TrackMania Sunrise

Game: Title
Platform: PC
Studio: Enlight
Rating: 7/10

GAME STUDIO DESCRIPTION: The high-octane, free-wheeling insanity that is Trackmania returns to PC CD-ROM. Trackmania Sunrise takes everything that made the original an instant online classic–amazing speed, ultra-competitive multiplayer races, and easily accessible tools to create and distribute outrageous tracks–and still manages to add more and more.

New sports cars burn up the highways at a breathtaking 400 kph as they tear around gorgeous new environments including the beauty of the Pacific Coast. The most insane stunt blocks ever, send perilous track building to a whole new level with sweeping bends, winding tunnels, and ramps designed to send you soaring. Two new play modes–Platform and Crazy–mean that even the most experienced of trackmaniacs will face a totally fresh racing experience.
A new day has dawned… are you up for the challenge?
* Exhilarating new vehicles that can reach an incredible 400 kph.
* Stunning new environments to screech around.
* Two new solo modes: Platform and Crazy
* An integrated peer-to-peer network for exchanging player creations.
* Fully customizable car skins and player avatars.
* Extensive content support from an existing online community.
* Minimal tech spec requirements.
* Really fast cars driving on outrageous tracks in a beautiful setting.

PLAY: TrackMania Sunrise is devised by our creating tracks and customizing cars. There is a limited amount of vehicles to choose from—three to be exact—but you can modify enough to keep it interesting.

You can modify the tracks—but you can’t always be certain when you are making a track that is feasible to race on. To move on you must win and most of the races are timed so if you can’t get the best time you aren’t going any further in the game. If you touch the brake here you won’t win. This is all or nothing racing.

GRAPHICS: Why there is a lack of damage to the cars is a big mistake. Every game today models the damage when you smash into a wall, etc. For a PC game the graphics aren’t going to wow you. The tracks aren’t designed with much detail.

SOUND: The music isn’t great. The sound effects are—well—effective. There isn’t much more to say. Much like the rest of the game there was a good amount of room for improvement.

FRANKLY: TrackMania Sunrise is designed for fun with stunts and timed races that all require the driver to win in order to move on. If you can’t the game gets monotonous fast and it doesn’t take long before frustration can set in.

+ Richie Wright

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