Metascore
72

Mixed or average reviews - based on 35 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 35
  2. Negative: 1 out of 35
  1. Aug 5, 2011
    87
    Thankfully, I was given the task of trying out Cars 2: the Video Game and each of the major concerns I had were quickly dismissed and replaced by an outstanding amount of entertainment. This isn't to say that there weren't any issues, but rather that the issues are relatively minor, outmatched by enjoyable gameplay and all wrapped up in a family friendly bow.
  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. Jul 26, 2011
    83
    Mario Kart finally gets some next-gen competition. Cars 2 delivers a fast, fun, challenging, and completely family-friendly (and family focused) racing game. It might look like a kiddie game on the outside, but there is some serious racing and some serious fun lurking under the hood for anybody who wants to play as their favorite animated automobile. Cars 2 is one wild ride!
  4. Aug 8, 2011
    81
    Even if unfamiliar with the Movies and the Story, Cars 2 is a good game for all ages. Anyone who liked Mario Kart will enjoy the big-eyed cars, as well.
  5. Jul 22, 2011
    80
    What's this? A movie tie-in game that's actually good?
  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. Jun 22, 2011
    80
    Under all the Pixar beauty is an extremely fun game.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. Jul 24, 2011
    75
    In conclusion, Cars 2 is a fun game that pays homage to Mario Karts and is definitely a great multiplayer experience on the XBox 360. The downside to the game is that it does not contain access to the XBox Live network which is a shame.
  11. Jul 15, 2011
    75
    Cars 2 is a simple but funny arcade racing, full of game modes and blessed by an interesting track design.
  12. 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.
  13. Jun 28, 2011
    75
    Cars 2 is a colorful and varied racer that's a lot of fun to play with friends and family.
  14. 75
    Cars 2 isn't quite gripping or original enough to top the more notable racers that inspired it, and regrettably, its aimless career mode and lack of online play are slight downers. But kids' games and movie games are rarely this polished and entertaining, so we commend Disney for doing this one right.
  15. 70
    As a racing game for kids this is ideal, with easy to pick up and play controls and a variety of fun modes. However, with the removal of the sandbox style areas there is not much depth on offer here and just playing the same missions or multiplayer modes over and over again will rapidly lose its appeal. As a movie tie-in this game is certainly fun while it lasts but do not expect it to hold your attention, or that of your kids if you deign to give them a go, for long. Cars 2 is more Ka-chow than Ka-ching, but not by much.
  16. 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.
  17. Sep 9, 2011
    70
    It's not up to Mario Kart standards, but for a family get together it's an entertaining alternative that sits well with all ages.
  18. Aug 26, 2011
    70
    A surprisingly well done and fun game, which would have better benefited from a full story mode and online play.
  19. 70
    A surprise - a likeable and entertaining family game that throws up the occasional tough challenge. [Sept 2011, p.102]
  20. Aug 19, 2011
    70
    Put aside your natural suspicion over a kids' game based on a Disney movie and you'll be pleasantly surprised. [Issue#75, p.81]
  21. Aug 4, 2011
    70
    Overall, Cars 2 is surprisingly enjoyable. While there's a distinct lack of storytelling, this isn't a particularly bad thing for a racing title. The campaign could have done with being a bit longer and there's little replayability after it has been completed but, other than that, this is a great title that shouldn't be overlooked for being a kid's game.
  22. Aug 1, 2011
    70
    Cars 2 certainly doesn't lack personality and sheen, then, but there are some irritations that hold it back.
  23. Jul 29, 2011
    70
    A decent enough racing game that should please the younger gamers.
  24. Jul 29, 2011
    70
    Overall then Cars 2 is a loveable excursion into the world of Pixar. Built with all the efficiency and character that you'd expect from the movie studio's cinema work, it demonstrates that what may not work so well as a film (unless of course you are six, in which case Cars is the best thing ever) does just fine in the style of a knockabout children's action racer. Grown ups can play as well.
  25. Jul 27, 2011
    70
    Another great movie tie-in from the creators of Toy Story 3 and one of the best Mario Kart clones for years.
  26. 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.
  27. Jul 22, 2011
    70
    A simple yet robustly entertaining kid-friendly racer that switches from accessible fun to gruelling grind in the blink of an eye right before the end.
  28. 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.
  29. Jul 12, 2011
    70
    Disney's movie tie-in is quite a surprise. Although it has very little to do with the movie by Pixar, it's quite entertaining and enjoyable, especially for gamers of younger ages.
  30. 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.
  31. 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.
  32. The best Cars game yet, but it fails to dazzle on the tarmac. [Oct 2011, p.88]
  33. Jul 13, 2011
    60
    If we look at it from the perspective of a five-year=old boy, fascinated by the fact that he could control his movie heroes, it could be one of the best racing games of the year. But even from general perspective, Cars 2 is a very simple but enjoyable game and one of the better ones in the childrens games category.
  34. Jun 25, 2011
    50
    Quotation forthcoming.
  35. Aug 30, 2011
    40
    A poor game shrouded in an illusion of mediocrity.
User Score
7.4

Mixed or average reviews- based on 8 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. Jun 25, 2011
    9
    As with Toy Story 3, Cars 2 is another great movie tie in to be enjoyed by kids. Obviously taking inspiration from Mario Kart, Disney Interactive gives a valiant effort in making a fun racing game. 4 player multiplayer is definately a major highlight. Full Review »
  2. Nov 12, 2011
    7
    This is a great movie game. The graphics look almost as good as the movie and the gameplay is almost as good as the Mario Kart games. The difficulty is a bit harder though. Full Review »
  3. Nov 2, 2011
    8
    Games like this are not really the best of games of games but cars 2 will appeal to any Mario kart fan. The graphics are nice and glossy and the game plays smoothly. There is no story at all to the game! There are however events to complete in around 6 different chapters. These events can be played in free play and include races, hunter, and time trial events and more. The game can get repetative but people can try to get some of the achievements which will also unlock secret cars. Multiplayer is quite good where you can fight with one another or in a team. Weapons are not the best compared to Mario kart but this is one of the best contendors for it and by far the best movie game this year. An overall score of a high 70 or low 80. Full Review »