Euro Truck Simulator 2 is all about living the dream that is professional trucking. Euro Truck Simulator 2 is too serious. The game even tells you as you begin that this is your dream job. With more than enthusiasm, players begin their adventure humbly with a little garage in the home city of their choice, and a company with no trucks.
The player begins by taking jobs for other companies, earning money from one city to another, with an eye toward earning enough cash and purchasing a truck. An owned truck means more freedom, with higher paying jobs that require more responsibility. When working directly for the player company, cargo is waiting at a select shipping yard and must be hitched to the truck before it can be taken to its ultimate destination. The next step from there is to start upgrading the garage, hiring other drivers to bring in more income, and eventually building a trucking empire that spans all of Europe.
The more you go, the more there is to do. Want to expand quickly? You can take out loans that need to be repaid. Want specialized drivers? They each level up the same way you do, and you can dictate the way they do. Of course, you also have to be mindful of expenses, be they repayments to the bank or fuel consumption by employees looking for work. There are a lot of ducks to get in a row, but the interface is user-friendly and information is constantly provided so nothing ever feels hopeless.
More than a game about driving, Euro Truck Simulator 2 boasts some role playing elements to keep things interesting. Successful jobs earn experience, which gives skill points. Skill points can be spent upgrading one's proficiency in certain types of jobs, unlocking new types of cargo, or even investing in fuel efficiency. Improving personal abilities and building a business from one lone driver to an entire fleet.
Driving trucks is as realistic as possible. Offering a huge map of Europe, there's plenty of time to be spent on the open road, and lots of distance to cover. Although you won't be undertaking journeys in real-time, a decent paying job is still quite the investment. I often found myself able to only play one job at a time.
There are a variety of controls and settings allowing for significant flexibility in terms of personal comfort. You can choose how complex your controls are, with automatic settings keyboard and set up a wheel. Whatever your available input, Euro Truck do a great job of covering you and ensuring you get into the game easily.
A tutorial guides for newcomers, and the essential GPS is easy to understand, as is its clear and simple route map. My first job was a decided disaster, with me getting the trailer stuck a number of times, managing to tip the vehicle over, and even call for emergency rescue.
Traffic lights, speed cameras, and the ever-present need to keep one's eyes on the road can always trip up an overconfident player, and as relaxing as long country drives may be, the pressure to avoid mistakes is present throughout. It's very easy to start getting speeding along a motorway without regard to other drivers and strict speed limits. Every mistake translates into a financial penalty, damaged cargo reduces the payday, and suffered by an owned truck will have to be paid for at service stations.
When a mistake occurs, it's almost always our fault, but there are some moments where the computer controlled road users face an issue. But they're few and far between, and experienced drivers will be able to avoid many of the hazard that lead to such trouble. Despite the occasional pressure to perform jobs well, Euro Truck Simulator 2 is still a largely cleansing experience. There's a driving through a variety of countries, a sense of joy as you get closer to your destination, and a sense of accomplishment in performing such boring tasks as refueling at gas stations and finding parking stops at which to grab some sleep. As you build your business up from nothing and take on more of managerial duties, it's hard not to feel pride over rewards well earned.
Although most visually advanced game, Euro Truck's believable presentation of Europe's roads and cities and atmosphere of the backdrops, there's a sense of individuality to each new territory you uncover, and the trucks themselves are lovingly recreated with an intricate level of detail. Owned trucks can be repainted and upgraded with all manner of parts, and as the player levels up, the potential for personalization expands.
The most fun aspect of Euro Truck Simulator 2, however, comes in the form of its music. With the simple tap of the "R" key, you can open up a menu packed with European Internet radio streams as well as your own Music and Radio streams. Providing a wide variety to listen. There's also the option to queue up music from one's own PC.
- Very realistic and very fun to play good game
- Great Graphics
- Large map, (With Going East and upcoming Scandinavia DLCs.
- t's a very relaxing game
- It’s very easy and to listen to music, podcasts or the radio.
- Customization options for trucks
- Lots of different skills to improve to make yourself a better driver or to unlock new types of cargo
- Real truck manufacturers with Different truck designs.
- Photo mode with different options allowing you to take nice shots of your trucks.
- World of Trucks Achievements and Events from the developers to unlock new contents through world of trucks website.
- Seat, lights and mirror adjustment, lights are all customizable.
- Different cargo types, especially with the High Power pack and some of the skills you can unlock
- Different skills to unlock new cargos.
- Customizable Controls
- Plenty of great mods and it's very easy to install mods
- Game customizable with mods and it's very easy to install mods.
- Extra paint job packs in high quality.
- High Quality scenery