Oops it seems like I'm a little bit late here ^^
Nevermind, it's never too late !
I recently talked with NoTimeToDrive
in the game itself, didn't know you were on the forums
I've played TrackMania
since the very first one too, the beta or the demo or whatever, I don't remember correctly
But I can tell it was the most amazing game I played for real,
I remember the Catch-me little game we used to play on the servers, so amazing.
came up, I could not believe it, I said to myself :
"What?? Is this an update? To me it's more like 2 completly new games inside the first one !"
But to me, the best moment in the whole story of TrackMania, was Sunrise
Outstanding game, beyond every hopes at the moment !
When Sunrise eXtreme
came out, well...
I can't explain the real mood, only the trailer can.
This moment with the guitar riff gets me everytime
The community was so strong, especially in France.
This extension made Freestyle
more popular, the whole thing was incredible.
I remember watching GIFS of freestylers in the FreestyleCup forum,
With people like Timae, Evets, Sirroco, Max160, Supayop, Jerem, Twister, Feti, WeetoS, Falcon, Titi, etc...
And also HyDroPhyse, Starbuck, Hellwood, Jambon, Cedric from focus, etc...
with the amazing work they did here.
(the list is long sorry for thoses I forget here)
I wasn't active on the forums at this time, but I read all topics, watched all the gifs, did all the tricks ! (Mmmh except the "window washer"
I didn't manage to do it at all
I would like to say thank you Nadeo
for all thoses moments, writed in my memory.
You all did a REAL great job here, I mean, after all thoses years, when I run Sunrise eXtreme, the game is still beautiful.
The textures and assets are realy high def for the mid 2000's era, the mood is really incredible.
Music well selected, really good user interface, very beautiful effect on the menu buttons (probably a pixel shader over a sprite or something).
Really good models, for all the environements and the cars, still smooth in 2019.
Great great job from the developers, we had all the tools we needed to mod the game, STRONG game motor, impressive renderer and physics engine. Sunrise was amazingly done, good job.
The original Sunrise gifs are no longer uploaded, but here are some gifs, made later on United
with the next generation of freestylers :
One of my personal favorite trick, by Oreo
An amazing stadium trick, by Luffy49
Thank you again, I hope I managed to share my feelings about this portion of space and time still locked in my memory.
See ya !