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Posts tagged “Nadeo”

Feature: Trackmania Forever And Ever

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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Gun Wubbers: ShootMania Demo

Nadeo has tried nearly everything to get people to play ShootMania: there was a pre-release beta, they have a friend-of-a-friend scheme for you to invite people to play, and let's not forget the 24 hour telethon that Bono hosted. The problem is that the Nadeo office radio has been set to Wub Wub FM, and when the team meets to ask about the next stunt…

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ShootMania’s Friend Game: Invites For Non-Players

When is a demo not a demo? That is a question that has plagued many, many, many people. It's why Plato and Socrates fell out at Wrestlemania -320BC. There are alphas, betas, demos, and even schemes that share games among friends, like Shootmania now has. Everyone who owns the game can invite a friend in to play the game in Elite mode, the 3vs3 attack/defend…

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Speediest Racer: TrackMania 2: Valley Out Next Week!

I know the TrackMania games are known for being speedy, but this is making a mockery of everything I know about game development, as well as the laws of time and space. It was only last Friday that TrackMania 2: Stadium was released, and now they've announced the release date of TrackMania 2: Valley. It is coming out on July 4th, 2013. The new addition…

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TrackMania 2: Stadium Drifts In

New TrackMania! Hooray! Nadeo's skid-heavy racing series is the only car game that I'm actively interested in. It leaves the rest revving up on the starting grid in the race to my heart, crashes headfirst into an cruelly-placed gap, then instantly restarts. I still love it. It's the simplicity of the driving and the complexity of the tracks that grabs me. Something easy to pick…

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Forecast: Lasers – ShootMania Storm Out Now

ShootMania: Storm is the strangest name. On one hand, it sounds like some kind of lighthearted term for craving or addiction - kinda like party fever, March madness, or meth ragekillsanity. But before long, the "Storm" subtitle rolls in all ominous and gloomy, raining  on even the most incurably diseased of parades. Naturally, then, ShootMania: Storm is a game about lasers. Oh, but there's also…

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Enwub: Shootmania Storm Open Beta Dubstep Moment

You know its time to play a fast-paced modern videogame when the dubstep drops. So it is with Nadeo's latest trailer, which heralds - via the medium of distorted bass and exploding people - the arrival of the open beta for their multiplayer FPS, Shootmania Storm. Yes, the keys are no longer required, and anyone can walk in through the front door. The big lure…

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Shootmania Backpedals To April, Storms To Beta

Ubi's French horn of public relations sends word that ShootMania Storm’s release is now set for the 10th of April. Fortunately, though, there's going to be a lengthy open beta for us to hop skip and explode into, starting 12th February and continuing, as you'd expect, until launch. It seems like earlier testing phases have give developers Nadeo pause for though, hence the delay. Nadeo's…

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Shootmania Storm Sees Red (Vs Blue) For Beta

Ubi send word that Nadeo's competitive FPS spin on the community-driven "Mania" platform, Shootmania: Storm, will soon be entering its second beta test phase soon: December 19th, in fact. That really is quite soon. Also check out this extract from their blurb: "Create your own frag style with the new movements and game modes." Haha, "frag style". That's how they say it on the street,…

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Lose Your Mind Over These TrackMania Videos

Utilizing the patented RPS Matter Relocation Device (note: it is actually a very big catapult), we recently flung Dan so high that he landed on Maniaplanet. There, he slowly but surely integrated with their society and partook of their most exotic cultural fineries. When he returned using the patented RPS Inertia Disruption Field (which may or may not bear striking resemblance to a trampoline), he was…

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Feature: Manic Impressive

Hands On: Maniaplanet

Mr Griliopoulos has been to see Nadeo's Maniaplanet announcements. He's come away scratching his beard in puzzlement.We're at a ManiaPlanet announcement. But what's going on? I was told by Ubisoft that I was here to see the announcement of two new games. During the first half of head honcho of Nadeo-inside-Ubisoft, Florent Castelnerac, demo we're introduced to TrackMania: Stunters and TrackMania: Raid. Stunters is a…

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On The Level: ShootMania’s Map Editor

ShootMania, my many well-placed sources have informed me, includes a potentially significant component of shooting. This, I believe, is probably an exclusive, so it should be treated with all the reverence and majesty such a title commands. But apparently - and I heard this through my ultra-secret source, who may or may not be a grapevine dressed in a trench coat that lives in a…

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Storm In a Beta Cup: ShootMania Storm

ShootMania: Storm, with its creative tools and its day-glo combat, seems worlds away from the brown, gray and blood of so many of today's multiplayer man-shoots. I've yet to play it myself but because it looks like a cartoon rather than a war, I'm tempted to poke my head in and risk the slight public humiliation of hanging around the roots of a leaderboard or…

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Calm Before The: ShootMania Storm Beta Approaches

It's been a good week for mania. Pyromania got things started in truly asylum-worthy style, and now ShootMania's filling the middle of our week with intrigue. And lasers. More specifically, Nadeo's DIY FPS is gunning for a closed beta in "early July," and registration just opened up. The window will slam shut on July 2, but there's a good reason for that: "Every player who…

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DIY FPS: You Could’ve Made This ShootMania Trailer

Well, allegedly. I mean, it opens with "This video has been created using only in game tools," so - once Shootmania Storm releases later this year - you'll have your canvas. Of course, I suppose you'll also need an eye for cinematography, a hand for level design, and an ear for music that makes people think "Is this dubstep? Is it going to become dubstep? No?…

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Feature: Man-shoot-mania

Impressions – ShootMania: Storm

It’s exactly like that training course scene from Starship Troopers. The one with the non-lethal lasers, I mean. Not the one where a man gets shot to death in the skull during a live fire exercise. In ShootMania, nobody gets shot to death in the skull – that would be much too violent. Violence isn’t really what this particular FPS has in mind.

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Nadeo Working On ShootMania: Storm + RPG QuestMania

Apparently all gaming news must now be released at 5.03pm, when I'm trying to make my tea. One of 900 emails that just arrived in the same minute includes news of ShootMania Storm, the new game from Nadeo, they of TrackMania fame. As the title somewhat suggests, it's an FPS, and as it doesn't, it's an online multiplayer that will apparently be made with the…

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Trackmania 2, Now With More Toilets

I can't say I stuck with Trackmania 2: Canyon because I, uh, didn't stick with Trackmania 2: Canyon. It was fine! But it was also basically doing the same thing as I've been doing in a half-decade of preceding Trackmania games, except with prettier graphics, no choice of cars and a mad menu system. Others have stuck with it, however, and have been making the…

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Feature: Inexhaustible Trackmania

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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Feature: God's own Scaletrix set

Impressions: Trackmania 2

I've spent three or four hours playing Nadeo's latest slice of science-defying racing absurdity - nowhere near enough to tell you conclusively Wot I Think, but plenty to witter about what I'm starting to think. If there's one factor that's bedevilled the ever-joyous Trackmania series, it's that naming conventions and cross-pollinated content has made it ever harder to work out exactly which one's which. While…

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