Today The Freehare has a real treat for the casual gamer. Out of many MMO (Massive Multiplayer Online) games, only a select few ever stay under the favorites list of gamers, and many are restricted to the realm of fantasy or science fiction. Not to say this is a bad thing because there are many great fantasy MMO’s. Now here is something completely different. A racing MMO. That’s right, you heard me, racing. And an EXTREMELY fun one at that. Most of the time I spend in multiplayer games, I spend shooting nazis or fighting 2-dimensional mushrooms. But now, I also enjoy a quality racing experience brought to you by the Nadeo company. For the first time in eSport, a racing game has been brought to everyone around the globe in honor of the Electronic Sports World Cup, and this experience is destined to train players for an online racing experience which will win the victor 400,000 dollars each year. In front of 40,000 people, these qualifiers will battle it out for the prize but you don’t have to play for that. You could also play for the amazing quality racing experience that this game provides. This is TrackMania Nations.
The game starts you off with an illustrious cutscene showing a really cool race, involving jumps, and even giant skateboard ramps. After the cutscene, a menu screen comes up giving you various options. You can play online with other players through various means, or you can play solo tracks by yourself in order to train your virtual driving skills. Many of the training tracks are quite hard yet quite fun, though I prefer to play with other people through the online section of the game. If you complete a course, solo or online, in a fast enough amount of time, you will earn medals which range from bronze to gold. Gold medals are quite hard to obtain. The levels contain many interesting tricks and traps, but don’t hit your keyboard too hard. If you flip out you can press ENTER to start again at the beginning of the track, though this will cost you your rank and place in the track. Yes, there are maps with these ramps in the game. Some maps even have parts where you must go so incredibly fast you are racing at zero-gravity speeds to make it. I must say these parts were quite hard for me and I rarely made them, though I saw all of the other players whizzing through them like they were on ice. You can also customize your car, and even with the limited customization options, you can still manipulate them to get some very unique looks. Through some crafty manipulation I managed to get a car that looked a bit like it was made out of computer data. I once saw a guy who was playing as a Lay-Z-Boy recliner, and a picture of this is available in the screenshots section. The graphics in the game are amazing, and take good use of lens flare and blurring effects to create a very pleasing eye-fare. The music is a mix between techno and rock, and does a good job of getting you into a fast mood.
So to conclude, if you are looking for a solid racing experience complete with zero-gravity stunts and complete competitive speed, you have come to the right place. This game gets a 5 out of 5, and another replay from my part. So go add it to your
Review by: Secret Fawful