*UPDATE* The winner is... Funky Cricket! Congratulations! Watch your email. *UPDATE*

The Asphalt franchise has long been one of my favorites when I'm in the mood for fast cars and hot competition. This week marked the release of Asphalt 8: Airborne, the latest edition to the series, for Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8! With 47 high-performance luxury dream cars from all the top manufacturers, new exotic locations and 180 events, you are definitely going to want to check this game out right now! Keep reading for more details, and to see how you can enter to win a $100 Windows Store gift card!

If you're curious to see the game in action before you buy, Gameloft will be live streaming Asphalt 8 on a Surface RT today at 2pm PST. Not only will they be playing the game and answering questions, they are also giving away several $15 Windows Store gift cards to viewers! Make sure you check that out.

You can go ahead and pick up Asphalt 8: Airborne for Windows 8 for $1.99, and for Windows Phone for just $.99. You can expect to see the following features, all courtesy of a brand new physics engine.

LUXURY DREAM CARS

  • 47 high-performance cars (80% of them NEW!)
  • Top licensed manufacturers like Lamborghini & Ferrari
  • Newly recorded high-fidelity car motor sounds for realistic audio immersion

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  • Hit the ramps and take the race above
  • Perform barrel rolls and wild 360º jumps
  • Maneuver through the air, pulling stunts while racing

NEW EXOTIC LOCATIONS

  • Race in 9 different settings like Venice, Guiana & the Nevada Desert!
  • Discover plenty of hidden shortcuts

NEW FEATURES FOR SPEED FREAKS

  • 8 seasons & 180 events in Career mode
  • A detailed damage system
  • Check out the new Infected and Drift Gate game modes

SIMULTANEOUS MULTIPLAYER & GHOST CHALLENGES

  • Simultaneous multiplayer action for up to 8 real opponents!
  • Dare friends to asynchronous races
  • New leaderboards

MUSIC TO REV YOUR SOUL

  • A heart-thumping mix of amazing licensed music for your game
  • Featuring real tracks from Bloc Party, Mutemath & The Crystal Method!

So many awesome things! I can't wait to play. Gameloft is thrilled to be sharing this release with our readers, and wants to pass on some extra love. We have a $100 Windows Store gift card for one of you! All you have to do to enter is leave a comment below (one per person, please) telling us your favorite thing about the Asphalt series, or what you're looking forward to most in Asphalt 8. Good luck!