Micro Machines World Series: Review

Micro Machines World Series is a arcade-racing video game published by Codemasters for PS4, Xbox One and Windows.

Oh the nostalgia is strong with this game! It had been well over 10 years since we last saw a Micro Machines video game and when I found out that a new game was in production, I just had to pre-order it! I must have spent countless hours playing with my friends and with my Dad on the old games and whilst they were the most groundbreaking in terms of graphics and gameplay, they were a hell of a lot of fun to play!

The best part about the classic Micro Machines games is fun and frantic the gameplay was. You would race around the track, picking up items to get the edge above your opponent, which would often lead to chaos all over the track. Micro Machines World Series takes this hectic gameplay to the next level by adding up to 12 players in game, resulting in even more manic gameplay than we were used to!

Sadly however, the game feels extremely bare! There are only 10 different race tracks, and whilst they are highly detailed and a ton of fun to race round, they are often too short and 10 different tracks just isn’t even enough! The biggest issue with how bare the game is the lack of varying game modes – there is only race mode, battle mode and elimination mode available when you first start off. Annoyingly as well, the majority of game modes are all online multiplayer based, whilst I have no real issue with this, sometimes it can be a bit annoying when you have to wait to connect to a game.

One great feature is the number of Hasbro licenses there are in the game! It really is great being able to use items such as Nerf blasters to get the edge on your opponent, rather than just generic items. The licenses are also visible in the environment – there is nothing more satisfying that driving by the Hungry Hippo board game whilst your opponent gets chomped!

Buy, wait for sale or avoid: This is a definitely a game full of nostalgia, so if you were a fan of previous games I’m sure you’ll enjoy this just as much now as you did then! However if you are looking for something more compelling which you can put the hours into, then I would avoid!

Rating: 7.0

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A Trip To Berlin: Day 3

Our final day in Berlin was set to be a busy one! We had to be at the airport for 4PM and we had one hell of a lot to fit in before we could leave the German capital! We checked out as early as we could and headed to the Memorial for the Murdered Jews, on the other side of town.

The memorial is basically a number of large silver concrete blocks in a range of different shapes and sizes, which the artist used to create a sense of discomfort. We didn’t stop here for long, but in the brief time we could definitely sense the respect and love from everyone that was there.

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Our next stop on our sightseeing tour was to the infamous Checkpoint Charlie. I have a little piece of mind-blowing history for you here, Checkpoint Charlie was actually named after myself… believe it if you will! I was surprised at how built up the area around Checkpoint Charlie was, obviously it’s in the middle of the road but I didn’t expect there to be a McDonalds right by it! I thoroughly enjoyed finding out about all of the history surrounding Checkpoint Charlie and we even managed to get our passports stamped!

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Next stop was to check out some of the Berlin wall. Pieces of the wall are scattered all around the city and there are plenty of places in which you can buy small pieces of the wall as a souvenir. Again similarly to Checkpoint Charlie, it was great to read all of the history of the wall – I wish we had a couple more days in Berlin to fully enrich ourselves in the history of this magnificent city.

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Next stop was to the illustrious Brandenburg gate – this is definitely a must visit for any architecture fan, its beautiful! After taking several selfies and photos, we then we headed over to the Riechstag building, a historic edifice, constructed to house the Imperial Diet of the German Empire. Sadly we were running out of time to actually get chance to go inside the Reichstag, however even from the outside you could take in how imposing the building was and the rich history surrounding it.

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After we had spent the morning being certified tourists, we decided to get in some last minute souvenir shopping! There was a range of Berlin related memorabilia available, for example maps explaining the divide in East and West Germany, chunks of the Berlin Wall and I even found a Berlin themed Monopoly board game in shop! No shopping trip would be complete however without a trip to the Lego store! I made sure we fitted in a good chunk of time visiting the Lego store before we headed for some lunch…

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Before we left Berlin we wanted to try an infamous Currywurst. A Currywurst is a fried pork sausage, seasoned with curry ketchup and then topped with curry powder and served with French Fries. We did our research and headed to Curry 36, the top rated fast food restaurant for Currywursts in the city. We ordered our Currywursts and were shocked at how good they were! The sausage was heavenly, the French Fries were cooked to perfection and the curry ketchup can only be described as like a ragu sauce, but that was tasty too! After we had devoured our last meal, we headed back to the airport.

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All in all we had an amazing time in Berlin – there was plenty to see and do and enough variety of delicious food to keep everyone happy!