Asphalt Urban GT Review - The Next Level

Game Profile

System:
Nintendo DS
Release date:
November 17, 2004
Publisher:
Ubisoft
Developer:
Gameloft
Players:
1 - 4
Genre:
Racing
ESRB:
RP

Asphalt Urban GT

Racing action that feels double-parked.

Review by Chris Bahn (Email)
November 20th 2004

Asphalt Urban GT is a decent simulation/arcade racer which admittedly strays more on the simulation tip. Players can choose from over 20 high-performance vehicles including VW, Hummer, Audi, Lamborghini and Jaguar. Not satisfied with the default selection? Change the color - but note that some vehicles offer more color selections than others.

Racing fanatics obsessed with car customization can choose from a bevy of options for tuning, bodywork and maintenance. The fact sheet stats that the game was inspired by real locations, but when I selected New York, the locale didn't seem all that familiar to me...they could have at least thrown in the Empire State Building.

At first, the action will feel rather slow and mundane; that is, until you start winning some cash. Ultimately, you'll be able to get rid of your old and busted wheels and invest in the new hotness that you've been dying to unlock since you turned on the game. Don't worry, it's not going anywhere.

Graphically, the car models are better than most 3D racing games I've played (GBA and N-Gage titles included), although the backgrounds are prone to get a bit pixilated. The engine sounds are said to be "realistic", but they sound more like they could use a tune-up.

In the end, Asphalt didn't jump start my enthusiasm as I expected. If you're a racing enthusiast, either sit this one out or wait until EA delivers a DS version of Need for Speed.

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