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Review: Joy Ride Turbo (2012) Games | My Reviews 12 JUL 2013

Sadly, Microsoft didn’t do a great job of communicating their recently announced Games for Gold programme, meaning that while everyone was looking forward to receiving either Assassin’s Creed II or Halo 3, both considered to be AAA titles, following the initial freebie of Fable III (also a triple A title), Microsoft instead made themselves look silly by releasing a much lower value XBLA (Arcade) freebie, either Defence Grid: Awakening or Joy Ride Turbo, depending on which geographical region you found yourselves in.

In South Africa we got Joy Ride Turbo.

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In a nutshell, Joy Ride Turbo is a simplistic, colourful racer intended for multiplayer play, either in a split-screen or XBOX Live environment (though you can of course enjoy it as a singleton), and is cast in a VERY similar vein to the always popular Mario Cart on the Nintendo system.

You drive around as your XBOX account avatar and there are a number of colourful cars and themed tracks which you can unlock by collecting parts and coins during your races and stunt runs, not to mention a handful of different racing modes to boot. Standard battle races consist of a fixed number of laps, and each themed race track features a number of little shortcuts or hidden jumps to help make the races just that little bit more exciting and unpredictable.

Spin and flip tricks can be performed whilst aerial, and in addition to these, one can also earn ‘fuel’ by doing drifting, which when enough is collected, gives you a short nitro-like boost.

Oh, and then there are the various power-ups you can pick up as you race along the track, things like shield, rockets, nitro, land mines, etc.

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It’s a fun little distraction when you got friends around and it is certainly a polished arcade racer, meaning that if you’re in the market for some simplistic car battling with your friends after a lekker braai, then Joy Ride Turbo should fulfill that need quite nicely.

But if it’s just you, then I wouldn’t really bother to be quite frank.

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Related Link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joy_Ride_Turbo

Review: Avatar: The Last Airbender (2005) My Reviews 20 DEC 2012

Long ago, human civilization was divided into four nations: the Water Tribes, the Earth Kingdom, the Fire Nation and the Air Nomads. Within these societies existed people with the amazing ability to manipulate the element of their nation through the physical motions of martial arts. This was known as bending.

At any given point in time, only one person in the whole world would be able to bend all four of the elements – the Avatar, a divine spirit of the world, continuously reborn and reincarnated in human form, tasked with keeping the balance between the nations as well as connecting the material world with that of the spiritual realms.

A hundred years ago, the reigning Fire Lord Sozin started a war with the other nations, taking them by surprise and almost immediately subjugating most of the other territories. And during the world’s great time of need, the Avatar simply disappeared.

Now a hundred years later, a brother and sister from the Southern Water Tribes uncover what appears to be the Avatar, a young Air Nomad called Aang – The Last Airbender.

What follows from here is a simply marvellous tale of Katara, Sokka, Aang and his flying bison called Aapa, as they attempt to evade the clutches of the Fire Nation, avoid a hellbent pursuer, attempt to upskill Aang’s bending abilities to include all the other elements, and finally try to end the war that has been plaguing the world for so long.

Packed with action, adventure, drama, humor and a very rich and detailed story that draws one in, entertains and enlightens, Avatar: The Last Airbender is without a doubt one of the best animated television shows to comes out of the States in a very, very long time, pleasing both young and old in the process.

The character development is superb, the visuals are amazing, the action and fight choreography unsurpassed – in fact there is almost nothing that a person can fault in this series. Hauntingly beautiful music, striking character designs, an inventive and fun world to be taken in, and a well-matched voice cast makes for a sublimely polished show that you should most definitely be sitting down and watching with your kids if you have not yet done so.

61 episodes broken up into 3 distinct “books” means that you will grow up with and emotionally attach yourself to each and every one of the characters, making it that much harder to let go once the incredibly satisfying end to this epic series is unleashed before you.

Quite frankly I can’t recommend this series highly enough to anyone with even the slightest of interest in watching animated shows.

Definitely, definitely worth your while to track this one down then! :)

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Related Link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Avatar:_The_Last_Airbender