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Other than a few minor gripes, Mater-National was an entertaining title which may have lacked a great story/script from an adult perspective, but will definitely be fun for the kids. Any child that likes racing games and/or loves the movie Cars will fully enjoy Mater-National Championship.
This game is perfect for a young girl or boy that likes the Cars movie or that may enjoy racing games. It is not too difficult to figure out the basic controls and even if they can’t win races or don’t want to race they will still enjoy driving around the Radiator Springs environment collecting lighting bolts, banging into other cars and objects. This go anywhere environment can keep my son occupied for hours if we let him play that long. But, this doesn’t mean that if you are an adult you won’t also enjoy this game, especially if you like racing games and the Cars movie. Cranking up the difficulty can give you more of a challenge and the atmosphere of the game is fun and easy going. If you like racing games or if you have a young child you would like to enjoy a video game with then you can’t beat Cars Mater-National Championship.
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.
The original Cars game was one of the better movie-based titles out there and was an exception to the shoddy licensed game rule. Although Cars: Mater-National Championship is very fun in its own right, it retains much of the same gameplay as the previous title. Unfortunately, this also means that it doesn't do anything new beyond adding a few new tracks, minigames and characters; essentially, this feels more like an expansion instead of a sequel, which isn't necessarily a bad thing. This title would be a very good candidate for any child who's a fan of the "Cars" movie or enjoys cartoony racing games.
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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.
At times it’s charming, but for the most part, it was just aggravating to experience such monotony. While I am definitely not apart of the demographic they are trying to target – namely children – I wish they did more to appeal to the adult gamer.
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Sorry THQ, there is too much dinero to waste on a sequel that no longer features the voice work of Owen Wilson or Paul Newman (Larry the Cable Guy carries most of the load) and still doesn't support Xbox Live multiplayer racing.
Cars Mater-National is a hard game to score. So take a look at the number below. If you're old, knock two points off. This game will leave you feeling hollow, miserable and longing for the days when it all MEANT something. If you're a small child add two points. Or, if you really REALLY like talking cars, six.