Friday, February 02, 2007

Game Review ( Cars - 360 )

Graphics: 3.75/5 Surprisingly good. This may be rated high, but the graphics really are nice. The cars are nice and shiny, the animation looks great, the framerate just about never drops, and the overall graphics look pretty nice. The main problems are that the enviroments don't look stellar, there are a few glitchy looking spots, and the sense of speed is terrible. When you're going 150 MPH, it looks like you're going 40 MPH at best. But the overall graphics really don't look that bad, and they are not painful at the eyes in any way.

Sound: 4/5 I liked this too. Good voice overs, but that's about it. There are some licensed songs during the races ( Not any that I can think of now ), but there are a few. Not much to say about the sound, except that the voice overs are some of the best I've heard recently.

Control: 3/5 Cars certainly controls weird for normal gamers. Most next-gen games use the right trigger to drive, and left trigger to brake on the 360, but with Cars, you use A to accelerate and X to stop. This is really confusing and hard to get used to if you've played many other racing games on the 360. The camera angle is also pretty annoying, ESPECIALLY in Tractor Tipping, a mini game that could be a game within itself, really.

Fun: 4/5 Cars was a huge surprise. I was expecting nothing out of this game, but I sure was wrong. The game is just a hell of a lot of fun. You can roam around outside of races just for the hell of it, you can get some lessons from Cars characters, you can do mini games, ( Tractor Tipping is a LOT of fun ) customize the paint job on your car, and participate in some big races like in the movie. Cars may get overlooked because of its seemingly kiddy approach, but I'm sure that when you play this game, you will be just as surprised as I was to see that a licensed movie-to-game was actually a lot of fun.


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