Metascore
74

Mixed or average reviews - based on 31 Critics

Critic 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. Aug 3, 2011
    86
    Despite the fact that I did not see the movie (yet), I can honestly say I really enjoyed Cars 2: The Game. I enjoyed it a lot more than I thought I would. It's not just a children's game, it's more challenging than it looks and it's not to be snubbed as a go-to party game.
  3. Aug 2, 2011
    80
    Think of it as Mario Kart with tricks and lots of weapons. It's a bit slow and the tracks aren't that great but there's a lot of fun game modes and in the end it's an excellent party family game. Avalanche is Disney's best friend.
  4. 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.
  5. Jul 13, 2011
    80
    A solid, well-presented game that features a lot of creativity, great sound, and an action/racing style that really can't be found anywhere else.
  6. Jul 11, 2011
    80
    Instead of trying to retell the story of the movie, Cars 2 evokes the experience of the film through gameplay.
  7. 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.
  8. Jun 22, 2011
    80
    Under all the Pixar beauty is an extremely fun game.
  9. Aug 31, 2011
    78
    Cars 2 is a great fun racer with easy tracks and classical weapons. On the flip side, the big turbo works poorly, you have to play the lenghty tutorial no matter what and Cars 2 has an impertinent rubberband AI.
  10. Jul 27, 2011
    78
    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.
  11. Jul 5, 2011
    78
    Cars 2 is a racing game that serves up a fun racing experience with a variety of game modes to keep you occupied.
  12. Jun 21, 2011
    78
    The game's levels take you through a variety of iconic areas, but they ultimately lack the wow factor that more fanciful takes that other games in the genre offer. At the end of the day, however, Cars 2: The Video Game is a satisfying racing game with a reserve tank of charm. And if multiplayer is your thing, the entire game can be played via a four-way split screen. Chances are, if you have younger gamers in your household, you'll have a few eager challengers in no time flat.
  13. Jul 14, 2011
    76
    Cars 2 isn't just a game for kids, fans of kart driving games should have no doubt about picking this one up.
  14. Aug 4, 2011
    75
    As a driving game, it actually handles pretty nicely.
  15. Jul 14, 2011
    75
    Despite the rough spots, Cars 2 still presents an enjoyable experience because none of the issues impact the core game. Whether you're a hardcore Cars fan or just looking for a kid-friendly racing game, Cars 2 is sure to please. It's perfectly tuned for the younger set, while at the same time packing in enough quality gameplay to keep things entertaining for all the older gamers out there. In short, if you happen to be a parent with kids, this one is right up your alley.
  16. Jun 28, 2011
    75
    Cars 2 is a colorful and varied racer that's a lot of fun to play with friends and family.
  17. Sep 16, 2011
    70
    Driving in Cars 2 feels fantastic, and the somewhat original mechanics offer an experience you'll not find elsewhere. It's definitely more engaging in multiplayer however, and I'd recommend you play it with at least one other person.
  18. The shooty racing is good, clean fun. [Sept 2011, p.112]
  19. Jul 29, 2011
    70
    A decent enough racing game that should please the younger gamers.
  20. Jul 25, 2011
    70
    The course design is perhaps a little bit too traditional and reserved given the somewhat over the top racing and weaponry, but it's all nicely rooted in the Cars universe so Pixar fans will lap up the fan service.
  21. Jul 25, 2011
    70
    Cars 2 shows us that a game based on a movie isn't always bad. Both young and old will be entertained with all of the different modes and cars. But we just can't wrap our head around the fact that there isn't an online multiplayer available.
  22. 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.
  23. Jul 18, 2011
    70
    Another victim of the "Ancient Tie-in Curse"? Not this time. Despite the lack of online multiplayer, Cars 2 is a satisfying arcade racing game with a lot of fuel down the engine.
  24. Jul 11, 2011
    70
    A game that is enjoyable for the whole family, from the smallest to largest. A tie-in that captures perfectly the style of Cars universe. The only flaw is the lack of online, which could affect the longevity.
  25. Based on the new Pixar film, it's an accessible racer with a distinct Crash Team Racing aftertaste. [Aug 2011, p.83]
  26. Jun 22, 2011
    70
    This is sort of a mixed bag. Younger players will find lots to do here while more experienced players might find the career to be a bit tedious later on.
  27. Sep 8, 2011
    68
    Sluggish but sweet. The perfect choice for some parent/child split screen bonding. [Oct 2011, p.85]
  28. Aug 9, 2011
    68
    Don't let the license fool you: this is actually an enjoyable racing game that will appeal to all. [Issue#208, p.92]
  29. Jul 6, 2011
    66
    Avalanche did a commendable job capturing the feel of the animated film, while piling in enough game modes to make Cars 2 feel like a "real game" and not a throwaway licensed money grab.
  30. Jul 12, 2011
    65
    Cars 2: The Video Game is all about racing on circuits and to win by irritating other players with different weapons and more. It is fun for the younger gamers, but the difficulty can be really easy and hard at the same time. There isn't a real balance and the speed of some cars are pretty low.
  31. 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.
User Score
6.4

Mixed or average reviews- based on 7 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 4
  2. Negative: 1 out of 4
  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 was great too. My brother loves that game. (10.0) Full Review »
  2. 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
    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? Full Review »
  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 good graphics. I think there is a lack of content in the game, however. Full Review »