Touch Arcade - PAX '09: 'Asphalt 5' Hands-On and Video

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Ever since I saw Gameloft's Asphalt 5 at the WWDC keynote, I've been wondering how it stacks up with the existing iPhone racers, especially with competition like Need For Speed and Real Racing.

Asphalt 5 starts out with a flat out absurd full motion video cut scene, where you're accused by a scantily clad woman of being a "hottie with mad skills" that induced a serious eye-roll when I first loaded the game. Gameloft usually has such great intro movies, I'm really not sure what went wrong.

Disregarding that, Asphalt 5 is a neat racing game, although it is obvious that it was inspired by Burnout games. Everything from the gratuitous boost system to slow motion crashes and even takedown of rival racers are in game.

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