Euro Truck Simulator 2

[Review] A trucking simulator that isn't quite what I expected.
The Details
  • Title: Euro Tuck Simulator 2
  • Web: Official Site
  • Developer: SCS Software
  • Publisher: SCS Software
  • Released: 16 January, 2013
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  • Platforms: PC
  • Reviewed On: PC

Euro Truck Simulator 2 is exactly what it says it is. A simulator, about trucks, in Europe. There’s not much else that can be said about it, and going just from the title, it sounds like something your grandfather would play. But there’s something more in this game, something engaging that keeps you playing, something that I’m not even sure about, but it’s there and it grips you.

One of the main things in Euro Truck that is excellent for both the casual player and the hardcore truck warrior, is the amount of options available. You can turn on/off various options to do with vehicle control to make it as basic, or complex, as you please. Don’t fancy mucking around with gears? Stick automatic on. Don’t like the basic brake system? Turn on the full air brakes simulation. It allows you to customise every part of the driving experience and it’s great.

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Parking your trailer up can be quite a challenge, especially for the new comers.

 

It doesn’t just end with the options. At the end of your run you have to park your cargo trailer up in a designated spot. Getting it perfect can be a real challenge, especially in some of the tighter areas, but the game doesn’t demand that you park perfectly. Instead, once you’re there, you can skip the trailer parking, there’s no down side to this, but if you choose to take the time to properly park up, you do receive a small money and XP bonus.

Speaking of XP, there’s a robust levelling system going on which unlocks various aspects of the game. For example, the ability to transport various different cargo, take on longer distance jobs and reduce your fuel consumption, something that’s especially useful when you have your own truck and you have to pay for your own fuel.

The perk tree allows you to unlock different things as you progress through the game.

The perk tree allows you to unlock different things as you progress through the game.

 

As you take your jobs and build up the dosh sat in your bank account, you’ll eventually be able to buy your own truck, then another, and another. You get to hire drivers to take on jobs for you and the game changes from a trucking sim into a logistics business management game. It’s great fun and just adds another layer to the game that just keeps you hooked.

There are a few things I feel Euro Truck missed out on though. Firstly, there’s no pedestrians. I can understand why, we don’t want this turning into GTA with trucks, but I do feel as though it removes some of the immersion. Driving through traffic busy cities and towns but not seeing a single soul on the pavement is kind of jarring. Another thing, there’s no emergency vehicles. These aren’t necessary, but I do feel that having to pull over to let an Ambulance or Fire Engine go by would have added an extra layer to your driving awareness.

 

One last thing, travelling by ferry. I’m an English, so obviously my in-game HQ is in the UK, this means that most of my jobs involve crossing over onto the continent. I know, sounds exciting, right? Well, no, it’s not. All you do is pull into the ferry yard, and click through a menu. That’s it. There’s no parking up or anything, just a menu screen to click on. I do feel this was a missed opportunity, and one that could have added to the overall experience. But those points are really just me nit picking as I don’t have anything particularly bad to say about the game.

All-in-all, Euro Truck Simulator 2 is a great game that has the potential to suck in anyone who is willing to give it a go. You don’t have to be a fan of trucks or simulators to find a great amount of enjoyment from this game. And once you’re hooked, you’ll lose a fair amount of your life in the blink of a headlight.


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Judgement
Pros:
  • Relaxing truck driving that's surprisingly engaging.
  • Plenty of options to suit everyone's skill level.
Cons:
  • No pedestrians.
  • Emergency vehicles that you have to pull over to let by would be cool.
  • I'm just nit picking...
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