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  • Summary: Inspired by the upcoming DisneyPixar animated film, Cars 2: The Video Game lets players jump into the Cars 2 universe with some of their favorite Cars personalities in exotic locations around the globe.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 31
  2. Negative: 0 out of 31
  1. Dec 12, 2011
    87
    A surprisingly good racing game, and not just because it's a licensed title, that also happens to have fantastic 3D effects for those who have a 3D TV.
  2. Jul 8, 2011
    80
    A very fun game, way above the average movie-based title. Those who have predujices about Disney, Pixar of this sort of game might let escape a very enjoyable game.
  3. Aug 1, 2011
    80
    There is oodles of fun to be had in tackling the tracks alone or even more so with friends playing locally.
  4. Jun 28, 2011
    75
    Cars 2 is a colorful and varied racer that's a lot of fun to play with friends and family.
  5. Jul 29, 2011
    70
    A decent enough racing game that should please the younger gamers.
  6. Jul 21, 2011
    70
    If you want a genuinely ambitious video game based on a movie license, check out Toy Story 3. If, however, you or a family member really loves Lightning McQueen and the movie's cast of characters, this simple but fun arcade racer won't disappoint.
  7. Aug 1, 2011
    60
    Cars 2 is no Mario Kart-killer, but it's an okay game for us who don't have the Wii and Marios cart-racer. The game is challenging, has a good turbo-system and is great fun when played with a couple of friends.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 6
  2. Negative: 1 out of 6
  1. Jun 23, 2011
    8
    Its a really great game. Some people think that games based on movies are horrible- but it isn't true. I played in Toy Story 3 and it wasIts a really great game. Some people think that games based on movies are horrible- but it isn't true. I played in Toy Story 3 and it was great too. My brother loves that game. (10.0) Expand
  2. Jan 30, 2016
    8
    A VERY great game for all ages! It's fun, has a lot of variety, and every mode (except Survival) is a lot of fun! I would definitely recommendA VERY great game for all ages! It's fun, has a lot of variety, and every mode (except Survival) is a lot of fun! I would definitely recommend this game! Expand
  3. Nov 8, 2011
    7
    When Pixar wanted a quality game for Cars 2, they got a quality game (for the most part) It has a lot of cars playable and it has goodWhen Pixar wanted a quality game for Cars 2, they got a quality game (for the most part) It has a lot of cars playable and it has good graphics. I think there is a lack of content in the game, however. Expand
  4. Oct 17, 2016
    7
    Cars 2 is a video game adaptation of the Pixar film of the same name. Interestingly for a game consisting completely of cars, the game is aCars 2 is a video game adaptation of the Pixar film of the same name. Interestingly for a game consisting completely of cars, the game is a first person puzzle platformer, with some light RPG elements thrown in for good measure. Anyone buying that? No? Ok, fine. Of course it's a racing game! And a surprisingly solid one at that. Lightning McQueen and the C.H.R.O.M.E. agents are out to stop Professor Z from setting off weapons all over the world. The best way to do this, obviously, is to have a bunch of races. But none of this is actually happening, because the entire game takes place inside a simulation. So much for drama!

    Don't let the child friendly appearance of the game's subject matter confuse you, Cars 2 is a very well made racing game. All your favorite Cars characters are on display, and while they do have differing stats (the only two stats being speed or power), they all handle fairly similarly. But the similar feel is a solid one as each car handles nicely as you careen around the track. You can gain turbo by pulling off aerial stunts, bashing into other cars, or drifting. A nice touch was added to the drifts, where if you drift into a wall your character will automatically hop up on two wheels to ride the wall and keep the speed and flow of the race in tact. Each raceway has numerous hidden shortcuts to find, and you will need to use them if you want to win some of the races later on in the campaign. Again, don't go into Cars 2 thinking every race will be a walk in the park. You will need to use all your racing skill if you wish to take home every gold.

    There's more than just the standard race mode that Cars 2 has to offer. Battle race gives the game a Mario Kart feel as random weapon pickups are available on the track. And like Mario Kart, the further behind the leader you are the better weapon you will obtain. Attack mode has you chasing down Professor Z's minions, cleverly named Lemons, on the race track. You must destroy as many as you can to keep the timer from reaching zero. Survival mode gives you a constantly depleting shield that you can replenish by driving through checkpoints and destroying enemies. Each of these modes switches up the formula of driving around a track just enough to be worth playing.

    Cars 2 also boasts local multiplayer, and in addition to every mode listed above being able to play with friends, there are also two multiplayer specific modes. Arena is a pure head to head destruction competition, where the first player to destroy enough cars wins. Disruptor is a capture the flag type game, where players must take a spawned bomb to their opponents base in order to destroy it. These modes are a nice diversion for when you get tired of the more standard racing affairs.

    While Cars 2 may not do anything to revolutionize the racing genre, it doesn't do anything wrong either. While many may dismiss it as a kiddy game due to it's subject material, and others may dismiss it for being a movie tie-in, it exceeds both of those labels. If you are a fan of the Cars films, or you simply like racing games, give Cars 2 a chance. You won't regret it.
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  5. Dec 17, 2013
    5
    Best thing about it: you can play everything with 4 players on the couch with friends.
    However, the driving is pretty boring as I don't feel
    Best thing about it: you can play everything with 4 players on the couch with friends.
    However, the driving is pretty boring as I don't feel any weight or speed to the cars and there is seems to be no interaction between cars. I just drove slowly past everyone with Mater in every race and that was that. Nothing more to it. No competition at all. Yes, I realise this is a childrens game but aren't the children supposed to be playing this game with each other?
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  6. Jul 9, 2011
    0
    Frankly, I'm sorry I can not rave play the game because he is not suitable for teenagers or men! They belong to the children!! Thank you.Frankly, I'm sorry I can not rave play the game because he is not suitable for teenagers or men! They belong to the children!! Thank you.

    by adil khojah
    from saudi arabia - jeddah city
    10-07-2011 sunday
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