[Apr 16, 2008, 09:12 am ET] - Share - Viewing Comments
TrackMania United Website
now offers the promised release of TrackMania
, the free installment in this stunt arcade racing series
that allows players to compete against owners of the retail TrackMania United
and the free TrackMania United Forever
upgrade for it that was released
). The 504 MB download can also be found on
, Gamer's Hell
(registration required), and
. The announcement is pretty lengthy, as it includes an explanation
from Florent Castelnerac of Nadeo about their faith in the PC platform as the
best place for their efforts because it allows them to offer content creation
tools and to integrate social networking-style features. Here's the announcement
minus that part:
Launched two years ago, TrackMania Nations became a true
video game phenomenon. The free downloadable racing game attracted an
unbelievable number of players around the world who were obsessed with the
game's fast cars, spectacular tracks single- and multiplayer play and simple yet
powerful tools for creating tracks and race videos. For the past two years, it
has been installed more than 30 million times and nearly four million players
have created an account to play the game online on the gameís servers.
Its highly awaited sequel, TrackMania Nations Forever, is now available as a
free download. TrackMania Nations Forever offers a new complete "Forever"
version of the Stadium environment, a complete solo mode and 65 brand new,
progressively difficult tracks. TrackMania Nations Forever will unite an even
larger number of players thanks to its engaging multiplayer modes, innovative
online functions and revolutionary interactivity between players.
The release of TrackMania Nations Forever will also allow the convergence of the
huge TrackMania community. For the first time, players of the free versions will
be able to play online with players from the retail version of TrackMania United
on servers dedicated to the Stadium environment that is common to both games.
Players of the TrackMania United retail version also gain a brilliant free
extension named "United Forever". In addition to being compatible with Nations
Forever, this extension offers many bonuses - including tracks that have never
been seen before, new design blocks for the game environments and a spectacular
graphics update for the three historic environments Desert, Snow and
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||Re: No subject
||Apr 16, 2008, 12:32
So what, exactly, is the incentive to buy the retail version? I owned Trackmania Sunrise (the manual/serial for which I lost forcing me to toss the CD) and loved it. I'm all for supporting the authors, but how can they give away such a huge game? Are there in-game adds or some other form of revenue I haven't thought of?United has 6 additional environments (track types), three each from TM Original and Sunrise, with another 147 race tracks. United has three additional game modes: Puzzle, Platform and Stunt, with 21 tracks each. United supports ManiaLinks, an integrated browser for user pages and user-created game content. United uses a coppers system, an in-game currency which you need for various features, such as recording your time on a given track officially on the master servers, and paying for ManiaLinks content. Coppers are also needed by admins that want to host servers where the highest ranking players can compete. And there are further minor incentives, but that should do I guess.
This comment was edited on Apr 16, 12:32.