• Publisher: Ubisoft
  • Release Date: Mar 22, 2011

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 37 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 37
  2. Negative: 22 out of 37
  1. Apr 12, 2011
    The game is fun, it looks great, and given the relatively sparse offerings for 3DS launch titles, this one is easy to recommend.
  2. Apr 10, 2011
    In the end, Asphalt 3D is a decent successor to this series on the DS and the 3D graphics look great on Nintendo's new 3DS console. There's plenty of fun and variety to be had in this game, however the sometimes touchy control system does become a thorn in your side because generally a crash means you've lost the race, especially in the last lap.
  3. Apr 20, 2011
    Asphalt 3D is a arcade-racing game with a lot of cars and locations. The gameplay and the controls are casual and some graphical effects like the crash-animations are funny at best.
  4. Mar 25, 2011
    Asphalt 3D signals great things to come for the racing genre on the 3DS, although frame-rate issues and silly collisions bring the action down somewhat.
  5. A surprisingly good instalment. Well worth a look if you see it for 20 quid or so. [Apr 2011, p.90]
  6. Jul 4, 2011
    In the end, Asphalt 3D falls below gamers' expected standards. As far as technical aspects go, the controls are fine, while the sound and graphics have some issues. The gameplay is solid enough, but there are very questionable mechanics in play that either do nothing to the experience or ruin a few good moments. Multiplayer is limited by closing off every other mode but one for play, but at least the game makes good use of the StreetPass feature. For racing fans who have become early adopters of the 3DS handheld, stick with Ridge Racer 3D for your racing fix. If you've already grown tired of that game, then try renting this one to see if you can overcome the flaws and squeeze some enjoyment from the title.
  7. Apr 21, 2011
    A mixed bag: lots of good ideas mixed with bad execution. I feel that this was a missed opportunity. If the game had a few more months of polish, we could have had two great racing showpieces for the 3DS launch.
  8. Apr 20, 2011
    This is a decent game which will be liked by those looking for an arcade experience without much complication. Although the game is entertaining and has lots of content, it doesn't ultimately work that well.
  9. Apr 13, 2011
    Despite appropriating elements from the popular Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit and Burnout franchises, Asphalt 3D is an unexceptional arcade-racing title. [April 2011, p.86]
  10. Apr 10, 2011
    At the end of the day fans of this genre might want to give it a whirl to see if it satisfies their need for a handheld racer before making the plunge into purchasing this title.
  11. Mar 31, 2011
    Asphalt 3D could be a nice alternative to Ridge Racer 3D, but some technical limitations seriously undermined the Gameloft production.
  12. Apr 4, 2011
    As a mere porting from the iPhone version, it does not offer much challenge to the player with a very simplified gameplay.
  13. Mar 30, 2011
    An unremarkable but serviceable racer that too often doesn't put its best foot forward. It's a shame it didn't capitalize on its stronger aspects to deliver a more consistently thrilling experience, but even with its flaws, there's some speedy fun to be had on these streets.
  14. Mar 29, 2011
    On the one hand, Asphalt 3D delivers a rich single player career, a large number of online multiplayer modes and some decent 3D effects; on the other hand, the graphics are poor and suffer from frequent frame drops, while the physics are ugly. Not the racing game we were expecting from Gameloft, definitely.
  15. Mar 27, 2011
    Asphalt 3D's flaws are mostly minor but there are too many to ignore, and it doesn't have enough of its own personality to make amends. Its twitchy handling does it no favours – half the fun of powersliding is wrestling control back from your car, but here the cars all bounce back to a central position as if spring-loaded.
  16. May 20, 2011
    Asphalt 3D is an extremely poor port that does not utilize any of the capabilities of the 3DS to any good extent.
  17. Apr 6, 2011
    Visually, Asphalt has decent car models, but suffers from choppy performance, lots of pop-in, laughable animations, and tire marks that float above the road in 3D. It's as if it was made merely to look good in screen shots.
  18. Apr 18, 2011
    Asphalt 3D is nothing more than a checked box on the Nintendo 3DS launch lineup list. Apart from its genre there's nothing that makes it stand out in the launch library, and within its genre there's nothing that makes it unique. This game is entirely skippable unless you're desperate for a 3D arcade racer, but even then it's best to wait to see what else the 3DS has in store down the road.
  19. May 8, 2011
    It's almost a relief that the game struggling to break free from these severe technical shortcomings is mundane. [May 2011, p.104]
  20. 40
    It is a product without identity. Put all the great racing games over the last decade together and this is what you get.
  21. Apr 17, 2011
    An ok racing game hides under too many big problems.
  22. Apr 7, 2011
    What's most frustrating is that I know Gameloft can do better than this. Hell, they have done better with Asphalt 6 and even Asphalt 5 -- mobile alternatives that are much cheaper (and more fun) for anyone with an iPhone, iPad, or Android device. In fact, just buy one of those games instead. Even if you just don't want to play Ridge Racer, Asphalt 3D isn't the better option by any stretch.
  23. Apr 2, 2011
    Quotation forthcoming.
  24. Mar 28, 2011
    Gameloft has missed the opportunity to capture the racing genre from Day One with Asphalt 3D, offering up a slowdown-riddled identikit experience that will struggle to hold many gamers' attention for the duration.
  25. Mar 25, 2011
    Launch titles are often rushed and not representative of what the console can really do, but Asphalt is poor even by these lowered standards. Of all the early 3DS games I've played, this one is a dead cert to be filling bargain bins in a few weeks.
  26. Mar 28, 2011
    Avoid this expensive abomination at all costs.
  27. Apr 25, 2011
    Occasionally playable, but just mostly horrible. [Issue#108, p.116]
  28. Apr 23, 2011
    This is the other one - the one that's quite crap. [Apr 2011, p.60]
  29. Apr 22, 2011
    The worst part is that Asphalt 6 on the iPhone costs $5 and looks and probably plays better than this $40 installment of the series. If you want a racing experience on the 3DS, I hear Ridge Racer is a lot better. Don't waste your time or money with Asphalt 3D.
  30. Mar 29, 2011
    Offering police pursuit races, takedown-focused bouts, and several other modes doesn't help Asphalt 3D's cause in the least. It's a buggy mess, and the controls are awful enough to make it a chore even when the game is functioning correctly.
  31. Mar 27, 2011
    The 3DS did not need two Ridge Racer style arcade racers for its launch, least of all one as badly made as this tiresome wannabe.
  32. Mar 27, 2011
    Truly horrible.
  33. Mar 27, 2011
    It's a £39.99 inferior remix of a £2.99 iPhone game with bad sound, bad graphics and shockingly slapdash collision logic. Not only is it the worst game of the 3DS' launch line-up, it's a contender for the title of 'worst launch game of all time'. Worse than Pen Pen. Worse than Tama. Worse even than Altered Beast. Do I really need to say it? Avoid.
  34. Apr 22, 2011
    It appears, at a glance, that Asphalt 3D is an incredibly strong launch title. Local multiplayer, plentiful maps, decent graphics, and fast-paced gameplay should all mix together into something worthwhile. It doesn't take long for everything to fall apart, though, and before long the scratches on the surface turn to full-blown gashes.
  35. 20
    The only redeeming quality of the game is the unlockables.
  36. Mar 26, 2011
    A bad game was bound to be released among all the launch titles of the 3DS. Asphalt 3D, even though its seems comprehensive on paper, can't make us stick to the 3D screen. Its production values are so poor, that it seems like it's been a rushed port from previous versions on low spec hardware. If you want to race in 3D with your 3DS, for the time being, favor Ridge Racer.
  37. Apr 26, 2011
    Despite the many cups, cars, upgrades, skins, and everything else a cell phone game crams in to substitute for meaningful content, Asphalt 3D falls on its face straight out of the gate with a slipshod port of its mobile equivalent that at least demonstrates how busted most consolized phone games can get.
User Score

Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 20 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 3 out of 3
  1. Nov 26, 2011
    Asphalt 3D is A HORRIBLE,GLITCHY GAME,Don't Try This At all. 2 1/2 Out of 10, 33.8%Out of 100%,Don't Rent this Either It Is a Bad Need For Speed Clone
  2. Nov 11, 2014
    Ok, get this straight: Asphalt 3D is just (kind of) a port of Asphalt 5 for iOS onto a 3DS. The gameplay is Ok, but it doesn't feel like youOk, get this straight: Asphalt 3D is just (kind of) a port of Asphalt 5 for iOS onto a 3DS. The gameplay is Ok, but it doesn't feel like you are actually playing an official Asphalt game. It has everything a normal Asphalt game would have, but it has more. This might not be a problem, but you have to do three laps for each race. It has plenty of glitches and as a plus, the are cops trying to take you down. Its not as epic as a normal Asphalt game would feel, and not as immersive either. The 3D effects are not so good. But sure, if you are a casual gamer who happens to have a 3DS and no iPhone or Android, get this game. If you have a mobile phone, get Asphalt 8.

    It's definitely not the best, but not the worst.
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  3. Dec 4, 2011
    There is no excuse for how pathetic this game is. I don't actually own it. I played it on a friend's 3ds and HAD to review it. I got betterThere is no excuse for how pathetic this game is. I don't actually own it. I played it on a friend's 3ds and HAD to review it. I got better value from the Iphone asphalt game. Asphalt 6 cost me 1 dollar in a special gameloft sale, and that game runs more smoothly, has better graphics...honestly....this is putrid. Full Review »