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12.4 hrs last two weeks / 495.7 hrs on record (146.3 hrs at review time)
Posted: Nov 20, 2016 @ 4:25am
Updated: Jun 22 @ 2:11am

It's been over 4 years since my original review was posted. I think it's time to update it...

This game is not for everyone, but for people who enjoy relaxing trips through the open roads of the United States, while hauling cargo from point A to point B. In American Truck Simulator, you are tasked with delivering cargo through California, Nevada, Arizona, Washington, Oregon, New Mexico, Utah, Idaho, and Colorado. Wyoming and Texas have been announced, and are expected to release by the end of 2021.

It's a simulation game, so while some may find it completely boring and not at all entertaining, others find it calming yet fun. Trucks can be slow or quick, depending on the model, engine, parts, and trailer/cargo. Since the original release of American Truck Simulator, the graphics and sound design has seen massive improvements. American Truck Simulator (like Euro Truck Simulator 2) supports keyboard/mouse, various controllers, steering wheels (I personally use and recommend the Logitech G29), head-tracking devices (such as TrackIR, which I also use and recommend), and even virtual reality headsets (such as the Oculus Rift). Button boxes are also a great option for those who want to really want immersion, though the Elgato StreamDeck also works nicely.

Official multiplayer has recently been added with the 1.41 update, allowing for no more than 8 players to convoy together with syncronized AI traffic, lights, time, weather, and more. For players who want to play with more than 8 players in a session, the popular third-party service "TruckersMP" is a great option on the table, though you do lose AI traffic and have to deal with trolls.

PROS:
- Great variety of cargo to haul
- 9 states (previously listed above) with more to come in future DLC's
- Map that has been scaled to ensure long hauls feel long
- 10 customizeable trucks
--- Peterbilt 389
--- Peterbilt 579
--- Kenworth T680
--- Kenworth W900
--- International LoneStar
--- Western Star 49X
--- Mack Anthem
--- Freightliner Colorado
--- Volvo VNL 300
--- Volvo VNL 730
--- Volvo VNL 780
- Great customization options for all trucks
- Support for many input devices
- Support for third-party modifications
- Support for Steam Workshop content
- Vast amount of fairly-priced DLC
- Multiplayer (labeled in-game as Convoy)

OVERALL RATING: 10/10
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