Trackmania Canyon is more than your average arcade racer. If you're looking for the Quake of racing games, this is it.
It's real time leaderboard incorperation into multiplayer servers serves not only as a visual clarification of your improvements over time, but an insentive to keep playing, and claim those tops spots. The UI is plain, simple and to the point, as well as being easy on the eye.
The game boasts a singleplayer series of tracks that range in difficulty, with end-game content being hard to unlock, and extremely difficult without many hours of practise. You can do 'offical' runs every 5 minutes when practicing, which will upon completion upload your time to a leaderboard with the change to get SP or skill points, however internet connection is not manditory to play these.
The game has a very long learning curve, with the player having to develop their muscle memory with the car physics, learning tricks that help the top players shave off those milliseconds. There a lot of flicking involved, that's for sure.
The physics in the game feel wonderful, and have a very dynamic, full feeling; giving you a sense of complete control over your car. Something that many racing games fail to capture to this day. Combine that with a plethora of user created tracks - from technical ESL-styled and Speedtech courses to LOL and Mr DVD minis, each track potentially introducing a new way to take certain turns, making new tips and tricks to learn for every possible transistion, turn, jump; you name it.
Another great plus to mention is the community with the vast majority of players being friendly, and willing to give you tips on how to improve your driving. A small percentage of the playerbase of the populous trolls, but that's to be expected for any online community, niche or not.
If you're looking for something to get into that'll take you a while to learn, whilst having fun getting there, then this game is for you. Play for a month then look back on your first replays and you'll really see the improvement which is another great positive about the game as your progress really does show.
The only downside about the game would be the lack of a search option. Finding specific maps or replays is difficult when you've amassed a large library of either is difficult and time consuming.