Mixed or average reviews - based on 31 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 31
  2. Negative: 0 out of 31
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  1. Jun 22, 2011
    Under all the Pixar beauty is an extremely fun game.
  2. Jun 28, 2011
    Cars 2 is a colorful and varied racer that's a lot of fun to play with friends and family.
  3. Jun 21, 2011
    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.
  4. Jun 22, 2011
    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.
  5. Jul 14, 2011
    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.
  6. Jul 11, 2011
    Instead of trying to retell the story of the movie, Cars 2 evokes the experience of the film through gameplay.
  7. Jul 8, 2011
    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. Games Master UK
    Sep 8, 2011
    Sluggish but sweet. The perfect choice for some parent/child split screen bonding. [Oct 2011, p.85]
  9. Jul 11, 2011
    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.
  10. Jul 14, 2011
    Cars 2 isn't just a game for kids, fans of kart driving games should have no doubt about picking this one up.
  11. Jul 18, 2011
    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.
  12. Jul 21, 2011
    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.
  13. Jul 25, 2011
    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.
  14. Playstation Official Magazine UK
    Aug 14, 2011
    The shooty racing is good, clean fun. [Sept 2011, p.112]
  15. Aug 4, 2011
    As a driving game, it actually handles pretty nicely.
  16. Aug 31, 2011
    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.
  17. Jul 27, 2011
    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.
  18. Jul 25, 2011
    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.
  19. Play UK
    Aug 9, 2011
    Don't let the license fool you: this is actually an enjoyable racing game that will appeal to all. [Issue#208, p.92]
  20. Jul 13, 2011
    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.
  21. Jul 29, 2011
    A decent enough racing game that should please the younger gamers.
  22. Aug 2, 2011
    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.
  23. Jul 6, 2011
    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.
  24. Aug 1, 2011
    There is oodles of fun to be had in tackling the tracks alone or even more so with friends playing locally.
  25. Sep 16, 2011
    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.
  26. Aug 3, 2011
    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.
  27. Playstation: The Official Magazine (US)
    Jul 1, 2011
    Based on the new Pixar film, it's an accessible racer with a distinct Crash Team Racing aftertaste. [Aug 2011, p.83]
  28. Dec 12, 2011
    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.
  29. Jul 5, 2011
    Cars 2 is a racing game that serves up a fun racing experience with a variety of game modes to keep you occupied.
  30. Aug 1, 2011
    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.
  31. Jul 12, 2011
    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.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 17 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 17
  2. Negative: 1 out of 17
  1. Jun 23, 2011
    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) Full Review »
  2. Jul 20, 2017
    Um jogo bom, mas em comparação ao primeiro game, deixa a desejar. Os gráficos são bons e a gameplay é bacana, um jogo ótimo se for analisarUm jogo bom, mas em comparação ao primeiro game, deixa a desejar. Os gráficos são bons e a gameplay é bacana, um jogo ótimo se for analisar que foi baseado em um dos maiores "como assim?!" que a pixar já produziu. Nota final 6.4 em uma escala de 10.0 Full Review »
  3. Oct 17, 2016
    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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