Summary: Just as I was settling in to start typing this review, I had to reach for the case while muttering, "What is this one even called?" Such is the existence of the Asphalt series, a racing game so indistinct that you could play five different ones in a day and struggle to tell them apart. This, however, is Asphalt Injection , the second of Gameloft's attempts to capitalize on the mesmerized confusion of PS Vita early adopters.
Excerpt: I guess this is officially a regular thing. For every new handheld device that hits the market, a new installment in the Asphalt series is to be in the launch lineup. The PS Vita is now here, and alongside it is Asphalt Injection . What's to be said about this arcade racer? Well, it's Asphalt . Same uneven production values, same iffy racing mechanics, only this time it's for Vita.
Excerpt: The PS Vita’s launch line-up included four racing titles – Ridge Racer, ModNation Racers, MotorStorm RC and Asphalt: Injection. Of these four games, only Asphalt: Injection features licensed vehicles and tracks based on famous cities, making it the obvious choice for gamers with a soft spot for flashy sports cars like the Lamborghini Sesto Elemento or the BMW M3.
Excerpt: Asphalt: Injection is the latest in a long list of Asphalt titles, this time released to capitalize on the launch of the PlayStation Vita. Gameloft has tried to make a fresh start with this series, but the same old problems continue to plague this generic racing franchise. The game barely passes as playable even though it desperately tries to modernize its visual appearance. As a rule, arcade racing games are allowed to do just about anything within the laws of physics.
Summary: Whenever a new system launches, there’s usually an air of expectation surrounding the games to be released for it. Players have themselves hyped up for a level of visuals they haven’t seen before, whether that’s on home consoles or handhelds, a new depth of gameplay and the kind of bells and whistles that just weren’t possible on previous generations. Gameloft ’s Asphalt: Injection , published by Ubisoft , brings absolutely none of that to the table whatsoever.
Conclusion: Booting up Asphalt: Injection for the first time feels daunting. With 10 different racing scenarios, a career mode that stretches over 20 tiers (way too long), and a full multiplayer suite, this racer appears to have everything going for it. The truth unfortunately, is that none of it makes an impression. The driving has no personality, and the sense of speed and competition are hamstrung by atrocious rubber band AI.
Excerpt: is one of the launch games for the PlayStation Vita that many people might not know about. The Asphalt series is somewhat popular on iOS devices, with developer Gameloft pushing out sequels almost every year. Does Gameloft and UbiSoft have what it takes to make the Asphalt series popular on the Vita?
Conclusion: Despite all of its faults, Asphalt Injection is a competent racing game on the Playstation Vita . There is a lot of content to wade through, and you always end up unlocking new content at the end of the race, which keeps players engaged . Asphalt Injection manages to keep the replay value on this title high, and that is always a good thing. There are some faults, but there isn’t anything that would break the game.