Posts Tagged ‘Trackmania’

The 50 Best Free Games On PC

The best free games are on PC, and if you want to know what the best 50 are then you’ve come to the right place.

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Trackmania Turbo Slows, Is Delayed Till Early 2016

Trackmania is a glorious thing. A joyful, sunkissed, loop-the-loop arcade racing game about incrementally learning the impossible geometry of user-made tracks until you’re able to hit their boosts, ramps, and dodge their pitfalls in a single continuous run. Trackmania Turbo [official site] was due to be released before Christmas with some new features – the most important of which is that it’s very blue and yellow now – but Ubisoft have just announced that it’s being pushed back into early 2016.

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Trackmania 2’s Press Forward Maps Are Amazing

One of my favourite niches among level design communities are creations which are designed to pinball players through their geometry without requiring your control. Levels for the platformer N, for example, which allow you to sit back and marvel at their daredevil complexity, or race tracks for Trackmania [official site] in which you need to do nothing but push forward. An example of the latter recently popped up on Reddit and so I did a little digging, resulting in the video I made below.

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Zoom Zoom: Trackmania Turbo Announced For November

Yes, thank you.

The twists, ramps, jumps, vertical roads, and loops of Trackmania are a delight to me. The arcade racing series is wholly silly yet still encourages and rewards very careful driving as you try to top the time trial leaderboards. They’re jolly nice games. The last lot in the series sadly split different environment and vehicle types off into separate games, but they’re coming back together in Trackmania Turbo [official site].

Ubisoft tonight announced the latest absurd racer, which will arrive on November 27th. Look at that zany futurecity track and tell me you don’t want to drive upside-down around it.

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Shootmania Platform: Free Speedrun Mode For New Players

Shootmania is to shooty games as Trackmania is to racing games: streamlined, almost austere, a platform for user creativity, and French. But though Trackmania cut away chaff to focus on the fundamentals of completing tracks quickly, Shootmania’s own abstractions – unusual laser-y weapons and unique modes and so on – made it hard to comprehend to people trained on other multiplayer shooters.

Shootmania Platform might help. It’s purposes are two-fold: to act as a showcase for the suite of creative tools and marketplace of Maniaplanet, and to introduce new players to the fundamentals of movement in Shootmania. There’s a trailer and more detail below.

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Ten Years Of Trackmania

It is Trackmania’s Tenth anniversary. It is worth remembering.

It looks like one car. Then the race starts, and from this single vehicle fan out a thousand ghosts – swerving left and right, zooming straight ahead. A sea of overlapping roofs crash forwards over the track, undulating over hills and ramps, lone cars spinning out like flecks of foam. This thousand-car wave is part of the 1K project, and one moment among tens of millions. Or in other words, this is Trackmania.

Let’s take off.

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Looping The Loop: A Chat(mania) With Nadeo

With Trackmania having made its triumphantly quirky return with Canyon, we thought it might be opportune to have a little chat with Nadeo about what they are up to. We spoke to Edouard Beauchemin, who talked about the inexhaustibility of the game, Nadeo’s plans for the near future, and the power that their games put into the hands of players.
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Goes Fast: Trackmania 2 Canyon Footage

Our eagle-eyed internet informants have spotted Trackmania 2 footage – actual game-being-played-by-a-dude footage! – and I’ve posted it below. Might be one of those Soon To Be Zapped typed situations, as we don’t seem to have got this from Mr Ubisoft directly. It looks suitably slick, and just about mad enough to be Trackmania.

And yes, I used the same screenshot again, wanna fight about it?
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Trackmania 2: The First Footage

I have a mania. A mania for tracks

Cars. Cars wot go fast. That’s what we need, in this week of shooting and portal-making and dragon-slaying. The Trackmania series remains glorious, giddy and essential, and the full-on sequel’s been far too long coming. The information’s being drip-fed out, annoyingly -so far only one screenshot, but now we get a little look-see at how this grand old racing fantasy looks in motion…
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Trackmania: World Record Trailer

This has me grinning like a loon at eight in the morning: 250 Trackmania players racing round the same track.

God, I love Trackmania.