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
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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Jul 29, 2011
    70
    A decent enough racing game that should please the younger gamers.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. Games Master UK
    Sep 8, 2011
    68
    Sluggish but sweet. The perfect choice for some parent/child split screen bonding. [Oct 2011, p.85]
  12. Playstation Official Magazine UK
    Aug 14, 2011
    70
    The shooty racing is good, clean fun. [Sept 2011, p.112]
  13. Play UK
    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]
  14. 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.
  15. Playstation: The Official Magazine (US)
    Jul 1, 2011
    70
    Based on the new Pixar film, it's an accessible racer with a distinct Crash Team Racing aftertaste. [Aug 2011, p.83]

Awards & Rankings

User Score
7.4

Mixed or average reviews- based on 14 Ratings

User 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) Full Review »
  2. 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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  3. 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! Full Review »