Conclusion: Whatever your feelings about Cars , arguably Pixar’s least popular movie series, you can’t deny the quality of Cars 2: The Video Game . It’s everything that typical movie games aren’t, being fun, content-rich and technically solid. It isn’t the kind of game that “hardcore” gamers should rush out and buy, nor will it permanently convert any super fans of the likes of Mario Kart .
Excerpt: Cars 2 no doubt had an easier time making its way over to video game land than the majority of movie licences, but given how poor the majority of such games are it definitely wasn't a given that a racing game based on the Pixar movie would be good. Thankfully Cars 2 the video game is from the same stable as the excellent Toy Story 3 game from last year.
Summary: Cars 2: The Video Game seeks out and captures a gold medal with its high quality graphics and sounds, loads of options and modes. If this were an actual car, this would be the premium options package and you’d be driving in serious style. Remember, the game is aimed at the 6-11-year-old market and for that demographic, it’s fantastic. But adults should be satisfied with the game experience as well.
Excerpt: The Cars movie franchise was a surprise hit when it was released in 2006. A Walt Disney and Pixar venture, the film was about a hot-shot race car named Lightning McQueen who ended up in the run-down town of Radiator Springs, accidentally tearing up their main road and being forced to fix it before he can make it to a race in California. The original game unsuccessfully attempted to use the movie’s material in an open-world experience.
Excerpt: There are a lot of people who are going to walk past Cars 2 without giving it a second thought. After picking up my copy, I stopped at a local fast food place for a quick meal. The drive-thru worker saw the game sitting next to me and questioned my choice of game. "You actually wasted your money on a crap kid's game? Should have gone with... trails off listing current top sellers in attempt to proclaim his superior tastes...
Excerpt: Okay, so I know what most of you are thinking, most movie-title based games are probably not worth their weight in Blu-ray. As a second condition, if the game happens to be based on a children’s movie advertised on lunch boxes, playing cards and stationery, then it may be best to avoid it. However, it looks like Avalanche Software is making some inroads into changing all that with their second Pixar collaboration, Disney Pixar’s Cars 2.
Conclusion: Don’t let the licence fool you: this is actually an enjoyable racing game that will appeal to all. And, more importantly, it’s a little bit like Split/Second, which means it gets an automatic 10. Then loses 3.2. Easy come easy go, eh?
Summary: Lightning McQueen and Mater take their friendship to exciting new places in "Cars 2" when they head overseas to compete in the World Grand Prix. The road to the championship is filled with plenty of potholes, detours and hilarious surprises when Mater gets caught up in an intriguing adventure of his own: international espionage.