Cars 3: Driven To Win
Cars 3: Driven to Win is a racing video game based on the 2017 film Cars 3, developed by Avalanche Software and published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. It is the first Disney game not to be published by Disney Interactive Studios since its shutdown in May 2016. This is because Avalanche Software was acquired from Disney by Time Warner before the game's release, so the finished game was released under the Warner Bros. name even though the Cars franchise is not owned by it.
- The game is a rehash of Cars 2: The Video Game, but with less base game content.
- Barely helpful instruction manual, containing only four pages.
- Less characters than the predecessor having only 23 compared to Cars 2's 58 (Including skins for certain characters and DLC), which is a big issue since there is a rather small cast of characters to play as.
- There are some minor glitches where you can go into places you aren't supposed to be.
- There's barely any plot.
- Most of the unlockable characters are just reskins of Lightning and Mater, which just goes to show how much effort was put into the unlockables.
- The Hall of Fame objectives basically serve as an arbitrary checklist of simple tasks to do instead of actual missions.
- Boring track design with the track being incredibly long and taking as long as 6 minutes to complete!
- No online multiplayer.
- Poor and annoying voice acting. How this happened was because of the video game voice actor strike of Oct 2016-Sep 2017. Because of this, only Darrell Waltrip (Darrell Cartrip) and Junior Johnson (Junior Moon) reprised their roles from the movie. Characters also never shut up during gameplay. Sally, in particular, has the worst of the voice actors. Not to mention: Bobby Swift sounds nothing like he did in the film.
- Lots and lots of grinding. The grinding was never explained in the instruction manual (see above).
- Most of the game modes were ripped directly from the previous game, with some exceptions such as Stunt Showdown.
- Long loading times.
- While it's nice to see Free roaming return as the Thomasville Playground, the map is very small compared to the map from the previous Cars games.
- It was $60 at launch!
- No DLC or updates.
- The graphics are pretty good.
- The tutorial does a solid job at teaching the player how to play the game.
- You can sharpen your skills in the Thomasville Playground, an area where you can practice your driving and stunt skills.
- The Controls are good.
- At least you can mute the voice acting and leave the subtitles on if you want (most will).
- Multiplayer here is still decent despite the lack of online play.
- It does at least have some effort put into it unlike most licensed games despite the blatant rehashed gameplay mechanics.
- The game runs well.
The game received mixed reception amongst critics; however, Cars fans are much harsher towards the game, declaring it to be one of the worst games, if not the absolute worst in the entire Cars franchise.