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TRACKMANIA TURBO

By Ferry "Sadhonker" Adams on March 28, 2016

As some of you might already know, Iím not that good at racing games. So naturally, I had my reservations about playing Trackmania Turbo. But, after seeing the pure awesomness of the tracks and the high-speed mayhem that ensues, I was actually kind of curious, so I decided to play it anyway. And boy, am I glad I did!

Trackmania Turbo is the latest installment of a long line of racing games, originating back in November 2003 and is the first Trackmania game since Trackmania Wii was released in 2009. Seven years after their last Trackmania release, French videogame developer Nadeo teams up with Ubisoft to bring us the absolute pinnacle of rubber-burning, octane-guzzling racing experience. So the big question is: will they be able to take the lead, or will they veer off-track and ultimately crash and burn?


Those of you who have ever played one of the seriesí games will know that Trackmania has always stood for the fun in going really, really fast. Itís not about the most realistic vehicles or tracks; itís about having fun on coolest, the most elaborate and mind-bending tracks on the planet. And, one of the coolest features of the games has always been the ability to build your own tracks in a style, reminiscent of Broderbundís 1990 game: Stunts.

Back to 2016; Trackmania Turbo takes everything that mad past Trackmania titles such a success but adds current-gen graphics. Zooming down physics-defying tracks has never looked so good. From the tracks themselves to the environments to the cars, everything is just top-notch and truly enhances the arcade-like high-speed racing experience.

While most racing games usually feature a few tracks, Trackmania Turbo boasts around 200 tracks for players to enjoy. The tracks are divided into four different locations: Rollercoaster Lagoon, International Stadium, Canyon Grand Drift and Valley Down & Dirty. Each of these locations looks very cool and is filled to the brim with giant colourful balloons, references to big names usually seen in the world of racing, and other media. I wonít list them all here, but I will tell you one of my favorites. When racing down a straightaway, I saw a giant billboard that said: Try Hard 2 Ė Try Harder. Iím sure Mr. John McClane would approve; I know I do!


Letís talk game modes! In this respect, Trackmania Turbo also leaves the competition far behind and lets them eat its dust and exhaust fumes. Next to the well-known regular single- and multiplayer modes, it provides the player with tons of fun in the form of a split screen mode that lets up to four players compete locally, a double driver challenge that forces two players to control the same car. Both of these modes are brand new to the Playstation 4 and the Xbox One consoles and, more importantly, are a lot of fun! I tried out the split-screen mode together with Diana ďDumeeGamerĒ Dumee and we rolled around on the couch laughing about both our skills (or rather, the lack of) when trying to make that tight turn, followed by a big jump. Letís just say, we were flying all over the place. Diana even managed to land outside of the track and just drove off into the sunset. Till this day, she has not been heard from again...

The track building will seem very familiar to anyone who has ever played a Trackmania game before; you build your track out of predefined blocks. When youíre finished you can share your custom track with your friends and challenge them to a race. A completely new feature within the track editor comes of a random track generator. This feature does exactly what is says it does; it generates random tracks, using the same block-system youíd use while building your own custom track. So, in this respect (as well as many others) the sky is the limit in Trackmania Turbo.

Trackmania Turbo is an old-fashioned arcade racer, so its physics are somewhat more forgiving than your usual, run-of-the-mill racing game; a trait that I thoroughly enjoy and can really get behind. Not every tiny error sends you flying into a concrete wall and no matter how fast you crash into said concrete wall, your car will still be driveable. This makes Trackmania Turbo playeable by players of every skill level and enjoyable for everyone who likes to take a high-speed race car through its paces on a mind-boggling and gravity-defying track. Now, this I like! One can easily pick up this game and not be overly frustrated because you fly off track every single time you try to make a turn.


At the end of the day, Trackmania Turbo is a truly awesome and thoroughly enjoyable racing game, suitable for players of all ages and skill levels. Fantastic graphics, neck-break speed and hair-raising antics make this game truly the King of Arcade Stunt Racers! I can wholeheartedly recommend this game to everyone who, in the immortal words of Ricky Bobby, just wants to go fast. Itís time to put the pedal to the metal and burn some serious rubber!


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TRACKMANIA TURBO
Nadeo & Ubisoft
March 22 (NA), 2016
March 24 (WW), 2016