Project Cars 3

Game review by
Paul Semel, Common Sense Media
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Readily accessible racer has flaws, is still a thrill ride.

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

Positive Messages

Winning not only requires skill, but also practice and perseverance.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Winners are never shown gloating, and losers are never shown being poor sports. Players can race as male or female drivers; choice of gender has no bearing on skills.

Ease of Play

Controls will be familiar to fans of similar racing games. The game has multiple difficulty options, and players can enable or disable assists that influence the steering, braking, and handling.

Violence

While cars do crash, the driver is never shown being injured or killed, so there's no blood or gore.

Sex
Language

Online gameplay is not moderated, which could expose players to inappropriate content.

Consumerism

Players drive licensed cars; game features logos prominently. Players earn in-game currency by finishing events; the currency is used to purchase new cars, upgrades for those cars. This is the third installment in the Project Cars franchise.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

A liquor sign can be seen when players drive past a grocery store.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Project Cars 3 is a racing game for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Windows PCs. It's the latest installment in the Project Cars franchise. Like many racing games, it has nothing in the way of inappropriate content, save for a brief image of a liquor sign on a grocery store you drive past. There's no cursing or nudity, and while there are car crashes, the driver is never shown being injured or killed, so there's no blood or gore. That said, the game does feature real-world cars, and their brand logos are prominently featured. Players can purchase these cars and the parts needed to improve their performance by completing events.

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What's it about?

Like many racing games, PROJECT CARS 3 doesn't have a story. Instead, the game's career mode just has you competing in a series of races, some of which you have to win, while others have specific conditions that have to be met. Doing so earns you check marks, which you need to unlock other events. You can also set up one-off races with a variety of conditions, or race against other players online. Players will also have the option to purchase a wide variety of cars, and can customize them with real-world products to enhance their performance.

Is it any good?

Thanks to solid controls and twisty tracks, but some poor design choices, this is a flawed but fun racing game. Like it's competition, Project Cars 3 is a full-service racing game. Not only does it have options that can make it feel like a simulation or an arcade-esque game, and all points in between, but it also has a similarly wide variety of race types, tracks, and cars. More importantly, your competition when you play against the computer is actually competitive, and won't just let you win no matter what difficulty setting you've chosen. You have to earn that first-place finish.

That's not to say that this racer is flawless, because it's hardly that. There are deeper racing games out there, ones with more events (though some would argue, too many). Hard-core fans of this series will also lament how you can't run out of gas or have your tires wear out, and thus don't have to make pit stops (though, to some people, this is a blessing, not a curse). Also, some of the text in the menus is hard to read if, like a good gamer, you sit a reasonable distance from your screen. To all but the most serious of series fans, these are minor annoyances, not deal-breakers, and while they are worth mentioning, they're nothing that should sway serious racing fans from taking Project Cars 3 for a spin.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about being a good winner and a good loser. At the end of an event in Project Cars 3, the drivers are always shown being appreciative but gracious winners and losers. Why is it important to be a good sport? How would you feel if someone else was a bad winner ... or a bad loser?

  • While Project Cars 3 does have you driving fast, the drivers are all shown wearing protective gear. Why is this gear important? How do you think wearing a helmet protects them if they crash?

  • How do you decide what to spend your money on in Project Cars 3? What's worth your money and what isn't? How can this be applied to real life?

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For kids who love racing

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