Asphalt 9: Legends (Series) Review

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Posted: 2 weeks ago.

Author: Andy Robertson.

OverviewOverview

Asphalt 9: Legends is a racing game in the series that focuses on fast driving fun. This year the game adds new cars, a wide range of accessible control schemes, race modes, and nitro boosts for extra speed.

You drive a range of hundreds of cars, each from a different class and progressively featuring higher performance and rarity. You starts with a car in the lowest class (Class D), the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X and work your way up. Each car can be customized with paint jobs, rims, and brake calipers.

Racing is fast and furious and towards the quick competitive end of the spectrum rather than realism. You can use "nitro shockwave" to increase speed substantially. There are three modes: Career, Multiplayer, and Events. There are three race types: racing, time attack and hunted where you must escape the police

The game features tracks set in Cairo, the Himalayas, the U.S. Midwest, Scotland, and Caribbean. It also brings back five locations from previous games in the series: San Francisco, Rome, New York City, Shanghai and Osaka.

DetailsDetails

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: 08/10/2019

Platforms: Android, Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC and iOS.

Genres: Action, Racing and Rhythm.

 

CommitmentCommitment

Duration: It takes between 1 minute and 5 minutes to play a round of this game. Depending on how quick you are at the racing.
 
Players: You can play with 8 players in the same room and up to 8 players online. On the Switch you can race offline multiplayer in four player split screen. If you have two Switch systems and two copies of the game you can play with 8 players locally on Switch. You can't do split screen on iOS or Android.

CostsCosts

This game is free to play. Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience. Some of these purchases (known as 'loot boxes') are for a chance of getting rare/higher-value items although common/lower-value items are more frequent.

The game is free, but does incentivise the purchase in-game items.

You can buy the game and content together in the following packs:
  • Asphalt 9: Legends -- Italian Bundle
  • Asphalt 9: Legends Triple Threat Bundle
  • Asphalt 9: Legends – High-Gear Bundle
You can start the game for free and then buy individual packs:
  • Asphalt 9: Legends Starting Racer Bundle
  • Asphalt 9: Legends -- Italian Pack
  • Asphalt 9: Legends Triple Threat Pack
  • Asphalt 9: Legends – High-Gear Pack
You will need Nintendo Online (must be 18 to purchase, but can be any age to use) to play online with Nintendo Switch.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Rated PEGI 7 for Implied Violence, Mild Violence

ESRB EVERYONE 10+ for Mild Violence.

Users Interact: The game enables players to interact and communicate with each other, so may expose players to language usually associated with older rated games.

AccessibilityAccessibility

The game includes an autopilot mode called Touch Drive on mobile platforms. It offers three control schemes: Tilt to Steer, Tap to Steer, and Touch Drive in which the player selects routes and stunts by swiping left and right.

On PC and Switch, Touch Drive can be used with tilt or touchscreen and an accelerometer. You can also play in a two button mode the left trigger is break/drift and the right trigger is the nitrous boost.

Difficulty

How you can adjust the challenge of play, and assistance the game offers when you fail or get stuck.

Competitive Difficulty: Difficulty not adjustable, because you compete against other players.

Assistance With Controls: You can get the game to assist aiming, steering, reloading, jumping, running etc.

Reading

How much reading or listening comprehension is required, and how accessible this is.

Simple Minimal Reading: Minimal reading is required.

High Text Contrast: Text colour contrasts to background.

Controls

How you control the game, different options for alternative inputs and whether you can remap these settings to suit your needs.

2 Buttons: Can play with 2 buttons.

Touchscreen

Touchscreen controls for this game are:

One Tap Targeted: Play with touchscreen, tap in specific locations.

One Motion Targeted: Play with touchscreen, tap and swipe or hold gesture.

Motion

Motion Controls Available: You can use motion controls, tilting the controller to steer for example.

Motion Controls Not Required: You don’t need motion controls to play the game.

Rapid Pressing Optional: Quick, repeated button pressing not required or can be skipped or disabled.

Image

How you can adjust the visuals to suit your needs, and offer additional information if you can't hear the game.

Audio Cues for Visual Events: Audio is provided to indicate visual events.

Clear Interface: The game navigation, maps and information are clear to read, large or adjustable.

Audio

How you can adjust the audio of the game and whether audio cues compensate for aspects of the game that are hard to see.

Visual Cues for Audio Events: Text or other visual indicators of audio events.

Play Without Hearing: No audio cues are necessary to play the game well

System Settings

Android has accessibility settings including ways to navigate and interact, although not all games support this. Nintendo Switch has some built-in features, including a lockable zoom, that can be used on all games. Windows has extensive accessibility features. Some, like colour correction, work with games. Lots of accessibility software can be used with PC games, from voice recognition to input device emulators. iOS has a very extensive suite of accessibility settings including ways to navigate with voice and comprehensive screen reading, though most of the features don't work with games... read more about system accessibility settings.

Supported by PlayabilityInitiative and accessibility contributors: @ronald_brady and Andy Robertson


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