|System: PS3, X360, Wii, PS2, DS, PSP||Review Rating Legend|
|Dev: Incinerator Studios||1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid||4.0 - 4.4 = Great|
|Pub: THQ||2.0 - 2.4 = Poor||4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy|
|Release: Oct 12, 2009||2.5 - 2.9 = Average||5.0 = The Best|
|Players: 1-2||3.0 - 3.4 = Fair|
|ESRB Rating: Everyone||3.5 - 3.9 = Good|
There's also an arcade mode, in which you can race and play mini-games as more than 30 different characters, 15 of which are new. This includes two-player local multiplayer. There's nothing unique about the two-player games here (except maybe that you can race as a forklift), which include circuit and relay races, time trials, stunts, and various other challenges, but they're far from broken, and parents of siblings will be happy to keep two kids occupied at the same time. There is unfortunately no online support.
In terms of presentation, this game is a mixed bag. The graphics never astound, but for the most part they're quite competent. The shadows look nice, the surrounding area reflects on the polish of your car, and each world has a fair number of endearing quirks to its design. The framerate is fine in the vast majority of races, but for some reason, one of ours had hiccups of almost seizure-inducing frequency. The music fits the mood of each world and the sound effects are fine, but the voice-over sayings get repetitive and annoying in a hurry.
There are also some very good-looking and clever cutscenes, which lay out the lighthearted and proudly clichéd plot. As Lightning McQueen, you're preparing an academy of cars to win the Race-O-Rama competition, but so is your nemesis Chick Hicks. Each scene is filled with the kind of eye-rollingly cheesy one-liners that kids seem to love.
Racing game of the year? Definitely not. A decent effort that will entertain kids and tide fans of the movie and original game over until Cars 2? Definitely.
CCC Freelance Writer