Do you remember playing petal to the metal, fast-paced, high flying, crazy race car games in the arcade? Two of my favorites were Off-Road and Rush is as good as Minecraft torrent. So what would happen if you slapped the two of them together? Well, you would come out with something close to what TrackMania United offers up. It`s a fast-paced game with some crazy jumps along with some interesting off-road excitement. I got the chance to take a look at a preview copy of the game, and I would like to share with you some of the things I have discovered about the game and what you might expect in the final version.
For those of you that are familiar with the TrackMania franchise and have played Sunrise, Nations or Original, you will notice quite a few changes and updates to the game. The first of which will be the graphical improvements to the game. I noticed a marked increase in artistic design and clarity from my previous TrackMania experience, however, I will hold off on final judgment of the graphics until the final game comes out as there may still be more changes to come. For now, let me back up a step and talk about what this game is and what it has to offer to veterans and newcomers to the series.
TrackMania United lets you drive at mind-blowing speeds on some intense tracks through the single-player campaign, packed with three game modes (Race, Platform, and Puzzle) and almost 200 new circuits. This includes seven TrackMania environments and seven vehicle types, each with different gameplay and handling. Fans of the series will notice that the “Stadium” environment has received a total rework with new blocks, new environmental elements, and a new lighting system.
On each of the courses in the game, you can take a practice run and then try and score an official run. Your best official run will be recorded and will appear in the rankings among your group of friends, your region or even your country. This will let you see who the top dog really is.
Once you have had your fill of the built-in tracks, you can use the game`s creation tools to create your own tracks from over 1,000 construction blocks. Once you have finished your tracks, you can play them yourself or share them with others and compete on them in multiplayer action. You can also create your own race and stunt videos with the editing studio, and then share it with friends to show off your skills behind the wheel. If you have an artistic side, you can customize your vehicles in the paint workshop.
All of these creations (tracks, videos, and cars) can be traded directly from within the game via the new online exchange system included in TrackMania United. This exchange takes place via the `Coppers` in the game. You win these “Coppers” by placing well in single-player mode, and then use them as a unit of exchange with players around the world to trade tracks, vehicles, and other creations. What else does the multiplayer offer you? How about customized goals that you can try out and the person with the highest score will be displayed for all to see.
For those of you that are fans of the series, I am sure you are eagerly awaiting the arrival of this game. For those of you that have not gotten into the series, I hope that I have whetted your appetite. Of course, once the final game is out I will take a thorough look at it and let you know if I think it is worth your hard-earned time and money or not. Until then, feel free to post your thoughts and comments on our forum.