt 3D.
Summary: In Asphalt 3D you power a wide range of high-performance cars and race through 17 exotic locations with the 3DS system's accelerometer, creating the most realistic, immersive racing experience yet.