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Review: Trackmania 2: Lagoon

by on June 5, 2017
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So I’ve been playing Trackmania 2: Lagoon for a while now, and I’ve definitely gotten a sense of it. The game is definitely keeping in line with the other Trackmania titles, in that it’s easy to pick up and difficult to master. It’s also a surprisingly addictive game.

Perhaps the most prominent feature of Trackmania 2: Lagoon is the eponymous lagoon. The game’s environment is simply amazing, and they’ve done a terrific job rendering a tropical paradise. The unique look and feel adds a lot to the series, and the tropics add a wonderful backdrop.

The series, as usual, maintains its terrific car physics are great. They’re kind of a mix between straight-up arcade racing controls and more drifty controls from titles like DiRT, and the game absolutely manages to force you to really get a sense of the physics to nail the controls. When you start, you may find that handling is tricky to get the hang of and maybe not what you’d  expect from a game that looks like this. The game is still pretty arcadey, but it borrows a lot from its older brothers. I should mention of course that Trackmania is not a racing game in the sense that you compete against other drivers; rather, you try and beat track times. This can be very difficult (and on some tracks damn near impossible) and so expect a lot of repetition.

Trackmania 2: Lagoon’s main draw has always been its track editor system, and this game also has a good selection of great-looking components. Of course, once you’re done you can play the tracks other users have made, and these can be pretty insane. Much like with other games that have a user-generated level system, Trackmania has a plethora of insane tracks that are honestly just twists and turns that are meant to fling your car around while you do nothing. Once you navigate past the self-playing levels though, there’s a ton of great content in there.

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The game manages to run very smoothly, which is crucial in a racing title. The textures look smooth and crisp, and the detail on the cars is amazingly rendered. I will say that in some cases the loading times seemed to slacken, but overall performance is top-notch

If you’re new to the series, then you can definitely enjoy Trackmania 2: Lagoon. It’s tons of fun and I can fully recommend. If you are a die hard Trackmania fan, it’s another great title to add to a racing series that I feel is too often overlooked.

Trackmania 2: Lagoon was reviewed using a PC downloadable code of the game provided by Ubisoft Middle East. The review was tested by Mazen Abdallah on a PC running Windows 10, with an 8GB NVIDIA Geforce GTX 1070 fitted on a 4th Generation Intel i7 4790 3.6Ghz CPU and topped with 16GB of RAM. We don’t discuss review scores with publishers or developers prior to the review being published.

What we liked

• New track design system
• Gorgeous environment
• Tight controls

What is not fun

• Uneven track difficulty
• Not enough curated content on the track selection

Editor Rating
 
Concept
8.0

 
Graphics
8.7

 
Sound
8.0

 
Playability
8.0

 
Entertainment
7.8

 
Replay Value
7.5

Final Score
8.0


Our final verdict
 

Trackmania 2: Lagoon is another great entry to the series, and if you’re a fan of tropical paradises and racing at breakneck speeds to shave seconds off your scores, it’s a great title. It offers a ton of content and a seemingly endless supply of user content, so there’s a lot to get into.

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