Inspired by the Disney•Pixar animated film, Cars 2: The Video Game lets players jump into the Cars 2 universe with some of their favorite Cars personalities in exotic locations around the globe.
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Mixed (34 reviews) - 52% of the 34 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Jun 21, 2011

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About This Game

Inspired by the Disney•Pixar animated film, Cars 2: The Video Game lets players jump into the Cars 2 universe with some of their favorite Cars personalities in exotic locations around the globe. 
Continuing the storyline from the upcoming film, players can choose to play as Mater and Lightning McQueen, as well as some brand new characters, as they train in the international training center - CHROME (Command Headquarters for Recon Operations and Motorized Espionage) to become world-class spies. They’ll take on dangerous missions, compete to become the fastest racecar in the world, or use their spy skills in exciting, action-packed combat racing and battle arenas. Players can race against friends and family in either single or multiplayer modes with up to four players to unlock challenging new tracks, characters, events and thrilling spy missions. The DS version will also include exclusive global locations not seen in the film.
Game Features:

Cars 2: The Video Game introduces the international training center - CHROME (Command Headquarters for Recon Operations and Motorized Espionage) that expands upon the film storyline

Choose from more than 20 different characters, such as Mater, Lightning McQueen and the newly introduced Finn McMissile and Holley Shiftwell, and train to become world class spies
Participate in simulated hazardous missions using high-tech gadgets to evade and impede adversaries

Perform maneuvers only Cars characters can do, such as backwards driving, air tricks, sidestepping to avoid obstacles, two wheel driving and more

Connect with World of Cars Online, a free-to-play browser-based virtual world based on the Cars universe, to gain rewards in the video game and then use them to unlock new items in the virtual world

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Microsoft Windows XP SP3/ Windows 7
    • Processor: Intel Pentium 4 3.0 GHz, AMD Athlon 64 3500+ or equivalent processor
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 256 MB DirectX 9.0c-compatible, NVIDIA GeForce 6600 or better, ATI Radeon X800 or better dedicated video card supporting Shaders Model 3
    • Storage: 3 GB available space
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Overall:
Mixed (34 reviews)
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abcdeisthkey
4.1 hrs
Posted: August 7
its not what i expected it is only racing and not as interactive as Mater National. it is fun to play however the controls are pretty weird and take a long time to get used to.
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Tumani The inkling
23.8 hrs
Posted: July 2
It's a really good game I love it!
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hayotbek.rustamov
0.6 hrs
Posted: June 7
Product received for free
Why the game keeps crashing/freezing if I try to skip the intro?
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bugs1025
0.1 hrs
Posted: April 2
For love of Chrysler, what the Ford is this? Oh, this is something.
First the images shown are not from the game. They must be doctored 360/ps3 images. This game looks no where near as good. Infact this looks far worse than Cars 2006. No lighting effect, or god rays. No complex texturing or detail on the cars. This is seriously a combo of early Dreamcast and PS1. Though you can run it at 1080 with 60fps. Still the 360 version is many times better visually even running at 720 and 30 fps. Let me put this another way. Sweet Fx couldn't help this train reck. No reflection built in to the car bodies, no ambiet occlusion, no shadows(NONE), very low shading, and the headlights look painted on. This is the worst looking game I have played in well over a decade. Such a shame.
So how is the game? Great! Well not as good as the 360/ps3... The lack of visuals is so forboding. The real problem here is NO DLC! The ammount of cars in the 360 version is staggering. Chick Hicks, DJ, Snot Rod, ect. All voiced. Here there is nothing. I'm sure there is more missing as well. The gameplay feels looser as well. So overall this is the worst version of a great game.
Do buy this one. It is aweful, and easily replaces Arkam Knight in my worst port ever, since even at launch it was much better than this. Plus they have fixed that. This however is terrible. Go buy Mater Nationals instead, it is by far the best PC Cars game. Grab the Hi Octane mod and goto town. Just stay away from this game. What were they thinking?
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[V0ID] Zultrix
0.4 hrs
Posted: January 20
Used to love this game back on PS3, and i buy this on PC because i thought its the same. But im wrong. Alot stuff missing. Even the texture and graphic are bad. idk why but i think Cars Mater National even better than this...i even enjoy cars 2 on psp. but pc just so ugh...
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johnpaulr
392.7 hrs
Posted: January 12
Great game for kids to play. Horribly unstable - crashes all the time.
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$ickest
7.4 hrs
Posted: December 28, 2015
This game is fun for kids while playing it. Too bad you have to close it everytime through the task manager. Really annoying.
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PinkyL
5.9 hrs
Posted: November 17, 2015
Would be a ok game but crashes ALOT. Its bit basic too same thing over and over snore....Zzzz
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robbiemcc90
68.1 hrs
Posted: November 14, 2015
I love this game although the garphis are bad but the game is a great game
Get this for kids that watched the movie cars 2
and be happy with it.


loved it
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Dustin
0.1 hrs
Posted: September 20, 2015
I never watched the Cars movies so I have no idea how accurate this game is to the movie, but it seems like a comedic spin off of the James Bond films. Mostly filled with British Special Agents of the Secret Service for Motor-Vehicles.

The game forces you to play mutiple Tutorial scenarios to learn how to push the left arrow key to drive left and right arrow key to turn right. Sounds pretty damn basic and boring.

Just like the other Cars game, would only recommend this to kids or if you're a parent wanting to play something with your kid(s).

3/10
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
4.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 7
its not what i expected it is only racing and not as interactive as Mater National. it is fun to play however the controls are pretty weird and take a long time to get used to.
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392 of 459 people (85%) found this review helpful
9 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 6, 2014
Oh God WHY?

Cars 2 was one of my most favorite party games back when I owned an Xbox 360. It had 4 player split screen (for ALL MODES, even the campaign), slick racing, and tons of mechanics such as drifting, driving on 2 wheels, driving backwards, jumping, ramming, and boosting that gave the game a suprisingly high skill ceiling. The highlight of the game was disruptor, a 2v2 match where you had to plant a bomb in the opposing player's base. The only downside to the game was the lack of online multiplayer. Whenever I showed the game to friends who had never played it before, they were always surprised to see how much fun it was despite it being a movie tie in game. Avalanche Studios, the creator of this game, made a hidden gem.

This brings me to the review. When I started up Cars 2 on my PC, I was so excited to play it again. That is until I got in game. The sight of the game left me speechless and confused. Cars 2 looks HORRIBLE on PC. The textures on everything are super muddy and stretched out, the sound is equalized so poorly that it constantly cuts out into loud static, and many assets do not show up in game such as street lamps (you only see a string of lights shining on you from middair). I was appalled. The PC version of a game like this should look better or at least equal to the 8 year old console version. Instead, it looks like a game that came out on the PlayStation 2. In fact, it looks Identical to the Nintendo DS version of Cars 2.

This revelation led me to start researching what the hell happened. How could a PC port be botched so badly? Here's what I found: The Steam port of Cars 2 was not done by Avalanche, it was done by an obscure company named Gamestar. Gamestar is a CHINESE development company that was established in 2002 and is focused on outsourcing. It has a staff of people who used to work at the Ubisoft Shanghai division. In 2008, Disney acquired the studio and set it to work on porting their games.

Disney Interactive VP said during the acquisition, "Gamestar will play an important role in our global growth plans, providing a high quality talent pool for our expanding product portfolio. Our global expansion is aimed at achieving a new level of creative capacity, quality, and expertise in video game software development.”

I sincerely hope the VP chokes on his own horsesh** that he just spewed out of his mouth. Disney bought out this outsourcing company based in CHINA with the sole purpose to lower the cost of porting games. This resulted in this awful, awful port of an originally fantastic game on Steam.

Hear me out: I would have been fine with the downgraded graphics, bugs, and annoyances of the port because at its base, Cars 2 is still a very good game. That is until I found the straw that broke the camel's back. I fired up my 4 controllers and hooked them up to my pc ready to have some fun playing a 4 player race just like I did 5 years ago with the Xbox version. Then I saw it. The game only supports 2 player split screen.

THATS RIGHT, DISNEY AND GAMESTAR SCREWED UP THE PC PORT SO BADLY THAT IT REDUCED THE AMOUNT OF SPLITSCREEN PLAYERS FROM 4 TO 2.

This will be the first (and last) game that I refund on steam. I am so very sad to see what has happened to my favorite party racer. If anyone from Avalanche Studios is reading this, I'm so sorry. I can't imagine what it feels like to put your heart and soul into making a great game only to see it eviscerated by an incompetent outsourced chinese studio. But in the end, it's really Disney's fault. They are a company that seeks the highest possible profit margin, and they are willing to turn great games into abominations like this in order to achieve that.

I hope that this review dissuades anyone from buying this game. Avoid any game ported by Gamestar like the plague. There are better racers to choose from on Steam, and the console versions are still avaliable to play.

Rest in peace, Cars 2
:'(
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15 of 25 people (60%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
3.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 21, 2015
Fun, Addicting, Great for the family.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
68.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 14, 2015
I love this game although the garphis are bad but the game is a great game
Get this for kids that watched the movie cars 2
and be happy with it.


loved it
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
23.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 2
It's a really good game I love it!
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6 of 11 people (55%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 13, 2015
nice game its just fun:)
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7 of 14 people (50%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 20, 2015
I never watched the Cars movies so I have no idea how accurate this game is to the movie, but it seems like a comedic spin off of the James Bond films. Mostly filled with British Special Agents of the Secret Service for Motor-Vehicles.

The game forces you to play mutiple Tutorial scenarios to learn how to push the left arrow key to drive left and right arrow key to turn right. Sounds pretty damn basic and boring.

Just like the other Cars game, would only recommend this to kids or if you're a parent wanting to play something with your kid(s).

3/10
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: April 2
For love of Chrysler, what the Ford is this? Oh, this is something.
First the images shown are not from the game. They must be doctored 360/ps3 images. This game looks no where near as good. Infact this looks far worse than Cars 2006. No lighting effect, or god rays. No complex texturing or detail on the cars. This is seriously a combo of early Dreamcast and PS1. Though you can run it at 1080 with 60fps. Still the 360 version is many times better visually even running at 720 and 30 fps. Let me put this another way. Sweet Fx couldn't help this train reck. No reflection built in to the car bodies, no ambiet occlusion, no shadows(NONE), very low shading, and the headlights look painted on. This is the worst looking game I have played in well over a decade. Such a shame.
So how is the game? Great! Well not as good as the 360/ps3... The lack of visuals is so forboding. The real problem here is NO DLC! The ammount of cars in the 360 version is staggering. Chick Hicks, DJ, Snot Rod, ect. All voiced. Here there is nothing. I'm sure there is more missing as well. The gameplay feels looser as well. So overall this is the worst version of a great game.
Do buy this one. It is aweful, and easily replaces Arkam Knight in my worst port ever, since even at launch it was much better than this. Plus they have fixed that. This however is terrible. Go buy Mater Nationals instead, it is by far the best PC Cars game. Grab the Hi Octane mod and goto town. Just stay away from this game. What were they thinking?
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3 of 7 people (43%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 7, 2015
Avoid this version of the Game!

Absolutely let down visually which removes whatever enjoyment you should have had completely. I mean whoever thought what looks (and has been said by others) as a port of the WII version of the game for the PC is utterly beyond me. Plus they then have the nerve to use screenshots that look nothing like this version (which is blurry, lacking texture depth and quite frankly more like games from late 90's/early 2000's) - the screenshots are quite obviously from the XBOX360 or PS3 version which I have played and enjoyed tremendously.

Everything else about the game from what I've tried is as in XBOX/PS3 which is a a relief, albeit small. It is a great game, well designed (visuals excluded), good audibly and controls are perfect (with XBOX controller - which is supported, another positive).

Reading this you can understand the mixed reviews as everything about this game is spot on except that crucial element that is the visuals, which is why I cannot recommend this game to anyone! Unless they plan on fixing this which I can't see happening.
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 7
Product received for free
Why the game keeps crashing/freezing if I try to skip the intro?
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