Asphalt 4: Elite Racing (Nintendo DSi)

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Asphalt 4 Elite Racing is potentially one of the best driving games on the DS, although some would say that’s damning with faint praise. Gameloft have set the bar for other developers to aspire to, with a huge amount of detailed gaming squeezed from the 800 points asking price with 28 licensed cars, 8 real-life cities and a decent-sized career mode. The lack of online multiplayer and dodgy touch screen controls are the only significant problems but don’t stop this being a must buy for anyone who’s keen to experience a top quality handheld racing game at a very reasonable price, and doesn't mind using the D-pad to do it.
These few negatives do not bring Asphalt 4 to a halt, though. The franchise successfully drifts onto DSiWare because of visuals that burst off the screen with speed and color and downright enjoyable arcade-racing action. The few hitches, such as a lack of a robust online mode, do not ruin the experience. Instead, it just stops the title a tad short from reaching the upper echelon of DSiWare experiences.
Asphalt 4: Elite Racing is a tremendous value for DSiWare shoppers. For only 800 points, you get a full-featured racer that other publishers would charge full price for as an actual game card. If you've never played the iPhone version, the visual and audio downshifts won't bother you in the least. But the squishy touch controls (if you try to use them) and lack of real online multiplayer will.
Asphalt 4 – Elite Racing ist prinzipiell ein tolles Rennspiel. Würde es 40 Euro kosten, krähte danach wohl kein Hahn, aber für läppische 8 Euro auf DSiWare sollten es sich jeder anschauen, der auch nur ein wenig was mit dem Genre anfangen kann. Gerade die Technik fasziniert und man wundert sich, was Nintendo selbst aktuell in diesem Bereich verhackstückt. Kurz und gut: Dieses Spiel sieht toll aus, fährt sich schnell und astrein und kann lang genug begeistern. Dass die Karriere gegen Ende unnötigerweise künstlich gestreckt wird, dass der Mehrspielermodus nur mäßiges Mittelmaß und die Touchscreen-Steuerung grauenvoll ist, schieben wir galant beiseite und empfehlen den Titel allen Rennspielfreunden auf dem DSi wärmstens.