The gaming industry is going to hell in a hand-basket and people wonder why. Could it have something to do with the large number of mediocre games being thrown at an unsuspecting public? Oh look, here's one now, from Team 17 of all people, a rare non-Womrs-based release from a developer that has spent the last five years squeezing every inch of flesh out if its only vaguely original idea. The inventor of that game never needs to work again, while those behind Stunt GP might be advised to consider a career change. Battery-powered buggies racing over a series of looping tracks with credits awarded for performing stunts. Said credits can then be used between races to purchase upgrades for your buggy. Battery power diminishes during each race more so when using turbo - and has to be recharged via a pit stop. So far, so what?
Except... nobody is going to risk race position by performing a barrel roll in the midst of a close encounter, and the stunts are largely performed by accident, providing an annoying distraction. The design of the tracks is such that you spend much of the time in the air, or in a ridiculous loop, during which time control is wrested away from you. Chuck in a stunt course that attempts - and fails - to be a four-wheeled Tony Hawk's and you've got the complete package. Mediocrity in a box.
Download Stunt GP
There's a place for serious racing games, and then there's a place for the fun, free-wheeling games such as Infogrames' Stunt GP. Here, you can defy gravity and conventional racing wisdom with loop-to-loops, crossover tracks and huge jumps while racing in more than eight colorful (and somewhat eclectic) tracks. Variety shouldn't be a concern as there are 16 different RC cars to choose from and a few different game styles that include a nifty Freestyle Stunt Mode. Charge your RC car batteries to race this fall.