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Burn rubber through Radiator Springs in this passable follow-up to the movie

They all handle a little differently, and their minigames and challenges help keep the game from getting monotonous. Some of these activities - like hunting down discarded tires as tire-store owner Luigi, or nailing speeders as Sheriff - are actually a lot of fun, while others (tipping over cow-like tractors as Mater, say) are just mildly enjoyable.

The only really weak points of the single-player game are the repetitive, 12-lap Piston Cup races, but those are rare and usually over pretty quickly. The two-player modes, on the other hand, are disappointingly short and simple. A perfect example is "Sheriff's Hot Pursuit," which dumbs down a potentially interesting police chase by forcing players to weave through traffic on an endless straightaway instead of playing cat-and-mouse through town.

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GenreRacing
DescriptionA harmless, enjoyable racer that lets players explore the town of Radiator Springs, play minigames and race against characters from the movie.
Platform"PC","DS","Wii","Xbox 360","GameCube","Xbox","PS2","PSP"
US censor rating"Everyone","Everyone","Everyone","Everyone","Everyone","Everyone","Everyone","Everyone"
UK censor rating"","","","","","","",""
Release date1 January 1970 (US), 1 January 1970 (UK)
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Mikel Reparaz
After graduating from college in 2000 with a BA in journalism, I worked for five years as a copy editor, page designer and videogame-review columnist at a couple of mid-sized newspapers you've never heard of. My column eventually got me a freelancing gig with GMR magazine, which folded a few months later. I was hired on full-time by GamesRadar in late 2005, and have since been paid actual money to write silly articles about lovable blobs.