Cars: Driven to Win – Review
Follow Genre: Racing
Developer: Avalanche Studios
Publisher: Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
Platforms: Xbox One, Playstation 4, Nintendo Switch, Playstation 3, Xbox 360, WiiU
Tested on: Xbox One

Cars: Driven to Win – Review

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Good: Graphics, sound, gameplay
Bad: unnessesary adding of tricks
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Get ready to step into the world of Cars once again. The funny talking vehicles are back to present you with an all new racer game, based on the movie. With death defying car stunts and cool cars, you can go any way you want to. So start your engines, and may the best racer win!

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Story

You start the game off with an intro video showing Lightning Mcqueen, Cruz Ramirez and two other drivers. This short video is an excellent beginning to show the setting and the track. After the clip, you get the first instructions on how to drive. First you learn how to jump and drift, while in the meantime some other cars get introduced.

The story from the game goes on where the movie left off, so it is hard to guess what some things are about when you haven’t seen the movie yet. The next clip shows the real beginning of the story. Lightning gets told he’d be too old to race by a newscaster and a newer racing car called Jackson Storm, because his statistics aren’t what they used to be. Mcqueen tells them he wants to show them they’re wrong, that racing isn’t all numbers, but also comes from the heart. As a result, he  challenges Jackson Storm to race. Jackson agrees and says that he wants to be a good sport by giving Mcqueen time to get ready. Nathalie is a car that is going to support you getting ready by keeping up records of how you are doing. Using the simulator, you need to get to the last level in order to race against Jackson, to show him racing does come from the heart.

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Graphics

Since the Disney studios closed in 2016, Disney hasn’t released a new game yet. For Cars 3, they went hand in hand with Avalanche Studios. This is the first Disney game that is published by a non-Disney publisher. Avalanche Studios had to show their best in order to be able to work with them again, and they certainly knocked the ball out of the park when it comes to graphics. It is commonly know that Disney is a master at animation, and Avalanche certainly kept up their name. The short in-game clips are beautifully rendered, and the graphics during the game itself are brilliant too. Of course  there are a couple glitches here and there, but really, the tracks and characters are beautifully rendered and really give soul to the game.

Sound

As expected, all voice actors of the movie stepped in to voice their characters in the game. Every car has its own unique voice and looks. Next to the main theme, each racing track has its own music, fitting the environment. It is well thought out and well done.

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Gameplay

Cars 3: Driven to Win is a racing  game by Avalanche Studios. The goal is to train as hard as you can in order to win the final race against a modern racer called Jackson Storm. The game starts off with a handy tutorial, in which you learn to drift and jump. While you advance in the game, you learn some new things, like bashing, driving backwards and air tricks. The idea of the game is that you train in a top-notch simulator, to train for the real race. You can choose a racing track, and try to finish first in each race. You are being monitored by a car named Nathalie, which shows you your skills and statistics. For every race you complete and skill you complete, you can earn new cars and racing tracks. There are over 20 characters and tracks to unlock. There are a few different racing modes, which are as followed:

  • Race: compete with other cars to see who can get to the finish line first
  • Battle race: racing, but with weapons.
  • Takedown: use weapons and power-ups to take out as many racers as possible to earn points. When the time runs out, the one with the most points will win.
  • Stunt showcase: perform jumps and tricks to earn as many points as possible.
  • Best lap challenge: get the best lap time over a given course.
  • Playground: a sandbox mode that allows you to race, perform stunts complete challenges or just cruise around.

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One of the great things about the tracks is that you can go off track to take some shortcuts. It does not count as much of a shortcut, but it can be fun to take a bit of the scenic route.

The power-ups and weapons can be handy, but only if you are behind other racers. Also, the controls are sometimes hard to use, like riding backwards and shooting at the same time, which is almost impossible to achieve.

The gameplay itself is pretty well done, but it raises some questions. The movie is only about racing, so why all the fuss about tricks? It seems a bit illogical.

Conclusion

Overall, Cars 3: Driven to Win is a pretty good game to play for all ages. The name ‘’Cars’’ makes it  especially attractive to youngsters, but it can also be fun for other gamers  to play. The graphics and sound are  done very well, making the game as visually appealing as the movie. The story does run a bit short. If you have not seen the movie yet, it can become a bit confusing as to who the characters are and why they do what they do. Also, as said before, it is a bit silly that they induced the tricks in the game. It feels a bit like they added useless whistles and bells.

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