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E3 2013: Hands-On with ‘Asphalt 8: Airborne’ and Its Insane Brand of Racing

asphalt8It’s hard to believe that Gameloft is already up to the eighth entry in the Asphalt racing series, but here we are. Of course not all of those are on the iOS platform, as this series has been around since the pre-smartphone era, but Asphalt 4: Elite Racing did make a huge splash on iOS when the App Store launched way back in 2008.

Here at E3 we got a chance to check out their latest, Asphalt 8, and it’s looking incredibly impressive. Typically I haven’t been able to get into the Asphalt games, as something about them just didn’t “feel" right compared to the racers I typically enjoy. However, the series has many fans and there’s no doubt they are well-made and feature-rich games.

Those things ring as true as ever with Asphalt 8, though this time I actually think the game feels much more solid, for lack of a better expression, in terms of how the cars feel and move when on the track. Also, this game is absolutely so over-the-top in an arcade-y, very unrealistic way that it’s actually really awesome. It’s like the ’80s action movie of racers. Check out the video below for a look at it in action, and apologies in advance for the wild flailing of the device it’s running on. Tilt-steering, ya know?

Asphalt 8: Airborne will be launching next month, so if you have an urge for some crazy stunt-laden arcade racing add it to your TouchArcade (Free) app Watch List to get an alert when it hits.