If you’ve played Trackmania before then you know the love/hate relationship that can come with trying to beat its insane tracks. And now you can experience that frustration in VR too. Ubisoft just released their VR update (announced at E3 in 2015) for the new Trackmania Turbo – which enables PlayStation VR, Oculus Rift and HTC Vive owners to experience it in all its virtual reality splendor.
Created by Ubisoft’s Nadeo Studio, the arcade-style racer has developed quite the cult following. Trackmania’s game features are easy to understand and get a handle on, but quickly become addictive – especially as the tracks steadily become more complicated. Some have spent hours upon hours trying to defeat the tracks and improve their time scores in the game in order to climb up the world rank ladder. Even more hours have been spent by people zealously trying to create their own intricate tracks in Trackmania.
Trackmania Turbo – Racing in VR
Trackmania Turbo released back in March for Playstation, Xbox One and PC with 200 tracks spanning four environments – Valley Down & Dirty, Canyon Grand Drift, Rollercoaster Lagoon and the International Stadium. The game also features some more vehicle customization than before, with stickers, colors and mascots. Trackmania Turbo VR, on the other hand, has only 40 tracks – but they do span across all of the environments.
Now, I don’t know about you, but just thinking about the crazy aerial maneuvers in Trackmania on a VR device already makes my head spin. But, presumably in an effort to negate that effect somewhat, the developers made the VR experience third-person only – with the exception of a few brief scenes that auto-zoom into first-person. Personally, I’m fine with that – but some fans have stated their displeasure:
Understandably, fans are very upset about the VR update. When marketing for Trackmania Turbo began, VR was a central point of focus. But upon release, the VR component was nowhere to be seen. Then when it does finally release, it’s only with a few custom tracks, limited camera view and no multiplayer. One of the best parts about Trackmania is multiplayer. But, unfortunately, multiplayer is not part of the Trackmania Turbo VR update – which agitated fans even more. There are a lot of mixed reviews about the game – some love it, while others say the previous games were much better.
If you want to try out the VR version without committing to buying the game just yet, there’s a 3GB demo version with 4 short tracks spanning two of the environments (Canyon Grand Drift & Rollercoaster Lagoon) available. If you’re planning on downloading the game on PC – just note that you’ll need a Uplay account to play the demo. You can get the demo on Steam and the Playstation Store.
You can catch more comments and opinions about the VR update on this Reddit thread.