• Publisher: Ubisoft
  • Release Date: Sep 14, 2011
Metascore
81

Generally favorable reviews - based on 37 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 30 out of 37
  2. Negative: 0 out of 37
  1. Oct 4, 2011
    90
    This is the most complete, large, fun and ambitious Trackmania game ever made. It improves upon the formula that has make the game succeed, and again challenges us to beat our best times and also our rivals'. And at a very attractive price.
  2. Sep 26, 2011
    90
    Trackmania 2: Canyon brings back all the landmarks of the series. Easy and powerful editor, intuitive and fast gameplay, local and online multiplayer and tons of nice tracks. Additionally this chapter offers gorgeous lights, decent graphics and a great network full of official times, and ghosts, to confront with.
  3. Sep 23, 2011
    90
    Aside from improved visuals and the (admittedly rather welcome) handling changes, there's no radical departure from the TrackMania formula here. If you read that as a criticism then, well, maybe you've already overdosed on previous releases. For everyone coming fresh to the track, TM2 is a rapid-paced, rapid-restart extravaganza and still an absolute delight.
  4. Sep 20, 2011
    90
    A game that captures that rarest commodity in gaming: joy. It's an experience where comedy, camaraderie and personal improvement are tied together in one glorious whole. It's also a game that hasn't even got off the ground yet, as its community get to grips with the track creation tools and the potential for re-designing the environments.
  5. Sep 19, 2011
    90
    Offers just enough tweaks to the formula to make it worth the download. Visually, it's not the prettiest racer out there, but the lighting can be particularly gorgeous at times and the system requirements are very reasonable. As the community settles in again, the amount of content will only grow from here given the excellent creation tools included.
  6. Sep 19, 2011
    90
    Faster, bigger and more addictive than its predecessor, TrackMania 2: Canyon is the ultimate arcade racing game. With tons of crazy tracks from Nadeo and its passionate community, online races up to 200 player, world ladders and the in-game social network called ManiaPlanet, the hardest thing to do in TrackMania 2: Canyon is to stop playing it.
  7. Sep 21, 2011
    89
    TrackMania 2: Canyon offers exactly what you're waiting for: many hours of arcade racing.
  8. Sep 16, 2011
    86
    Trackmania 2 builds on the strengths of the predecessors and offers even more fun, experimentation, races decided by milliseconds and a powerful track editor. There's fun for months in it.
  9. Nov 13, 2011
    85
    Canyon serves as an excellent continuation of the series, and if you loved it before you won't be disappointed.
  10. Oct 4, 2011
    85
    If you expected some sort of a revolution with the new Trackmania, the first few minutes will prove you wrong. Canyon is a continuation of Nadeo's consistent way but with a new graphics engine and an addition of the ManiaPlanet system. Speed freaks will spend hundreds of hours with this game, perfecting their skills and advancing in the world rankings. It's a very good, sometimes perfect, arcade game, accesible for casual and hardcore gamers alike.
  11. Sep 29, 2011
    85
    There are not many games out there that make drifting so enjoyable. But bear in mind that Trackmania may throw you off if you're a fan of traditional racing games. It's also a pity that the puzzles from the previous game in the series are now gone. [October, p.60]
  12. Sep 29, 2011
    85
    Trackmania 2: Canyon is a must-have for racing fans who do not necessarily expect pure realism.
  13. Sep 26, 2011
    85
    It's a game about community and sharing and Nadeo does a good job of wrapping up the whole of the Trackmania experience – local multiplayer, online competition, track and car editors and worldwide rankings – into one package.
  14. Sep 23, 2011
    85
    TrackMania 2 can be frustrating, but still motivates to go on. Definately worth the price despite lacking content.
  15. Sep 23, 2011
    85
    It is impossible to resist Trackmania 2. Simply put: Nadeo has developed one of the best PC games of recent years.
  16. Sep 21, 2011
    85
    It's a great package for fans of the brand. There are many classic elements paired with some new and improved features (editor, content sharing, driving itself have been overhauled). It's anyway a multiplayer game, solo guys should look soemwhere else.
  17. Sep 21, 2011
    85
    Great fun, if not exactly the step forward we were hoping for. New players will have a fantastic time gunning for best times and whizzing through the air, while old Trackmania legends will either take to the new challenge, or wonder why it's just the very same experience all over again.
  18. Nov 9, 2011
    83
    Almost everything you'd want of a TrackMania, but as a TrackMania 2 it leaves a lot to be desired, and hopefully fixed. [Holiday 2011, p.76]
  19. Oct 3, 2011
    83
    If you're looking for a high-fidelity racing sim, TrackMania isn't for you. If you're looking for a way to express yourself with custom-designed race tracks without having to invest months of effort, this is the game you're looking for!
  20. 80
    Great in singleplayer, incomparable in multiplayer Trackmania 2 brings competition to a whole new level. If the game editor was better there would be no other flaws. [Nov 2011]
  21. Oct 23, 2011
    80
    Brilliant budget priced arcade racing that recalls a simple, better gaming time. Be prepared to wear out the race reset key as you make the thousandth attempt at a perfect run, if just to show off your racing mastery to the world.
  22. Oct 20, 2011
    80
    Nadeo trims away the unnecessary to make TrackMania 2: Canyon an arcade racing experience that is as focused as it is brilliant. Selection of tracks is a bit uneven, but the good ones are great. Simplistic yet complex racing that really comes alive in online mode.
  23. Oct 17, 2011
    80
    A streamlined front-end and more clearly spelled-out progression would probably go a long way. But if you're up for digging around and find the idea of a driving game that's a little left-of-center exciting, TM2 is kind of incredible.
  24. Oct 10, 2011
    80
    Although there isn't anything particularly innovative for the series, there are clear improvements in some areas and in general it's still immensely fun.
  25. Oct 10, 2011
    80
    TrackMania 2: Canyon does everything you can expect of an arcade race game and much more. It's easy for starters and still offers a big enough challenge for the more experienced players. The editor is easy to use and gives players the chance to show off their coolest creations.
  26. Oct 4, 2011
    80
    It's just a great idea, updated to modern standards and with no other intention than being extremely fun. And it succeeds in it.
  27. Sep 22, 2011
    80
    TrackMania is back, and just as fun as ever. The new environment will no doubt be a hit among both new and old players, though it does feel a bit disappointing to go from seven environments in TrackMania United Forever to just one (so far) in TrackMania 2.
  28. Sep 21, 2011
    80
    TrackMania 2: Canyon is an exciting arcade racer that fluctuates between the highly accessible and the extremely complex.
  29. Sep 19, 2011
    80
    TrackMania 2: Canyon builds on the series' basic but aggressively addictive racing formula without hamstringing its newcomer-friendliness or sacrificing the over-the-top vibe of its zany track designs.Highly recommended for fans of adrenaline racing.
  30. Feb 13, 2012
    79
    Trackmania is back! Except it's the same old game once again, only more beautiful and somewhat more refined. Racing online is especially fun and addicting, but why is there only one environment and only one single player mode? The fact that this has about the same amount of content as the free Trackmania Nations is disappointing. [Feb 2012]
  31. Nov 16, 2011
    70
    Canyon may well become the definitive version of this smile-inducing stunt racer, but unless you're already a veteran it may be worth waiting a while before taking this sequel for a drive. [Issue#115, p.100]
  32. Oct 31, 2011
    70
    A prettier but more generic experience overall. Still fun, but somewhat lacking in the skill department. [Dec 2011, p.62]
  33. Sep 26, 2011
    70
    Quotation forthcoming.
  34. Sep 23, 2011
    70
    Mice seem to have got at the game modes and vehicle selection but despite the paucity of options this is still one of the most original and fun racers on any format.
  35. Sep 21, 2011
    70
    I liked the sense of accomplishment I felt after completing a complex level, and online play is entertaining. Racing game fans won't find the same type of gameplay in Gran Turismo, as the arcade style gameplay leans more toward the casual crowd.
  36. Sep 19, 2011
    70
    Fans of TrackMania Nations and its Stadium course, in particular, will have a hard time adjusting to the heavy, drifty handling that is, for the moment, the only way to race in TrackMania 2.
  37. Sep 21, 2011
    65
    If you are someone who enjoys their racing games with more structure, something like Gran Turismo or Burnout Paradise, then you may find that Trackmania2 will leave you cold. However, if you are fan of the first game, or fancy flexing your design muscles, then there is a lot of fun to be found here. Just make sure you know what sort of game you are getting yourself into.
User Score
7.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 87 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 17
  2. Negative: 4 out of 17
  1. Sep 19, 2011
    6
    This game is very hard to love. The racing is as wonderful as ever, and the graphics truly are a leap forward, but everything else is a confused mess. Much seems to have been taken out since Trackmania United, with the community expected to fill it in later. The solo campaign is simply 'Race', with no 'Platform', 'Puzzle' and 'Stunt' mode any more. There's no in-game 'Explorer' to allow you to look for skins and tracks. There's no way of sharing your creations once they've been built- at least, as far as I can see. I can't understand why they've simply thrown all this stuff away, since Trackmania United Forever was so fully-featured.

    On top of that, there's no explanation as to what's going on, either. in fact, if you want to read the manual, you have to search for it on Google- and even then, you're not going to find it. It's here: http://wiki.maniaplanet.com/en/User_manual . It's also woefully incomplete. If you want any further explanation, you'll have to start mining the forums. This shouldn't be necessary.

    And there are bugs, and the interface is a mess, and there appear to be people who have hacked their way to the top of the rankings, and there's absolutely no communication from Nadeo as to what they're aware of and what they're going to be doing in the future.

    So, ultimately, this game has a very, very long way to go, and there's a very good chance Ubisoft are going to make you pay extra for all the things your missing. Probably best to avoid it for a few months until everything gets sorted out. Until then, buy Trackmania United on Steam. It's the same price and it'll last you for much longer.
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  2. Sep 17, 2011
    10
    I am obsessed and in love. TrackMania 2 Canyon has arcade style car handling that is precise and responsive. Easy to learn and hard to master. Graphics are simple, clean and impressive. The online ranking system is revealed layer by layer in an involving fashion that is massively rewarding. This is my favourite game to play hot seat with a friend or group of friends in local party play. I have had an absolute blast playing this game for the last few and I can see myself playing more and more as time goes on and I get into the massive customisation options and start downloading tracks. Now, excuse me while I go improve my time... Full Review »
  3. Sep 22, 2011
    10
    Are you kidding me? How do you take a game that has over 6 million players online and make it better? This is how you do it.Trackmania 2 Canyon is absolutely a must own, must play game if you want it all in a multiplayer game,PERIOD.
    Admittedly,it has a few unforgiving learning curves when it comes to the editors and how to's when trying them out but, if you played the former it shouldn't be a big hassle.The player and forums are a valuable reference to most questions that need answered.Most folks are friendly and are willing to share info. Gone are the Airbrakes that most were used to in the original and,drifting has taken its place to master and overcome obstacles & mishaps.The overall handling of the new vehicle(s) aren't as tight as the original Stadium car but, with practice you will become proficient enough to hang in there with the best of them. What more could you ask for? New graphics,new editor interface,support,great gameplay.Absolutely a FANTASTIC game.Thanx Nadeo for your dedication and hopefully a new environment ASAP. As far as Godwhacker's complaints...obviously he doesn't get it and probably never will.Too Bad....somethings you just gotta work for to make you appreciate this game and how to make yourself a better player.
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