>Trackmania was free-to-play a while back on Steam and I thoroughly enjoyed the original game. This was a couple years ago and I was using a Microsoft Sidewinder game pad to control it. Not the best option, but despite this the game was still a blast. It was full of insane physics manipulation and the amazing user created tracks that had made the franchise really shine. I got my butt kicked a hundred times online and still enjoyed it.
This new version appears to have much, much better graphics and even crazier tracks and environments to put them in. Ars Technica’s Ben Kuchera found the game to his liking. If you want a racing game that bends physics to its will and has insane speed, this is it. You will find an immense feeling of satisfaction when you get through a tough section of track. This game really does challenge you and it will continue to do so infinitely because 90% of the tracks are user created.
I thought the original was incredible fun, and the multiplayer is great. For $25 you can’t go wrong. I would definitely recommend using an X-box controller or buying a game pad though for a racer such as this.
One last caveat: This is Ubisoft published, so beware DRM, though no reports of problems have surfaced.