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Cars Mater-National is a harmless and charming racing game that brings the movie successfully to video game form for the second time. Fans of the previous Cars game will enjoy this immensely and newcomers to the series will also likely have a good time. While the movie has some appeal for teenagers and adults, the games don't have the same broad appeal.
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Although it's obvious from the very beginning that this is a game for children, it's a very fun experience that can give people of all ages a genuine racing experience. Although it won't be Grand Turismo or PGR, the racing engine is good enough, and the variability of racing events really makes this one very playable, not only for children, but for grown-ups who want to get in on the action too. It's open-world tournament-style race experience, combined with it's great looks and basic control scheme make this a must-have for any young gamer who wants experience in the automotive genre.
Older gamers who enjoyed the movie might find Cars: Mater-National entertaining for a few hours. The races are fun, though simple, which doesn't lend much to the game's depth. However, the game shouldn't disappoint younger gamers, especially fans of the movie, making it a great choice.
Sure, it's called a sequel when it feels more like downloadable content — granted, a lot of downloadable content — but you can't knock THQ for delivering a second, very similar iteration of their Cars game without diminishing the original and, ultimately, improving somewhat on that game. It's also a title with which even quite young children can fool around, without too much frustration; and primary-grade kids can surely master this one, while adults will tolerate, if not outright enjoy, playing occasionally on evenings of family gaming. Cars Mater-National will not provide you nor your progeny — about spoiled today by a wealth of content-suitable, quality titles — months of infinite entertainment value, but, especially if there may be more children in your family's future, once played-out, the game will shelve nicely as a collectible, alongside your new Blu-ray edition of Pixar's "Cars" movie.
Cars: Mater-National turns out to be one of the better games geared toward the younger audience. It's easy to get a hang of the controls even though the tilt seems useless, and the open world - while depressingly very empty - still lets you drive just about anywhere you wish, letting you participate in any event at any time. That's not the kind of freedom you normally see in games like this, so we'd have to say it's a big positive. The characters are as likeable and charming as always, and with plenty of things to do and even a bunch of extras to unlock, most will be able to get their money's worth out of this sequel. The graphics aren't bad, the sound is great, and if all those events didn't tend to blend together after a while, we'd have to say the gameplay is both appealing and even addictive.
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Cars Mater-National feels like more of an expansion pack than a true sequel, but it will of course (and already has) sell another bajillion copies for THQ. That being said, fans of the movie that haven't had enough of Lightning McQueen and friends yet will get some mileage out of this return to Radiator Springs.
Accueillir des challengers internationaux à Radiator Springs est une idée sympathique. Mais n'aurait-il pas été plus intéressant, en termes de variété, d'envoyer Flash McQueen et ses amis à travers le monde ? Manque d'inspiration de la part des développeurs, ou contraintes liées à la licence ? En tout cas cette Coupe Internationale de Martin peine trop à se renouveler pour susciter un intérêt plus que poli.
Cars Mater-National plays like one of those “me-too!” games that follow the release of huge hits. Me-too games don’t usually come in the same series; I would have expected to see this happen with a knock-off game called Trucks, SUVs, or Crossover. But not the sequel to Cars.
Overall Cars Mater-National is inoffensive and bland enough to keep fans entertained until the next release in the series. There is no escaping from the scattergun approach that the developer has adopted to quickly ship this title. If they had concentrated on some core principles and fleshed these out, it would have avoided the empty, unfinished, half-baked nature of this release. As a kids game it is below average and for anyone older would probably be more justified as a drinks coaster. Ultimately Cars Mater-National will appeal to those that loved the film and original title and still remain in single digits when it comes to their age. And unfortunately that’s enough to ensure this game will sell in similar numbers, when more worthwhile titles remain untouched.