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The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Asphalt 3DS is an arcade-style racing game that allows players to compete in illegal, reckless road races in a variety of locales. Players drive a branded vehicle (such as a Mercedes or Ferrari), trying to win a high-speed race against nameless and faceless competitors. The game emphasizes wrecks and near misses just as strongly as it does racing, though, and players are encouraged to run their opponents off the road and avoid pursuing police. Note that this game supports the 3DS StreetPass wireless communication feature, but that personal information is not exchanged. Parents need to remember that Nintendo is warning parents not to allow kids age six and under to view the graphics in 3D because that viewing "may cause vision damage." The Nintendo 3DS offers parents the ability to lock out the use of 3D graphics in the system's Parental Controls.
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What's it about?
ASPHALT 3D is a blend of action and racing on the Nintendo 3DS. Users progress through 14 leagues around the world (in a number of real-world cities), collecting power-ups that allow them to boost their speed. They're also encouraged to crash into rivals at tremendous speeds to take them out of the race and collect near misses with oncoming civilian cars. Players can also race against other 3DS owners if they are in the same room together, or they can download data from other racers via StreetPass and try to better their performance on their own time.
Is it any good?
The Asphalt series rarely brings something new to driving games, but it's never patently bad. This installment is a fun, but flawed, arcade racing game that leans a bit more to the action side of the scale with ridiculously high speeds and overdramatized wrecks. If you're looking for a Burnout-style game for the 3DS, this isn't a bad choice. There's a good variety of tracks, and gearheads will enjoy the collection of licensed real world cars. Just don't expect any sort of realism when you fire the game up.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about how far they'd be willing to go to win. Why do you think this game allows you to cheat or harm others?
What's the right reaction when you don't win?
Families with teens who are just learning to drive might want to pay attention to a study that suggests that playing some racing games can lead to taking more driving risks in real life.
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