That there new Micro Machines World Series [official site] actually looks like it might be fun. When Codemasters announced the tabletop racing game without even a screenshot I did worry it might be headed straight for the cheap and cheerful carousel of licensed software near the checkout. Now the first gameplay trailer is here, focused on its scrappy Battle Mode side, and hey, this does look like it might be fun.
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Battle Mode is the action-oriented side of World Series, with modes including capture the flag and 6v6 deathmatch. The game will support regular racing in four-player local play and online zooming for up to 12, while Battle Mode is made for up to 12 players too.
I do like that the game is tapping other Hasbro toy lines too. One vehicle is a G.I. Joe tank, for example, while a Nerf gun is a powerup and Hungry Hungry Hippos provide obstacles in one level. In games about toys, it is always jarring that none are recognisable. I liked when Mattel toys appeared in Toy Soldiers, though not the price of those DLC packs. More real toys please, game-doers. It's probably fine that I'm so used to swimming in brands that I protest their absence, right? Give me the brands. I want the brands and the brands want me.
In the absence of Micro Machines, mind, other toy racers like Toybox Turbos and Table Top Racing: World Tour have popped up on PC. You watch your back, brands.
Micro Machines World Series is coming in June, delayed from a planned April launch.