Cars is an animated film series from Pixar that rose to fame with its debut back it 2006. The series has since received 3 animated films while numerous spin-offs and games have been released for it. Cars 3: Driven to Win is the latest entry in the Cars franchise and it is from the acclaimed Avalanche Software and published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment.
If you are expecting a game that is aimed at kids, you will be pleasantly surprised when you try out Cars 3: Driven to Win. The game might not be complex with its gameplay mechanics but it has a certain depth with its gameplay that rewards the player who master it. You can simply just race ahead during most of the main events in the game without having to deal with the complexity of the gameplay, however that is only possible on the easy or normal difficulty settings. If you are up for challenge and would like to play the game with all of its potential, I highly recommend to test out the hard difficulty settings.
Cars 3: Driven to Win is simply a joy to play. While it might lack variety in term of tracks, it makes for it with its gameplay modes and replay value. You can pick a variety of tracks with different modes like race, battle, stunts and knockdown. Race mode is pretty basic for each tracks although easier on the normal difficulty, it can prove to be challenging on higher difficulty setting requiring you to utilize the full potential of drifting and boosts. The races also provide some shortcuts that have to be mastered in order to gain the 1st position.
Battle mode is basically your standard race except with the inclusion of weapons. It is more fun to play than a standard race and transforms the game into something akin to Mario Kart. There aren’t really a huge variety of weapons here though so it is fairly basic in that sense. Still, it can be fun to check out this mode on the higher difficulty for extra challenge.
Out of the rest of the modes, Stunts is the most fun and challenging with its difficulty. It requires you to master the course and perform a variety of tricks to gain points. You can use the right analog stick to perform various tricks and there are ramps placed throughout each track for this purpose. You have to make sure you jump long enough to pull out a trick that can reward you with a huge amount of points. Even on normal difficulty, this mode can prove to be challenging and even a little mistake can pull you behind others. This leaves the Knockdown mode that is pretty boring and simply boils down to using weapons to take down a whole host of random cars that keep spamming once you take out one whole wave of them.
This is not the end of the road for Cars 3: Driven to Win as the main races are just ‘Events’. You can also participate in a variety of tournaments that are gradually unlocked as you progress further in the game. Cars 3 uses a progression system that relies on the user accomplishing a set amount of tasks during the race to reward points. These points help toward achieving a better rank which leads to new unlocks. You can unlock new characters, new type of customization and new races and events as you increase your ranking.
If you are up for the challenge, you can participate in races with the best drivers. These are usually tough challenges and you will have to try your best to win them. Aside from that, you can also play in a practice mode type of arena which not only offers challenges, it also includes some unique events aimed at multiplayer. It is easy to spend a lot of time in the arena messing around with a friend, it can prove to be plenty of fun.
Cars 3 is fairly simple to play with controls that are easy to grasp the first time. You can drift around corners that leads to increasing the boost meter. You can also jump in the air and perform tricks to increase the boost meter. Additionally, you can enable auto drifting for your vehicle if you have trouble mastering it. The gameplay mechanics might not be complex but they are fun and this is what matters here. The visuals also add to the overall appeal with some gorgeous looking lighting across the various tracks. It fits the art style of the game that is based on the movie.
Cars 3: Driven to Win also has a co-op mode for those who prefer gaming with friends in split-screen. This mode works well from what I have tested too far and enhances the overall appeal of the game. The gameplay is already fun so playing it in multiplayer only adds to the replay value. There is no traditional story though aside from the opening cutscene which acts as a flashback pitting Lighting McQueen against the old racing legends. It also acts as a tutorial for those who are new to the game.
Cars 3: Driven To Win Review (PS4)
Game Reviewed on: PS4
Game description: Cars 3: Driven to Win is an American racing video game based on Cars 3, developed by Avalanche Software and published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment.
Cars 3: Driven To Win is a surprisingly fun game with its simple but tight controls that makes the driving fun. It offers multiple type of gameplay modes including a battle mode. The game also support co-op making it an ideal choice for both kids and adults.