So, Asphalt 3D. Boy, did that game suck. But
you know, there was a time when Asphalt sucked a lot less on Nintendo handhelds. This was
a time before the iPhone, before the Kindle…even before the Wii. It was a crazy time called
�2006,� back when Twitter still a hatchling. And the Pussycat Dolls were still a thing. I mean, is she…like, is that…that�s
a Pussycat Doll, right? Anyway, in 2006, this came to the Nintendo
DS. It�s Asphalt: Urban GT 2, and it�s a follow-up to the DS launch title…Asphalt:
Urban GT. I�ve never had the opportunity to play the original�or the misfortune,
if reviews are any indication�but I�ve got to tell you. This game�s not bad. Look
at this, I�m…I�m flying all over the place. So obviously, Asphalt: Urban GT 2 is a racing
game. Specifically, it�s kind of like if you combined all the other popular racers
of its time. There�s a little Need For Speed, a little Burnout…no banana peels, though.
So…maybe not every popular racer of its time. Nonetheless, if you like cars and you like
hot chicks�and chances are, there�s an overlap in those demographics�you�re probably
gonna like Asphalt: Urban GT 2. So the game plays like you�d expect it to.
It�s pretty tight, it�s very arcadey…it�s also surprisingly fast on the DS, as well.
The game�s engine is really impressive, and the cars look good, too. For the most
part, Asphalt: Urban GT 2 runs exceptionally well, especially given the platform. There are plenty of different game modes,
but the main attraction is the evolution mode…which is essentially your career mode. It strings
together all these different events into one individual Grand Prix, of sorts. And the great
thing is that…they�re always a bit different in terms of the kind of events they entail. So each championship feels slightly different
from the last. There are about 60 of these championships
to work through in the evolution mode, which is nice. There�s also an arcade mode that
lets you do any race individually. So there�s normal races, time attacks, elimination rounds…there�s
even a police chase, which has you either evading the cops or playing as the cops. Throw in the 14 different tracks and wealth
of vehicles you can unlock, and there�s actually a really nice amount of content here.
Especially for a handheld game. I guess if there�s a problem with Urban
GT 2, it�s that…it might be too easy. I mean, you guys know that I am not good…at
most video games. But I don�t think I lost a single race in this game. And I mean, I
don�t even play racing games. Fortunately, you can turn up the difficulty in the arcade
modes, but it seemed to be locked in the evolution mode, which might be something to consider. Or not. You know, if the hot chicks already
sold you. As a casual racing fan at best, I was pretty
pleased with this game. It has enough content, the cars are responsive and cling to the track
pretty well…and again, I was impressed with how it runs. I only ran into a moment or two
of slow down, which is awesome. And it has nearly double the vehicles of the original…so
if you like messing around with cars, there are plenty to choose from. You motor head, you. I�m into a different
kind of Mot�rhead. A lot of these games kind of feel the same
to me, to be honest, so I can�t say this is some crazy original racing game or anything.
But if you�re looking for something you can play on the go that gives you a bit of
that high-speed console carnage, Asphalt: Urban GT 2 isn�t a bad way to go. Thanks to our friend Fuzzelbob from Ohio for
sending it in.