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Cars Race-O-Rama is a racing video game based on the Cars franchise that was released on October 12, 2009. It is the sequel to Cars Mater-National Championship, which was released on October 27, 2007.
|Developer(s)||Incinerator Studios, Tantalus Media|
|Platform(s)||PlayStation 3, Wii, Xbox 360, PlayStation 2, PlayStation Portable, Nintendo DS|
Cars Race-O-Rama is a racing adventure game in which the player controls Cars protagonist and Piston Cup racer Lightning McQueen. The game features five nonlinear open worlds, including Radiator Springs. In each area McQueen can participate in multiple race types, including circuit races, relay, and point-to-point. Some events allow the player to control other characters, such as the forklift Guido in events known as Guido Kart. During these events the player participates in combat racing similar to that found in the Mario Kart series.
Throughout the single-player campaign players will have the opportunity to visually upgrade McQueen. In his starting configuration the player can change McQueen's front bumper, hood, side skirts and spoiler. Additionally his wheels and paint livery can be changed via unlocks from the gameplay world collectables.
Cars Race-O-Rama debuted at E3 2009. The primary version was developed by Incinerator Studios, and this version was released on PlayStation 3, Wii, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 2. It was powered by Rainbow Studios' engine, which had been the technology behind the previous two Cars installments. The PSP and DS versions of the game were created by Tantalus Media in Melbourne and Brisbane, Australia. A toy line for the release was released in early 2009, as the name "Race O Rama" was used for the 3rd series of Mattel Die-Cast Disney Cars. This is the last Disney/Pixar video game published by THQ as well as the last game to be published by any other company except Disney Interactive Studios until 2017 when Cars 3: Driven to Win was published by Warner Bros. Interactive. It is also the final Cars game to be released on the PlayStation 2.
The PS2, PS3, Wii, and Xbox 360 versions of the game received mixed reviews, according to Metacritic. The DS and PSP versions have not received enough reviews to gauge reception.