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.

Parents say

age 7+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 7+
Based on 12 reviews

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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.


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.


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
Adult Written byJEDI micah May 30, 2012


Although the movie is not that good, the game is actually very entertaining! There is violence, especially with the machine guns, but no blood shown. For a game... 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
Teen, 13 years old Written byBennyJoeJo10 December 10, 2020
This game is pretty fun to play for me. The Missions are fun, and the Races are fun! I have this game on the Nintendo Wii, So, I don’t have it on the PS3 or XBO... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written bymemeboi2018 October 19, 2017

Great game

THe message is if someones a meanie, shoot dem with ur machine gun or explode dem

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?

Game details

Our editors recommend

For kids who love racing and fast action

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