Cars (video game)

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Cars
Cars (video game).jpg
PAL region cover art
Developer(s) Locomotive Games (PSP)
Rainbow Studios (GameCube, PS2, Xbox, Xbox 360, Wii)
Helixe (Game Boy Advance, DS)
Beenox (PC, Mac)
Publisher(s) THQ
Composer(s) Bruno Coon
Platform(s) Game Boy Advance, Microsoft Windows, Nintendo DS, Nintendo GameCube, PlayStation 2, PlayStation Portable, Xbox, Xbox 360, Wii, Mac OS X
Release
  • NA: June 6, 2006
  • AU: June 8, 2006 (DS only)
  • JP: July 6, 2006 (exc. Xbox, PC)
  • EU: July 14, 2006
Xbox 360
  • NA: October 23, 2006
  • EU: November 17, 2006
  • AU: November 23, 2006
Wii
  • NA: November 16, 2006
  • EU: December 8, 2006
  • AU: December 14, 2006
  • JP: March 22, 2007
Genre(s) Racing, Adventure
Mode(s) Single-player, Multiplayer

Cars is an open world racing video game based on the 2006 film of the same name. It is available on Game Boy Advance, Microsoft Windows, OS X, Nintendo DS, Nintendo GameCube, PlayStation 2, PlayStation Portable, Xbox, Xbox 360 and Wii.[1] A different version for the Leapster also was developed by Torus Games and Pixar.

The Wii version includes functionality geared towards its controller, and was a launch game. It, and most of the other console versions, also feature the voice-over cast from the film.[2]

Gameplay[edit]

The game is set in the fictional town of Radiator Springs, where it takes place after the movie, the player must compete in 50 races to help Lightning McQueen win his first Piston Cup. The game takes place in an open world environment in the vein of Need for Speed and Midnight Club and features ten playable characters from the film, all voiced by the original voice talent.[3][4] The game also features a number of minigames and items for the player to collect.[5]

Reception[edit]

Cars received mainly positive reviews. GameSpot gave 7.0 out of 10 for Xbox 360 and Wii versions, for PlayStation 2, 7.6 out of 10 for the GameCube and Xbox versions, and 7.4 out of 10 for the PSP version.[6] Metacritic gave 65 out of 100 for the Wii version,[7] 54 out of 100 for the DS version,[8] 73 out of 100 for the PC version,[9] 71 out of 100 for the PlayStation 2 version,[10] and 70 out of 100 for the PSP version.[11]

The PlayStation 2 and Nintendo DS releases of Cars each received a "Platinum" sales award from the Entertainment and Leisure Software Publishers Association (ELSPA),[12] indicating sales of at least 300,000 copies per version in the United Kingdom.[13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Cars: The Videogame. Carsvideogame.com. Retrieved on December 10, 2010.
  2. ^ Bozon, Mark (May 18, 2006). "Wii: The Launch Games". IGN. Retrieved May 19, 2006. 
  3. ^ Cars for Xbox 360. G4tv. Retrieved on December 10, 2010.
  4. ^ Cars: The Video Game (2006, Video Game) - Voice Cast Listing at Voice Chasers. Voicechasers.com (June 26, 2006). Retrieved on 2010-12-10.
  5. ^ Orlando, Greg. (July 6, 2006) Cars Review for Xbox 360. G4tv. Retrieved on 2010-12-10.
  6. ^ "GameSpot Review". December 10, 2011. Archived from the original on March 6, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Cars (Wii)". Metacritic. Retrieved February 12, 2012. 
  8. ^ "Cars (DS)". Metacritic. Retrieved February 12, 2012. 
  9. ^ "Cars (PC)". Metacritic. Retrieved February 12, 2012. 
  10. ^ "Cars (PlayStation 2)". Metacritic. Retrieved February 12, 2012. 
  11. ^ "Cars (PSP)". Metacritic. Retrieved February 12, 2012. 
  12. ^ "ELSPA Sales Awards: Platinum". Entertainment and Leisure Software Publishers Association. Archived from the original on May 15, 2009. 
  13. ^ Caoili, Eric (November 26, 2008). "ELSPA: Wii Fit, Mario Kart Reach Diamond Status In UK". Gamasutra. Archived from the original on September 18, 2017. 

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