Enjoy your racing games? Enjoy making tracks for your racing games? Enjoy Online gameplay with other 80 other people?
Trackmania Nations Forever is the game for you. I have played this fast paced racing game for over a year now and I am still not bored of it, this free game has a good balance of gameplay. Trackmania also gives you the choice to buy an upgrade known as Trackmania United Forever if the game takes your liking..
There are 2 parts of the game as i mentioned before, the racing and the track making.
Upon registering your account you have the option to tell them your country and area, this allows you to have an official rank within the game. You can work on your rank by doing the premade tracks offline where you have certain times to beat.. On the other side of things there is the online play where clans/independent people create servers with their maps for you to play and compete with other players on the server. When i first got the game my main concern was with having so many players on one server you would have to avoid crashing into other players, i was wrong they use a ghost type system where you can see the players while acing but you can go through them, this in my opinion was the best way to do it.
The controls are very simple, all you need are your arrow keys and maybe 1,2,3 to change views. The car you use in Nations is a fine tuned F1 car it is the most responsive car in the United cars.
My favorite part of the game is making tracks, Trackmania comes with a huge variety of track pieces which you can place anywhere on the stadium map. From ramps to boosts the dynamic track builder simply works, there is a way of connecting each type of track piece together. Among the track parts there are also scenery to add to your maps to make it more appealing or make it a part of a track, anything is possible.
Trackmania will provide you hours of fun for months on end not only competing with others but with yourself, i seriously recommend you try it out. As for purchasing Trackmania United Forever i think that decision is based on your needs of the game as there are plenty of thing on the free verison to do. I myself bought it and don’t really use most of the features apart from the 3D car skins.