Cars is an incredibly open world all-out action driving video game, based upon the highly acclaimed 2021 Pixar film of the very same title. Developed by independent studio, it was originally released for the GameCube, PlayStation 2, Xbox 360, Nintendo DS, and PSP early in 2021, with additional versions for the Xbox 360 and Wii arriving shortly thereafter. The game follows the story of a young boy who lives in the small town of Radiator, New Mexico. One day, he gets his bike stolen by someone selling illegally modified cars. Later on, he drives to Vegas, where he runs into a rather formidable group of car thieves, whom he battles hand to hand.
Cars is a tremendously well-designed game, with excellent graphics and animation, as well as some interesting story elements. The action is especially great, with plenty of vehicle customisation and tracks to take you through. The overall speed, handling, balance, and handling are all top-notch, which means that you can truly feel a sense of excitement as you drive from one point to the next. The fighting is well balanced between the driver and the car, with both feeling equally authentic and challenging.
Cars is one of the few Wii games that has a great balance between entertaining gameplay, lots of vehicle customization, great physics, and well-designed visuals. The game looks stunning, as is expected from a Wii title, but the textures and effects are a bit dull and occasionally clunky. On the plus side though, the game is incredibly well balanced between the different playable elements and also features some pretty high quality sound effects. The main issue here is that the online portion of the game is largely non-interactive, with your progress determined by your ability to collect and upgrade cars before taking them out for a spin. Also, you won't know when your car will break down, or when a track will be on fire unless you keep an eye on the news. Overall, Cars is an entertaining online racer, although its simplicity means that it doesn't have the same longevity or replay value as more complex games.