Tuesday, April 19, 2005

Asphalt Urban GT for DS

One of my favorite games right now is Asphalt Urban GT for DS. Although some people might think it a little incompetent, I beg to differ.

First off, the graphics really take control of the DS and use its unique graphics capabilities to the fullest extent. That tree might look like it's the same from every angle, but hey, it's 100Mhz! What can you expect?

The collision detection is a little off. Hitting another car hardly affects them as much as it does you; you sometimes spin out of control while the pizza truck keeps moseying down the road. It does affect them, but only a fraction as much as it does you. Also some of the obstacles, i.e. lamp posts and palm trees, don't generate collisions at all, and the ramp cars are sometimes really hard to hit properly.

The neatest thing about Asphalt is the boost system. Your boost is your only weapon against the opponents that they don't have (besides skill :D ). You start out with three boosts, but you can have up to five at a time. Boosts charge slowly, and doing special things, like drifting around a corner or hitting a phone booth, add a lot to the boost charger, giving you a huge advantage.

The other awesome thing is the fact that you can tune your cars. Sure they stole the idea from N4S Underground, but this time you can own multiple cars instead of trading in.

Not up for story mode? No problem! Play arcade mode, where you can do Instant Play (a random car and track are chosen for you), Road Challenge (beating a car category unlocks the next, and maybe wins you a tuned car), Time Attack (you keep zooming around the same track to see how fast you can finish laps), or Cop Chase (you drive around in a souped-up cop car and pull over speeders).

Here's a hint for Cop Chase: Don't try to catch up with the speeders. Turn around right at the start of the race and drive backwards around the track until you meet the guy in front. Pull him over first, then slow down and wait for the next one to speed past, etc.

All in all, it's an excellent game, and very complete. I've had it for two months now and have yet to beat it. It's a challenge for the best of us, and it uniquely combines many elements of gameplay that makes the whole game sing in harmony.


Blogger Mr. Levingston said...

Dude! you make me want to get tha game! i may consider it...but right now, im saving up for a network for my computers, and then a new computer...but i may get a new ds game first before the comp.

Tuesday, April 19, 2005 6:01:00 PM PST  
Blogger BusterBot858 said...

I'm glad you enjoyed the review. I would recommend getting a DS first since they are more affordable, and computers are always becoming obselete, so by the time you buy yours you might be able to get a better computer for the same price than you would if you bought it sooner.

Tuesday, April 19, 2005 6:35:00 PM PST  
Blogger Mr. Levingston said...

well, its still gonna take me to save up 400$ besides, i have SUper Mario 64 DS (totaly beaten) and Yoshi's Touch and GO to play. and once i get my network, i can have tons o fun when some wifi games come out for the DS! my computer is just to replace this piece of crap i have sitting on my desk.

Thursday, April 21, 2005 3:45:00 PM PST  

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