+ Simple and fun gameplay which is easy to pick up and learn, but hard to master. This is the kind of gameplay that only TrackMania can deliver.
+ Very skill-based. No gimmicks or anything, it's all about shaving off milliseconds with precise and skillful driving.
+ Great graphics.
+ User friendly track, car and replay editors.
+ Lots of community created content.
+ Tolerable community.
- Ubisoft thought it'd be a good idea to split the environments into seperate games, which means that the already small player base is also split. As a result, pretty much every server is empty and there's only around 3 populated ones at a time.
- The car physics on dirt are overly sensitive and difficult to get used to. In fact, they don't really feel like TrackMania. Protip: Try to play on a keyboard if you're having problems with a controller.
- 5min cooldown on official races. Was this really necessary?
- You get only one environment. At a price tag of $20. I suggest buying it on a sale.
TrackMania² Valley is also a solid racer, but it's not as alive as the other games thanks to Ubisoft's great idea of splitting the games into several titles.
Posted: November 16th, 2013