[Review] Cars 2


Cars 2 the game is a racing game that features many of the famous characters from the Cars world in an intense multi-style racing game. Racing game modes consist of Regular Race, Survival, Battle, Attack to several other in the online mode.

This game has it all, fast paced action, guns and girls…but don’t get your hopes up just yet action fans.

Cars 2 is without a doubt mostly for kids but it has some small faults that I believe hinder it from hitting a wider audience. The very first thing I noticed about this game is that EVERYTHING is completely locked down until you complete a set of license based missions. When I first got the game to the house, my first thought was to toss it in, go to whatever free race mode it had and let me 4 year old son race away as he was a fan of the original Cars game on PS2 in which he happily still plays constantly. The problem was, the free race option was completely locked out until you unlock the level 2 of the C.H.R.O.M.E. license.

While annoying, I set down to play the game while my son happily watched and about 30-45 minutes later I finally unlocked the free race mode for him and handed over the controller.

On top of the license issue, there are many options to scroll through and for a 4 year old, it would seem to be a daunting task as they generally can’t really read much yet. Watching my son play the game clumsily, I figured it would be something he would tire of quickly. Well it seems the developers did some research on this more so than myself because three days later, I walked in on my son playing this game, navigating the menus, drifting, shooting weapons like he has been doing it forever. The ESRB clearly states the game is E for Everyone 10+ which I agree with, but younger kids can get a grasp on this game with some help.

In between my son’s personal review process (which I’m sure he would give it a 15 out of 10), I spent my time unlocking all of the license C.H.R.O.M.E. missions as well as playing some multiplayer action. The missions are fun but repetitive. They offer a little story line intro and a set race type in which you need to earn a bronze, silver, or gold trophy in each race to gain a set number of points to unlock additional missions.

The game is easy to play but fairly difficult to master. Higher level missions can be painstakingly annoying at time and I often had to race a few times even to obtain just a bronze trophy for the track.

Multiplayer mode is where this game really shines. There are several game modes available and its fun for players of all ages period.

Regardless of the small faults in this game, it delivers in many areas for all gamers. While the game is aiming at a 10 year old plus audience, younger children can play and enjoy this game. For the parents out there, there is no better game for you and your child to play together in various ways. Its a very family oriented and enjoyable game with many of the original voice actors from the movie.

Review

ProsCons
Great Voice Acting, Several Game Modes, Unique Racing Experiences
Not For Younger Kids, Must Complete First Set of Missions to Play Free Race
Rating
80%

Disclaimer

– Total amount of time played: 30 hours plus.
– This review is based on a retail copy of the PS3 version of Cars 2 provided by Avalanche Software.

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Written by: Eddie - Contributing Editor


  1. #1 by myk26 on July 25th, 2011 [ 1325 Points ]

    My son’s been playing this for almost a week now…which says quite a bit considering he’s dropped bad games in less time.

    Personally I’ve only been able to watch in passing, but I’ve seen enough to want to fire it up with him once I get some time!

    …good review! Cause it strikes me as the kind of game that most will overlook, yet does deserve at least a lil attention.

  2. #2 by Pedro on July 25th, 2011 [ 39949 Points ]

    The thing I liked about this is however child oriented it still has some difficult missions for older gamers. I find games devoted to younger audiences are often too easy and usually not great fun for the parents.

    It’s great that you can have a good time with your son playing this and not just because you’re spending time with the kid!

  3. #3 by Jason on July 25th, 2011 [ 28406 Points ]

    Its trophy whoring with a bit of a challenge. The 3d is the main call for this game as I hear its just epic looking in 3d.

    I like games where my son has to ask for help in an area. makes it all the more enjoyable.

  4. #4 by FooBear408 on July 25th, 2011 [ 17244 Points ]

    I don’t think this game will make my “buy” list anytime soon.

  5. #5 by jacobfett on July 26th, 2011 [ 340 Points ]

    My sisters really want me to get this to play it with them.

  6. #6 by EdEN on July 27th, 2011 [ 142766 Points ]

    Sounds like a fun game. Will rent it in a couple of months.

  7. #7 by dragon290513 on July 28th, 2011 [ 7218 Points ]

    I think I will buy this for my brother


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