It’s hard to keep track of all the retro-gaming icons making their way back on to current consoles: Yooka-Laylee, the rightful successor to Banjo-Kazooie; Wonder Boy in Monster land, a straight remake of the original but with snazzy graphics; and the massively disappointing Mighty No.9, to name but a few. So when news broke that Micro Machines would be returning to our screens on June 23rd, I was remaked-out…that was until I started to hear more about Codemasters and Deep Silver’s fresh take on this classic gaming franchise.
Micro Machines remains one of the most fantastically chaotic multi-player experiences you can have in the comfort of your own home and Micro Machines World Series looks like it’ll be bringing this back with cherries on. In addition to the the classic Race and Elimination modes, Codemasters and Deep Silver will be introducing us to new Battle Arenas where 12 players will compete in the same match, all fighting it out with a variety of vehicles and crazy weapons -take part in Capture the Flag, Territory and 6v6 Team Deathmatch modes across 15 Borroweresq arenas against people all over the globe.
But it’s not the online multiplayer that got me excited, or the fact that Micro Machines World Series will also include 4 player couch co-op, a feature that may not be as great as Sega’s 8 player J-cart but at least it’s still included. The real cherry on the top of this games-night staple is the introduction of Brian Blessed commentating. The bearded baritone will burst forth announcing the start of each race, declaring the capture of the enemy flag and in true Flash Gordon style, clamorously bellow, “MICRO MACHINES IS ALIVE!”
Micro Machines World Series will be available on Xbox One, PS4 and PC from June 23rd and I for one am ready to give this old bird a second chance.