Trackmania is the
latest car racing game from QVS that combines elements of "city
building" and racing into one thoroughly entertaining and addictive
title that is extremely reminiscent of 4D Stunt Racing and the even
older, Stunts. The title itself supports both single and multiplayer
gaming modes with the single player mode containing three game
options that include race, track editor and puzzle.
player modes (Race, Platform and
Puzzle) and almost 200 new
environments and 7 vehicle
types, each with different game
play and handling. "Stadium",
the most recent environment, has
had a total rework with new
blocks, new ambiances and a new
by earning single player mode
medals and using them as a unit
of exchange with players around
the world to trade tracks,
vehicles and other creations.
evolution in video games
integrating Internet, a browser,
peer to peer gaming, a system of
exchange and resource sharing,
real time player rankings, group
creation and an evolving single
The single player
race mode allows you to race three series of eight tracks that all
contain different gaming environments, vehicles and challenges to
help ensure or hamper victory for the player. There are also a
plethora of different vehicles available that include the "yea ha"
red neck style pick-up trucks to your more traditional muscle car
that allows you to race all over the world.
Although you don't directly race again your opponents in all game
modes, the main ideal of TrackMania is to "beat the clock" in order to be awarded a bronze,
silver or gold medal which also allows you to progress to the next
level. The higher the medal you are awarded, the more bonuses you
receive later in the game to purchase additional items in the
level-builder or unlocking new levels and vehicles.
The puzzle mode is
TrackMania is a little different in that you must establish the most
efficient route on the track, whereas the level editor allows you to
create your own unique and interesting tracks that you can also
share online. It's like extreme motor racing meets matchbox cars
with the imagination of achild as there are huge jumps and sometimes
obstacles in your way.
The control system of TrackMania is perfect and whether you're using
the keyboard or a gamepad, both novice and professional gamers will
definitely have no problem mastering the control system. With that
said, I would recommend a gamepad for this title as you get more of
a feel for it while you are playing. However this does not mean that
you need to purchase a gamepad or wheel, it just makes for more
entertaining and "console-like" gameplay.
Graphically, TrackMania looks quite impressive on the PC that
features high resolution texture details with special effects such
as shader and anisotropic filtering which makes the gaming world
look quite stunning. The cars themselves are extremely well detailed
and modelled, although some of the background environments are a
little sparse, although it's doesn't take anything away from the
The game also contains a variety of realistic and sometimes
overthetop sound effects from the roars of the engines to the sounds
of tyres being scrapped on the asphalt, the developers have ensured
that these sound effects really immerse you into this outrageous
racing title. The musical score features your stock standard score
that won't win any awards, however it will assist your gaming
enjoyment with its subtlety.
In conclusion, Trackmania is one of those racing games that you can
play almost indefinitely as not only can you create your own tracks
but you can also download user created tracks from the official
website, ensuring greater replay value and enjoyment. With great
multiplayer options, an extremely sturdy and playable gaming engine
with above average graphics, Trackmania is definitely more than just
for "petrol heads".