Gameloft's Asphalt 7 [$4.99] is among the many games that have been updated to support the iPhone 5. It doesn't play a whole lot different from its smaller-screened counterpart but once I was recording video of it the immensely faster load times became increasingly obvious. In loading the game from the springboard to getting to the menu as well as loading from the menu to the actual game is twice as fast on the iPhone 5.

Performance inside of the game actually seems fairly comparable, both have high frame rates although the iPhone 5 offers a completely solid framerate while the iPhone 4S drops frames every so often. It's a little more difficult to compare actual gameplay performance, but you really can't argue with those load times.

In our experience testing other games today, load times seems significantly faster across the board, making the iPhone 5 one heck of an upgrade.

  • Laszlo Tuss

    Who the hell gives a sh!t about that boring, buggy craploft "game"?
    Ohh sorry, PAYmium and freemium applications are not games....

    • Mark

      Uhm, Asphalt 7 is actually a pretty good game where the IAP really doesen't feel necessary.

      But of course you haven't played it.

      • Paul Hopper

        Agreed, my only annoyance with asphalt7 is the constant facebook share reminders heh. But even thats able to be looked past. For me asphalt 7 will do nicely until rr3 shows up. note : asphalt on the vita? the superior product 😛

      • Laszlo Tuss

        Its the same as the Asphalt4... Just with better graphics.
        Just common gameloft crap

    • Eli Hodapp

      The purpose of the video is to show the load times, not the game.

    • MrAlbum

      Monetization == Game.

      How the developer makes money == how the game plays.

      You may have a point; there are a lot of games like that, where there really is very little gameplay.

      However, I must beg the question: How much gameplay does Asphalt 7 have? Does it fall into the trap you pointed out, or does it actually HAVE gameplay?

      Just a question ^_^

  • Mark

    Now compare the iPhone 5 to the iPod Touch 4! 😛

  • ImJPaul

    I'm already sick of all this iPhone 5 news. Only a small percentage is getting them right away or has them. I want news on games. Really I'm just jealous because I'm not getting one until December 20th and none of this applies to me. 🙁 wah.

    • MrAlbum

      I understand the jealousy. I really do. Doesn't mean I approve the venting of it, but that's just me, I guess.

      Considering that this is new hardware that has seen many improvements since the previous iterations, and that this line of hardware is something we iOS gamers NEED TO PLAY OUR GAMES, I consider the massive attention both normal, relevant and expected. This IS something new, and something kinda big for the games ecosystem we've essentially created as customers. It is a big deal. Hence, all the articles about it.

      Those are my thoughts. Don't go too green with envy, or else your heart will be so Grinchy come December you'll most likely smash the thing against the wall. And that last sentence was sarcasm XD

    • thinkthis

      Actually millions of iPhone 5s have already been sold.  Millions more will be sold in the coming weeks.  A relatively large percentage of people buy the latest model every year and an even bigger percentage get one every two years.

      • ImJPaul

        Album. I understand. Venting is a very important process to getting over the fact that my mobile gaming is going to be severely limited. Luckily, I still have this dandy iPad 3 so it's really not that big of a deal. Just limited on my lunch break at work. (The only time I use my iPhone for gaming) and think, millions of people always do buy apples latest phone on opening day, but do you know how large the iohone market is?! It's mind boggling. I was in a fit of rage when I didn't get any iOS news that applied to me all day. Plus, the ever dreadful, drawn out release of infinity blade dungeons is getting under my skin. That, combined with iPhone 5 envy = a grumpy iOS gamer complaining on his most visited site. By far. Didn't mean to offend anyone. Just mildly frustrated, but I think I'll live to see another day.

  • WarMachine

    Test it out on Infinity Blade II

  • Jay

    Dammit.  I'd like to kick Apple in the nuts (seeds?) for gimping the new iPod Touch.  Why the hell did they make it outdated from day one?  And then I found out today that the new PS3 is $270. 

    God I hate Apple.  

  • evilrt

    it does load faster and it has a much smoother frame rate BUT they stretched the picture, so minus a point for that.

  • regkilla

    iPhone 5 > iPhone 4S

  • Dueler

    How is this news when the iphone 5 is basically twice as strong... Report on the ones that dont load faster... Thats something wed need to know.

    • GSJ1977

      It's news because seeing is believing.

  • 1Fcm

    Anyone else notice the difference in lighting? The iphone 5 version has realtime shadows under the car. Makes quite a difference when you see before and after.

  • Mike Prouty

    Everybody "like" this comment if you're not going to not buy infinity Blade Dungeons due to being angry with developer who said it'd be available "soon", over six months ago. 6+ months with no release date in sight is not "soon." I know this endless wait for a game that should've been released at least a couple of weeks ago really ticks myself, and a bunch of other people off for sure. 

    If I could re-wind time, I'd go back and get some tickets to the "new iPad" even in March, and smash this guys head off the podium after he said "coming soon."  Because the guy was clearly lying and talking out of his a$$