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Posts tagged “Nadeo”

Trackmania is out now

Trackmania is a series that... christ, look at this mess. I'm not going to lay out the whole history of the series. They stretch back to 2003, over a dozen or so games on almost as many platforms. They're mostly about time trial races on outlandish, stunt-filled tracks. This latest one is a remake of Trackmania Nations, a free online spin-off released in 2006. It's…

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This year’s Trackmania will offer stripped-down racing for free

Ubisoft's summer of racing might've been postponed, but now we know how much Trackmania's high-speed stunts will cost you. As it turns out, nothing. If you just want to set some hot times on limited tracks this year's Trackmania is completely free to play. But if you're looking for more revs in Trackmania's engine, Ubisoft Nadeo have outlined a three-tiered annual subscription model for the…

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Trackmania is delayed, but here’s the first trailer

Impeded by the hurdle of starting to work from home, Ubisoft have announced a delay for Trackmania, their arcade racing game with a big focus on letting players build their own tracks. Previously due on May 5th, it's now expected July 1st. Ubisoft say this new Trackmania is a remake of 2006's Trackmania Nations, the one which focused on the stadium races - none of…

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Trackmania returns with a seasonal Nations remake this May

Fasten your seatbelts and pull out your sick bags, the fastest loop-de-loops on PC are making a comeback. A remake of Trackmania Nations - simply titled Trackmania - is sitting in Ubisoft Nadeo's garage, the developers announced this week. This year's model is going seasonal, adding daily tracks and regular tournaments to keep your tyres firmly on Trackmania's gravity-defying tarmac when it arrives on May…

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Have you played… Shootmania?

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game retrospectives. One a day, every day, perhaps for all time.Shootmania: Storm was an athletic multiplayer shooter. You moved fast, you jumped far and you only had two types of gun (one of which only appeared when you stood on a certain type of platform). It was about skill, not gear. Everyone died in the same number…

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Have You Played… Trackmania Nations Forever?

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game retrospectives. One a day, every day, perhaps for all time.Trackmania Nations Forever was, I guess, a free-to-play version of the multiplayer stunt racer. I say "I guess" because I never spent any money on it and don't even remember seeing things you could spend money on.

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Trackmania 2 Lagoon roars out

Ah, a tropical getaway! Sun, sand, surf, and speeding through loop-de-loops into corkscrews at 300mph until you sick up your sangria. That's the fun offered by Trackmania 2 Lagoon [official site], which launched today. The latest in Nadeo's wonderfully silly racing series takes the tropical environment from 2016's Trackmania Turbo and whacks it into the interconnected ecosystem of Trackmania 2, bringing new modes and whatnot…

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Trackmania 2 going tropical with Lagoon this month

More splendidly silly timetrial racing is coming with Trackmania 2 Lagoon [official site] on May 23rd, Ubisoft have announced. It'll bring tropical courses to race across in a new solo campaign and a new multiplayer team mode. The taxonomy of Trackmania is endlessly confusing but I believe this is Nadeo rolling the lagoon environment of 2016's Trackmania Turbo into the ManiaPlanet world of Trackmania 2…

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Goggs On: Trackmania Turbo Adds VR Support

There is no game I want to try in VR more than Trackmania Turbo [official site]. Nadeo's loop-de-looping, barrelrolling, wallrunning, ultraboosting time trial racer this week added support for Oculus Rift and HTC Vive cybergoggles, and I want in. I want to whip round gravity-defying tracks, fling myself from huge ramps, roll, spin, crash, then fall to my hands and knees vomiting. This isn't me…

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Have You Played… Trackmania Turbo?

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game retrospectives. One a day, every day of the year, perhaps for all time.We haven't reviewed Trackmania Turbo - too many games, too little time - but I've spent a few hours with it. That's enough to know that it's Trackmania again, in all its speeding, loop-the-loop glory, except now with more colours and a UI that…

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Zim Zam Zoom: TrackMania Turbo Released

Oh what a feeling! When we're driving on the ceiling. They're special things, the TrackMania games, combining simple time trial millisecond-shaving checkpoint zoomcars with ludicrous tracks crammed full of loops, jumps, corkscrews, and bright colours - with a great editor for players to make their own. The fun continues today with the release of TrackMania Turbo [official site], out now. It's due to have a…

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Mix’n’Match Multiplayer Modes In Trackmania Turbo

For a game as joyful and creative as Trackmania, the multiplayer modes have always struck me as relatively bland and predictable. Sure, you may not notice it for some time, busy as you may be, giggling yourself silly trying to find the perfect trajectory on vertical walls, upside down, through loops and jumps. But at some point you start noticing that all you can really…

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TrackMania Turbo Bringing Ludicrous Stunts To March

"I wonder why they rotated that screenshot ↑ so," I briefly wondered before realising: this is TrackMania Turbo [official site], driving sideways along vertical walls is just something cars do. If anything, publishers Ubisoft have rotated the screenshot counter-clockwise to make it less absurd. We don't have too much longer to wait for these antics and shenanigans, as Ubi have put out a new trailer…

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This 20,000 Car Trackmania Video Is Creepy

I will never get sick of Trackmania [official site] videos, whether it's of the Press Forward variety or the lots-of-replays-merged-into-one variety. The latter is what you'll find below: a video showing 22,000 Trackmania cars speeding, leaping, flipping around the same track, each one of which was originally controlled by a real player.

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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…

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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…

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Trackmania Turbo’s Upside-Down Roads & One-Car Co-op

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…

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Zoom Zoom: Trackmania Turbo Announced For November

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…

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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…

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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…

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