Trackmania offers you the ultimate arcade racing universe where everything is about reaching the perfect racing time. Test your skills in over 200 tracks, experience immediate fun by challenging your friends at home (offline splitscreen) or online.
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Release Date: Mar 24, 2016

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Test your skills in outlandish tracks and challenge your friends at home (offline splitscreen) or online.

  • 4 ENVIRONMENTS = 4 GAMEPLAYS
    - Rollercoaster Lagoon: Defy gravity in a tropical paradise, racing on magnetic tracks.
    - International Stadium: Use your driving skills to master the tracks of this worldwide competition.
    - Canyon Grand Drift: Drift your way through narrow tracks in this red canyon landscape.
    - Valley Down & Dirty: Use air control and jump through the hills in this countryside setting.

  • CAMPAIGN MODE
    Unlock up to 200 unique tracks in over 5 difficulty levels. Drive your way to the tops of worldwide rankings!

  • DOUBLE DRIVER
    For the first time in a racing game, team up with a friend and control one car with two controllers!

  • TRACKBUILDER
    Design your own tracks or simply generate random ones. Save and share your best tracks to make the competition last forever

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows Vista or Windows 7 SP1 or Windows 8.1 or Windows 10
    • Processor: Dual core from Intel or AMD at 2 GHz or better
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Video card must be 512 MB or more and should be a DirectX 10 - compatible or DirectX 11 - compatible
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Storage: 5 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX Compatible Sound Card with latest drivers
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ุุุุุ Ozmium ุุุุุ
18.3 hrs
Posted: August 26
I had high hopes for this game. I was looking forward to it for a very long time. It was Made for console even though 90% of its fan base is PC. Anyone who playes trackmania hardcore will not enjoy this game.
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Hits
0.2 hrs
Posted: August 26
nope
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KlD
2.9 hrs
Posted: August 22
Back to Canyon.
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Underphil
5.4 hrs
Posted: August 22
Pretty much what you'd expect from a Trackmania title. Lovely arcade racing, super-addictive time attack and great tracks. More of the same, and that's fine with me :)
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Joller
43.4 hrs
Posted: August 21
Turbo is the best suited for newcomers to the series due to it's simplicity, but simplicity is all what Trackmania is about, there are only 4 controls. You drive, brake, go left or go right. But that doesn't mean the game is as easy as it sounds...
The goal is all about time, do everything you can to get the best time. You have to keep trying to improve by just 0.01 seconds, doing everything you can. Stay as close as you can to the edge, land jumps with excellent precision, control speed so you don't go too fast but not too slow. If you ever fail, start over, because you want that Gold medal so bad don'tcha?

Now for comparision between the other Trackmanias:
I've been playing Trackmania since Sunrise, and I will admit this one is not that bad as everyone says. It has very much improved UI, better music and Rollecoaster tracks! It has some very cool "arcade" modes where you can use powerups and all that stuff, so it's excellent for parties.
The cons of the game are maximum of 100 players per server, limited car customization and of course UPlay.
Replay Editor and the Classic Trackeditor do still exist, just might be a bit hard to find.

In conclusion I love this game franchise and I think Turbo is alot of fun to play.
Recommended to everyone that hasn't played any of the previous ones.
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harveyd69
16.8 hrs
Posted: August 15
OK, first of all, allot of people are whining about the online aspect of this game. GEUSS WHAT. its still a good game. In fact, this particular trackmania is as fun to me as Trackmania Sunrise (My favorite one). The fact that your lap time is instantly put up and compared to other times. And when you go through a track again and again until you finally make it to #1 track time. I have played every single Trackmania game since the first game. And this one is as close to the original formula of the first one as any of the others (except Sunrise of course). The tracks are awesome, they require skill, and the track creator is better than ever, and sharing tracks is an easy and seamless ordeal. I am dissapointed that this game isnt doing as well as it should be. Trackmania has always been a PC title. And this latest game is one I play allot, and because of all the multiplayer tracks and ENTIRE MULTIPLAYER TRACK LIST!!!!!. I have many more hours of gameplay to come. I highly recommend this game, dont let the other reviews taint your opinion of this game, Trackmania2 Canyon and whatever was good, but this is closer to home for me. PLEASE consider this game. Its a good one :D
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LabRat
6.8 hrs
Posted: August 13
They removed almost everything that made the game great. TMN Forever was awesome, then they destroyed it a bit with TMN². In TM Turbo they removed even more that made the game great in the first place. :(
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JC
6.4 hrs
Posted: August 8
The graphics and three of the environments have already been established by previous TM games, so i won't touch on those. So i'll just dabble into a few things that put me off:

First of all, the customization. TM is incredibly famous for the ability to choose out of hundreds of community-created models and skins for your vehicles, as well as giving you the reins to make your own. This game... not so much. While i think that the new cars for the older environments look really nice, there's little to their customization as all you're offered are rather basic patterns with different palettes unlocked by random goals: even the ability to pick your own colors for these patterns would've been much much better. The unlockable customizations don't really have anything to do with their unlocking demands, so a better idea would've been just to give them all right away and not make them some illusion of a reward for X gold medals.

Second, music. The previous TM games offered 1-3 tracks per environment and i'm quite sure Sunrise was the only one to use licensed (if obscure, though fitting) music. This game has an entire licensed soundtrack, which is something else. Though i have never seen any of these names, not even the Monstercat ones i'd expect to recognize. And while i obviously can't speak for everyone when i say i don't like the music, i think i can rather objectively say that any of it doesn't fit the game at all. Absolutely none of the songs even remotely fit Trackmania as it is. Moreover, the music changes every single time you respawn, which if you've ever played a TM game you know that it will happen over and over again, making the music more annoying than the worst tracks. My advice, blacklist every song and play your own.

But not so bad that there's nothing good. I enjoy the new take on things such as the scenery props and the HUD. The game feels a lot like a singleplayer game, like it'd have cutscenes or maybe even a plot. I think the idea of Trackmania as an established, international spectator sport comes through nicely. Sadly, the poorness of customization and trackbuilding (while i'm not a trackbuilder myself, i've yet to hear people actually like it), which are big cornerstones of TM as we know it, prevent me from recommending the game.

Maybe if you've never played a TM game, this could be something to start off from, and if you like it you can perhaps branch to the actual TM games and expect a more down-to-earth approach, so to say. Then again, you could just try TM Nations instead which would save you 40 bucks whether you liked it or not. But as a longstanding fan of the TM series, Turbo feels almost like a sub-par spinoff. Though it is nice that console players get a taste of TM as well.
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Lunch
5.6 hrs
Posted: August 8
Was really looking forward to play this game but it's such an dissapointment for me.
The physics are frustrating and I feel like on a console.

One thing I was really excited about was to design some skins and do some creative stuff - heh, well.....

I still recommend buying United - best TM ever.

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Hyperdimension Faptunia
6.3 hrs
Posted: August 4
People hate this game for not being able to mod it, but I just like it because it's Trackmania.
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
16.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 15
OK, first of all, allot of people are whining about the online aspect of this game. GEUSS WHAT. its still a good game. In fact, this particular trackmania is as fun to me as Trackmania Sunrise (My favorite one). The fact that your lap time is instantly put up and compared to other times. And when you go through a track again and again until you finally make it to #1 track time. I have played every single Trackmania game since the first game. And this one is as close to the original formula of the first one as any of the others (except Sunrise of course). The tracks are awesome, they require skill, and the track creator is better than ever, and sharing tracks is an easy and seamless ordeal. I am dissapointed that this game isnt doing as well as it should be. Trackmania has always been a PC title. And this latest game is one I play allot, and because of all the multiplayer tracks and ENTIRE MULTIPLAYER TRACK LIST!!!!!. I have many more hours of gameplay to come. I highly recommend this game, dont let the other reviews taint your opinion of this game, Trackmania2 Canyon and whatever was good, but this is closer to home for me. PLEASE consider this game. Its a good one :D
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
43.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 21
Turbo is the best suited for newcomers to the series due to it's simplicity, but simplicity is all what Trackmania is about, there are only 4 controls. You drive, brake, go left or go right. But that doesn't mean the game is as easy as it sounds...
The goal is all about time, do everything you can to get the best time. You have to keep trying to improve by just 0.01 seconds, doing everything you can. Stay as close as you can to the edge, land jumps with excellent precision, control speed so you don't go too fast but not too slow. If you ever fail, start over, because you want that Gold medal so bad don'tcha?

Now for comparision between the other Trackmanias:
I've been playing Trackmania since Sunrise, and I will admit this one is not that bad as everyone says. It has very much improved UI, better music and Rollecoaster tracks! It has some very cool "arcade" modes where you can use powerups and all that stuff, so it's excellent for parties.
The cons of the game are maximum of 100 players per server, limited car customization and of course UPlay.
Replay Editor and the Classic Trackeditor do still exist, just might be a bit hard to find.

In conclusion I love this game franchise and I think Turbo is alot of fun to play.
Recommended to everyone that hasn't played any of the previous ones.
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
6.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 8
The graphics and three of the environments have already been established by previous TM games, so i won't touch on those. So i'll just dabble into a few things that put me off:

First of all, the customization. TM is incredibly famous for the ability to choose out of hundreds of community-created models and skins for your vehicles, as well as giving you the reins to make your own. This game... not so much. While i think that the new cars for the older environments look really nice, there's little to their customization as all you're offered are rather basic patterns with different palettes unlocked by random goals: even the ability to pick your own colors for these patterns would've been much much better. The unlockable customizations don't really have anything to do with their unlocking demands, so a better idea would've been just to give them all right away and not make them some illusion of a reward for X gold medals.

Second, music. The previous TM games offered 1-3 tracks per environment and i'm quite sure Sunrise was the only one to use licensed (if obscure, though fitting) music. This game has an entire licensed soundtrack, which is something else. Though i have never seen any of these names, not even the Monstercat ones i'd expect to recognize. And while i obviously can't speak for everyone when i say i don't like the music, i think i can rather objectively say that any of it doesn't fit the game at all. Absolutely none of the songs even remotely fit Trackmania as it is. Moreover, the music changes every single time you respawn, which if you've ever played a TM game you know that it will happen over and over again, making the music more annoying than the worst tracks. My advice, blacklist every song and play your own.

But not so bad that there's nothing good. I enjoy the new take on things such as the scenery props and the HUD. The game feels a lot like a singleplayer game, like it'd have cutscenes or maybe even a plot. I think the idea of Trackmania as an established, international spectator sport comes through nicely. Sadly, the poorness of customization and trackbuilding (while i'm not a trackbuilder myself, i've yet to hear people actually like it), which are big cornerstones of TM as we know it, prevent me from recommending the game.

Maybe if you've never played a TM game, this could be something to start off from, and if you like it you can perhaps branch to the actual TM games and expect a more down-to-earth approach, so to say. Then again, you could just try TM Nations instead which would save you 40 bucks whether you liked it or not. But as a longstanding fan of the TM series, Turbo feels almost like a sub-par spinoff. Though it is nice that console players get a taste of TM as well.
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772 of 986 people (78%) found this review helpful
55 people found this review funny
Recommended
35.5 hrs on record
Posted: March 24
Note: If your biggest problem with TrackMania Turbo is the Uplay implementation, stop reading now. I'm not a fan either, but this review will do nothing to challenge your opinion.

And so we begin...

Read through the negative reviews and you'll begin to see a pattern emerge. A depressing, banal pattern. A group of people so deeply ingrained into their own cosy society they fail to see the forest for the trees.

TrackMania Turbo does not let you customise your avatar. Shocker! Nor does it let you customise your car, your name, your horn or your server. I mean, strictly speaking, it does let you customise three of those things, but not in the same way its predecessor, TrackMania 2 did. You'll unlock new skins and stickers as you progress through the game, and hosting a multiplayer session supplies you with more or less all of the options you'd reasonably expect from a game of this type. Happy times, right?

But wait. This isn't good enough for the snivelling elite. "Why can't I choose my OWN avatar?" they cry. "What if I want to assault players' ears with some Katy Perry while they drive?", "Why am I unable to smear their screens with ugly and pointless UI elements, just so I can enjoy a modest sense of authority?". The previous TrackMania game was undoubtedly far more open in terms of customisation. The reality is, however, that most of it was trash. I'm sorry, but custom horns and car skins are NOT that exciting and the majority of private servers looked as though someone had just eaten a phone book and promptly thrown up over the screen. Enough of that bullcrap about consoles dumbing down PC games, TrackMania was in desperate need of a clean up.

And that's precisely what Nadeo have done. They've scraped off the scum and revealed a sparkling core underneath. Let me describe said core.

Put simply, TrackMania can be described as a hotlap racer. The aim of the game is not to outwit your opponents in a head-to-head battle, but to master the track. This goal is enforced by the fact you're not actually able to collide with other cars at all. In both single player and online, other racers are essentially ghosts, forming vague representations of your opponents and their efforts to set low lap times. To put it simply, your biggest enemy is yourself. You'll repeat tracks over and over in quick succession, tapping the reset/restart buttons whenever the slightest mistake is made and slowly but surely, edging your way ever closer to perfection. Once you complete a lap (or several, in multilap events) your time will be awarded and your position displayed; bronze, silver or gold in single player and your rank versus other players in online matches. Then you'll hit the restart button for the thousandth time, because you know you can do better.

In many racing games, this style of play could rightfully be considered dull, but not here. You've probably noticed via the promotional material that TrackMania tracks are out of this world cer-ay-zay. Drifting? Check. Blistering high speeds? You got it. Twists, loops, ramps, quarter pipes, magnetic tracks, jumps, wall rides and nail-biting close calls with brick walls? Par for the course, my friend! This is the true essence of TrackMania. The beating heart. The reason you came. And the same can be said for all TrackMania games. They're fantastic. The single thread that runs through the series, the one unifying theme that ties the franchise together... is the track design and the ability to create your own tracks. That hasn't gone anywhere. It's present in TrackMania Turbo and quite possibly better than ever.

On the subject of unity, another point of contention seems to be the apparent separation of the player base. This is probably going to come across as patronising, but... yeah, that's kind of the nature of sequels. The general idea is that most players switch over, new players join and only a few stragglers are left behind. If you really want to whine about separation, direct it at the previous game. You know, the one that split each environment into individual releases. The truth is that TrackMania Turbo has done more to fix the separation issue than it has to worsen it. The more people move forward and pick it up, the more unified the community will be.

Now, I'm not saying this is a flawless game. I have a modest, slowly growing list of issues I'd like to see addressed with a patch, but I had a list for the previous game too. A fairly sizeable list, if I'm honest. However, stepping back, taking a look at what really matters and focusing your attention on those central suppliers of enjoyment is all it takes to prove that ALL TrackMania titles are games worth playing. TrackMania Turbo being no exception.
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1,038 of 1,388 people (75%) found this review helpful
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Not Recommended
1.2 hrs on record
Pre-Release Review
Posted: March 24
What an utter disappointment. No dedicated servers, no local or Dedimania leaderboards online, no customization of cars or nicknames, no way to hide your opponents, only 100 players max, a dumbed down console port that treats its users as a bunch of ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ and on top of that forces you to install and always log onto Uplay.

I've been playing ALL Trackmania games since the first game came out 13 years ago. Trackmania United is by far my favorite, though Trackmania Stadium 2 ain't too bad either. Trackmania never really was a $60 AAA game; it's a fun game which you can jump into and play for 30 mins and then alt+f4 back to reality. It's a chill game series but has the ability to let you practice for hundreds of hours to master the fine physics to become the best. Trackmania Turbo is not that kind of a game.

Trackmania Turbo is mediocre, and it disappoints in so many areas. This is the first game in the series that forces you to install a third party client called Uplay. Why this nonsense? Not any particular reason, it's apparently just how Ubisoft deal with all their games. You can't opt out from it at all. You gotta make a separate account and then log into both Steam and Uplay every time you wanna play the game. It sucks. Another thing is max 100 players. This isn't impressive at all if you've played the previous games where there have been 700 players online on one server fighting for the podium. PCs can handle that. Stop forcing PC gamers to follow the console limitations.

I really looks as if they just took the shell of the previous games and add some restrictions and removed some freedom and customization. I'm requesting a refund but might buy it at the summer sales if it's like 85% off.

Don't waste your money.
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244 of 311 people (78%) found this review helpful
10 people found this review funny
Recommended
22.6 hrs on record
Posted: March 26
A lot of people have the wrong idea about Trackmania Turbo. They are seeing it as a sequel to Trackmania 2 (also known as ManiaPlanet). The fact of the matter is that TMT is infact, NOT a sequel. It is merely a spin off for consoles, except that the developers brought it to PC so we wouldn't miss out too.

If you approach TMT as a side project, and not a sequel to TM2, then it is a very fun, enjoyable experience. It has all the stuff that is required for fun times with friends and other players online. Up to 4 player splitscreen, Double Driver mode (where two people control one car), and, of course a single player mode and track editor.

For those of you who are freaking out about the 'consolified' editor, calm down! The classic editor is still there, to access it, start making a new map, and then you just need to move your mouse up to the top of the screen (so the menu bar shows), and click on the cog/gear, and choose the classic editor :)

For video makers, the video editor is still there, too. It's accessed the same way (via the menu bar's cog/gear) on any of the main menus.

Physics-wise, Nadeo seem to have tweaked the handling of existing environments (Canyon, Stadium, and Valley). None of the tweaking has rendered the environments bad to play, and they still retain their exclusively different handling styles.

I can't give a complete coverage of optimization, as my system is fairly powerful. However, I have not had any performance issues at all, and no crashing either. However, it's running the exact same engine as Trackmania 2, so if you can run that, then you probably won't have any troubles running this!

Sadly, you cannot paint your car in a detailed way in this game (like in Trackmania 2). This, again, is because it is a spin off side game for consoles, that was also released on PC to keep us happy. I won't complain - they could have not released the game at all for PC.

All in all, this is a very solid fun game, and is worth picking up if you like fast-paced, skill based racing.



Final rating: 8/10 (two points lost for track complexity limit, this could have easily been disabled for PC!).
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Not Recommended
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 5
THIS ISNT TRACKMANIA! THIS IS AN ABORTION!
I'm sorry - Its a typically Ubisoft product.
Once again you destroyed another legendary game franchise.

There was a big scene and community about TM for years, but now its gone.
-NO DEDICATED SERVERS
-NO DEDIMANIA PLUGINS ETC.
-NO CUSTOMIZATION (HORN, AVATAR, ETC)
-TRACKBUILDER IS CRAP

Why did they change the most important things we loved in TM?
What were they thinking?

I'm just pi*sed - nothing more to say. really pi*sed. It hurts to see my favorite racing game of all time getting rap#ed from these devs. You owe us something ubisoft. It was a big mistake to buy one of your products - every release you did in the last years speaks for itself. I hope people realise what kind of games you are producing - there is absolutely no passion to produce a game with an active community that lives longer than 6 months, I am not a f**king cow! I'm just a gamer who wanted to play TM - but I can't have fun with this one :-( A VERY SAD DAY FOR ME

P.S.: I would change my rating and review once our old TM is back and the missing things are implemented again
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535 of 765 people (70%) found this review helpful
11 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
1.7 hrs on record
Pre-Release Review
Posted: March 24
Trackmania Turbo was supposed to bring some fresh air into the series. The environments seem fun even though it's basically just the previous 3 environments plus a new one, but the COMPLETELY console focused gameplay ruins it, especially when playing the Rollercoaster Lagoon environment with keyboard instead of a controller. In addition to that the UPlay requirement completely disconnects TMT from the previous games, which means I can't really play with some of my old friends anymore.

Trackmania Turbo takes a good chunk of what was fun in the previous parts and turns them into something that is barely any good. Customization is now limited to paintjobs only, and not even different paintjobs per environment. Thanks to Uplay you can't change your nickname in ways you could do it before, and stuff like horns, avatars, custom car models/skins are all gone. Dedicated servers are also gone, which means that servers (or rather lobbies) can only be hosted on Nadeo's services, giving the host barely any control over how the server works and also eliminates things like Dedimania.

Overall Trackmania Turbo is really disappointing in a lot of aspects that made the Trackmania series so iconic and fun.

As a veteran, I am disappointed.

But since there is a demo out there, I'd recommend people to try it before making a choice on buying this game.

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Edit: I'm gonna add some more stuff to my review since it has caused quite a discussion.

The main reason why I dislike Trackmania Turbo is because it leaves the existing Trackmania community behind, a lot of community driven features are not present in Turbo, the multiplayer doesn't allow for custom servers. The number one community feature just gets dropped for some lame-♥♥♥ wannabe server system, allowing for no customization at all, no jukebox, no plugins, no dedimania to compare your times against the world and the server itself. What is Trackmania without record-hunting? Leaderboards exist, yes, but they're practically useless.

[s]Turbo doesn't allow saving/editing replays for videos or exporting tracks to upload them on stuff like TMX, one of the community-heavy features that made Trackmania as big as it is today and effectively killing off those communities (for this game at least.)[/s]

The game itself is okay, but the fact that Nadeo disregards what made Trackmania such a success is simply outrageous.
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Not Recommended
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: March 24
This is a pretty hard review to make, because Trackmania Turbo really isn't a bad game at all. Nadeo did a great job at optimizing it, with even my potato managing a smooth 60 frames at lowest settings. The game still looks great, even with the options cranked down. It is nice to see that they made sure it would run on lower end computers. The aesthetic, while goofy at times, is still pleasing and definitely is welcome change up. They even managed to mostly hit the addictive nature of the series, with the "just a little faster" mentality really showing through. Unfortunately though, the game bleeds compromise.

I don't want to be the type of person to say that devs should make their games exactly like the previous installments. Fans can really stop Devs from trying something new or creating a creative game from an existing title. Series that produce new games with only some new levels and a fresh coat of paint are walking a fine line. Racing games are hard to make creative sequels for though. There is only so much one can change in a racing game without compromising what makes the racing game unique. Nadeo did a good job with Trackmania 2, changing up the pace a bit with a rally mode, among other things. Turbo though, appears to completely changed up some core concepts of Trackmania to an unwelcoming degree.

Alot of the fun came from Trackmania's extremely unique take on racing. The cars where responsive to an unrealistic degree, and gripped the track like a magnet. The challenge, especially in later levels, would be maintaining speed in an increasing chaotic and cramped track. You had all the tools though to floor it, the question was did you have the skill. It was an idealized version of racing, where cars never skidded out, and one could restart at the push of a button. Wanted to go 600 kmh on a completely vertical curved portion of a wall? Why not? I have yet to play a game that approaches driving exactly the way Trackmania does.

Turbo appears to have gone the route of its contemporaries though, and features a more realistic idea of driving. The cars have weight, and will do more normal car things. In doing this, they have made the game feel less precise. It is not to the level of weight of Need for Speed or Burnout have, but appears to be a mix of these games and classic Trackmania. It feels more precise than alot of it's rivals, but, unfortunately, is kinda easy like them as well, and has mechanics that could have been approached in a more Trackmania way. For example; I don't mind added blatant drifting to the game, but here it is incredibly simple. I expect a technique that allows one to cut off such large amounts of time to be a challenge to pull off, but it isn't at all. In the previous games drifting was difficult to control, and would only save time if one really understood how it worked. Here it seems to be thrown in because it is expected, or because it looks cool, not really to be an advanced technique to help one on the quest for the shinnies.

This kinda sums up the game though. It is simply a gentrification of an already established series. Past installments have been completely community run. Nadeo lays out the frame work, and the community goes nuts. Here though, with the addition to a console port, Ubisoft has appeared to have forced Nadeo to turn it into every other game, with mechanics vaguely reminiscent of past titles, but mostly missing the mark. The car customization is laughable, and really doesn't feel like you are being creative in the slightest. The lack of community servers is sad, and even pc ports of other console games often have this. It has lost the community driven attitude of the past games, with only the track editor really remaining. Every decision has appeared to make the game more generic, to entice more people to try out the series. Only when one stops to sit though does one wonder why it was done in the first place. Why is there a random track option? It is a neat concept, but the tracks end up feeling imprecise and not very satisfying. Couldn't this time and money have been spent on something better. Apparently no

Every new feature or mechanic seems like a ploy by Ubisolf to entice more fans, but all seem to really lack depth. Am I going to spend more than five minutes with a friend on the two controllers one car mode? Probably not. I would rather race them one on one instead. It is amazing how long the last games have lasted with only a (admittingly amazing) track editor and community servers options. Here though, not only have they added a bunch of gimmicky features, but also made the game feel less skill based and more generic.

It isn't a bad game. There is nothing wrong with pretty racing games that make you feel like you are going a million miles an hour and that have drifting that make you feel like Ken Block. But to not only lower the skill ceiling of one of the hardest racing games out there, but to also completely change its focus from community driven to something else is sad. I suppose it was inevitable, with Ubisoft being the publisher and whatnot, but it is still a disappointment to see.

This is all coming from the perspective of a fan though. To those who haven't played or haven't enjoyed past Trackmania games, you should defiantly give it a go. It has fast racing, a great sense of speed, an addictive time trail mode, and gorgous visuals. To those expecting a new Trackmania game though, look elsewhere.
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141 of 185 people (76%) found this review helpful
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Recommended
7.1 hrs on record
Posted: March 28
I've been a longtime Trackmania fan, and this is the most fun I've had in a Trackmania game.
Trackmania Turbo is a skill-based hotlap racing game where you play in one of four unique environments on an infinite variety of player-made (or randomly generated) tracks. It's fast, it's difficult, it's technical, and it's crazy fun.

Pros:
-New environment (Lagoon Rollercoaster) feels like a remake of the Snow environment from TMUF, and it looks amazing
-Completely updated UI (It looks fantastic now. There are no 'janky' looking default font text labels popping up on the screen.
-Cool new art direction (All of the signage, scenery objects that are present in all environments)
-Unified gameplay experience (No need to close the game and open another just to play a different environment)
-Double Driver is a really fun new multiplayer mode
-New parts and smoother gameplay for existing environments
-Huge singleplayer campaign

Cons:
-From what I can tell, you can't save or edit your replays at this point. I hope this is either a planned or accidentally hidden feature.
-Less customization than previous Trackmania games (for example, no custom car models)*
*This might not really be a bad thing. I personally prefer the more coherent art style that this forces.
-You can't reassign controller inputs. The default layout is okay, but I'd prefer using the right analog stick for acceleration and brake (the default layout maps it to nothing at all).


Should you buy it?
-It's not an essential purchase if you are already invested in TM2, or if you prefer the deep customization of TM2.
If you're looking to get into Trackmania, or if you want a more unified experience, this game is worth getting. Despite the bad reviews, this game is highly appealing and very fun in my opinion, and I think you'll have fun with it too. Best "6 out of 10 -Steam" I've ever played.
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