• Publisher: Ubisoft
  • Release Date: Sep 14, 2011
User Score
7.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 92 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 73 out of 92
  2. Negative: 14 out of 92

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  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 allowThis 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. Oct 27, 2011
    7
    It's still Trackmania. It still has all the features that made it so fun. But Nadeo, unfortunately, has been influenced by current most-selling titles. For example: the titular Canyon looks good, very good, but the blocks with all those additional buildings, fences, and the rest of the stuff, are now harder to be used in the editor.
    If you enjoyed previous TM games, you'll also enjoy
    It's still Trackmania. It still has all the features that made it so fun. But Nadeo, unfortunately, has been influenced by current most-selling titles. For example: the titular Canyon looks good, very good, but the blocks with all those additional buildings, fences, and the rest of the stuff, are now harder to be used in the editor.
    If you enjoyed previous TM games, you'll also enjoy Canyon. But if you haven't played any of them yet, you may find hard to find yourself in that one.
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  3. Nov 23, 2011
    7
    This game is excellent overall, but there is something missing here. This game will even get boring with all the multiplayer servers. Im guessing trackmania series are just getting older...

    Also, the servers can go up to 256 players, but the same servers never go up to 100, because of the small popularity.
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. 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]
  2. 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]
  3. 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]