Micro Machines franchise has a very long history with Codemasters since 1991. Codemasters has brought a new game this year which is a comeback for the series, Micro Machines World Series. It is developed and published by Codemasters.
Micro Machines World Series is a tiny car racer which is focused on online play. The game features a bunch of modes for the players. Let’s start with the Battle mode. This mode offers party modes such as Capture the Flag, the main objective is to grab the flag from the enemy base and carry it to your team’s base. the team which captures the enemy flag to their base three times is the winner. Next up in the Battle mode category is King of the Hill, the objective is to stay inside the zone to score points. the team which scores 2000 points, wins the game. The final mode in Battle mode category is Bomb Delivery and it’s similar to Capture the Flag, the objective is to capture the bomb and carry it to the enemy base and hold it there until it detonates, the first team to detonate 3 bases wins the match. The race mode is a race to the finish line and the main goal is to get the first place. In the track, there are some boxes scattered around and if the drivers get them it gives them weapons, you can use them to eliminate your opponents, but you should look your back as well. The Elimination mode is similar to race, but you should keep up the pace of your opponents to survive, the winning round advances you on the scoreboard, if you reach the end of the scoreboard first, you are a winner. The boxes on the track which give weapons are there for this mode as well.
You can play all of the game’s modes in Quick Play which fills every empty place with AI. You can also play Ranked matches in which you can compete over a season to improve your rank. However, you need at least one online player found online to play Ranked matches and the rest empty places like Quick Play are filled with AI. Finally, you can also play these modes, plus a free play mode in a local game against friends or AI using the Skirmish option from the menu. There are also Special events which get activated some days. If you complete the objectives it asks you, you earn rewards.
Micro Machines World Series features a huge selection of vehicles for you to drive. You can drive a Monster Truck, an Ambulance, a Police car, a Tank, a Fire truck, a Hoverboat and much more. Each vehicle has its own set of abilities and weapons which can be used only in the Battle Mode category. The game also features a rich customization for the vehicles, you can choose skins, voice lines, emblems and grave stamps for when you get destroyed by your opponents. Many items can be unlocked by opening loot boxes which you can earn by leveling-up or win Special events. You can also unlock items by purchasing them using the coins which you earn by completing races.
The game also features an eclectic variety of tracks in environments such as a garage workshop, board tables, a kitchen, a farm and much more settings. The game also includes licensed items such as the Hungry Hippos by Hasbro in a track and Nerf items for the Race and Elimination modes.
The gameplay of Micro Machines World Series is pretty fun and simple for all players. It offers simple controls for the gameplay and each car has its own handling, some cars may drive a bit slippery, but I think it’s something that can be used to in a game like this. The combat on the Battle mode category, Race and Elimination is done really well, it’s so much fun wrecking your opponents. However, in Race and Elimination, it would have been much better to have more Nerf weapons than only three!
The negatives of the game are that it suffers from a few problems such as framerate drops (at least in consoles) and matchmaking problems. Codemasters is actively working with the developer to fix the game’s issues at the time of writing. One critical issue is when you finish a match whether Quick or Ranked it automatically drops you in the main menu which means you should look for a new match each time you finish one, it’s a pretty big problem for an online focused game. Another negative for me personally is the lack of single player modes – yes you sure can play all the online modes with the AI on Quick Play and local thanks to Skirmish, but it would be nice for something more in terms of Single-Player play. The people who don’t have a membership for Online Play on consoles or even access to the internet, they will only be able to access the Skirmish mode of the game.
The technical department of Micro Machines World Series is amazing, The game features a great electronic soundtrack for you when you are in the game’s menus or playing the game. The audio of the game is great when you drive, you hear the sounds when you damage the vehicles. The game is presented by Brian Blessed and his lovely voice. In addition, each car has its own voice lines and they sound sweet! The graphics of the game are excellent! The design details of each track and car are spectacular! They are just ideal for this type of game! To summarize the game’s technical aspect, the AI can be pretty strong, which means you can have intense matches if you don’t find any players online playing the game.
Despite its problems, Micro Machines World Series is a very fun and beautiful game which is for everyone and it can offer amazing moments, whether you are playing with your kids, your family or friends, you will have definitely fantastic times playing the game. The gameplay is pretty great, driving these pint-sized vehicles feels good. The technical department of the game is spectacular and ideal for this type of game.
I give Micro Machines World Series an 8/10 because I have had a really great time playing this game and I will continue playing it for a long time. I can strongly recommend you playing the game if you want to have fun with your family and friends and you are looking for a great online pint-sized racer, however I can’t recommend it to players who don’t like online focused games or don’t even have access to Online Services on consoles or the Internet, because they won’t get much out of this game at all.
***Reviewer’s note: The game copy was provided by the publisher for the purpose of the review.