Excerpt: Want to know something funny? Microsoft finally takes the family friendly market seriously, and they have all kinds of success. We have been preaching that here at Family Friendly Gaming for years, and it is nice to hear Microsoft give us an: “Amen” in response. Kinect Joy Ride is another Kinect title that I purchased for the magazine. I had a feeling this game would be good. I played it at E3 in the year of our Lord 2010, and was impressed.
Summary: Joy Ride started as a traditional Xbox Live Arcade game, and it probably should have stayed that way. The steering works pretty well once you get past the odd feeling of gripping onto an imaginary wheel, but I missed not having control over braking and accelerating. In that way, it feels a lot like Tony Hawk’s Downhill Jam, which is not a compliment. The sloppy controls make the game more difficult at times than it might otherwise be.
Conclusion: Kinect Joyride is not a game you should invest in, yet with a few tweaks here and there, it could have been something great. If you can see past the atrocious loading times, the awful menu system and the laggy boosting, you may be able to appreciate what the game has to offer - but let's be honest, another Kinect driving game is bound to be released sometime very soon, so you're probably best simply waiting for that.
Excerpt: Joyride, then: The game originally designed as a free-of-charge XBLA title that crossed over into Kinect territory earlier in the year. Joyride is one of Kinect's primary launch titles, and more significantly, the tech's first car game. Which means it's the first game available to convince the gamer market that a motion-controlled driving title is even functionally possible. And to be fair it basically is.
Clever racer overshadowed by frustrating motion controls.
Common Sense Media
11 March 2011
Summary: Parents need to know that Kinect Joy Ride is a kart-racing game with a small amount of violence in the form of aggressive driving and explosive rockets. However, these actions result in no damage to cars or drivers. It requires Microsoft's Kinect sensor for motion-control gaming and consequently promotes some physical activity, though not as much as other Kinect games. Note that while this game supports online play, it does not have any communication features.
Conclusion: Overall: This is a great game for family parties and for casual gamers. Controls are very simple. The choices of race types and tracks are ok. On the other hand, control can be tricky sometimes and regular controller would have been just fine too. And the menu is not very fun . I’m up for a Joy Ride 2 .