While surfing the net (for TM related stuff, of course) I came across this article from 2004. It’s a rather short review of TrackMania Original, written by Ryan Scott. It was first released at Computer Gaming World (which today seems to be called 1up.com – I’m not sure if it’s a name change or something), but I found it at FindArticles.com.
Now, in this review, Ryan Scott says some rather bad things about TM Original. Being someone who did not discover TM until Nations, I’m not sure if Mr. Scott is exaggerating, or if the game was really that bad, but here are some quotes from his review:
“What’s worse than a mediocre piece of shareware? Answer: a $30 retail game that looks and plays like a mediocre piece of shareware. And that, unfortunately, is what TrackMania, Enlight Software’s new arcade racing/track design game, amounts to.”
“At best, TrackMania is a rough skeleton of what you might expect a racing game to be.”
“As far as raceways go, there are three varieties of tracks (snow, desert, and grass), all equally devoid of animation or other signs of life.”
“TrackMania’s other alternate modes, including its multiplayer mode, add little substance to the experience.”
“Even the music is offensive, consisting of little more than a collection of grating guitar riffs.”
“Just go buy some Matchbox cars instead.”
Now I’ve almost quoted the entire review already 😛 But if you want to check out the whole thing, it’s located here!
So now I’d like some comments from those of you who have played TM Original – was the first game of the TM series really as horrible as Ryan Scott makes it sound?