Travel across Europe as king of the road, a trucker who delivers important cargo across impressive distances! With dozens of cities to explore from the UK, Belgium, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, and many more, your endurance, skill and speed will all be pushed to their limits.
User reviews: Overwhelmingly Positive (34,123 reviews)
Release Date: Jan 16, 2013

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Buy Euro Truck Simulator 2 - East Expansion Bundle

Includes 7 items: Euro Truck Simulator 2, Euro Truck Simulator 2 - Czech Paint Jobs Pack, Euro Truck Simulator 2 - Fantasy Paint Jobs Pack, Euro Truck Simulator 2 - Force of Nature Paint Jobs Pack, Euro Truck Simulator 2 - Going East!, Euro Truck Simulator 2 - Ice Cold Paint Jobs Pack, Euro Truck Simulator 2 - Polish Paint Jobs Pack

Buy Euro Truck Simulator 2 - North Expansion Bundle

Includes 9 items: Euro Truck Simulator 2, Euro Truck Simulator 2 - Danish Paint Jobs Pack, Euro Truck Simulator 2 - Fantasy Paint Jobs Pack, Euro Truck Simulator 2 - High Power Cargo Pack, Euro Truck Simulator 2 - Ice Cold Paint Jobs Pack, Euro Truck Simulator 2 - Norwegian Paint Jobs Pack, Euro Truck Simulator 2 - Scandinavia, Euro Truck Simulator 2 - Swedish Paint Jobs Pack, Euro Truck Simulator 2 - Viking Legends

Buy Euro Truck Simulator 2 - Deluxe Bundle

Includes 26 items: Bus Driver, Euro Truck Simulator, Euro Truck Simulator 2, Euro Truck Simulator 2 - Brazilian Paint Jobs Pack, Euro Truck Simulator 2 - Canadian Paint Jobs Pack, Euro Truck Simulator 2 - Czech Paint Jobs Pack, Euro Truck Simulator 2 - Danish Paint Jobs Pack, Euro Truck Simulator 2 - Fantasy Paint Jobs Pack, Euro Truck Simulator 2 - Force of Nature Paint Jobs Pack, Euro Truck Simulator 2 - French Paint Jobs Pack, Euro Truck Simulator 2 - German Paint Jobs Pack, Euro Truck Simulator 2 - Going East!, Euro Truck Simulator 2 - High Power Cargo Pack, Euro Truck Simulator 2 - Ice Cold Paint Jobs Pack, Euro Truck Simulator 2 - Irish Paint Jobs Pack, Euro Truck Simulator 2 - Norwegian Paint Jobs Pack, Euro Truck Simulator 2 - Polish Paint Jobs Pack, Euro Truck Simulator 2 - Russian Paint Jobs Pack, Euro Truck Simulator 2 - Scandinavia, Euro Truck Simulator 2 - Scottish Paint Jobs Pack, Euro Truck Simulator 2 - Swedish Paint Jobs Pack, Euro Truck Simulator 2 - UK Paint Jobs Pack, Euro Truck Simulator 2 - USA Paint Jobs Pack, Euro Truck Simulator 2 - Viking Legends, Scania Truck Driving Simulator, Trucks & Trailers

Buy Euro Truck Simulator 2 - Trucking Fan DLC Bundle

Requires the base game Euro Truck Simulator 2 on Steam in order to play.

Buy Euro Truck Simulator 2 - East + North Expansions

Includes 7 items: Euro Truck Simulator 2 - Czech Paint Jobs Pack, Euro Truck Simulator 2 - Danish Paint Jobs Pack, Euro Truck Simulator 2 - Going East!, Euro Truck Simulator 2 - Norwegian Paint Jobs Pack, Euro Truck Simulator 2 - Polish Paint Jobs Pack, Euro Truck Simulator 2 - Scandinavia, Euro Truck Simulator 2 - Swedish Paint Jobs Pack

 

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"Unexpectedly engrossing. Heed the mockers and you’ll miss one of the PC’s finest and freshest driving games."
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June 3

Hot Fix Update and Scandinavian License Plates

Today just a very short update. We have just released a hot fix update 1.18.1.3 for Euro Truck Simulator 2. It includes several general game fixes.



Fixes are:

  • fix for occasionally appearing triangle flickering
  • fix for missing geometry on some Windows XP configurations
  • Scandinavian countries license plates are added to World of Trucks



It took us a while longer to collect all loose ends after Scandinavia release. One of such finishing touches were country license plates for Denmark, Sweden and Norway.

All three countries license plates are currently available for customization for your trucks, as always, via the World of Trucks website.



Enjoy! And don't forget, war never changes.

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May 27

Euro Truck Simulator 2 Website Relaunched

We have just updated the official Euro Truck Simulator 2 website with all new graphics and content. Hope you like it!



The website of course is mostly intended to attract newcomers to the game. If you are a seasoned visitor of our blog or any other communication channels, you are more likely to frequent the World of Trucks website for your daily dose of cool images from the game.

Meanwhile, we are taking the opportunity to remind the world of the cool new truck - Mercedes-Benz New Actros - introduced into the game as part of Update 1.18. To celebrate it, we have a new YouTube promo video ready for you to enjoy:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VT9u9J3Tt20

It is not just us celebrating, you should definitely consider checking out this tweet from our friends at @Mercedes-Benz Trucks.

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Reviews

“Unexpectedly engrossing. Heed the mockers and you'll miss one of the PC's finest and freshest driving games.”
85/100 – PC Gamer

“With its stellar gameplay and presentation, Euro Truck Simulator 2 set a new standard for the simulation genre.”
95/100 – Gaming Nexus

“There are titles in the simulation market which can be sold on the novelty factor alone, but tend to be disappointing games. Euro Truck Simulator 2 is not one of them, it is strangely cathartic, engaging and relaxing.”
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About This Game

Travel across Europe as king of the road, a trucker who delivers important cargo across impressive distances! With dozens of cities to explore from the UK, Belgium, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, and many more, your endurance, skill and speed will all be pushed to their limits. If you’ve got what it takes to be part of an elite trucking force, get behind the wheel and prove it!

Key Features:

  • Transport a vast variety of cargo across more than 60 European cities.
  • Run your own business which continues to grow even as you complete your freight deliveries.
  • Build your own fleet of trucks, buy garages, hire drivers, manage your company for maximum profits.
  • A varied amount of truck tuning that range from performance to cosmetic changes.
  • Customize your vehicles with optional lights, bars, horns, beacons, smoke exhausts, and more.
  • Thousands of miles of real road networks with hundreds of famous landmarks and structures.

World of Trucks


Take advantage of additional features of Euro Truck Simulator 2 by joining our online community on World of Trucks, our center for virtual truckers all around the world interested in Euro Truck Simulator 2 and future SCS Software's truck simulators.

  • Use in-game Photo Mode to capture the best moments and share them with thousands of people who love trucks.
  • Favorite the images you like the most and return to them anytime in the future.
  • Discuss the screenshots with everyone using World of Trucks.
  • See the best images hand-picked by the game creators in Editor's Pick updated almost every day. Try to get your own screenshot on this list!
  • Upload and use your custom avatar and license plate in the game.
  • More features coming soon!

To join World of Trucks, simply sign up with your Steam account on the join page.

World of Trucks is an optional service, registration on World of Trucks isn't required to play the game.

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows 7
    • Processor: Dual core CPU 2.4 GHz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GeForce GTS 450-class (Intel HD 4000)
    • Hard Drive: 10 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7 64-bit
    • Processor: Quad core CPU 3.0 GHz
    • Memory: 6 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GeForce GTX 760-class
    • Hard Drive: 10 GB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: 10.8+ (Mountain Lion)
    • Processor: Dual core CPU 2.4 GHz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GeForce 7600 GT-class equivalent
    • Hard Drive: 10 GB available space
    • [/list]
    Recommended:
    • OS: 10.8+ (Mountain Lion)
    • Processor: Quad core CPU 3.0 GHz
    • Memory: 6 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GeForce GTS 450-class or better
    • Hard Drive: 10 GB available space
    • [/list]
    Minimum:
    • OS: Linux Ubuntu 12.04
    • Processor: Dual core CPU 2.4 GHz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GeForce GTS 450-class (Intel HD 4000)
    • recent binary ATI or NVidia drivers (MESA may not work reliably with ETS2)
    • Hard Drive: 10 GB available space
    • [/list]
    Recommended:
    • OS: Linux Ubuntu 12.04
    • Processor: Quad core CPU 3.0 GHz
    • Memory: 6 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GeForce GTS 760-class
    • recent binary ATI or NVidia drivers (MESA may not work reliably with ETS2)
    • Hard Drive: 10 GB available space
    • [/list]
Helpful customer reviews
725 of 788 people (92%) found this review helpful
19 people found this review funny
296.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 19
My wife was attempting to park the truck: she only needed to reverse straight for about 60 feet. I watched this spectacle for 20 minutes and laughed so hard that she threatened to divorce me.

10 / Would risk 15-year marriage again.
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461 of 497 people (93%) found this review helpful
11 people found this review funny
11.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 19, 2014
Looked away for a second to answer a text, wracked up about £2000 in car damage fines.

This game has taught me the importance of not texting and driving.

10/10.
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104 of 113 people (92%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
91.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 26, 2014
The Simulator you expect to never like but somehow fall in love with, Euro Truck Simulator 2 lets you experience the world of cargo haulage right at your PC and it does it very well for the most part. You start with nothing, just taking low paying jobs in the quick job menu but gradually you will expand your company until you have your very own fleet of trucks and truckers all across Europe.

+Great graphics, the trucks and trailers in particular are very high quality
+Large map made even larger by the Going East DLC and it will be soon be made larger yet with a Scandinavia pack
+The system of building up your company works well and as you improve as a driver it becomes easier to improve your company
+It's a very relaxing game and is a perfect excuse to listen to music, podcasts or the radio
+You can play your music or a radio station through the game's menu
+Trucks have lots of customisation options
+Lots of different skills to improve to make yourself a better driver or to unlock new types of cargo
+The paint job packs are very high quality and in my opinion are worth their price (especially on sale)
+Plenty of great mods and it's very easy to install mods
+Controls are fully customisable
+Plenty of different cargo types, especially with the High Power pack and some of the skills you can unlock
+Several truck manufacturers with several truck designs each
+Seat heights, lights used etc are all customisable
+Has a photo mode with lots of different options allowing you to take plenty of nice shots of your truck
+The devs run events which give you the opportunity to unlock exclusive content through the World of Trucks website
+It's easy to progress through the game without taking loans from the bank which is good for players who want to maximise their rewards in-game

+/-Pretty hard to play with a mouse and keyboard but this is more than made up for with the controller and wheel support, if you don't have a controller or a wheel you might find this significantly more challenging to play

-The AI can be pretty poor sometimes, AI vehicles almost always travel faster than the speed limit, trucks in particular have acceleration faster than makes sense, cars will sometimes accelerate into you while you are turning rather than stop
-For the most part even if another vehicle causes a vehicle collision with you, you have to pay a fine for it
-Everything looks the same, i.e. there is not much variation with scenery
-Major cities do not resemble cities in anyway, they are very small and all cities have a similar layout (a repair shop, two distributors, somewhere to sleep and a garage)
-Major cities do not have gas/petrol stations so you have to rely on service stations on major highways for fuel
-Doesn't have different seasons which seems odd considering they run seasonal events, such as the Winter Holiday event (seeing as you had to deliver presents it would seem logical to have snow)
-Motorways/Highways feel empty at times and there are rarely traffic jams which takes away from the game's realism

Verdict:
8

Despite the game's flaws I find myself absolutely addicted to it and would recommend this to anyone, there's nothing quite like the open road especially when you're building a business empire.

El K.
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154 of 202 people (76%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
195.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 27, 2014
YOU GET A SPEEDING TICKET, AND YOU GET A SPEEDING TICKET, AND YOU GET A SPEEDING TICKET, AND YOU GET A SPEEDING TICKET!

10/10 would get speeding ticket again
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82 of 96 people (85%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
25.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 6
It's like Skyrim with trucks!

Except well, not. But it's a lot of fun, and it definitely gives the feeling of a completely open world that's just ready for you to explore. Hop right in a truck and start hauling freight for others, and earn enough money to buy your own fleet of vehicles and keep more of the profits to yourself.

It's really two games in one, because in addition to the fairly robust truck driving simulation, there's a pretty great business management simulation as well where you can play some kind of Trucking Tycoon and grow a small business into a profitable little empire of trucks and drivers all across Europe.

I have to admit, Euro Truck Simulator 2 really surprised me with just how fun it is to play. It's pretty challenging to get the hang of at first, but once you do, it's a pretty enjoyable (and even relaxing) experience. The thrill of discovery — and the desire for a little more cash to pay off loans, hire drivers, buy new trucks, expand garages, and customize rigs — keeps me taking just "one more job" again and again.
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59 of 63 people (94%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
137.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 17, 2014
This is not goat simulator, or grass simulator, or bread simulator, or another "stupid" simulator. This is truck simulator, so your job is driving a truck, delivering stuff across Europe. So far as a casual gamer, I didn't find it hard to drive these trucks. Though the AI can be ridiculuos stupid.

So.. you started to get a job, using company's truck. Get some money to buy your own truck so you can start building your own empire.. ehh I mean company. And then buy a garage. Buy trucks and hire drivers. Buy garages in every town. Upgrade your garages. Manage your trucks, your drivers and your garages because you're the boss.

Also, I love how the developer works on this game. Not like *ahem* unity stuff.

You will feel bored 'cause of it's repetitiveness. But sometimes, you will back to drive your trucks again. And then bored, and then drive it again, and feel bored again. And again. Overall, 9/10. Recommended for fans of driving games. Sorry for bad english, **** my grammar <3
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66 of 76 people (87%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
569.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 16
Multiplayer crashes more than Stevie Wonder flying a helicopter through a shopping mall.

Overall this game has me addicted, its awesome.
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44 of 47 people (94%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
242.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 18, 2014
I love this simulation, the graphics are awesome and SCS does a great job with updates to the game and I don't mean just fixing problems they also add a lot of new things to the game as well. I would consider the game to be of medium difficulty. Besides driving routes there is some managerial tasks in the game as well. Once you get some money going you can form your own company. Once you do this you will be buying garages and upgrading them, hiring drivers and also buying trucks and upgrading those as well if you wish. Besides hiring drivers you can also decide what the train in for their skills as well.
The map you drive consists mostly of central europe and the UK as well. Going east adds a few countries of course from the east. I would recommend this game to any simulator fan.
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37 of 42 people (88%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: January 23
other day i go down to downstairs, emerge from room. i say to mother, "i am going out!". she says to me, you wait there, where thinks you going? i say, not any of your business, mother! but then i confess, "i am going to buy truck". "why", says mother. "i am going to live out journey dream of being truck driver! i am going to coarse mountains of sweden and denmark i am going to drive through the lustful hills of france and the poignant mountains of britain". she says to me, after laugh so hard that coffee come through nose and onto newly cleaned carpet, "you cannot drive truck! you cannot even drive car!" she says. then she go back to the outside to tend to our crop of very legal herbal plant that is allowed to be grown legally by governor so there is no need to investigate.

after thinking carefully for many milliseconds i realise of course that she corrects. i don't drive car good at all; but one time i have attempted and i crashed. many times after this i ask but my father says i cannot use the car again. so how am i to drive trucking across the medditeraneianian mountains of poland? the solution is simple - i play instead euro truck simulating two (2). much like the want-to-be orc paladin warrior plays warcraft world, much as the army fanatic plays called to duty, much as the teenager with sinus issues who want to make millions of ad revenues plays minecraft - aspiring truck driver plays euro truck simulation.

completed with seven thousand types of truck (maybe it is not seven thousand but hey) and 300000000000 kilometers of road, you can live out experience of being truck driver. well, you maybe could not buy service stop coffee, or pornographic magazine from vendor, or emeulate furry dice that hangs from dashboard and looks tacky. but you can spontinuously break down! and you can run red light because i do not let fancy lightbulb mounted on pole tell me how to live! anyway, this game is very fun good and i recommend to everyone who ever has wanted to drive the truck.
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54 of 71 people (76%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 13, 2014
Disappointed we couldn't stop and get fast food and gain 300 pounds slowly over the next 10 years.
Otherwise, oddly relaxing and realistic.

9/10
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33 of 37 people (89%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
13.5 hrs on record
Posted: March 28
I got this game in a bundle for close to nothing, the bundle had some other good titles in it, which led to this game being untouched for a long time. But one day I thought I would give it a try, I didn't own a wheel and I played with keyboard and mouse which was terribly boring. If you don't own a wheel - don't buy this game until you do.

But if you do own a wheel, or planning on buying one, you should definitely get this game. ETS2 is the best simulator game I've ever played, it's as relaxing as it should be, but if you are to relaxed you might end up with the truck up side down on the side road and a trailer full of damaged goods you need to pay for. This game has almost everything a real life of truck driver has, consequences such as big fines when you drive too fast or wreck any other veichle.

When you have enough money doing freelance jobs you can buy your own truck and start your own business and hire other drivers. You have a garage which you can upgrade along with more employees hired.

If you find the game abit repetetive and restricted - there is alot of mods you can install by downloading them from various websites, just google it, and no - this game do not support workshop modding, atleast not at the moment. However the mods are really easy to install and they can be (de)activated in your profile settings in the game menu.

I find this game really enjoyable and I think it's a must-buy if you own a wheel.
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44 of 56 people (79%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
5.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 25, 2014
Best game I've ever contemplated playing. It's one of those games where your friends call you a "♥♥♥♥ing weirdo" for playing, or they question your life choices. Don't listen to them, because they are idiots. Yes, this game includes it all, from action to adventure, romance and lust, and even good vs. evil. Why am I even writing this? I should be playing this game.
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26 of 27 people (96%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
11.5 hrs on record
Posted: February 17
It's very hard to hype this game up. You get into a truck with some cargo to deliver and hit the road accross a scaled down version of Europe. Over time you gain experience for things, like longer distances, more valuable cargo, etc. You can eventually buy your own truck(s), hire other drivers and expand your trucking empire and stuff.

But basically, it's about driving heavy, sluggish trucks. I am having difficulties putting into words why any of this is fun. Perhaps fun isn't the right word at all.

It's relaxing most of the time, satisfying, and sometimes tense.

There's something in there about small moments. The moment where you pull out of the loading dock with your frozen peas or whatnot and find the highway. The moment where the countryside changes and you cross borders. The moment where the signs change and the language is different. The moment where you know you're almost there and are about to arrive. The moment where somewhere in the middle, it rained for a while, or got really dark. Or both. The moment where you missed your exit somewhere in belgium. The moment where you discovered you could listen to actual internet radio from within your truck, from a station that matches the country you're gently passing through.

This is probably not something you'll want to sit at for multiple hours, but if you're anything like me, you'll keep coming back to it, running a delivery once in a while, because it's relaxing, and the moments are tantalizing.

Oh also, there's a multiplayer mod. It's all of this except once in a while you will pass another guy going in the opposite direction. You'll both cheerfully honk your horns in greeting, then continue on your respective ways. I guess that's also another moment.

I am actually fairly excited about all things VR and the Occulus rift for a multitude of reasons and games I'd like to experience with it, but my deepest secret about it is that I am really looking forward to playing ETS2 when the consumer version lands. Seriously. That's how much I enjoy this game.
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28 of 31 people (90%) found this review helpful
257.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 31, 2014
The more I play this game the more I fall in love with it...

Starting from humble beginnings as a driver taking freelance jobs you will eventually earn enough money to buy your own truck, then the fun really begins(apart from having to pay for your own petrol). Jobs are scattered across the whole of Europe with a variety of XP rewards on offer based on the cargo you will be towing...hook up the trailer, then just drive.

As with most simulator games this could be seen as only appealing to a niche section of gamers but Eurotruck 2 really is different, I had no interest in trucks before this game but I was still drawn to it and it has quickly become one of my favourite games. It is essentially a driving simulator but there is a bit of added depth with the ability to build garages and hire other drivers to work for you but for the most part you will be flying down a motorway, watching your speed, watching the traffic, checking that ever so slightly tight bend(cos u will roll if not careful)..

Having played many types of games the question of immersion often comes up...not long after first buying this game I was playing one night...Headphones on..Driving down the motorway..Listening to the in game radio(a metal channel) then it began to rain...wipers on ..slow down a bit i'm starting to weave around.. that short time driving down that motorway was the most immersed I've ever been in any game.

Special mention should also be given to the Devs..they are constantly releasing updates..listening to player feedback..offering cheap dlc (paint jobs) and periodically releasing larger dlc that opens up new roads and countries and they continue to do this despite working on American Truck Simulator. They also offer the world of trucks website which you can upload your trucking profile to in game and earn achievements and rewards through there ...for christmas they had a challenge to deliver presents over a distance equal to the distance between their offices and the north pole..reward?.. free Dlc..

So in summary, Great game..don't be put off by the 'Sim' aspect and support the Devs because they really deserve it and already have one confirmed sale of American Truck Simulator.
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23 of 24 people (96%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
32.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 17
I don't normally play simulator type games, but after hearing nothing but good things about this game I decided to pick it up while it was on sale and give it a go.

My conclusion? Yup, it's good. Spend a nice relaxing time driving around Europe listening to random European Heavy Metal radio stations (or whatever genre floats your boat) followed by half an hour figuring out how the hell to reverse park a truck with attached trailer (skippable, but with a bit of practice it becomes fairly easy). Occasionally get a fine in Luxembourg for running a red light (It was yellow I swear!) or speeding in France. Get a loan from the bank and start up a trucking company, because why not?

Bonus points for having really good support for nVidia 3D vision out of the box - there are a few issues (skybox too close, stereo mouse cursor sometimes gets stuck at the wrong depth, the odd body of water is renders incorrectly), but nothing severe enough to stop me playing it and throw helix mod at it.
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21 of 23 people (91%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
9.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 25
If you turn off the speed limiter this is all you hear:

*Bing!* Speeding Ticket £320
*Bing!* Speeding Ticket £320
*Bing!* Speeding Ticket £320
*Bing!* Speeding Ticket £320
*Bing!* Speeding Ticket £320
*Bing!* Speeding Ticket £320
*Bing!* Speeding Ticket £320
*Bing!* Speeding Ticket £320

10/10 would speeding ticket again.
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21 of 24 people (88%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
50.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 7, 2014
+ Choose the job that you want to do; if you have plenty of time you can take on a long job, otherwise take on a shorter job
+ Relaxing atmosphere
+ Internet radio is just excellent, and a must have
+ Buy your own truck and expand your company
+ Great sense of immersion
+ Huge world
+ Realistic
+ Impressive AI
+ Photo mode

+/- Some beautiful detailed graphics, but somehow some parts (not many) are still low res/uglier
+/- Parking has a huge learning curve (you'll get the hang of it though, and, if not, there's autopark)

- Some roads are unavailable, ruining the immersion for a minute (it would've been better if these connected back to other roads)

[Rating: 87/100]
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33 of 45 people (73%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
15.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 10, 2014
Trucks vs Cars
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22 of 26 people (85%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
26.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 23
Do you know what sucks?

School, if you’re still working your way through the education system you have my sympathies.
Sure, it’s important, you need an education, if you couldn’t read you wouldn’t be here with me right now, but it does have a huge downside.
It’s dull; there are a hundred other things you’d rather be doing.
You’re forced to go there every day and you don’t get paid for it, they even test you to judge your intellect against your peers.

Then there are the cliques, the cool kids, the jocks, the nerds, it’s a social minefield of awkwardness.
As if being trapped there all day isn’t enough, they even give you work they expect you to do at home!
School was a pressure filled, judgemental nightmare and one which I was glad to survive.


Do you know what else sucks?

Work, sure you’ve survived the “best days of your life” and now you’re out in the real world.
People are treating you like a grown up (not that you feel any older or wiser than you did at school).
Statistically you’ve probably found yourself in a “ground-hog day” of 9-5 soul destroying office mediocrity, you’ve got a boss you don’t like and a desk you can never leave.
Sure you’re being paid now, but the “bank of mom and dad” has closed.
You don’t think you’re being paid enough for what you do anyway and there’s always a relentless pile of bills demanding your hard earned money.
If you are lucky enough to have a little money left to buy a game or two at the end of the month, you almost certainly won’t have the free time to actually play them.
You know I miss school; they were the best days of my life....


Greener Grass

I often sit at work, questioning my poor decision making skills which have bought me to my particular running lane in the rat race.
There must be plenty of jobs out there which don’t chain you to a desk all day whilst “the metaphorical man” breathes down your neck.
Surely there are people who aren’t trapped in the same “Yes sir, no sir, three bags full sir” tedium in which I’ve somehow managed to imprison myself.


Zen Simulator

But I have managed to find a port in the storm that is my existence, a bubble of calm escapism which grants a little respite to my jaded soul.
This soul medicine comes in the form of what I like to call the “Zen Simulator”.
You know the sort of game where you can do something repetitive, something that doesn’t require too much thought but still rewards you for your efforts.


Farming “Zen-ulator”

Farming Simulator 2015 is a great example of a “Zen Simulator”, you trundle around in a tractor ploughing your fields, planting your crops and generally reaping what you sow.
The “reward hook” is the money you get from selling your produce to buy better tractors to trundle around in and more fields to tend.
It’s a million miles away from the adrenalin fuelled FPS titles I find myself playing at the weekends,
The Zen simulator is the perfect genre to escape into after a hard day of work or school and now I’ve discovered that driving a truck can be just as therapeutic as chugging around the countryside in a tractor.


Euro Truck “Zen-ulator” 2

Euro Truck Simulator 2 is another perfect example of a “Zen Sim”.
You start the game running delivery contracts for other people.
You can peruse a list jobs requesting cargo to be picked from and delivered to various locations around Europe.
You pick a job from the list, (your choice might not only be based on the payout of a job, I’ve found myself picking contracts just because I like the idea of driving to particular delivery destination. ) then you find yourself sitting in the rig provided by your employer, trailer all hooked up and ready to go. They’ve even already set the sat nav. for you!


Drink and Drive

The core of Euro Truck Simulator 2 is spent driving along the highways and byways of Europe.
This is a driving simulator, not a racing game; you’ll want to take care of whatever Big-Rig you find yourself in.
Damage it and the repair costs will come out of your fee.
You’ll also want to drive responsibly; running red lights will cost you, as will getting caught by speed cameras.
Why would you want to rush anyway when you’ve got some beautiful European scenery to drink in as you drive?


It’s about the Journey, Not the Destination

The scenery is where Euro Truck Simulator 2 shines, this is a game that understands it’s the journey that’s important, your destination is just another way point to pause at.
As you put your “pedal to the metal” and open your rig up on the motorways of Europe you’ll be treated to a lush and changing landscape racing passed your windscreen.
Don’t get too distracted looking at the pretty fields of sunflowers though or you might miss your exit (or worse hit another vehicle and damage your truck!)


A Continent of Possibilities

There are 69 European cities present in the vanilla game spread across a dozen countries.
(You can add more via DLC too!)
Each city has its own unique real world land marks or iconic buildings present, you can often see them looming over other city buildings as you wind your way through the suburbs.
It’s a really nice touch to be able to recognise which city you’re approaching from the skyline without having to check the sat nav. or map.


Don’t go into this thinking it’s an exact recreation of Europe though or you’ll be disappointed.
Euro Truck Simulator 2 adopts the same stance to mapping the European Continent as “The Crew” does to mapping North America.
What you have here is a condensed version of Europe, which is probably just as well, I think driving from Southern Italy to Northern England in real time might take a little while longer than the normal hour or two I have spare in the evenings.


Points on your License

It’s not just about driving around making money either (well it is, but there are extra game mechanics to keep things interesting).
There’s an experience based progression system here too.
As you drive around, completing deliveries, you’ll earn points which you can spend to unlock new capabilities.
You can invest points several different areas, for example, you could focus your experience points in haulage distant which will make longer distance contracts available to you or you could invest points in licences for various types of hazardous cargo if you like the idea of trucking some dangerous chemicals around Europe.


The Boss of You

When you’ve amassed enough wealth from “working for the man” you can invest in your own truck (there are plenty of models and varieties to choose from) and start your own haulage company.
This not only gives you more freedom with regards to delivery contracts, but also gives you the chance to invest future earnings in upgrading your rig, whether that is an engine upgrade or go faster stripes, that’s up to you.
There are plenty of stylish paint jobs you can pick as DLC too, should you like a more personalised look to your truck of choice.


Drive Safe

Being your own boss isn’t all parts and paint jobs either, it comes with an extra layer of responsibility too.
It’ll be up to you to pull in at the services and fill up the gas tank from time to time now; running out of gas whilst on a long haul is not a good idea.
It’s also not a good idea to keep driving without a rest too, everyone needs sleep and you’re no exception so remember to keep an eye on your fatigue levels and pull in for a nap when you need one!
You’re also going to have to pay for maintenance on your truck now, so it’s even more important ... <...snip...>


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Posted: January 25
This pulled me away from CSGO.......i like driving games in general and this was going cheap on steam so i thought what the hell, im now a proud owner of a rather pimped up Volvo FH with 800 bph ........and 7 employees :) what makes this game even more puzzling is its converted most of the guys on TS as well after they heard me playing all evening without swearing about god damn snipers....very relaxing, great graphics and alot of fun....
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