Summary: Even if you haven't touched a TrackMania before, you likely are familiar with the series through its often remarkable presence on YouTube . If it's a clip of an inspired, logic-defying track in which the person playing seems infallible, chances are it's TrackMania footage you're watching. The question then usually comes down to "Is it as fun to watch as it is to play?" Well, is it?
Conclusion: A really fun game that might not get the attention it deserves. While the idle of a game consisting of time-trials may seem boring; racing these tracks will be some of the most fun you’ll have driving a car this year.
Excerpt: TrackMania 2: Canyon is the follow-up to the popular online ranking racing game TrackMania United Forever. The game boasts a worldwide ranking database that keeps track of your skills globally, as well as your rank by country and state, complete with a built-in track editor that allows you to create and share your tracks with the massive online community.
Conclusion: Either way, Trackmania 2 is great fun, if not exactly the step forward we were hoping for. New players will have a fantastic time gunning for best times and whizzing through the air, while old Trackmania legends will either take to the new challenge, or wonder why it's just the very same experience all over again. Only time will tell whether or not Trackmania 2 can be a worthy successor.
Summary: What’s on offer is a unique and very addictive experience, albeit quite rough round the edges in terms of telling the player what is available. The single player is surprisingly engaging and encourages you to keep trying and improve on your best effort, even if you think it cannot be accomplished. If you want to get the most of this community driven title, it is advised to become immersed in the competitive multiplayer competitions.
Excerpt: Trackmania 2 hopes to build on the success of the original series of racing games with Canyon, essentially an update that introduces a new terrain and beautiful graphics that are on par with the top simulation racers on the market.