Cars: Mater-National Championship Reviews

  • SashamorningSashamorning2,305,159
    03 Sep 2010 26 Oct 2010
    36 6 2
    Pixar always puts out great movies, and Cars was no exception. The movie has had such incredible popularity, in fact, that crossovers are readily visible in all sorts of places, from shoes to lunch boxes to an wide assortment of toys still being produced. Suffice it to say that Cars is one of the more enduring recent properties in Disney's portfolio, and as a result, out come the inevitable games. This is the second of three released thus far. And it's not great.

    Basically a retread (sorry, bad pun) of the original game, Mater-National features... lots of racing. The races are kid-ified... if you go off the track for more than a second or so, the game places you back on the track. In addition, with available cheat codes (the Options menu has a place to enter them in... clearly the game doesn't discourage them) the racing is simple.

    There are also a number of minigames. Car tag, relays (basically a regular race except that you have to drive through the next car at the finish line), a "fuel economy" environmentalist game and a Guitar Hero-esque rhythm game (rather out of place) are mixed in with the races. Also is the inevitable "Tractor Tipping" minigames where Mater essentially has to travel a maze to tip all the tractors within a time limit.

    The graphics are somewhat troublesome. The camera angle is often inconvenient, tracks have invisible walls, occasionally you can fall through the level into nothing... Annoying glitches that shouldn't exist. Some of the tracks are very hard to see, and to know even which way to drive. These are all distracting and detract from the enjoyability of the game.

    In fact, the most enjoyable things about this game were the cutscenes, where the banter between the characters hearkened back to the fun and charisma of the movie. It's a shame when I looked forward to the next cutscene rather than the next race, especially when the races are predictable, and several repeat without any obvious reason except to extend the game.

    The game gives 1000 easy gamerscore, but not as easy as other "easy" games. There's a bit of grinding involved, and a collectible hunt that was surprisingly annoying. Although the 1000 was obtainable, it wasn't really worth the time I put into it (and I'm pretty liberal about how I get my points).

    In all, this game is only worth a rental at best, and perhaps not even that. If you're looking to pad your gamerscore, this will work... but you may lose a bit of your soul doing it. It's a shame to see such a wonderful movie reduced to this.
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    Cormac[sarcasm]Cheers guy, you stopped me buying a stinker!

    What the hell am I going to play now?[/sarcasm]
    Posted by Cormac on 04 Sep 10 at 05:49
    SashamorningMy Horse & Me 2.
    Posted by Sashamorning on 04 Sep 10 at 07:34
  • kingrich06kingrich061,690,942
    06 Mar 2009
    27 0 3

    I think I am not the best person to review this game because the movie the game is based from is one of my all time favorite cartoon movies. This is really a second game released related to the Cars Movie but with very few changes to the overall release. One thing very noticeable is one character missing from the whole game. Sally the blue Porsche is nowhere to be seen. Her Inn is there but just not her and no other character even mentions her throughout the game.

    Game play: 7/10

    This game is basically the same game from the original Cars released with a few changes. You still get to drive Lightning Mcqueen but you will have to drive Mater a little bit more in this release. The game layout of three different maps with mini games / races scattered all throughout the map. The object is to gather enough wins to unlock more races to eventually open up all the maps. I think the best improvement was taking out the Post card Quest that was in the last game. A few of the improvements was the collecting of parts to upgrade your car with looks or performance. There are more races in this version but remain fairly easy. I found the tractor tipping was much easier in this version with a few less courses but involved more thought.

    Graphics: 7/10

    The graphics are the same as last time with no improvement at all. The characters are recognizable in 3-D but most if not all the backgrounds are done in 2-D. The cut scenes are limited. The races with their camera angles do provide easy navigation all through the courses.

    Sound and Music: 7/10

    The voices of all the cast do sound like their Hollywood Actors and Actresses so the voice quality remains high. The sounds of Radiator Springs is still there and makes you feel right at home with all the traffic driving by. The ingame soundtrack has been revamped with more familiar songs.

    Difficulty: 2/10 (Degree of skill to enjoy the game)

    This is definitely made for younger gamers with advanced gamers especially racers finding each course / race very easy. The few puzzles in the Tractor tipping can be traversed within one or two tries. With no postcard quest there is nothing that challenging in this version of the game.

    Final Thoughts:

    I believe this game should have been released as a DLC (Down Loadable Content) and not a full fledged game. There is very few differences to generate reason for a person to get this game if there already have the original. One person can finish the game within five to seven hours with all the quest and side missions done. I would say if your not a game collector you should just rent this one and not buy it.
  • Removed Gamer
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    6 7 0
    What can you say for a kids entertains the little uns, and it works as a nice distraction for grownups as a pick up and play if you can’t be bothered with anything more in depth and just want to waste a little time!

    The camera can be buggy and wander off in the wrong direction and the controls are a little sluggish Forza it aint! Decided to try to wring the points out of it but have found it to be a little buggy when it comes to registering events that have been completed etc.

    Played better, played worse, its mediocre, if that’s not damning it with faint praise.
  • DarkskyofCloudsDarkskyofClouds121,920
    11 Nov 2008
    3 13 2
    Cars Mater-National features an all-new International group of racers vying for their chance to compete against Lightning McQueen in the First Annual Mater-National Race Festival, hosted by Lightning’s best friend, Mater. Explore the new and improved open world of Radiator Springs, play in the all-new Monster Mode, jump into the fast lane with 6 new International racing competitors, burn rubber on new tracks, and twist and turn your way through new mini-games like Ramone’s Rhythmic Rumble and Fillmore’s Fuel Frenzy.

    Explore the new open world of Radiator Springs, Lightning McQueen’s new Racing Headquarters, and practice facility Over 20 challenging mini-games.

    7 exciting new international characters.

    Multiple new adrenaline-packed tracks to race on.

    New “Monster Mode.”

    Go head to head with over 10 multiplayer games.