Micro Machines V3 is the last and arguably best in Codemasters’ underrated Micro Machines series. For anyone who’s never heard of it, expect a top-down mini-car racer reminiscent of older arcade games such as Spy Hunter and Off-Road. You race on one of 48 tracks, which include a wide variety of everyday locations, such as the breakfast table, a pond, a crowded restaurant, and many more. |
One attraction of the first two Micro Machines games was the very creative and unique tracks, and Micro Machines V3 brings these to life ever the more with gorgeous backgrounds and a high FPS count. The pond water comes to life with ripple effects, while the breakfast table holds interesting little obstacles, like a sticky spot of maple syrup. There are many fun secrets to discover on each track, often in surprising ways, such as the Bunsen burner that becomes a shortcut.
There are many ways to play MMV3. Single-player races can be had in Head to Head, which pits you against one CPU car; Challenge, which simulates four other cars; and Time Trials, in which time is key. There's also weapon power-ups such as missiles and hammers. Like mini-car collectibles in the real world, the vehicles in MMV3 can be won and lost. You can win Prize Cars by beating certain play modes, save these for use later, racing against your friends.
Similar to the first two games, there are many ways you can play Micro Machines V3, including the brand new eight-player party game. All in all, MMV3 is frantic, brutal, and a lot of fun. It’s a nice diversion from typical racing games, with a unique take on the genre. Extensive multiplayer options and excellent 3D graphics should please beginners and experts alike. Two thumbs up!
Reviewed by: Underdogs