This is a "review" of the release build, before any patches. I might come back and edit it if major changes are implemented.
- Terrain deformation
- Tire pressure simulation
- Realistic water behaviour
- Driving physics in general
- Maps are pretty big, and full of challenging terrain
- You can mow down trees ^_^
- Vehicles of all sizes, ranging from the small UAZ (Jeep) to the monstrous 8x8 Maz.
- Winching is fun and very useful. You can attach it to both other vehicles and trees.
- Attaching a crane to your truck, to pick up lumber, move rocks out of the way and sometimes to help push the truck up.
- The game is very well optimized.
- Trucks take damage, and consume fuel. You can install a utility addon for mobile repairs, or a fuel cistern for re-fueling in the field.
- The camera could be much better. With the tallest addons it can be a real challenge to see ahead.
- Maps could be more varied. It's mostly the same mix of grass, trees, mud and water.
- The only official objective is to haul lumber. More variety would be welcome.
- Only one map will save your progress at a time - if you select another map, your progress wil be lost on your current one. This will be fixed in the future though.
- No wheel support at launch, though it does support the 360 controller (or others if you use Xinput or a similar program). Wheel support is a planned feature.
- No analogue braking. This will also likely be fixed. Throttle and steering are analogue though.
- Lack of proper manual shifting. This'll probably come along with steering wheel support.
- Draw distance should be customizable.
With all that said... As a VIP backer on the kickstarter campaign, and having had access to the beta since May 9, I can safely recommend this game to anyone with an interest in off-roading. If you've tried the tech demo, you know what to expect. Just think bigger; more trucks, more functionality and much bigger maps. All in all, even in beta, this is perhaps the most fun I have had in a realistic off-road game so far. Try the tech demo first; if you like it - there's a safe bet that you will enjoy the full game.
The devs seem committed to continuing to improve the game after launch, both with free updates and dlc packs later on.
Check out this link for planned changes to the game: http://www.oovee.co.uk/forum/topic/9056-dev250814-information-on-updates-and-more/