Cars 2 is the newest video game installment in the Cars franchise and, obviously, ties in with the movie, Cars 2. The game takes on a whole new approach, breaking away from a strictly kids-oriented game, to creating a toned-down kids version of the popular racing game “Blur.” In all honesty, this probably was a great move, as people of all ages, not just kids anymore, will be interested in the game.
The campaign centers around C.H.R.O.M.E., a secret spy organization for whom you, the player, work for. You compete in dangerous recon missions, racing in combat scenarios using weapon pick-ups, such as machine guns and rocket launchers, and, of course, at the same time, you are trying to become the fastest racer in the world. The campaign is actually quite fun, as it offers a variety of game modes, specifically “Hunter” where you eliminate waves of bad guys or “Attack” where you engage in high speed races. You also have the opportunity to “rank up” which earns you access to new missions, as well as unlock new cars, tracks, and/or game modes.
Another great addition is the “free play” mode, which allows you to create a race to your specifications and before you know it, you are racing away. There is also a garage where you can check/store your car collection and download the upcoming DLC for the game. The downside, which I discovered early on, was that there is no online multiplayer feature, only split screen. Considering how this game was designed, it almost SCREAMS for online capabilities.
But on the flip side, the lack of online play really isn’t too much of a worry (unless that’s what you bought the game for!). The achievements are simple and self-explanatory, so new players will easily understand the roles they are playing. Subsequently, this will also affect your game play, because each achievement unlocks a new badge or crest.
Overall, Cars 2 is a very good game for the younger audience, but it is not as in-depth, nor does it possess the capabilities one would expect from a typical racing simulation game.