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See five minutes of Trackmania Turbo's relentless gameplay

Owen S. Good is a longtime veteran of video games writing, well known for his coverage of sports and racing games.

Some racers shy away from the arcade label. Trackmania Turbo? Hell no. "You only need three buttons to control your car," says this video, featuring more than five minutes of gameplay. That's three buttons, not counting the restart.

Restarts are instantaneous, developer Nadeo says, to get drivers back on track fast after the expected screwups and misfortunes of a fast-paced racer throw them off course. Another way the game encourages players to go-go-go: Braking muffles the music, so stand on the gas to keep the beat going. Procedurally generated tracks means there's no use trying to memorize turns and straightaways, so just stand on the gas and hold on tight.

Trackmania Turbo was announced last month at Ubisoft's E3 keynote. Past editions have primarily launched on PC; this one comes November to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One as well as Windows PC.

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