My first thought upon seeing Trackmania Nations Forever being offered for free – with its big brother, Trackmania United Forever, selling for 40 bucks – was that it was just a fancy demo with an hour or two of gameplay. Nothing could be farther from the truth.
After two or three hours, I’ve only completed a third of the tracks and I haven’t even tried the multiplayer or track editor yet – but already I love this game and what it stands for. To keep this under 200 words, here’s why:
* Simple, intuitive gameplay that’s much deeper than it first appears.
* Robust networking and ranking features, better than any PC game I’ve played. Currently, I’m ranked 32,030th in the world, 1,397th in the
* The perfect balance between graphic fidelity and low system requirements. It’s running on my computer in 1600 x 1050 without a hitch while still being easy on the eyes (for comparison, I’m running Team Fortress 2 in 1280 x 720 with a judicious combination of high, medium, and low settings).
* A shout-out to Rad Racer: support for old-school red & blue 3D glasses.