Take to the track in style
TrackMania Turbo is an unusual but highly exciting little racing game which makes for a very entertaining ride. It's best played in the company of friends online but even if you're going solo, there's a lot of fun to be had here. The focus here is not on traditional races in the first across the line sense, and instead charges you with completing a series of time trials. You can compete against your friends but unusually enough, everyone will be racing the same car so there's no sense of imbalance and everything is the same for everyone. There are four main environments to race through and which offer their own unique challenges as well as visual differences. The single player section sees you racing through these environments across 200 tracks split into 5 cups but another interesting development is the way you can play with a friend but with both people driving the same car and with the outcome decided upon the average of the two inputs. There are a number of multi-player modes to round things out and which help to make this an appealing prospect. Although this might not be for the hardcore racing fan who enjoys the customization options of Need For Speed
, if you're just in it for a good time, there's much entertainment to be had here. The tracks are many and varied while the sense of speed is well done and offers just the right sort of excitement. The lack of tweaking might be disappointing for some but when it allows you to get to the nitty gritty straight away, it's not a big problem so for racing enthusiasts, this is a fine choice.