TrackMania United: Forever once again
returns gamers to this wondrous gaming universe of races and track
design which still makes this series one of the most interactive
racing titles to date and also gives you a sense of ownership. For
those unaware of the TrackMania franchise, in its essence, the title
is an entertaining racing game but what gives the title an edge over
its competitors is the amazing track editor and realistic physics,
making this one hell of a ride on the PC.
4 single player modes (Race,
Platform, Stunt and Puzzle) on 265 spectacular progressively
7 types of vehicles offering
different gameplay and driving experiences in 7 TrackMania
environments - of which one, Stadium, is compatible with the
free game, TrackMania Nations Forever
Solo and team based multiplayer
modes. Join millions of players online on the TrackMania
A spectacular graphics update for
the three historic environments (Desert, Snow and Rally.
Integrated peer-to-peer sharing system to showcase all of your
customizations with your opponents (modified vehicles,
Earn "Coppers", the virtual
currency of TrackMania players, by winning medals in solo mode
or by trading your TrackMania creations with other players
(cars, skins, tracks, videos…)
Official rankings in solo and
multiplayer. In solo play, along with earning medals for great
racing, you can participate in official rankings by recording
your best times on the game’s tracks.
Create your own tracks, vehicles and videos with the TrackMania
editors, paint shop and movie studio!
Continue with all your data from
TrackMania Nations Forever, including medals, ladder positions,
scores, and friends.
Racing around a standard circuit? This
is not what TrackMania United: Forever is about but rather
over-the-top ramps, jumps and loops as race at insanely high speeds.
There is a huge element of adrenaline as you traverse these tracks,
attempting to beat your foes and remain on these tracks which feels
like the yet to be released Speed Racer movie.
With that said, speed is a key element
that must be used in conjunction with tactics to be the winner of
the "race". One false move and your car may shoot off the track or
into an obstacle, causing you to lose your place and then curse in
frustration as you attempt to gain your placing again.
TrackMania United: Forever contains a
variety of different gameplay modes to spice up the gameplay of the
title and whether your challenging people online or racing against
an artificial intelligent opponent, there is enough in the title to
keep on playing for a considerably amount of time.
There are also a variety of different
cars available to play, each with their own pros and cons but for
this gamer, speed is a preference. The control system of the title
is perfect on the keyboard but if you wish to go one step better,
try the XBox 360 PC controller which makes racing a truly
console-like and enjoyable experience.
Match that with a variety of different
tracks from island to stadiums and the experience keeps getting
better with more challenges, different tracks and spectacular
stunts. There's even an off road aspect of the game which allows
gamers to race through snow and desert with two different extremes.
Graphically, TrackMania United: Forever may not be on par with the
latest EA car racing games but given the budget of the development
company, they have truly outdone themselves in this department with
some great gaming environments. The cars of course are the stars of
the show with a high amount of polygons and detailed texture
On the highest resolution with full
detail, the game is phenomenal and quite detailed. The title
contains a great colour palette that goes hand in hand with the
different gaming environments, each quite different than the other.
The multiplayer of the title is equally
as entertaining as the single-player mode, however with the
inclusion of an online medal system, these can be used to purchase
additional tracks and TrackMania paraphernalia for the game.
Some of the tracks available online are
equally and some better than the tracks contained in the original
game with some vertigo inspiring tracks. This community spirit that
TrackMania has created really gives a sense of ownership to all
those involved as they can put their special touch on the game and
share it with the broader community.
In conclusion, TrackMania United Forever is an entertaining racing
game from start to finish, especially with the inclusion of the
track editor which allows you to create some great tracks. For a
price of $49.95, there is little to complain about TrackMania United
Forever and if you are a racing fan who likes to create their own
gaming environments, than this is the game for you.