There are certain combinations of sensations that go together to create an atmosphere. For an arcade racing game, they mainly revolve around loud engine noises, screeching tyres, the thrill of speed, and the feeling that you’re at the very brink of losing control at almost every turn.
Asphalt 9: Legends understands that. And it understands it better than I can explain in a single, pithy opening paragraph. In fact, it understands it so well that it’s confident enough to strip back almost all the frippery, in turn becoming a blistering assault on your senses that’s super easy to handle.
And that’s the point. This is a lightning injection of all the chaos that makes the very best arcade games so much joy to play.
Sugar on the asphalt
After a brief fling with one of the supercars you’re trying to unlock, you’re dropped into the lower leagues of the street-racing world. You get a car, a bit of money, and need to work your way up to the top of the driving-really-fast tree.