Cars: Race-O-Rama Review
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Cars: Race-O-Rama box art
System: X360, PS3, Wii,PS2, PSP, DS Review Rating Legend
Dev: Incineration Games 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.

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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.

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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.

By Robert VerBruggen
CCC Freelance Writer

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
3.4
Graphics
They never astound, and there are occasional framerate issues, but for the most part everything looks good
3.1
Control
For some reason, this game ignores the racing genre's conventions, but it's easy enough to get used to.
4.2
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
The music captures the unique vibe of each world.
3.9
Play Value
There are three difficulties, plenty of extra events, multiplayer modes, and hidden items. Not to mention a discount price.
3.7
Overall Rating - Good
Not an average. See Rating legend above for a final score breakdown.

Game Features:

  • New customization: Customize your world by customizing your cars. Modify paint color, wheels and rims, hoods, side skirts, rear bumpers, and spoilers.
  • New characters: There are over 30 playable characters of which 15 are brand new, along with major boss characters who are Chick Hick's protégés.
  • New worlds of racing: Experience eight racing environments, four of which are completely brand new -- Radiator Springs Speedway, Santa Carburera which takes you to the beaches, Motoropolis City where you can experience street racing, and Autovia which gives you off road racing in the desert.
  • Play with a friend: Experience the fun as you race against a friend in arcade mode which consists of mini-games, lap races, missions, and more.
  • Dynamic game events: Experience the reaction you get based on performing stunts throughout the game from paparazzi taking your picture to the crowds going wild.
  • Advanced competitive AI system: Stay on top of your game as other characters employ cheat tricks to get you to lose the race.
  • New and improved drifting: Take control as you immerse yourself in the game by employing newly designed drifting abilities throughout the various races.
  • New mini-games: Experience new mini-games like Mack Track, a challenge based off of the Mattel toy, three different games based on Disney Pixar's Cars Toons episodes (El Materdor, Mater the Greater, and Tokyo Mater), plus many new original games like Photo Op, Auto Cross, Tractor Stampede, and Transporter.


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