A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Encourages interest in mechanics, friendly social play. But glamorizes high-speed driving without showing realistic consequences.
Positive Role Models
Player's avatar doesn't speak, but clearly enjoys driving fast. There's no option to play as a female driver. Engineers, aides provide encouragement, support throughout.
Ease of Play
Extremely realistic simulations of race events, car tuning, handling may prove off-putting at first, but clear in-game tutorials and ability to customize driving assists and AI difficulty should allow players of just about any skill level to experience success.
Violence & Scariness
Cars racing on closed circuits -- no pedestrians or civilian traffic is endangered -- crash at high speeds with semi-realistic damage, but drivers never get hurt.
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Products & Purchases
Scores of real-world car brands feature prominently, including Toyota, Mercedes, Michelin, Kibbetech.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Project CARS 2 is a racing simulation game set on closed-circuit tracks, which means no pedestrians or civilian traffic is ever in harm's way. Crashes can be violent and show realistic damage to cars, but drivers aren't injured, which may send the wrong message about car accident consequences to teens learning to drive. Players can customize the name and nationality of their avatar, but are limited to racing as what would appear to be a male driver. Parents should note that the names and logos of real-world car companies and automotive parts manufacturers -- including Mercedes, Toyota, Michelin, and more -- feature prominently throughout the game. Under the CCPA law you have the right to protect your personal information. Make a Do Not Sell request to Project CARS 2.
Is It Any Good?
Sometimes incremental progress can be just as satisfying as a huge, innovative leap forward. The original Project CARS created a rock-solid foundation for an authentic racing simulator, and Project CARS 2 builds on that foundation in the best ways. It provides more content and more ways to customize that content than most players can fathom, with seemingly endless options tucked away in every menu. It looks good, too, with gorgeous car models -- including realistic cockpit views -- and highly authentic seasonal lighting and dynamic weather helping to both set the mood and, in some cases, provide an added challenge. And the car handling -- the most important part of any racing game -- is just dreamy. You'll feel the weight of your car, changes made to tires, steering, and suspension, and differences in engine and drivetrain layouts. If you want to experience what it's like to drive a touring car, open-wheel car, or vintage IndyCar without actually stepping into one, this game may well be your best bet.
Most impressive, it's not nearly as intimidating to casual racing fans as one might expect, given its focus on realism. It's undeniably geared for serious racers, but less hardcore players can turn on a variety of assists and crank down opposing racer intelligence and aggression to gain a very good chance of experiencing success. You can also adjust event duration and whether or not to deal with considerations like damage, fuel, and tire wear, and allow race engineers to handle all of your tuning in difficult conditions, such as rain and heat. There's still room for improvement in some areas -- the ideal race line option isn't as accurate as in other games, and radio instructions aren't as helpful as one might hope -- but the range of players who will be able to enjoy this racer is impressive nonetheless. If you want to branch out beyond Xbox Forza games and PlayStation GT driving sims, Project CARS 2 is a great choice.
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