Graphics - 85%
Audio - 88%
Gameplay - 87%
Replayability - 90%
The Animated Cars franchise has secured itself as a cornerstone in young people’s lives and the success of this franchise is incredible from toys to book to even games. This year we got Cars 3, and that already had its own success but let’s take a look at the game to see how it measures up.
Cars 3: Driven to Win is the first Disney game not Published by Disney Interactive Studios, instead it is published by Warner Bros Interactive Entertainment and developed by Avalanche Software. Avalanche was acquired by Times Warner from Disney when Disney Interactive shut down last year.
I’m glad that they continued to develop the game as the game has a deserving place and will be very popular among younger gamers. The final product looks great and is a worthy title of the Cars franchise, the graphics are on par and the audio and gameplay fits all together.
As you start the game you get thrown into a little “Tutorial” with a story and it basically explains the reason of the game and because I haven’t seen the movie yet I cannot say if it is in line with that story but the characters are definitely all there. Ons you finish your first race you can start your racing path as you progress and complete challenges, you unlock more race types, tracks and characters. The game modes/race types are as follows:
- Race: A standard race where everyone tries to get a podium finish
- Battle Race: Racing with Weapons, this mode was made famous by games like Mario Kart. A very fun event and in my opinion the only way to race ;p
- Takedown: Take out as many other cars as possible, points are racked up and you need to achieve the highest score before time runs out.
- Stunt Showcase: Impress the crowd with stunts and jumps to wow and stun everyone, the highest scorer will win when time has run out.
- Best Lap Challenge: Get the best lap time around a course and show everyone that you are not to be trifled with.
- Playground: A complete sandbox mode allowing you to do whatever you please on the track. Race perform stunts or practise to get those tough challenges.
- Master Challenge: A specific special event that has unique rules and characters to them.
Most of these modes can be played as single events or part of cup series. On the New-Gen consoles you can play up to four players locally on split-screen, the local couch multiplayer adds a lot of fun and is specifically designed for young gamers to enjoy when their friends come over. With unlocking characters and tracks you also unlock new colour schemes, when you choose a character you can change some minor things like the horn, or the colour of the turbo which adds a little customization to the game.
Cars 3: Driven to Win is a brilliant alternative to Mario Kart and a well worth contender. It is fun, easy to play and has tons of content. The best Cars franchise game yet!
Reviewed on: PS4
Available on: PS4, PS3, Wii U, Switch, Xbox 360, Xbox One
Age Rating: All
Publisher/Developer: Warner Bros / Avalanche
Estimated RRP: R685
Release Date: 14 July 2017
- Great Fun
- Local Multiplayer
- A lot of content
- Some more customization