I like to think of myself as a reasonable person. I’m not somebody who gets overly invested in things that don’t really matter, like movies or video games. But if Garfield Kart: Furious Racing doesn’t let Garfield drive a car made out of lasagna, I will kill Odie.
The sequel to 2013’s Garfield Kart, Furious Racing is set for release on the Switch, Xbox One, Playstation 4, and Steam next month. Players can choose from Garfield characters like Jon, Nermal, Liz, as well as the orange cat himself, and compete in hectic kart races in the style of the Mario Kart series. The first game featured some kart customization, but none of the available vehicles took the form of a stack of lasagna. And let’s be real here: if Garfield can’t drive a car made out of ‘za in Furious Racing, I’m absolutely going to kill Odie.
Garfield Kart incorporated a number of references to Garfield’s history. These include items like the Pillow and tracks like Mysterious Temple. The Grand Prix cups were all named after food, with the easiest named after Garfield’s favorite snack: that cheese, sauce, and noodle layered treat we call lasagne. But despite cars being roughly the shape of a stack of lasagna, a kart based on it was nowhere to be seen.
I’m trying to look at this as calmly and rationally as I can. Is it disappointing that Garfield Kart didn’t feature the characters from U.S. Acres, also known as Orson’s Farm, like Wade and Sheldon? Sure. Is it unfortunate that the game had underwhelming visuals? Yeah. But I could easily overlook these issues if the game had simply had a car that was lasagna with wheels stuck on it. And if Furious Racing doesn’t clear this relatively low bar, I’m definitely going to kill Jon Arbuckle’s dog Odie.
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Garfield Kart wasn’t terribly well-received, with critical and consumer reception largely deriding it as a poorly-made Mario Kart cash-in. It raised a lot of questions: Who was asking for a Garfield kart racer? Why is Garfield driving a kart, anyway? Why isn’t there a lasagna car?
Furious Racing is an opportunity for the developers of Garfield Kart to rectify their past mistakes. Perhaps they’ll be able to tighten up the controls, include a wider range of Garfield characters, and provide a more compelling multiplayer experience. But most importantly, they better let Garfield drive a lasagna car. Because if they don’t — and I really cannot make myself any more clear on this point — I will kill Odie.