• Publisher: SCEA
  • Release Date: May 10, 2007
Metascore
74

Mixed or average reviews - based on 23 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 23
  2. Negative: 1 out of 23
  1. Calling All Cars is to the PS3 what "Hexic HD" was to the Xbox 360. [July 2007, p.68]
  2. 85
    Aside from the limited number of maps, we have absolutely no complaints about the game's multiplayer. It practically defines "action-packed" and will force even silent gamers to start talking trash and scream at their TV.
  3. This is a game that may seem simple, but is one of those “tough to master” titles that packs in the fun, particularly in multiplayer sessions.
  4. 81
    It's cheap and incredibly cheerful, even if it does make you swear at your mates a lot. [Issue#155, p.82]
  5. Perhaps the only disappointment that comes with Calling All Cars! is the lack of content. With only basic offerings online and offline, it feels sort of empty.
  6. It's unbelievable fun with four people in the same room, and likely to become one of teh most popular network games. [July 2007, p.104]
  7. There isn't much variety once you've mastered all four levels, but CAC's multiplayer makes it worth buying. [July 2007, p.84]
  8. This is a game that, for all intents and purposes, is an online experience almost exclusively -- or at the very least a multiplayer one. Yes, there is a single-player component, but it's the warm up. The real fun here is in playing against other people.
  9. It is a game for all gamers both young and old. Anyone who appreciates the simple joy of a well-crafted arcade game will find this title a delight to play.
  10. 80
    And even though CAC is enjoyable in single-player and online multiplayer, it really is one of those games that shine when it's you and your buddies sitting on the same couch and playing on the same TV...And yelling. And throwing elbows.
  11. 80
    It does sound limiting but when you get online, that is when the fun kicks in and you have a blast. With no lag and many games available to choose from, you won’t remember having a better time playing a party game.
  12. 80
    The game may be stylized, but it looks and plays spectacularly in high-definition.
  13. Addictive and perfect for generating some bitter competition. [Aug 2007, p.85]
  14. Fast and frantic, and great fun with friends. The price irons out the flaws. Get it. [July 2007, p.82]
  15. While it remains simplistic overall, Calling All Cars is undeniably a great little multiplayer game, easy to pick up and very fun to have a quick blast on.
  16. The online four-player is badass, with support for USB headsets and a split-screen option to enable two players to go online using the same PS3. But Calling All Cars! really shines as a party game, and if you can get four friends in the same room all screaming and cursing each other out, then that's worth the price of the download right there.
  17. Fortunately, the game's slick cel-shaded presentation shines with delightful looking animations, particularly with the prisoners. They scamper about with a vaudeville-like appearance and pack lots of attitude -- even while being flung in the air.
  18. 70
    A diminutive price tag doesn't make the strange dearth of meaningful map and weapon selections any more palatable. Worth the cash for its frenetic pace if you've got friends lined up to play, but more disposable than memorable.
  19. Calling All Cars! is a frantic good time that's cut short by a serious lack of content.
  20. There aren’t enough maps, there aren’t enough distinctions between the vehicles, and there’s just not enough meat on what feel like solid bones. [Sept 2007, p.96]
  21. It's difficult to overly criticise Calling All Cars! because it's cheap, looks and feels good (native 1080p at mostly 60fps does make a difference) and in multiplayer mode you definitely get a decent return from the impulse purchase price tag. It's just hard to avoid the sensation that some select gameplay tweaks, a couple of extra maps and a wider range of weapons could've made Calling All Cars! a minor classic as opposed to a promising but ultimately disposable game best sampled in small doses.
  22. It was supposed to be a revolution and CAC would lead the charge: cheap and cheerful downloadable games showcasing the PSN's future. But is a future of games this shallow what we want, no matter what the price?
  23. 30
    Granted the game looks and sounds great, but it has no substance to it.
User Score
7.2

Mixed or average reviews- based on 12 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Dec 17, 2013
    8
    Great fun game to play with friends in short bursts. Although is seems to be too chaotic for some of my friends, I did not have that problem and like it a lot. Biggest downside is the price (I believe it was 15$ in the beginning), the lack off levels (only 4 off them) and you won't be playing this for months and months. It's a game that very fun to play for weeks/months (depending on how much you play it) and when I got tired off it I never picking it up again. So for less then $5 I recommend it greatly. Full Review »