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More details on Gameloft's Asphalt 6: Adrenaline for iPhone

Shifting up a gear

More details on Gameloft's Asphalt 6: Adrenaline for iPhone

Gameloft showed off the latest Asphalt title on Thursday night to a large group of international journalists via the magic of video screen as part of its international media presentation.

The first thing that jumps out is the lack of virtual buttons. The right side of the screen is devoted purely to nitro, and the left for brakes. This new set-up means that more of the screen is dedicated to the new 3D engine, which looks a leap ahead of the previous game’s blocky graphics.

In terms of new features, Asphalt 6 comes with an Adrenaline mode that acts like a boost and leaves a blue neon trail behind your vehicle, making everything look very ‘Tron’ in the process.

The vehicles (fully upgradable and customisable with paint and decal) can be selected via a traditional menu, as well as a new virtual garage that can be navigated via gyroscope and accelerometer, letting you walk around and marvel at your virtual possessions.

The game comes with 55 events spread across 11 leagues and 12 tracks. Races include familiar game types like Race and Time Attack, as well as the new Beat ‘em All mode, which plays out much like Burnout’s Road Rage mode, in which you ram opponents’ cars off the track.

There's six-player online multiplayer with an RPG-like progression system and all events accessible from the start, all integrated with the latest version of Gameloft Live.

We’ll be going hands on with the game later in the week, so stay ‘tuned’ for our in-depth preview.