• Publisher: Ubisoft
  • Release Date: Feb 15, 2012
Metascore
49

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 33 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 33
  2. Negative: 10 out of 33
  1. Mar 5, 2012
    70
    Asphalt Injection is an interesting and fun racer on this console, yet ultimately forgettable as it doesn't really stray too much from the safe zone.
  2. Feb 27, 2012
    65
    Asphalt Injection is admittedly a fun and competent racer that delivers a surprising amount of licensed vehicles, interesting locations, and arcade-style racing perfect for the casual crowd but one that struggles to challenge veteran racers. Sadly, the Vita doesn't bring anything new to the franchise or the genre; at least nothing worth spending $30 more than the same game on the iPad. Still, if you need a racing fix for your new PS Vita, and those cutesy karts and characters in ModNation Racers aren't for you, Asphalt Injection isn't a bad diversion and will certainly fill that gap until Ridge Racer finally arrives.
  3. Mar 20, 2012
    65
    Asphalt Injection is a good racing game. Too many references to Burnout and the lack of spectacularity prevent the game from breach hearts of passionate arcade drivers.
  4. Mar 19, 2012
    33
    An awful game that never should have come out on the PlayStation Vita. Even hardcore racing fans will have a hard time trying to come up with something positive when talking about Asphalt: Injection.
  5. Mar 16, 2012
    67
    All in all, if you can get your ego past the door and past the visuals of the game, which are honestly not the best this launch lineup has, you will find a lot of engine under the hood which makes the ride more enjoyable than you might expect. I urge you to at least try the demo up on PSN, and if you feel that the game offers enough game play and visual wise, then I can assure you that the depth more make makes up for the lack of polish the game's appearance achieves.
  6. Mar 7, 2012
    64
    Even though Asphalt: Injection is one of the few racing games available for the Vita, it's tough to recommend it. If you absolutely need a portable racing fix, Injection isn't a bad option. There's plenty to do in the game, it's just that much of what there is to do is extremely boring.
  7. Mar 6, 2012
    50
    Although I hate to bring up price while reviewing a game, its hard to ignore that you can purchase Asphalt 6 for all iOS devices for a mere 99cents while Injection will run you a cold $29.99.
  8. Mar 6, 2012
    40
    At best, this is just a pain pill for hardcore racing enthusiasts. As one of four racing games in the Vita's launch, it's the only one holding the fort down for the urban street racing sub-genre, but it's completely lifeless and devoid of originality. Players unable to quell their curiosity will definitely find something playable here, but they'd do just as well to save their money for the eventual Need For Speed release.
  9. Mar 5, 2012
    50
    Asphalt Injection fails at being the new Burnout on PSVita. Too easy, too weak and the low difficulty level put the game in the dark corner of Vita's lineup.
  10. Mar 4, 2012
    57
    The whole thing feels flat, uninspired, and utterly unimpressive.
  11. Mar 2, 2012
    62
    Jolty driving physics, a rudimentary online mode – everything reminds of the iOS roots. But in the end Asphalt still is the mediocre arcade racer it always was.
  12. Mar 2, 2012
    56
    Not a bad game, but better arcade racers are on the horizon that are likely to give you a lot more bang for your buck.
  13. Mar 1, 2012
    30
    Ugly, unfair, unenjoyable: Asphalt Injection should be headed to the wrecker's yard, not your Vita's memory card.
  14. Mar 1, 2012
    42
    Asphalt: Injection could have been something outstanding, with tons of cars, tracks and content. Unfortunately, the game is let down in the most important areas of a racing game and has gone from a 'Must buy' to a 'Must avoid.'
  15. 65
    Asphalt: Injection is the Prius of the racing genre: it's not great, but it'll get you by.
  16. Feb 24, 2012
    30
    Although it handles well enough, the fact of the matter is this game has barely been tweaked over its 99 cent iOS brethren and is ridiculously overpriced for it as it sits amongst a field of a half-dozen better racing games for the Vita launch.
  17. Feb 23, 2012
    40
    If you're a racing fanatic, I probably can't save you from spending your money on this one, but anyone with a sense of the value inherent in $30 needs to direct their attention to one of the many other PlayStation Vita launch titles priced at the same level.
  18. Feb 23, 2012
    50
    A solid, if unimpressive, racer that provides swift, hassle-free portable action. However, I can't recommend it as a full-priced retail product, because it absolutely doesn't feel like one. With a simplistic no-frills approach to racing, and graphics that could easily be rendered on a PSP, Injection barely feels like a step above its iOS and Android prequels, so it feels like yet another attempted swindle from Gameloft and Ubisoft.
  19. Feb 22, 2012
    29
    It's just so very, very dull. Turbo blurs the screen slightly and makes the colours uglier. The shortcuts are so timid and unexciting you're not even sure if they're shortcuts or poor flagged alternative routes you've accidentally stumbled upon.
  20. Feb 20, 2012
    60
    No matter what you do, the stats mean absolutely nothing.
  21. 60
    While it does seem that Gameloft might have rushed the title a little to hit the PS Vita launch, it's still a well designed game with plenty of content to keep you busy for quite a while.
  22. Feb 20, 2012
    55
    Asphalt Injection isn't quite a terrible game, but it isn't a good one. If Gameloft had upgraded more than just the visuals when they brought the franchise over from the mobile platforms, this could have been a fun racer. As it stands, it isn't.
  23. Feb 14, 2012
    60
    Asphalt Injection is a fun racing game, but it lacks depth, precision, and doesn't push the Playstation Vita to anything resembling its true potential.
  24. Apr 12, 2012
    50
    It all feels a bit soulless and it'll more than likely just make you hungry for a better-produced, richer arcade racing experience instead. [May 2012, p.81]
  25. The integration of tilt steering and rear touchpad gear shifting is nice, but beyond that, this is a wafer-thin, learner burner experience best left to racing rookies. [April 2012, p78]
  26. Apr 4, 2012
    60
    A decent attempt to provide a good arcade-style racing experience but lacks any unique selling points to differentiate itself from other similar games in the market.
  27. Apr 4, 2012
    63
    It's a case of quantity over quality. [May 2012, p.101]
  28. It's basic, ugly and lacks any sense of excitement. [Apr 2012, p.118]
  29. Mar 26, 2012
    30
    A port from the mobile phone versions with limited to no use of the power and features PS Vita has.
  30. Mar 22, 2012
    29
    It's racing for small children, imcompetents, or owners of 2004-era Nokias. Everyone else should ignore it. [Apr 2012, p.109]
  31. Mar 11, 2012
    50
    PS Vita already offers better racing games, and therefore there are really few reasons why fans of the genre should draw their attention to this new installment of the series.
  32. Wants so desperately to be Burnout: Revenge. Unfortunately, the game feels more like a cheap knockoff than a compelling successor. [Apr 2012, p.60]
  33. No matter how hard you slam your car into a concrete wall, you will never lose control over it (no matter how fast you are going). You don't even feel any difference between cars. You just have to floor it, boost it and drift it. [March 2012, p.65]
User Score
4.2

Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 21 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 7
  2. Negative: 3 out of 7
  1. Feb 21, 2012
    7
    I've read a lot of reviews describing Asphalt Injection as a mediocre racing game. I thought it felt a lot like a Burnout or Need for Speed game, which I'm fans of both...but it (or at least the demo) lacks the open world. I thought it good, nothing spectacular...but I'd give it a solid 7 of 10. The demo is worth trying out. Full Review »
  2. Mar 11, 2012
    6
    This game isn't worth the $30 they're charging you, it should have been a downloadable title for $15 cheaper. Nevertheless, it still offers some satisfaction. The graphics are actually nice but they don't showcase even half of what the Vita can do. There are alot of races, cars, and upgrades which I really liked, but the difficulty of the races is inconsistent, and therefore extremely frustrating. I would recommend it to a casual arcade racing fan but that's it. Full Review »
  3. Feb 24, 2012
    6
    For $30 you get a slightly improved version of Asphalt 6 on Android/iOS. Unfortunately, not enough has been added to make this a full retail game. It would have been a better value if it was a $10-$15 digital download, considering the smartphone versions are $7. Full Review »