Joy Ride Turbo
Joy Ride Turbo is a pretty standard kart racer, but considering the Xbox’s lack of good games in this genre, standard is a welcome addition. If anything, Joy Ride is a kart racer with a solid framerate, which is more than I can say about SEGA All-Stars Racing. The game looks great and controls well (goodbye Kinect controls!), but it does feature a rather safe selection of items/weapons and tame level design. There really aren’t a lot of courses, and those that are present feel kind of short. On the other hand, there are plenty of alternate paths to discover, and most shortcuts have boxes of car parts to pick up that will eventually unlock new cars. It’s lame that you still have to buy the unlocked cars, and money is time-consuming to earn, but I do love this collection aspect. In fact, my favorite thing about Joy Ride Turbo is the Stunt Park mode that puts you in a large, open area with coins, trophies, and car parts hidden and scattered everywhere. It brings back memories of playing Stunt Mode in San Fransisco Rush 2049. Anything that can even remotely compare to Rush 2049 is a winner in my book.