TL:DR? See Conclusion
Euro Truck Simulator 2 (ETS2) is a 2012 vehicle simulation game developed and self-published by SCS Software. It features a massive game world spanning most of mainland Europe, the British Isles, and Scandinavia with each of the cities being connected by the beautifully recreated road systems such as the German autobahn roads. The game also offers detailed simulation mechanics for hardcore sim players while also offering an alternative 'automatic' mode for the more casual players or beginners such as myself.
Although the game's primary and obvious gameplay mechanic consist of driving across Europe, it does feature additional mechanics to give the game a little more spice such as; a progression (level up) system where each level unlocks new cargos, trucks, upgrades and delivery conditions; Truck Company Management system where you manage a trucking company by purchasing / upgrading garages, trucks and hiring drivers to use them.
Start the game as a driver for hire and earn enough money to build your own trucking empire that will span the entirety of Europe.
+ Beautiful graphics with detailed truck interiors, world environment, and road systems
+ Good sound effects and assets
+ Europe is vast and well detailed giving individuality to each location you visit
+ Good selection of trucks with a good upgrade and customization system
+ Various cargo and delivery conditions
+ Surprisingly contains a relevant progression (level-up) system
+ Garage and Truck Company management system
+ Offers different game modes to cater for both hardcore sim players, casuals, and beginners
+ Easy modding capabilities
+ Very fast load times (Even on a mechanical hard drive)
+ Live European Radio Streaming or custom music playlist using the in-game radio feature
+ Has a demo in the Store page for anyone who's not sure if this genre is to their liking
- Some micro-stuttering despite the FPS being above 60
- Low number of pedestrians makes some parts of the cities a bit empty
- Poor reward for manually parking a trailer (they could have at least given 100xp for it)
- Anti-aliasing is limited to only MLAA
+/- The game's overall concept is for a narrow/niche audience.
+/- The AI needs to attend a Road Courtesy and Discipline class. (Although this does add to the immersion since the player will have to exercise due diligence while driving)
CONCLUSION:GREAT SIMULATION GAME.
To be completely honest, I didn't think much of this game when I first bought it because I did not see the appeal in driving trucks around in a game without a plot or a story. I was, however, pleasantly surprised on how much I enjoyed the experience because what the game lacks in story (being a simulation game and all), it makes up for in solid gameplay, excellent presentation, and player-friendly game mechanics. Playing this game is surprisingly stress relieving and gives off a zen-like feeling.
I can RECOMMEND
this game at full price if you're a hardcore simulation fan but if not, I suggest you purchase this game on a sale. Either way however, I HIGHLY RECOMMEND
purchasing the Delux Bundle
which includes all available DLCs and Expansion Packs as well as SCS' other games such as Bus Simulator, Trucks & Trailers, and Euro Truck Simulator (1).
The game carries with it a relatively high system requirement so be sure to check that out before making a purchase.
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