Cars 2: The Video Game is a racing game filled with cartoony combat. Similar in play style to the popular Mario Kart series, kids race around tracks found throughout the world while collecting weapons and gadgets to use against their opponents.
The Setting and Set Up
Set in the Cars 2 universe after the movie ends, the game has a very loose theme about the Cars characters entering training at the C.H.R.O.M.E (Command Headquarters for Recon Operations & Motorized Espionage) spy academy. As kids help the cars train to become secret agents, they learn how to race and defeat the evil Dr. Z.
Each race is called a mission, and there are four different types of race missions: straight out racing, battle racing where you can pick up spy gadgets and weapons to use, attack racing where you pursue fleeing bad guys and survival mode racing where you must collect batteries scattered along the track to buy time before the satellite beam finds you.
There are also arena missions where you drive around a big open area to pick up weapons and gadgets to use against waves of bad cars (known as lemons). In some of these missions you are hunting down the enemies; and in others, you are defending your base from enemy attacks.
Adrenaline Rush Racing
Since these cars shoot bullets and missiles at each other and players can purposefully side-bash each other while trash-talking, this isn't a good fit for young kids. But for those old enough to enjoy this intense action, the races can be adrenaline-inducing fun. And the mechanics of racing are taught through sequential well-paced tutorials, which explains things like drifting around tight corners and how to earn power boosts by doing tricks.
4 Players Can Play
Another plus is that most of the game can be played with up to 4 players. The arena modes are best tackled by a group of friends. There is also a Free Play mode where you can customize how you want to race and play.
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