Cars 2: The Video Game

Game review by
Christopher Healy, Common Sense Media
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Great combat racing, but loads of gunfire and explosions.
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Parents say

age 7+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 7+
Based on 11 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages

The boasting and trash-talking heard during races is never too harsh, but it's not very sportsmanlike, either. (Neither, for that matter, is the use of weaponry to knock out your competition.)

Positive Role Models & Representations

While this is basically a racing game, it's set within a world where the competing cars are secret agents. The races are ostensibly battles to save the world from a megalomaniacal villain. So the motivation is a positive one, but most of the characters are still somewhat braggy.

Ease of Play

There are clear, in-depth tutorials to show you the ropes. And once you've learned them, all the controls (especially the steering) work very smoothly.

Violence

During "battle races" players can pick up weapons like missiles, laser cannons, and gatling guns to use against their opponents. There is a good deal of realistic gunfire noise and fiery explosions at times. During the regular non-battle races, you can still earn bonuses by forcibly smashing into other cars. Cars that are hit often flip through air, but they always respawn and continue the race.

Sex
Language
Consumerism

The game is a tie-in to the new Cars 2 movie. You can also link your video game profile to your account in the World of Cars Online game, which has an optional for-pay membership.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Cars 2: The Video Game is a combination racing/action game, in which the car characters are cast as secret agents battling to save the world during their races. Players use weapons like missiles and machine guns to shoot their opponents and blow them off course. They are also encouraged to side-bash opponents to knock them off course. There are several deathmatch-style "Hunt" levels that don't even involve racing. The characters are all cartoony automobiles, of course, but the sounds of gunfire and the explosions are more realistic.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 5 and 7 year old Written byreedsmom January 15, 2012

Son loves it, but too violent

I am disappointed that there are guns and shooting in this game. I told my mom to buy this for my son for the holidays because he likes cars and I was looking... Continue reading
Parent of a 5 year old Written byohfroggit January 30, 2012

Great game!

I think this game is great! My husband, son, and I can all play together as a family and have a great time, it's fun for everyone. Yes, there is violence... Continue reading
Kid, 10 years old July 3, 2011

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Kid, 12 years old June 24, 2011

Extreme combat racing follows the movie's main storyline!

Love it! Awesome! If you like the movie, then you'll love the game. Lots of gunfire, explosions and weapons are used. The game's storyline is almost t... Continue reading

What's it about?

This game takes place after the movie on which it is based; and the cheeky autos of CARS 2: THE VIDEO GAME are still working as undercover spies. Through a series of races, set in a variety of global destinations, they battle the forces of the evil Dr. Z, who is plotting to take over the world. The game features a number of traditional races that are all about getting to the finish line, as well as weapon-filled \"battle races.\"

Is it any good?

The mix of spy-gadget combat and fast-paced racing action in Cars 2: The Video Game is a really cool way to translate the secret agent them of the Cars 2 film into video game form. While the fighting aspect feels a bit intense for young kids, it's presented in a way that is easy to pick up and incredibly fun and exciting for players who are old enough to handle it.

The game looks and plays great. There are loads of ways to earn nitro boosts during a race -- jumps, stunts, backward driving, taking out opponents, etc. -- and using those boosts for last-minute surges to the finish line can be wildly suspenseful. There's a nice big selection of cars from the get-go, and by the end, you'll have a staggering amount of characters to choose from. Multiplayer is a blast, too (even if, perhaps, a bit too literally).

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the violence in the game. Do all the guns and explosives seem appropriate in a game based on an animated family film? Does the fact that the characters are cars lessen the impact of the violence?

  • Does the violence in this game feel more or less realistic than similarly-formatted games like Mario Kart?

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