Cars review

  • Landscape is fun to explore
  • Top-notch presentation
  • Surprisingly good minigames
  • Crummy multiplayer
  • Soundtrack gets repetitive
  • Mater races even worse than he looks

As a racing game, Cars isn't bad, but its real strength is in its presentation. It's not quite as sharp as the film, but the cars are expressive and well-animated to the point where their chrome lips actually sync up well with the dialogue. (They also like to mug at the camera a lot during the cinemas.) Also, in what might be a first for a licensed game, all of the film's A-list actors - from Owen Wilson to John Ratzenberger - recorded original dialogue for the game. It's pretty cool, although we could have done without hearing Wilson say "Ka-chow!" every five minutes.

The console versions of Cars are all essentially identical, although the 360 edition does pack in sharper, hi-def visuals and some new bonus content, including a so-so minigame where you chase Mater around with a lantern.

More Info

Release date: Jun 06 2006 - PC, DS
Nov 17 2006 - Wii
Oct 23 2006 - Xbox 360
Jun 06 2006 - GameCube, Xbox, PS2, PSP (US)
Jul 14 2006 - PC, DS
Dec 08 2006 - Wii
Nov 16 2006 - Xbox 360
Jul 14 2006 - GameCube, Xbox, PS2, PSP (UK)
Available Platforms: PC, DS, Wii, Xbox 360, GameCube, Xbox, PS2, PSP
Genre: Racing
Published by: THQ
Developed by: Rainbow Studios
ESRB Rating:
Everyone: Comic Mischief

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