Cars: Race-O-Rama is a racing game that was released on October 12, 2009. It is the sequel to Cars: Mater-National, which was released on October 27, 2007. The PSP and DS versions of the game were created by Tantalus Media in Melbourne and Brisbane, Australia. A toy line for the release was released in early 2009, as the name "Race-O-Rama" was used for the 3rd series of Mattel Die-Cast Disney Cars. This is the last Disney/Pixar video game published by THQ as well as the last game to be published by any other company except Disney Interactive.
Gameplay and Plot
In the game, players race against new characters through action-packed tracks to win the Race-O-Rama trophy as their own personalized Lightning McQueen. Players can join Lightning McQueen in Radiator Springs as he prepares Doc Hudson's racing academy of student racers for the Race-O-Rama competition. Lightning finds out that his rival Chick Hicks has his own set of academy student racers who do not always compete fairly (as shown during the crashing of two of Doc's students during the intro race). Lightning decides to customize himself for the four different races: off-road racing, street racing, beach racing, and speedway racing.
Throughout the game, Lightning travels to several different locations for the Race-O-Rama, including the coastline town of Santa Carburera, the old western town of Autovia, and Motoropolis City. In each location, he is introduced to one of Chick's protégées, Candice, El Machismo, and Stinger, each of whom are said to be very experienced in their respective location, but also do not race fairly. Despite this, Lightning manages to beat them in each race.
The game also has a sub-plot involving Mater racing against Bubba, Tater and Tater Jr. for the Rustbucket Stadium and the towing rights to Radiator Springs. Throughout the game, Tater and Tater Jr. were gradually befriending Mater. Eventually, Bubba and the Tater's lose the race, much to Bubba's disappointment. However, Tater and Tater Jr. felt like winners, since the real winner, Mater, became their new friend.
After McQueen beats Stinger, Candice, and El Machismo, Chick reveals in the final race that he was only using them to learn how to beat Lightning and customize himself. After Chick loses the race, he vows his revenge on McQueen by saying that he will come after him when he least expects it and drives away in anger. Then, Candice, El Machismo, and Stinger apologize to McQueen for the way they acted during the races. McQueen accepts their apology and invites them to stop by the academy anytime.
From the Film
- Lightning McQueen (Regular, Monster Truck, Beach Racing, Street Racing, Off-Road Racing, & Speedway)
- Mater (Regular & Monster Truck)
- Doc Hudson
- Chick Hicks (Regular & Upgraded)
- Not Chuck (new to the video games)
- Sheriff (console Versions Only)
From Past Games
- El Machismo
- VINs (robotic stock cars)
- Doc Hudson Racing Academy Students
- Chick Hicks Racing Academy Students
- Doc Hudson Racing Pitty
- Chick Hicks Racing Pitty
- MotorCo. Pitty
- Trophy Girl
- Tater Jr.
- This is the second Cars game that does not have the Radiator Springs Theme as the menu music. The first one is Cars: Radiator Springs Adventures.
- The PlayStation 2 version of the game has a lot of differences from the game on other consoles.
- A race on the PlayStation 2 typically has only four racers as opposed to eight (except for the Monster Truck Races which has six).
- Only the first student each from the Doc Hudson and Chick Hicks Racing Academies are playable as opposed to all four.
- While the three sections of Radiator Springs are merged into one world, they stay separate on the PlayStation 2. This leads to other differences:
- There are only two Point to Point Races instead of five, since the other three cross over to other sections. Point to Points 2 and 5 are renumbered 1 and 2 respectively.
- Tourists are not seen crossing over among the three locations.
- Relay Races have two teams of two instead of four teams of three. This is similar to the PlayStation 2 version of Cars: Mater-National Championship.
- Some of the paint jobs, kit-parts, and concept art are missing.
- Luigi, Trophy Girl, Bubba, Tater and Tater Jr. are not playable in Circuit Races, Relay Races, Auto Crosses and Missions.
- The cars that drive around Radiator Springs drive on less roads.
- Mike and Trophy Girl can only be unlocked by the "EVRYBDY" cheat code, not by winning enough points.
- Doc Student 4, Fred, Lewis, Ginormous and Count Spatula are completely absent.
- Sarge competes in all Smash Up races, but he is not playable in them on the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Wii versions. However, on the PlayStation 2, he does not appear in the Smash Ups at all, but is playable in them.
- On the PlayStation 2 version of the game, Stinger has some skins, which have exclusive wheels that did not appear in any of the other console versions.
- The PlayStation 2 is only version of the game that does not lend itself to modding.
- Lou Romano and E.J. Holowicki appear in the credits, despite Snot Rod and DJ not appearing.
- This game features a lot of differences compared to its predecessors:
- A race typically has eight racers instead of five (except for the PlayStation 2 version which has four).
- There are more locations to explore besides the three sections of Radiator Springs.
- This is the first time Guido is playable.
- This is also the only Cars game where Not Chuck appears.
- The game was never released on the PC or Game Boy Advance.
- Paint jobs and other bonus content are unlocked through reaching specific amounts of points or winning events as opposed to being purchased with points.
- Lizzie, Snot Rod, Fletcher, Gerald, Vince, Barry, Sonny, Lenny, Buford and Judd do not return in Cars: Race-O-Rama but they did return in Cars: Mater-National Championship. Sally Carrera, Boost, Wingo, DJ, El Guapo, Papo, Strip Weathers, Darrell Cartrip and the Piston Cup racers, who did not return in Mater-National, once again do not return in Cars Race-O-Rama.
- No licensed music or any music from previous games are used.
- Sarge's Boot Camp has opened up in Story Mode and can be freely explored in.
- Players now drift instead of powerslide.
- This is the first Cars game in which Mater does not appear on the cover.
- Radiator Springs and Ornament Valley never appears at nighttime.
- One of the minigames, Tractor Stampede, is similar to Tractor Tipping from previous games, but it takes place in the town of Radiator Springs instead of the field. In Story Mode, players play as Lightning McQueen instead of Mater, and Frank does not appear.
- Players can now go to Doc's Garage to customize McQueen's parts besides the paint job and tires.
- The minigames of Luigi's Tire Find and Sheriff's Chase are similar to the Luigi to the Rescue and Sheriff's Hot Pursuit minigames from Cars: The Video Game.
- The areas of Radiator Springs that were blocked off from exploration in Cars: Mater-National Championship are explorable again and the three "World's Biggest Balls" have returned.
- The handheld versions have only fifteen playable racers with only some having alternate paint jobs, and the boss races of El Machismo and Stinger are swapped. The race against Chick has Candice attempting to blind the player, Stinger using an oil slick, and El Machismo ramming into the player. It also does not feature the subplot with Mater racing Bubba for the towing rights.
- The Mack Track Challenge level is based of a Cars toy released around the same time as this game.
- The games title is also based on the 1:55 scale die-cast line of the same name.
- However no original characters or alternative paint schemes from the game where made into die-casts.
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