A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Winning not only requires skill, but also practice and perseverance.
Positive Role Models
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 & Scariness
While cars do crash, the driver is never shown being injured or killed, so there's no blood or gore.
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Online gameplay is not moderated, which could expose players to inappropriate content.
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Products & Purchases
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.
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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.
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.
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