‘Cars 2’ revs up the actionWritten by Michael Siebenaler | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Tricked-out cars, fast-paced action, and multiplayer options rule this PlayStation 3 action/racing game, “Cars 2” (Disney Interactive), which adds more credibility to games adapted from movies. There is no online mode, but players can access the special “World of Cars” feature for additional content including additional car characters. Beginning car characters include Lightning McQueen, voiced by Keith Ferguson, Holley Shiftwell and Mater, voiced by Larry the Cable Guy.
Players can unlock several options in the C.H.R.O.M.E. Missions career mode while the biggest plus is the four-player split-screen in all game modes. Other main game modes include garage and freeplay, which are a great complement to the regular training for beginning level drivers. Sub-modes include battle race, hunter, attack, survival, and squad series plus competitive (battle arena) and cooperative (disruptor) multiplayer modes.
Another outstanding feature is the 3-D TV option. The appealing color and lighting schemes help distinguish the visual elements even more as the action pops out in one of the best action PS3 games yet.
The familiar setup and unique actions create some satisfying action with easy to learn controls. Players get speed boosts by performing special moves like drifting, using the circle button, which is the easiest way to get boost.
Players can also drive in reverse for big boost additions by holding the right joystick down.
The trigger button scheme has a nice offense (R2 gas and R1 taunt) and defense (L1 look back and L2 brake) setup. Jump combinations impress as players use the right analog stick after pressing the x button to avoid attacks or attack smaller cars (aka the antagonistic lemons).
Improvements for the next likely installment include better car engine sounds and more original voice talent (***1/2, rated E10+ for cartoon violence, also available on Nintendo DS, Nintendo Wii, PC, and Xbox 360).