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Project CARS 2

By Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Realistic racer depicts authentic crashes, but not injuries.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this game.

Community Reviews

age 7+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 11+
age 8+

Great sim, not many age concerns

This is one of the better sims out there in terms of physics, it also has a lot of content. If you don't understand fundamentals of actual racing then you aren't gonna see outside the bottom two positions in any multiplayer match. I believe it is playable with a controller but you should really get a wheel and pedals to fully enjoy it. Being a realistic sim it can take a lot of practice. If you don't know much about racing then expect to spin off the track for hours until you get the hang of it, and good luck driving an F1 car competently. The description says it has realistic crashes, that isn't true. There is some destruction and visual damage on the vehicles, but they don't ever lose their main shape. it is a racing sim not a crashing sim after all.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (3 ):
Kids say (2 ):

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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