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Overall, this is a solid game that I, personally, will keep playing well past the date on this article. I’d highly recommend it for anyone who wants a couch or online co-op game to play with a few friends and talk some smack.
Overall, it's a pick up and play game, with great user friendly controls, fun, addictive gameplay, witty one liners and carnage, it's easy for any kind of player to pick up the controller and have some good fun, it won't last forever as repetition is the game's biggest shortcoming but it's definitely fun and replayable, a great time killer or stress relief. The game's value is great too, at $49.95 it's priced well for the level of content and fun I found and had playing this game.
Micro Machines are back and Codemasters has now opened a new way for the series with the introduction of the competitive mode. With its unique style, the series is never growing old and this new game could be your perfect choice for the summer.
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Micro Machines World Series is a funny pastime and it represents the perfect opportunity for younger players to discover a wonderful, historical franchise.
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Codemasters delivered a solid game that's a lot of fun to play. They used their experience in racing games, but not in the classic rally formula for which most gamers know them these days. With the game being mostly online, there won't be any race that's identical to the previous one, which makes up for some great replay value.
Back in 2014 we thought Toybox Turbos was the closest thing we'd get to a revitalised reboot of Micro Machines, so upon reflecting on the release of an actual brand new Micro Machines, is Toybox Turbos a better Micro Machines game than World Series? It may not have had the franchise name but it tried to be Micro Machines and succeeded, whereas World Series IS Micro Machines and it's sadly disappointing.
Micro Machines World Series is a decent racer with great callbacks to previous games in the series. It controls well and has a great battle mode while creating some really cool tracks.
Micro Machines World Series is a game that could have been great but squanders it all with bad controls and a push towards modes that aren't as fun as the racing mode should have been. Maybe if there were some gameplay patches and some more Hasbro themed style levels (Where's my G1 Transformers track guys?) that could make the game somewhat more interesting than the cheap cash in that we're left with today.
This promised so much more than it delivered. It's a good game, but it's just not as good as its predecessors. Whilst Micro Machines World Series is good fun, it doesn't offer enough to elevate it to the status of its forefathers.
The appeal of the Micro Machines franchise is lowered down by the lack of a championship mode and the few cars and tracks available. Everyone who was, after so many years, waiting for a great new game of the saga, will be left disappointed.
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Micromachines World Series tries to replicate the fun of classic games. 12 player online mode is not enough to compensate the absence of a career mode, the technical failures and some online design problems (such as the lobby system and menus).
Review in Spanish | Read full review
A lot of good ideas poorly executed, Micro Machines World Series is good and fun on its basis, but it has not enough options to be enjoyed by the players.
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Great fun in the short term, Micro Machines World Series just doesn't have the legs to be something you'll return to again and again. The nostalgic pull might be strong, but unless you have friends prepared to regularly play it with you, it's unlikely you'll get swept up in Micro Machines World Series for more than a few hours.
Micro Machines seems like a quickly done title, made just for cash in the nostalgy. If the developer fixes and expands his game, it will be worth buying – but not at this price point.
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In the end, Micro Machines: World Series is disappointing. The offline modes lack variety, so those who aren't interested in online play must contend with a shell of a game. Those interested in playing online will feel like they're playing offline anyway since the community just isn't there. While the racing is enjoyable, the increased emphasis on skirmishes hurts the game when you realize that your contributions have little to no impact on the overall match. You can still squeeze some fun out of this, but most people would be better off leaving this title alone.
Mixing the old with the new, it's clear that Codemasters have tried to bring Micro Machines up to date in World Series. While there's plenty of charm to the classic racing and elimination mode, I feel they could have gone even further with the ideas in Battle mode and the variety of vehicles and weapons that it contains, bringing these back to the classic modes.
At its core, Micro Machines World Series had the potential to be much more than it actually is. More modes, more options, and more cars could've made this into a much more formidable game.
World Series has tons of potential. It controls well, has some really great ideas, and even has an addicting formula that would keep players coming back for more. The issue is that this game lives and breathes by the player based and right out the gate, there's no one to play with forcing players to then play with the AI which is just not fun at all.
This revival of the miniature racer has a promising core, but poorly-handled multiplayer and a lack of replayability leave it sputtering on the starting grid. Micro Machines World Series might fulfill a night of local matches, but that's about the extent of its strengths.
There's something genuinely charming and interesting to Micro Machines World Series, but whatever that is quickly drowns in repetitive tedium. Bolting Overwatch's sensibilities onto a game like this is a novel idea but Codemasters never leans far enough in any one direction. As a result, this feels like a shell of a few different possibilities -- none of them ever making good on their individual promise.
World Series is a hollow shell of a Micro Machines game. Codemasters has focused on an undercooked Battle mode and online play to the detriment of the core racing. The local multiplayer is when the game is at its most enjoyable, and zipping around the colourful courses in miniature cars remains a fun novelty. However, some glaring omissions and the small number of tracks and cars means you probably won't stick around for long, and no amount of loot boxes will change that.
Talk about a squandered opportunity. There's nothing much wrong with the graphics or the rough-and-tumble arcade racing, but the new Micro Machines hasn't got the single-player mode to pull players in or the multiplayer content required to keep them there. There's a sorry sense of ‘will this do?' about World Series. While the nostalgia factor is high, the rest is a letdown.
Micro Machines World Series succeeds in some areas, as the controls has been nicely revamped and the Elimination mode works fine and is fun... But for the rest, this game lacks so much content (modes, challenges...) we couldn't believe it!
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Micro Machines World Series certainly has the capacity to entertain in short bursts, and particularly shines when played locally with a few mates, but its occasional performance issues, low budget sheen, and general lack of content ensures that it will be served more as a warm-up dish during a sociable gaming session, rather than the main course.
Micro Machines World Series fails to capitalise on what makes the toys and games so great, delivering a shallow experience unlikely to hold up against any level of nostalgia you might have for the tiny cars
many veteran players of this series will feel let down by this latest instalment, and this is all down to the bare bones approach that the developers have taken by releasing this game with only 12 cars and 10 race tracks.
Micro Machines have been around for decades in one variation or another and Micro Machines World Series mostly disappoints in capturing the essence of the original release on NES. When the number of game options in a modern game feel like they aren’t much of an upgrade from an old NES game, you know there is a problem, which is the case with Micro Machines World Series.
Micro Machines World Series has a good variety of cars and tracks, and these tracks are the highlight of Micro Machines and even provides some fun for some time. Unfortunately, the inaccurate controls and the lack of content, game modes and an option to play the game offline even with other people, takes away much of the quality of this Micro Machines.
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Unfortunately, Micro Machines World Series has been forced into a corner where its eSports nature, buggy online play, and less than half features of the content of its non-licensed predecessor makes this a hard purchase.
Codemasters is typically a developer that prioritizes polish, so it's especially jarring to see Micro Machines World Series lacking features and decent online play. The matchmaking is currently a mess, ranked play is currently inaccessible for many, and there's no semblance of a campaign to keep players busy while the online is being worked on. It's too bad since there are moments of fun sprinkled within the frustrating online sessions, but more often than not I walked away unsatisfied. This could get fixed into a solid game, but players should be cautious until an overhaul occurs.
It looks nice, and it's fun to play for a short while - but it's such a pallid production that it just feels like a shadow of the game it could have been. Micro Machines deserves better.
Micro Machines World Series actually contains a great deal of enjoyable content but its lack of structure and dependence on a barren online community means that content mostly goes to waste.
Micro Machines: World Series has the presentation nailed and feels like playing with toy cars again. However, once the glitter of that presentation wears off you'll find a game that controls way too loosely to give any kind of satisfaction and more frequently provides frustration, and furthermore nothing to really incentivize you to push beyond that without anything to unlock. To paraphrase the Micro Machines Slogan, “If it doesn't control good, it's barely worth playing.”
You'd be better off with Toybox Turbos from the same studio. It offers much more content and isn't filled with product placement. Forget about this strange Overwatch-on-wheels clone until devs decide to fix it.
Review in Russian | Read full review
Micro Machines World Series sees the franchise attempt to make the move into the competitive online multiplayer scene. But rather than do so by leveraging its strengths and the gameplay modes series fans enjoy playing, Codemasters have focused on a dull game mode that feels out of place with the rest of the franchise.
With the driving mechanics being difficult to control and the artificial intelligence being cheap it can be hard to get into. The game modes are mostly not worth checking out with the exception of battle mode and sadly the online multiplayer is broken with hardly any players and poor servers
Codemasters had good intentions with the latest instalment of Micro Machines, but their decision to concentrate on the Battle Modes instead of refining the racing aspect of the game will ultimately cost them in the long run. As a result, World Series has ended up being a ‘jack of all trades' game. Rather than perfecting one aspect it attempts to cover everything, ruining the game in the process. If you are craving the true Micro Machines experience, try booting up one of the older games instead.
Micro Machines World Series doesn't deserve your money or your attention. It lacks any interesting content and the fun and magic of its predecessors. If you're looking for this particular genre, then much better option would be Toybox Turbos or older Micro Machines games. Sadly, this new instalment of the series is just a waste of time.
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