The Asphalt racing series by Gameloft introduced the 8th game in the series with the name Airborne. It doesn't take the title in a new direction but improves upon the old. It is free to play, and it has semi-realistic but amazing graphics with exciting race tracks that are exotically made with great graphics.
Overall you are going to experience unreal graphics as it is an arcade game. However, they have improved the design from the last game. Also, the selection of cars available is expansive with over 47 not to mention the nine new race tracks around the world.
It doesn't have an open-world setting like NFS, but Asphalt 8: Airborne makes up for it with a variety of modes to play including career and the quick race setting which has a variety of inclusions. Unfortunately, the Asphalt either becomes very grindy, or you have to pay to keep going.
Of course, the multiplayer has remained a constant in the series; however, Gameloft has added springboards which the players can use to perform marvelous tricks. From the previous editions, the design elements were improved.
Another thing that has finally stabilized and improved are the controls. Lastly, you can play offline which is different from all the other iterations of the series like number 7.
Other racing games
Need for Speed has long been one of the most important gaming series and competition to Asphalt. They provide the epic thrill of car chase which peaked in NFS: Most Wanted. Their competing title, Need for Speed: Heat, feels more realistic and polished than Airborne.
Asphalt 7 is inferior to 8 as there were some game wide glitch improvements. The differences between Airborne and Legends, the ninth Asphalt, are not that big. Gameloft did make improvements in the customizations and did some work on the look while continuing to support both games.
Solid arcade racer
There are a variety of racing games available, and Asphalt 8 stands among them as a great game. While the emphasis on paying to play is annoying, it still redeems itself through its excellent graphics and fun pace. If you are looking for an arcade racer, A8 Airborne is right for you.