Licensed games are a cash cow, that much is absolutely certain or publishers wouldn't pay out their hoo-ha to pick 'em up and rush to get something out in time to meet the big-screen complement. Kids' games are especially prone to being dumped on some poor developer with the expectation that come hell or high water, the game will be in stores to help bilk unsuspecting but well-meaning parents, grandparents and the otherwise blissfully uninformed out of a few more bucks...Except... there's no Cars movie coming out -- at least not for more than a year and a half when the sequel finally hits theatres -- prompting many of us in the office to wonder why in the hell THQ would even bother pumping out a half-dozen versions of the same basic game. It's made all the more perplexing by the fact that Rainbow Studios' original movie tie-in was at the very least decent, but by no means bucked the usual license game trend. The inexplicable follow-up, Cars: Mater-National, was all but ignored by us (and, we hope, everyone else), so the arrival of Cars: Race-O-Rama could only be fiscally-inspired. Not surprisingly, it feels every bit like the cheap let's-get-this-out-before-our-license-expires cash-in that we suspect it must be...The audio is pretty much identical on all systems, which is to say you'll hear the same inconsistent sound-alike clips over and over and over again on a particular race. Lightning is a yammering, repetitious sound bite machine, boasting about being cool and popular in a way that's almost instantly grating rather than being charming. During the game's cutscenes, there's actually some decent use of the throaty growl of the kind of engines you'd hear on race day, but the actual races are weirdly subdued.
Advanced Competitive AI System: Stay on top of your game as other characters employ cheat mechanisms to get you to loose the race.
Dynamic Game Events: Experience the reaction you get based on performing stunts throughout the game from paparazzi taking your picture to the crowds going wild.
New & Improved Drifting: Take control as you immerse yourself in the game by employing newly designed drifting abilities throughout the various races.
New Characters: There are over 30 playable characters of which 15 are brand new - Doc Hudson academy of student racers, Chick Hicks academy of student racers, Motor Co Pit Crew, Not Chuck, Guido, Tater, Tater Jr., Bubba, Trophy Girl, Chick Hicks Pit Crew, Doc Hudson Pit Crew, Vin Racer along with major boss characters who are Chick Hick's proteges; El Machismo, Candice & Stinger.
New Customization: Customize your world by customizing your cars. Modify paint color, wheels & rims, different hood options, side skirts, rear bumpers & spoilers.
New Mini Games: Experience new mini games: Mack Track Challenge based off of the Mattel toy, three different games based on Disney Pixar's Cars Toons episodes (El Materdor, Mater the Greater, & Tokyo Mater), plus many new original games like Photo Op, Auto Cross, Tractor Stampede, & Transporter.
New Worlds of Racing: Experience eight racing environments, four of which are completely brand new; Radiator Springs Speedway, Santa Carburera which takes you to the beaches, Motoropolis City where you can experience street racing & Autovia which gives you off road racing in the desert.
Play With A Friend: Experience the fun as you race against a friend in arcade mode which consists of mini games, lap races, missions & more.
Robert VerBruggen, CheatCodeCentral.com
...one of the most kid-friendly ones available for the next-generation consoles...
Heath Hooker, GameZone.com
The addition of new characters was definitely a much needed and fun addition to the Cars franchise.
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