Cars (video game)

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Cars
Cars (video game).jpg
Developer(s)Rainbow Studios
Beenox (PC)
Helixe (GBA, NDS)
Locomotive Games (PSP)
Incinerator Studios (Wii)
Publisher(s)THQ
Designer(s)Jordan Itkowitz
Programmer(s)Jeff Ehrman
Artist(s)Shaun Bell
Writer(s)Jordan Itkowitz
Composer(s)Bruno Coon
Platform(s)Game Boy Advance, GameCube, Microsoft Windows, Nintendo DS, PlayStation 2, PlayStation Portable, Xbox, Xbox 360, Wii
ReleaseGame Boy Advance, GameCube, Microsoft Windows, Nintendo DS, PlayStation 2, PlayStation Portable, Xbox
  • NA: June 6, 2006
  • AU: June 8, 2006
  • EU: July 14, 2006
Xbox 360
  • NA: October 23, 2006
  • EU: November 17, 2006
  • AU: November 23, 2006
Wii
  • NA: November 19, 2006
  • EU: December 8, 2006
  • AU: December 14, 2006
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 Microsoft Windows, as well as all sixth-generation and seventh-generation video game systems, except the PlayStation 3.[1] The Wii version includes functionality geared towards its controller, and was a launch game for the system. It, and most of the other console versions, also feature the voice-over cast from the film.[2] The game is also considered to take place after the events of the film.

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 19 road races, 8 mini-games, and 5 piston cup races to help Lightning McQueen win his first Piston Cup. The game takes place in an sand box environment in the vein of Need for Speed, Grand Theft Auto 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]

Soundtrack[edit]

The game has an original score composed by Bruno Coon. The game also has eight licensed songs to fit in with McQueen's personality that consist of "Night Drive" by The All-American Rejects, "What I Want" by Autopilot Off, "Come On, Let's Go" by Los Lobos, Free Ride by The Edgar Winter Group, "The Best Looking Guy in Town" by Natural Born Hippies, Rock This Town by Stray Cats, "White Knuckle Ride" by Lynyrd Skynyrd, as well as an instrumental version of Here I Am composed by The Explosion.

Reception[edit]

Reception
Aggregate score
AggregatorScore
MetacriticDS: 54/100[6]
GBA: 50/100[7]
NGC: 71/100[8]
PC: 73/100[9]
PS2: 71/100[10]
PSP: 70/100[11]
XBOX: 70/100[12]
X360: 65/100[13]
WII: 65/100[14]

Cars received generally positive reviews. GameSpot gave 7.0 out of 10 for Xbox 360 and Wii versions, 7.6 out of 10 for the GameCube and Xbox versions, and 7.4 out of 10 for the PSP version.[15] Metacritic gave 65 out of 100 for the Wii version,[14] 54 out of 100 for the DS version,[6] 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),[16] indicating sales of at least 300,000 copies per version in the United Kingdom.[17] In total, the game sold more than 8 million copies as of May 2007.[18]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Cars: The Videogame". Cars. Archived from the original on December 4, 2010. Retrieved December 10, 2010.
  2. ^ Bozon, Mark (May 18, 2006). "Wii: The Launch Games". IGN. News Corporation. Retrieved May 19, 2006.
  3. ^ "Cars for Xbox 360". G4tv. Archived from the original on March 26, 2016. Retrieved December 10, 2010.
  4. ^ "The Voices of Cars (2006, Video Game)". Voice Chasers. Retrieved December 10, 2010.
  5. ^ Orlando, Greg (July 6, 2006). "Cars Review for Xbox 360". G4tv. Archived from the original on April 3, 2012. Retrieved December 10, 2010.
  6. ^ a b "Cars for DS Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved February 12, 2012.
  7. ^ "Cars for Game Boy Advance Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved March 30, 2020.
  8. ^ "Cars for GameCube Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved March 30, 2020.
  9. ^ a b "Cars for PC Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved February 12, 2012.
  10. ^ a b "Cars for PlayStation 2 Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved February 12, 2012.
  11. ^ a b "Cars for PSP Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved February 12, 2012.
  12. ^ "Cars for Xbox Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved March 30, 2020.
  13. ^ "Cars for Xbox 360 Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved March 30, 2020.
  14. ^ a b "Cars for Wii Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved February 12, 2012.
  15. ^ "Cars (The Movie) Reviews". GameSpot. CBS Interactive. Archived from the original on March 6, 2014.
  16. ^ "ELSPA Sales Awards: Platinum". Entertainment and Leisure Software Publishers Association. Archived from the original on May 15, 2009. Retrieved September 28, 2017.
  17. ^ Caoili, Eric (November 26, 2008). "ELSPA: Wii Fit, Mario Kart Reach Diamond Status In UK". Gamasutra. Archived from the original on September 18, 2017. Retrieved September 28, 2017.
  18. ^ "Disney/Pixar Cars Video Game from THQ Crosses the Finish Line to Prestigious Sales Milestones". Business Wire. Berkshire Hathaway. May 21, 2007. Archived from the original on January 20, 2016. Retrieved June 16, 2019 – via thq.com.

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