I remember this year’s E3 as showing a fine spread of games, but in my memory most of them smear into one (very exciting, if incoherent) grey-tinged murderfest. The one standout from that is Trackmania Turbo [official site], a celebration of speed and colour and driving on the ceiling (oh what a feeling!). Nadeo’s time-trialling arcade race ’em up is such a joyous series, and I’m glad that Turbo is again unifying all the race types and styles in one game – splitting TrackMania 2 into the separate Canyon, Stadium, and Valley games was a mistake.
Anyway, here, come watch a new gameplay video showing a few tracks.
Creative director François Alaux and Ubi IP chap Tommy François rock the mike like vandals in this vid as they show off the Rollercoaster Lagoon race type, with buggy racers and a whole lot of driving upside-down. First they race a track, then they look at a randomly-generated level, before going for some multi-lap action, and finally trying to control the same car together with the co-op, which seems such a ridiculous mode idea. Good. More ridiculousness in racing, thank you.
Trackmania Turbo is due on November 27th. That’ll brighten up autumn and winter a little.