We're back from last week's break with another still-nameless Friday stream here at USgamer, and this week, we'll be racing the clock against obstacles and dreaded ice. Join us on Friday at 4 p.m. ET / 1 p.m. PT for some laps in Trackmania.
You can catch the action on our YouTube channel, or via the embed below, on Friday. If you miss it live, no worries; the video will be automatically archived, so you can watch it after the air time. This stream, we'll be perusing the various user-made maps that have already cropped up online. Expect some hairpin turns, ceiling rides, and lots of wiping out.
Trackmania's 2020 entry is a remake of Trackmania Nations that goes back to basics. Rather than the different climates like Lagoon or Valley, Trackmania (2020) is centered on just a handful of track types and various blocks. So far, the return to Nations seems to have paid off—there's a nice blend of technical expertise, fundamental driving, and track-specific tricks to capturing the top spot in each of the current set of Summer tracks.
It's a great on-ramp for those unfamiliar with the appeal of Trackmania, though the structure is a bit different than you'd normally expect. The base game is free-to-play, with two tiers of paid access to engage with various facets of the online community. Ubisoft Nadeo is also opting for a seasonal model, updating and adding new courses as months wear on. It's a model I hope can work in the long run for Trackmania; considering the subscriptions can be paid out for up to three years already, it seems like the desire to support this over time is there.
Come hang out and maybe even race alongside us on Friday. Remember, it's not a race against others, but yourself. Trackmania is a game of self-improvement, building up faster times over repeat runs as one hones their skills and sharpens their senses. But I'm also secretly hoping for some Star Wars Metallica-style messes.