I really wanted to get into this. I REALLY did. I have a friend who used to play it all the time and recommended it to me, so of course I gave into temptation and bought it. Now please, before you downvote this simply because you see I don't recommend it, the least you can do is read my review. This is not just my opinion, but the truth, which I believe people should know about.
Spintires is not a *bad* game, per se, but it has some problems, and so do the developers. With every single update comes more bugs and glitches. I've seen it all, from spawning in the ground, to a huge blocky shadow around vehicles, and almost broken multiplayer (which are all fixed, for now.) The devs also said that fixing bugs now has priority over new features, and while that's good in a way, it also just shows you that something is wrong. Now that it is into July (as of my last revision), no new features have been imlemented for a couple months, including the promise of mod support and more vehicles, thus making this game seem much more like a tech demo. A past update also made every single map break entirely, making these poor modders have to reconfigure their maps just to work again, all because of one update. To add to that, usually with every bigger update comes wiped save files, so you can forget trying to "beat" a map.
Also, a while ago, the developers came out and said that they are pushing official mod support by another month
. It has now been much
longer since I posted this review. They have done this a few times at this point. And modding is what makes this game a lot more enjoyable. Which is unfortunate in itself, because for a game like this you shouldn't have to rely on mods. But right now, modding is a chore, and in the end when I actually get in game to try mods, the fun just does not last for some reason. Not to mention they are already discussing Spintires 2. Why? I don't understand why you can't just keep making this game better. I seriously hope this wasn't some sort of cash grab so you can fund an unnecessary sequel.
I hate to say it, but without mods, this game (in my opinion) is just boring, and slightly frustrating. I do realize
that yes, this is basically a logging simulator game, which it is good at! But when you get down to it, it's just a ton of driving through a LOT of thick mud with very slow trucks, and you can't enjoy it if you don't have patience. Sometimes I'll get so far with a truck, but I end up completely stuck in mud or flip over, and I have to start all over, or bring another truck to it and pull it out. In a nutshell, this entire game seems like a chore. The camera is also very annoying. A lot of people say "you'll get used to it", but if you've ever played a game with a good camera, I don't think you'll find it very pleasant. Go ahead and try the demo to see for yourself. It's almost no different in the current version.
Despite me not enjoying it right now, however, I am certainly rooting for this game. There are
some good things about the game, such as the great graphics, physics, terrain deformation, and overall realism. It certainly has potential, but to me, something is wrong with the way it's being updated. The game should have, by no means, been removed from Early Access, or even be close to $30 at full price. At it's best, I'd say it's worth only $15. So for now, until official mod support is added, more features, and at least a 50% sale, I advise you to buy this only
if tedious logging sounds like your type of thing.