Micro Machines V4
With over 50 tracks and tons of cars to unlock, this racer packs in a lot of extras. The circuits are broken up into different modes--racing, battle, checkpoint, and time attack. None of these end up being fun, though, because of the janky camera--which zooms in and out at the most inconvenient times--and fluctuating difficulty.
The game's definitely for kids, but it shouldn't have a problem frustrating gamers of any age.
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If you like you're racing title a little fast and loose, boy do I have something to tell you. Micro Machines V4 is that rare style of racing title that combines white knuckle, reckless driving with a creative, wacky collection of race courses all while racing vehicles barely bigger then your thumbnail.
In Micro machines, you can play through the single player adventure, hop online and race against others or play wireless head to head. As you play through the single player game, you can unlock other vehicles which are collected and can be traded with other players online. What's kind of cool is the fact that the race courses take place in or around a house, you can run up a counter, jump across to an ironing board and then into a set of drawers. All of this while trying to get far enough ahead of your opponents to score a point or knock them off of the track. In the end it all comes down to scoring points, if you can accumulate enough points before the other racers (A.I. or human) then you get to move on to the next race.
Yes, I know this is one of those games that really cater to a specific type of gamer; fortunately I am one of those gamers. And while I don't care for traditional racing games, I really enjoy those wacky racing titles that feature combat and shortcuts and such. Well, Micro machines doesn't really have the combat of a Twisted Metal, or the shortcuts of a 'Rush'? title, but it does feature just enough of these elements to keep me interested. Power ups can be collected in order to shoot your rivals, but it really only slows them down (sure I know you could potentially destroy another racer, but it happens so infrequently), and shortcuts seem to be more limited to how daring you are in order to take a turn by jumping the corner. In fact I experienced my best success when incorporating the two, pick up a power up, shoot an opponent, and then race off ahead of them. No auto-catch up feature in this title.
Sure the online racing is fun and in order to complete your collection of 750 CARS! You may want to play against others in a nice way, because these are the same people who you can trade vehicles with in order to get all of the Micro machines.
But when all is said and done, the game is truly for those players that obsess over things like collecting 750 cars and deciphering the effectiveness of all the weapons. It is best played in short doses because of its inability to hold the average player's attention for no longer then 30 or 40 minutes at a stretch.