Lightning McQueen is hard at work training student racers for the upcoming Race-O-Rama competition. But when he finds out that Chick Hicks is working with his own set of academy student racers who don't necessarily play by the rules the competition takes on an entirely new dimension. Get ready to put the pedal to the metal as you speed to the finish line across a series of challenging tracks, doing your best to keep Chick Hicks's sneaky students from stealing the number one spot.
In Cars Race-O-Rama, you'll have the chance to indulge your need for speed as any of more than 30 playable characters, including 15 brand-new characters, such as Not Chuck, Guido, Tater, Trophy Girl, Vin Racer and Chick Hicks protégés El Machismo, Candice and Stinger. Customize your car in any of a variety of ways, and push it to its limits across eight compelling racing environments, including the new Radiator Springs Speedway, Santa Carburera, Motoropolis City and Autovia. Perform awesome stunts, thwart other characters' attempts to cheat and take advantage of new and improved drifting abilities as you compete to take home the Race-O-Rama trophy.
Play as any of more than 30 characters, including 15 new characters, such as the Doc Hudson academy of student racers, Chick Hicks academy of student racers and Motor Co Pit Crew
Race for glory across eight exciting environments, including beaches, city streets and off-road desert racing
Perform cool stunts to provoke dynamic reactions, such as the crowd going wild or paparazzi snapping your photo
Fight for control of the race against an advanced competitive artificial intelligence system in which competitors use sneaky cheat mechanisms
Customize your car to take advantage of different paint colors, rims and wheels, hood options, side skirts, rear bumpers and spoilers
Test your skills in fun mini games, including Mack Track Challenges, Photo Op, Auto Cross, Tractor Stampede and Transporter
Compete against a friend in Arcade mode, in which you'll take part in mini games, lap races and missions
For 1 to 2 players
Nowadays, buying a new television is a fact of life every 3-5 years. Not only is it necessary to replace old TVs, but with the way technology is progressing, a TV from more than five years ago may begin to seem obsolete. That rapid pace of technology can also make buying a new TV intimidating, however, as every time you shop you will hear new terminology, encounter features you're not sure that you need, and run into pushy salespeople trying to rush you into a purchase. To ease your mind, here are some tips for buying a TV that might make your shopping a little bit easier.
1. Don't be afraid of HD
High-definition TVs used to be expensive and considered luxury items, but that is no longer the case. Now most new TVs are being produced with HD capabilities, and the prices for HDTVs are generally reasonable. HD programming also used to be difficult to come by, but now all the major networks broadcast in HD. And, if you're a sports fan, HD is a must. In general, the addition of HD won't cost you an arm and a leg, and you probably won't regret it if you go for it. It won't be long before programming on a non-HDTV will look downright prehistoric.
2. A technology primer
Probably the most intimidating part of buying a TV nowadays is the terms that salespeople bandy about. You might hear the terms LCD or plasma and be completely confused. They'll tell you it's great, bur really what does it mean? Here are some important things to know, and while it's not everything it can keep you from feeling overwhelmed. A standard-definition television is a tube television, which is quickly becoming old-fashioned. Most aren't HDTV-capable and are smaller than 27 inches. Salespeople may refer to them as direct view TVs. Plasma screen TVs are flat-screen televisions, but another flat-screen version, known as LCD, is taking their place as the most popular HDTVs. Although plasma picture quality is better in some cases there are a wider variety of LCD TVs and their prices are reasonable, making them popular with consumers.
3. Take a look in back
When you're shopping for a TV, it's easy to focus on the obvious: size, price, picture, and just overall the way it looks. However, you also want to make sure your TV is going to work with the devices you have. Take a look at the back panel and make sure the inputs are there for your DVD player, VCR, cable box, video game consoles, or whatever you want to plug into it. Don't assume, as a limited number of inputs can be a reason for a lower price.
4. If you can go big, go big
If you get a bigger TV, you probably won't regret it unless you take a drastic cut in quality to do so. Prices on bigger TVs are falling, and you might be surprised at the size you can get for the cost of a 27-inch five years ago. Don't be reluctant about going bigger unless there's a real reason not to.