In a post-apocalyptic wasteland of diesel and dust, bandits and mobsters rule the last remaining cities, controlling all vital trade routes and destroying any hope of a return to a lawful world.
User reviews: Mixed (462 reviews)
Release Date: Dec 8, 2005

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"The graphics are terrible and the voice acting is worse. But it still has a better story than Fallout 3."

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In a post-apocalyptic wasteland of diesel and dust, bandits and mobsters rule the last remaining cities, controlling all vital trade routes and destroying any hope of a return to a lawful world. It's up to you, as the driver of a heavy transportation truck, to blast through the mayhem and deliver needed supplies to desperate towns. Your life depends on being the ultimate offensive driver, while making sure to keep your truck in top operating and fighting condition. It's kill or be killed in the world of Hard Truck Apocalypse.
INCLUDED IN EX MACHINA GOLD EDITION

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: XP Only
    • Processor: Pentium 4/Athlon XP 2 GHz
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX compatible 128 MB
    • Hard Drive: 2500 MB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: XP Only
    • Processor: Pentium 4/Athlon XP 3 GHz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX compatible 256 MB
    • Hard Drive: 2500 MB available space
Helpful customer reviews
17 of 17 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
21.9 hrs on record
Posted: April 22
Now, I can't say this is alike any game that most people know- for it certainly isn't. It's like a mix of Twisted Metal, Fallout, and Mad-Max style combat with a huge amount of cheesey- and probably bad- translations. It's a Russian game with dated graphics and a decently written story. It's a tale of revenge, messenger-like objectives, and mystery. The lore is actually really complex, and there are some side quests you can take more than the random Bartender mission. Yeah, those guys give you random missions that help early game but are wastes of time in later game due to the prices.
Now, I find it funny that every character wears a Ghost-of-the-opera-esque mask, and lore-wise they explain they're basically a more ornate and compacted Gas mask. I think they made them because they didn't want to have to animate faces, haha. Voice acting is absurd in English; so you may want to just play it in the original Russian with subtitles. This game still has its problems.

Pros:
-Excellent Story and Lore
-Wonderful control system; works pretty well and can be re-assigned if need be.
-Interesting Mechanics- Fuel is a thing, tons of truck upgrades, pretty unique storage system.
-Design of the trucks looks amazing; You even get monstrosities that are crosses between monstertrucks and tanks, wield five guns at once, and guzzle gas faster than five hummers from an oil tank that must be the size of a pond.
-A few hillarious glitches: Pedestrians walk into your truck during cutscenes and splat with a noise like a bug, grass floats, that sort of thing.

Cons:
-Dated Graphics; it's an old game, but that can be looked over.
-A few major glitches; One game breaking one stopped me from palying for nearly a year until I found a guide. Careful when you get to the oil shiping mission in the desert.
-Gets boring at times- you'll spend sometimes an hour or more crossing over three regions that you've cleared before, one-shotting the old enemies and getting worthless crap.
-AI can be a bit of an idiot at times; crashs into enemies, drives off of cliffs, gets stuck on debris.

All in all, I would suggest this game. It's enjoyable and very, very unique- plus it gives me a laugh every now and then, even if it wasn't intended. I'm pretty sure they weren't; but it's funny when a bandit yells something nonsensical anyways. If you want a game of strange bandits, amazing truck combat, massive- and sometimes excellent- landscapes, amazing story, and silly translations, BUY THIS GAME. It's worth it.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
31.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 23
this game at first i didn't really like it because of the graphics mainly but after a few hours and learning the controls, i started to like it and the story line since that bad at all, the best i can say the game is cheap so who cares if you like or not, because personally i don't read any commit that doesn't have at less 20 hours or game play because 9 times out of 10 its just someone that wants to say something not nice about something and that is the normal for them on a computer. Over all i enjoyed the game you have to repair your truck upgrade it and even make money and do side mission so you can pay for your upgrades and if you do get this game my advice is not leave the area map of each area until you get the best stuff or you will find the game a little hard to beat.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
20.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 27
Played as a kid, never finished it. Now that I finally did, I can say, very, very great game, you never know what is going to happen next. Buuuuuuuuuut it gets a little borring over time, as you keep encountering the same enemies and they are pretty much not a threat to you after some time. 7/10.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
15.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 6
This game is very good if you liked games like car wars and the like.
It has Buying and selling goods for more money and i like that in a game.
like old game like privateer in space but this is with cars.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
37.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 18
I am going to start with a CAVEAT: To make this game work you WILL have to download a Russian 3rd-party patch/launcher, and if you want to play in a custom HD resolution (I play at 2560x1440), you WILL have to edit the config file (not that hard). If you are prepared for that, then please continue reading... or better yet, just BUY the thing already. It's a great game! If not, then unfortuneately it will never work for you and your money would be best spent somewhere else. There WILL be an MMO version of this game by the same developers, and it's currently going through early beta testing. If you don't want to have to mess with (Russian) files and rather play with your friends, just wait for that game to come out, because this is a different experience and requires a bit of effort on your end to make it work.

Now more about this game: This game is awesome... and it was heart-breaking when I had crash after crash on my Windows 8.1 setup. It's a very simple game I hear being compared to the original Elite, but on land in a post apocalyptic world setting. It has a bit of a mixed steam-punk and post-apocalyptic feeling I get from this game, but it does so in a sort of charming way without the typical zombies and gore.

Now here is the thing, I had to start over soooo many times because my saves would not load after a while and then I had to try play it mostly with Steam off by launching it from the game directory... it all failed sooner or later.

Why do I still recommend it now? Well, if you go to the Discussions of the Steam Community for this game, there is a Russian launcher/patch you can download specifically for this game to run on Windows 7/8 (from a Sticky thread). IT WORKS! After ignoring this game for almost a year, I was able to finally load my most recent save and it loaded and played beautifully! Yes, the graphics are a bit old, yes, there are still some glitches, the physics are non-existent, and the game is just simple to play with no base/station building or recruiting anybody... but is that a bad thing? The world maps are large, they are all tied together interestingly (and need to be fully explored to find interesting stuff/missions), trading generally works, and the wonderful trucks just plain look incredible. Unlike a lot of today's games, this one has a certain charm to it that I have not been able to find in any other game since I attempted to play this one originally. Well, to me it's still a lot of fun, and it offers a challenge, especially in the beginning before you learn that you are not that tough compared to what's roaming around out there. From my understanding, there are plenty of these sorts of "learning moments" through-out the game.

As a plus, it's NOT an MMO for a change! It's an honest-to-goodness single-player game in which you don't have to deal with greifers, and online connection, or a bunch of other hoopla you typically have with modern games.

If you are looking for a fun and simple vehicle-based RPG combat/trading game, then this game is for you... IF you can literally download a 3rd-party patch and edit the config for your resolution. If not, then please just move on. Most of the negative reviews are about the lack of stability when the game itself is actually very fun when it works... it's a shame, if it was not for the horrible support for this game, I feel like this could have been a massive and very popular franchise.

UPDATE: As an update after I left this review and added 17 more hours to the Steam-recorded time... I had literally 2 crashes over the course of this time with the new 3rd party patch/launcher. Once it crashed when I tried alt+tabbing out of the game (I have alt-tabbed MANY times over 17+ hours, it only crashed once), and another time when I used F12 to try to make a Steam screenshot. It has run flawlessly for the remainder of the time. No issues loading saved games, no game-breaking glitches, just fun in the sun in my giant trucks! :D

UPDATE #2: Had maybe 2 more odd crashes, but have a solid 30 hours of game time (from what is clocked on Steam) and getting close to the end (just finished the Oracle quest thing and looking for the second disc). The game is getting a little repetitive at times, but new maps look cool, and I still like the exploration aspect and doing missions even though I have more money than I can possibly spend. Still think it's a wonderful Elite-type game that I wish more people gave a chance to. The newish community patch in the Steam Discussions for this game makes this game work great. It's obviously an older game, it's not perfect, but it's unique... and now it actually runs!
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