asphalt5iphonescreen1Ever since I saw Gameloft's Asphalt 5 at the WWDC keynote, I've been wondering how it stacks up with the existing iPhone racers, especially with competition like Need For Speed and Real Racing.

Asphalt 5 is a neat racing game, although it is obvious that it was inspired by Burnout games. Everything from the gratuitous boost system to slow motion crashes and even takedown of rival racers are in game.

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The accelerometer controls steering, acceleration is automatic, and there's an on-screen button for both braking and boosting. Racing games always seem to work great with these controls on the iPhone, and Asphalt 5 is no different. I was able to burn around the track, boosting at every opportunity, while slamming in to other cars with ease. The game provides a good sensation of speed, and a soundtrack that fits well.

The graphics are great, but as to which game has the "best" graphics between the big racing games on the platform seems to hinge more on personal preference than anything else. Asphalt 5, Real Racing and Need for Speed all look equally good in their own styles.

The following gameplay video was recorded with the game being played on a 2nd Generation iPod Touch:


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Asphalt 5 is coming soon and will support local multiplayer via both bluetooth and WiFi in its initial release along with multiple cars and tracks to unlock.

Update: Gameloft let us know that the intro cut scene has been changed for the final release, so we removed it from our video.

  • Peter

    Get rid of that intro video............sooooo cheesy !!!

    • Rod76

      I couldn't agree more! I was hoping that after Asphalt 4 we'd be done with the pointless 12 year old masturbation material. I really enjoyed the first game, it gave me a Gran Turismo feel on my iPhone. The fact that they put *bonus woman in Asphalt 4 was annoying enough, this is worse.

    • Adams Immersive

      I was going to say that a skippable intro cutscene is not worth avoiding a good game, but... maybe sometimes it is :D Wow. Let's hope that changes before release.

    • Alex

      Common guys it must be a joke, now they're just having fun dissapointing customers like saying modern combat will be out in 2 weeks- more like 2 days, of course they wont sync so much money into a game to have the intro of their final product play out like a cheesey 50s porno

    • Shawn

      I love cheesey 50s porno AND I'm a hottie with mad skills!!! It's like she speaking directly to me. I'm going to buy this just for the video. Maybe there's a way to loop it? I bet I can make it my ringtone!

  • Peter

    Get rid of that intro video............sooooo cheesy !!!

    • Rod76

      I couldn't agree more! I was hoping that after Asphalt 4 we'd be done with the pointless 12 year old masturbation material. I really enjoyed the first game, it gave me a Gran Turismo feel on my iPhone. The fact that they put *bonus woman in Asphalt 4 was annoying enough, this is worse.

    • Adams Immersive

      I was going to say that a skippable intro cutscene is not worth avoiding a good game, but... maybe sometimes it is :D Wow. Let's hope that changes before release.

    • Alex

      Common guys it must be a joke, now they're just having fun dissapointing customers like saying modern combat will be out in 2 weeks- more like 2 days, of course they wont sync so much money into a game to have the intro of their final product play out like a cheesey 50s porno

    • Shawn

      I love cheesey 50s porno AND I'm a hottie with mad skills!!! It's like she speaking directly to me. I'm going to buy this just for the video. Maybe there's a way to loop it? I bet I can make it my ringtone!

  • Dean

    ^^ gotta agree with you. Don't plan on getting the game thought. I have high standards and that game looks like a crapy cell phone game and not a quailty idevice game like Real Racing

  • Dean

    ^^ gotta agree with you. Don't plan on getting the game thought. I have high standards and that game looks like a crapy cell phone game and not a quailty idevice game like Real Racing

  • richrd_p_02

    for me, asphalt 4 was WAAAAAAY too easy. I felt like I just breezed through the entire game. I'm probably gonna pass on this one.

    • Rod76

      I really suck at most games, so the ease of Asphalt 4 was a bonus ;-)

  • richrd_p_02

    for me, asphalt 4 was WAAAAAAY too easy. I felt like I just breezed through the entire game. I'm probably gonna pass on this one.

    • Rod76

      I really suck at most games, so the ease of Asphalt 4 was a bonus ;-)

  • jeffyg3

    I hope the steering is a smooth like the Need for Speed game on the iPhone and not too jerky like almost every other iPhone racer out there.

  • jeffyg3

    I hope the steering is a smooth like the Need for Speed game on the iPhone and not too jerky like almost every other iPhone racer out there.

  • CaseyLay

    I'm not really feeling the intro video, but the game looks totally cool. I think this will be one of my favorite racing games.

  • CaseyLay

    I'm not really feeling the intro video, but the game looks totally cool. I think this will be one of my favorite racing games.

  • kevlar

    looks like outrun to me.

  • kevlar

    looks like outrun to me.

  • Dark NRG

    Dammit, I just bought NFS last night, but Burnout is my fav and this looks alittle more like it. Before I buy more racing games, does anyone know if BURNOUT is slated to be released on the iPhone?

    • Firestar

      Well, I'm writing a proposal to Criterion, and Craig at EAMobile said he really liked the idea, but I'm not sure where that went. Anyway, I am determined that Burnout Paradise:Big Surf Island will soon be on my iPod Touch (might have to be 3G).

  • Dark NRG

    Dammit, I just bought NFS last night, but Burnout is my fav and this looks alittle more like it. Before I buy more racing games, does anyone know if BURNOUT is slated to be released on the iPhone?

    • Firestar

      Well, I'm writing a proposal to Criterion, and Craig at EAMobile said he really liked the idea, but I'm not sure where that went. Anyway, I am determined that Burnout Paradise:Big Surf Island will soon be on my iPod Touch (might have to be 3G).

  • ramon

    gameloft have been on a roll with their games lately, but this seems to be a sub-standard game. maybe, its just because its an asphalt game. the intro sucked ass though. what happened to their trademark intro with exciting cars trying to knock the hell out of each other?

  • ramon

    gameloft have been on a roll with their games lately, but this seems to be a sub-standard game. maybe, its just because its an asphalt game. the intro sucked ass though. what happened to their trademark intro with exciting cars trying to knock the hell out of each other?

  • TGR

    No Wan? No buy.

  • TGR

    No Wan? No buy.

  • darwiniandude

    Don't like Burnout. I was Bugbear to bring the Flatout franchise (even the first one) to the iPhone. I've emailed them. They MUST do this, awesome playability those games, and they've done N Gage titles before. Come on!

  • darwiniandude

    Don't like Burnout. I was Bugbear to bring the Flatout franchise (even the first one) to the iPhone. I've emailed them. They MUST do this, awesome playability those games, and they've done N Gage titles before. Come on!

  • http://twitter.com/sanuku sanuku

    Since i'm a Die Hard Racing Game Fan and own most of the Racing Games available for the iPhone, even the silly Once, i'm quit sure that i'll get the Game as soon as it hits the iTunes Store.

    I'm interested to see how much the Game has to offer comparing it with the other Racing Games on the iPhone.

    I don't understand why some of you are so sick of those Intro Movies. They have been always like that and i would have asked myself what have happend if Gameloft hadn't added a similar Video to these years Asphalt Game.

    I'm looking forward for Asphalt 5 :)

  • http://twitter.com/sanuku sanuku

    Since i'm a Die Hard Racing Game Fan and own most of the Racing Games available for the iPhone, even the silly Once, i'm quit sure that i'll get the Game as soon as it hits the iTunes Store.

    I'm interested to see how much the Game has to offer comparing it with the other Racing Games on the iPhone.

    I don't understand why some of you are so sick of those Intro Movies. They have been always like that and i would have asked myself what have happend if Gameloft hadn't added a similar Video to these years Asphalt Game.

    I'm looking forward for Asphalt 5 :)

  • Barry Ward

    Someone needs to tell that tart to get a grip! What a completely pointless intro!

  • Barry Ward

    Someone needs to tell that tart to get a grip! What a completely pointless intro!

  • Jim

    Every Gameloft intro video has made me cringe. At least this one made me laugh. I am going to change my Facebook status to; "a hottie with mad skills."

  • Jim

    Every Gameloft intro video has made me cringe. At least this one made me laugh. I am going to change my Facebook status to; "a hottie with mad skills."

  • Septimus

    Looks awful. Seems we are at the timeframe of shitty shovelware from the bigger devs now. Reminds me of the point in time where the original playstation got a lot of this kind of crap.

  • Septimus

    Looks awful. Seems we are at the timeframe of shitty shovelware from the bigger devs now. Reminds me of the point in time where the original playstation got a lot of this kind of crap.

  • arta

    Any game that plays like Burnout is a winner. Just wish the boost was engaged by swiping up like NFS instead of a button that adds to onscreen clutter.

  • arta

    Any game that plays like Burnout is a winner. Just wish the boost was engaged by swiping up like NFS instead of a button that adds to onscreen clutter.

  • macgerry

    the intro will put of a LOT of people like me off who may download games for the kids to play in the car on long journeys.

    That cheesey porn spoils it completely.

  • macgerry

    the intro will put of a LOT of people like me off who may download games for the kids to play in the car on long journeys.

    That cheesey porn spoils it completely.

  • Dave

    Please include touch controls

  • Dave

    Please include touch controls

  • Adams Immersive

    Agree on the women--I'd rather skip that kind of material.

    But re gameplay, I do like A4. How does the feel of A5 compare to A4? (And can you still get a motorcycle?)

  • Adams Immersive

    Agree on the women--I'd rather skip that kind of material.

    But re gameplay, I do like A4. How does the feel of A5 compare to A4? (And can you still get a motorcycle?)

  • Charliewayz

    Looks like Real Racing has nothing to worry about when it comes to taking the throne from the king!!!!!!!!!!

  • Charliewayz

    Looks like Real Racing has nothing to worry about when it comes to taking the throne from the king!!!!!!!!!!

  • chris

    Framerate is choppy. Sound effects are terrible.

  • chris

    Framerate is choppy. Sound effects are terrible.

  • meh

    i'll only buy it cuz so far its the only racing game with such a advance shading simulation

  • meh

    i'll only buy it cuz so far its the only racing game with such a advance shading simulation

  • http://www.taykron.com/ matriax

    When i was see the images "I want this game".... after see the video... "¿?¿? :(

    I will wait for more videos.

  • http://www.taykron.com/ matriax

    When i was see the images "I want this game".... after see the video... "¿?¿? :(

    I will wait for more videos.

  • 2kitties1cup

    They all look great?????? This site is becoming more developer friendly by the second. Every app is the best thing since slice bread!!!! Rolls eyes

  • 2kitties1cup

    They all look great?????? This site is becoming more developer friendly by the second. Every app is the best thing since slice bread!!!! Rolls eyes

  • robman84

    Graphics are pretty, but it is telling of any racing game when you watch a video and the person playing it bounces from wall to wall like a pinball. Sure they might need practice, but clearly this game appears to handle like a greasy pig on roller skates.

  • robman84

    Graphics are pretty, but it is telling of any racing game when you watch a video and the person playing it bounces from wall to wall like a pinball. Sure they might need practice, but clearly this game appears to handle like a greasy pig on roller skates.

  • Bilal

    Pass on this one. Seriously substandard looking at recent gameloft announcements and releases.

    Well ive hated the asphalt series ever since playing fastlane ages ago so it was a good racer till you played anything else on the iphone.

  • Bilal

    Pass on this one. Seriously substandard looking at recent gameloft announcements and releases.

    Well ive hated the asphalt series ever since playing fastlane ages ago so it was a good racer till you played anything else on the iphone.

  • kevo

    looks exactly like A4, maybe a tiny bit better
    disappointing gameloft

  • kevo

    looks exactly like A4, maybe a tiny bit better
    disappointing gameloft