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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 and V.Smile also was developed by Torus Games and Pixar.

Cars
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PAL region cover art
Developer(s) Locomotive Games (PSP)
Rainbow Studios (GameCube, PS2, Xbox, Xbox 360, Wii, PC, Mac)
Helixe (Game Boy Advance, DS)
Beenox (PC, Mac)
Incinerator Studios (Wii)
Publisher(s) THQ
Composer(s) Bruno Coon
Platform(s) Game Boy Advance, Microsoft Windows, Nintendo DS, Nintendo GameCube, PlayStation 2, PlayStation Portable, Xbox, Mac OS X, Xbox 360, Wii, Leapster, V.Smile
Release
  • NA: June 6, 2006
  • AU: June 8, 2006 (DS only)
  • 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
Genre(s) Racing, Adventure
Mode(s) Single-player, Multiplayer

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]

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GameplayEdit

The game is set in the fictional town of Radiator Springs, where it takes place after the movie, the player must compete in 30 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]

ReceptionEdit

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]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Cars: The Videogame". Cars. Archived from the original on December 4, 2007. 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. ^ "Cars (The Movie) Reviews". GameSpot. CBS Interactive. Archived from the original on March 6, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Cars for Wii Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved February 12, 2012. 
  8. ^ "Cars for DS Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved February 12, 2012. 
  9. ^ "Cars for PC Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved February 12, 2012. 
  10. ^ "Cars for PlayStation 2 Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved February 12, 2012. 
  11. ^ "Cars for PSP Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved February 12, 2012. 
  12. ^ "ELSPA Sales Awards: Platinum". Entertainment and Leisure Software Publishers Association. Archived from the original on May 15, 2009. Retrieved September 28, 2017. 
  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. Retrieved September 28, 2017. 

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