April 16, 2018
Euro Truck Simulator review
Residents of Dunwall, please settle for my apologies. I was a hop, skip and a slide away from the Lord Regent’s chamber when this seriously compelling lorry sim sped into my life. Abruptly, stealthy vengeance seems far less vital than making certain a load of new JCBs gets to Bratislava on time.
Euro Truck Simulator 2 is that uncommon thing, a strong sim tethered to a strong game. The place different vehicle-obsessed devs appear to take participant motivation for granted, Czech studio SCS understand that a pleasingly modelled steed wants a pleasingly modelled setting to shine.
On this occasion that atmosphere is a swathe of Europe stretching from Plymouth within the west to Wroclaw within the east, from Aberdeen within the north to Milan in the South. The tangle of motorways and main roads is stylised and condensed, however feels massive. After a splendid week of non-stop trucking the stats screen tells me I’ve still solely seen 50% of it.
There’s satisfaction in exploring new routes, seeing new golden been-there-completed-that squiggles appearing on the in-game map, but it surely tends to be the promise of cold, hard cash that gets you out of bed in the morning. Like Farming Simulator, ETS2 has a simple yet resonant economic sandbox at its centre.
You begin as a low-expert, truckless lorry jockey, pressured to take work from established haulage companies. Slowly (or quickly for those who go to a bank) you amass the funds to purchase your first rig and hire your first yard. Then the enjoyable really begins. Contract perusing, truck pimping, talent upgrading, driver hiring… this is Eddie Stobart: The Game in all however name.
Spending ninety minutes ferrying a tank of propane from Sheffield to Prague could (ought to?) be tedious. The fact that it isn’t is basically down to good-if-not-fairly-OMSI-standard physics, and assorted road layouts and scenery. Durations of smooth, almost soporific motorway motoring nestle between passages of edgier wheelwork. One minute you’re cruising alongside contemplating the sunset over the central reservation, the subsequent you are on a rain-lashed country road at evening, ready for the correct second to pass a painfully slow pantechnicon. Tiredness cannot kill in ETS2, but it could possibly leave you jack-knifed in a ditch, feeling awful with a considerable restore invoice to pay.
The only time when the game itself loses focus is when attempting to evoke sure regions and sounds. The further you get from central Europe the less convincing the landscapes become. No one seems to have told SCS’s countryside crafters that rural Britain options lengthy green things called hedges. Cities are sometimes depicted with the shortest of visible shorthand – a number of warehouses, the odd landmark for those who’re lucky. Don’t count on to see a favorite native roundabout, slip-road, or speed camera in this highly-beneficial HGV-driver RPG
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