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Old 07-13-2010, 09:19 PM   #1
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Thumbs up Initial Impressions (Lots of information)

NOTE: I posted this as a response in another thread, but figured it was lengthy enough to warrant a thread of its own.

I've played the game for 2-3 hours now and have quite a few thoughts about it.

PROS
- Graphics can be absolutely gorgeous
- Many types of cargo to deliver
- "Race" deliveries are really fun, even if the AI isn't incredibly hard to defeat
- Awesome truck customization at Repair Shops found at truck stops (interior, exterior, you name it, you can modify or add to it)
- Storyline makes you want to keep playing to see what will happen next and what new things you'll discover
- World feels really large, and you can see some cities in the distance - hundreds of individual structures - making for some incredible views
- Lots of different roadways, bridges, road structures, etc. to travel on and a large variety of scenery to see

CONS
- Truck handling can be very stiff and awkward
- Streets can sometimes be difficult to navigate and feature road blocks with few-to-no warnings until you are upon them
- Gamepad mapping can be tricky for several reasons (I use mouse/keyboard and can drive very efficiently)
- Rain effect, though visually impressive, isn't "heavy" enough to truly hinder vision (at least what I've seen of it)
- External camera view's mouse movement is very awkward and will, more often than not, wreck you as you're trying to readjust it
- Sounds are very weak, unlike the strong visuals

Overall, I've been impressed by it and can safely call it my favorite trucking game, right next to 18 Wheels of Steel American Long Haul. One thing you'll immediately notice makes a big difference in the gameplay is that there are literally no speed limits. You can drive as fast as you want - I've gone past 90 MPH - with no penalties so long as you stay in the road and don't collide with other vehicles. There are no stop lights, either, so you don't have to worry about constantly stopping, then starting. The police are also not as strict as the poster above me indicates, for I've made crazy turns that I shouldn't have, gone slightly off-road to turn around, and whizzed past police cars doing incredible rates of speed without so much as a buzz. If you hit other vehicles and cause damage, yes, you will have the police after you all the time. If not, they will ignore you. Really, is that so bad?

Another thing that was nearly a requirement for me to enjoy the first-person camera view was to press the "/" key on the NUMPAD so that it zooms completely out, because the default view is zoomed in far enough so that it feels as if the steering wheel is stuck up your nose. Once you're zoomed out and can see the steering wheel, your gauges, and entire windshield all at once, you'll be a far happier camper. Also, before you start your engine and pull out, use your mouse to look left and use the DEL/PG DOWN keys (and surrounding keys if needed) to adjust your mirrors. You'll be thankful later when you optimize your mirror view so that you can easily look left and right before changing lanes. The external camera view is excellent for changing lanes, too, although the mouse movement in that view is downright horrendous.

I tried playing with the Xbox 360 controller to begin with, but after spending a good while tinkering with the controls and realizing that I had no means of mapping them as I wanted, I decided instead to hop over to a standard Mouse/Keyboard setup. Since then, I've driven better than ever before after lots of practice. I use the WASD keys for gas, brakes, and steering, the mouse for looking around (at mirrors and surroundings in external view), the Q/E keys for left/right turn signal, and my CTRL key for the engine brake. If you're using the keyboard to drive and need to stop quickly or ease your way around tight curves, brake with S and, at the same time, either tap or hold CTRL to apply the engine brake all at once. This slows you down far more quickly than if you apply only the brakes, and if you rely only on the brakes themselves, you're going to be rear-ending and T-boning vehicles nearly every time you're in a must-stop situation.

Finally, I'll provide some closing points and links to screenshots of some of the beautiful scenery I've already encountered:
- No speed limits, no stop lights, radio stations and crazy rock music make this game a more light hearted, arcadish trucking game than the more strict, by-the-numbers 18 Wheels of Steel games.
- Racing against other drivers and running from the police, considering there is no speed limit, is downright wicked
- If you have the computer to crank up the graphics, nearly everything, especially vehicle models and interiors, is top notch and looks as if it came from a AAA company
- The RPG elements (truck stops with cutscenes, a storyline, and your typical gas, repairs, rest truck simulator attributes) give the game longevity and excellent replay value
- Although things such as delivering cargo and even getting gas are more streamlined to the point of requiring no careful driving, the game is still fun because of the other great things it has going for it
- 18 Wheels of Steel Haulin' or American Long Haul is an excellent, more realistic alternative to this game. But this game is still incredibly fun in its own right!

SCREENSHOTS (All max settings, 1440x900, 4xAA, 8xAF)
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Last edited by Chubz123: 07-14-2010 at 06:40 PM. Reason: Enhanced screenshots.
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Old 08-28-2010, 06:32 PM   #2
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Ive been considering buying this game but havent heard much about it so thankyou for taking the time to post this and the screenshots! Much appreciated.
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Old 08-29-2010, 06:36 PM   #3
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OK, this game isn't absolute garbage, just seems like it's been written by complete NOOBS - yes Softlab or 1C, NOOBS.
My pros:
- Good looking graphics though uncomplicated
- Story
- Ingame Characters
- Performance

Cons:
- Sound is of very low quality
- Actual engine sounds are linear and repetitive, it's like they've never spent time recording them in the first place - noobs.
- Damage system is extraordinarily ridiculous and annoying. Just touch anything and it comes off. I once was backing off, and touched the road block, as result my left mirror was cracked. Western style steel frame mounted in the front, comes off whenever you boo-hoo it. Also, once my fuel tank became loose - how cool is that ?
- Steering is rough and very simple but one can get used to it.
- Physics is on the basic school level (Car acceleration, deceleration, turns, bumps, etc) - noobs.
- AI is plain stupid - sometimes cars will decelerate 80-30 right in front of you, or stop on the highway to change lane, or change lane with 45 degree turn driving 80mph - NOOBS.
- Police - they are magicians, and imbeciles too. You can pass police cars doing 100mph on 40 mph limit road - no ticket. You can change lanes left to right as you like in front of them = no ticket. They will five you ticket for:
a) backing off to pickup a trailer near the road, as you didn't give priority to oncoming vehicles (no matter that you were off the road)
b) AI changes lane bumping into you - ticket anytime later, can be even hours, before they reach you
c) AI always has priority, so don't try to enforce yours = ticket, etc...
- No TrackIR support - even though was promised and advertised by producer
- Random events can throw you off the road and stop you to do some stuff, giving more advantage to the competition
- Annoying animations that can't be interrupted
- Non drivable areas: wearhouses, repair stations, fuel stations = all animated
- No traffic lights
- Mirrors adjustments are being reset every time animations are played
- FOV is leaving you with your head right above the steering wheel
- External view is useless
- Characters sitting in cabin are blocking right mirror - they don't use back rest at all
- No rules on lanes, right and left lane is often used by slow going cars
- Weather is crap too: It rains even on suny days with no clouds. Rain is not a problem though, even without wipers one can see everything clearly.

Overall, it's 1 / 10, and because 1C, and Softlab doesn't care to release a major update, I suggest TO NOT BUY THIS GAME with the current price level, it's not worth any more than £5 ($10).
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Old 01-08-2012, 08:25 AM   #4
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Overall, it's 1 / 10, and because 1C, and Softlab doesn't care to release a major update, I suggest TO NOT BUY THIS GAME with the current price level, it's not worth any more than £5 ($10).
This is true, maybe with a major patch to fix the more annoying issues this game can actually be very good.
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Old 07-31-2012, 03:26 AM   #5
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You can get it for 1 $ in the Indi gala Bundle i think it is worth it

http://www.indiegala.com/#
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Old 07-31-2012, 03:25 PM   #6
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i got mine for 1$ i bought 2 copys
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