With the highly
anticipated Trackmania 2: Canyon, developer Nadeo looks to build
on the success of the original Trackmania and its expansions,
while introducing their personal gaming network, Maniaplanet. As
the beta for Trackmania 2: Canyon gets underway, we get a good
opportunity to have a look at the next chapter of this growing
beta only features the online multiplayer and track building
options, the full game will feature single player and two other
modes called "group play" and "party play". It isn't yet clear
whether these group modes will feature LAN support, as
Trackmania did, but hopefully Nadeo will cover all of the bases
The car paint mode from the original Trackmania seems to be back
and with relatively little change. This can be considered both a
good and a bad thing, as this mode always offered a lot of fun
customization but could do with better ease of use and user
friendliness. This is one aspect that I would like to see
further worked on before a full release.
editing mode has always been a high point of the Trackmania
series, and returns in full swing here with all of the
customization goodness that Trackmania players are used to. This
aspect of the series is a major part of what made Trackmania so
popular with gamers, and fosters that sense of community in
online competition where player-designed tracks become a major
part of the culture.
And that's where
Trackmania 2 really shines: fast, frenetic multiplayer. Having a
connection that isn't the best doesn't matter very much,
affecting only the view of your opponents' progress. In fact,
many players like to simply turn their opponent view off, so
they can enjoy the scenery while still being updated on how the
players are doing.
That having been
said, there's not much these days in games that can compare to
racing among a veritable fleet of 30+ ghost-like race cars as
they wind around surreal tunnels and soar over gorgeous terrain.
The experience really is much different from other racing games,
and in a positive way. You'll be able to see your opponents'
every slight alteration in turns and the effect that it has;
this actually makes it easier to get better at the game faster,
as you can observe the difference between yourself and the best
players on the track.
always been a racing game for racers. Where every other game in
the market aims for racing with utter realism for the dangerous
experience of it, Trackmania appeals to our desire to go fast.
Trackmania racers aren't here to trade paint and knock you off
racers are here to be the best at racing and get better with
every lap. Nadeo's work ethic with the Trackmania franchise
looks to follow that same pattern, keeping everything that
gamers loved about Trackmania and upgrading it with more
content, better graphics, and expanded customization. In this
regard, it looks like they'll be successful.