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Asphalt 9: Legends game review for iOS and Android

The Asphalt series will be familiar to anyone who has played mobile games. Started out back in 2004, the original game was launched on the Nokia N-Gage platform, the OG smartphone gaming platform that people often forget about these days while talking about gaming smartphones.

The original game was an absolute blast. With stunning 3D visuals (for the time), an eclectic collection of licensed tracks and fun handling meant I sunk an ungodly number of hours playing it on my N-Gage QD.

The later games took the series further in terms of visual quality and having even more, newer cars and tracks to play. The series continued to be available on the N-Gage up until Asphalt 3: Street Rules, after which Nokia’s platform was forgotten and it moved on to other, newer platforms such as Symbian, Windows Mobile and of course, iOS and Android.

Fast forward to today and we now have the ninth tent pole game in the series being released, fourteen years since the original. It’s no longer a niche game, with the last one Asphalt 8 alone having over 100 million downloads on both, iOS and Android. The world has also changed, with today’s smartphones being more powerful than the computers of 2004. So, what can one expect from a modern Asphalt game in 2018?

Let’s see what all has changed since the last one. Asphalt 9: Legends includes improved visuals, new controls, and a new roster of cars and tracks. Pretty much what you’d expect from a new Asphalt game (not that I’m complaining).

Let’s start with the visuals. The visuals have always been one of the selling points of the Asphalt series, with every new game bringing stunning visual quality that that would set the benchmark for mobile games of that generation. Asphalt 9 is no different, and the focus this time seems even greater on the visuals, with Gameloft releasing a video ahead of release detailing all the new graphical effects that have been packed in this time.