While being American, I do have a history of putting down games that contain meat-tanks which wield ridiculously-sized bullet dispensers and instead picking up something that’s been developed from the other side of the pond.
One of those times was when I started playing the racing game TrackMania Nations Forever, which latter led me to buy TrackMania United Forever on Steam. TrackMania was the culmination of simple yet complex gameplay; the controls were dead easy, but maneuvering the obstacles and learning how to overcome them in conjunction with the track design made the game hard to master. Not only that, but the huge amount of tracks and usually welcoming community kept me playing the game for a long time. NADEO, the creator of the TrackMania series, was able to strike a chord in the gaming community with its formula that kept us playing for a long time, and it looks like NADEO is planning strike lightening again in a different genre.