i got this game to play with my son, who was a little too young to play maternational when it was out. we played for about half an hour before he wandered off saying "it's not really fun.." and i couldn't even bring myself to play it alone much for the trophies. it puts me to sleep. seriously. when i was going to bed 2 hours early last night, my wife woke up enough to say "you're coming to bed already?" and i said "yeah, the game sucks, and it's putting me to sleep."
in a few of the race types, you have to get somewhere far away, with little indication of a route to get there. in another race type, you have to race as the little tire changing car whose name is apparently a dirty word so it wouldn't let me post it. luigi's friend. he spins out for absolutely no reason.
other than those, you can purposely get way behind on the first lap making sure to pick up the stars, and by halfway through the second lap be in first.
This game is awsome. The driving controls kind of suck but you have to look at it like, it was a game intended for kids so adults or teenagers mite not find it interesting or well designed as MW2 or ASSASINS CREED 2 but as a kid game i have to give it a 10
I loved the first cars game but this one has some really bad drivng physics and controls. I love the storyline and all the characters you get to be but the driving is just terrible. When your just trying to turn you will just loose control. When you drive any of the small karts like G-u-i-d-o (some reason they say its a bad word) he can over steer very easily and spin himself out. Even when I let go of the analog stick he will continue to turn into the wall and no it doesn't get stuck. In the monster truck events if you land on one wheel you have a very high chance of making a 180 spin and you'll find yourself going the wrong way. This review is strictly on the driving gameplay which is the whole game. I even fell through the world a few times.
On the plus side the game is forgiving. If you fall far behind the AI will slow down and give you a chance to cath up. Also most of the voice actors return to play their characters even a special guest star which I was surprised. If you were a WCW wrestling fan you would remember Macho Man Randy Savage. I thought he played a great character.
I know others will say don't beleive me this game was great. It all comes down to you. You can take this review on what to expect when you get it.