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.
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Release Date: Dec 8, 2005

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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
    • Storage: 2500 MB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: XP Only
    • Processor: Pentium 4/Athlon XP 3 GHz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX compatible 256 MB
    • Storage: 2500 MB available space
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Fibeaunacci
0.4 hrs
Posted: August 30
I wanted to like this game, but alas.
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Gorrest Fump
0.2 hrs
Posted: August 23
Black screen on startup, never loads
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bartczak081
0.4 hrs
Posted: August 22
Ragdoll is gud
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old cameron
1.9 hrs
Posted: August 11
i use good ol' 64-bit win 7, and i've never had to delete a bunch of files from the game's video directory or conjure some arcane slavic magic to get this to work. am i stupid, or am i just blessed with luck? thank you, mother russia.
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CJ HUNTER
1.6 hrs
Posted: July 31
Application errors with Unhandled Exception when I try to start a new game.
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[APG] Adam_ ︻芫══一_Toxic▄︻芫≡══一
49.4 hrs
Posted: July 27
My review was positive before, but after another unexpected bug restarted my progress AGAIN, I decided, that you shouldn't buy this game, if you actually want to reach it's end.
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¶¶ King of Darkness ¶¶
20.3 hrs
Posted: July 27
The Game works really fine on WIn 8.1 .
Such a cool old game.

Just added a few cofigs from the commends and changed the name of the "video" folder to "video.old"

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"DO NOT USE IN-GAME ANISOTROPIC FILTERING, OR U WILL GET UNHANDLED EXCEPTIONS.
ONLY USE TRILINEAR FILTERING: (config.cfg)
shaderMacro0="MIN_MAG_FILTER Linear"
shaderMacro1="MIP_FILTER Linear"

Force Anisotropic Filtering in the driver settings of ur graphics card.

You can edit the resolution and the filtering method in the config.cfg @ X:\Steam\SteamApps\common\HARD TRUCK APOCALYPSE RISE OF CLANS\data

r_height="1080"
r_width="1920"

and (you must edit both)

r_desiredHeight="1080"
r_desiredWidth="1920"
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 26
Really enjoyed the game play. However, a physics bug caused my truck to fly into a building and explode. No auto-save. Lost about two hours of play time. Kinda ruined the game for me. If I had screwed up, I could stomach the loss of time. But I ran over a fence post and was hurled, through the air, at 3x my normal speed, into a building, which was no where near my truck when I hit the fence post.

Still, the game is worth a try. It fills a very interesting niche that only a few other games fit. (Auto Assault and Interstate '76 come to mind.) Would love to see a more modernized version of this game either with auto-save, or without bugs that can cause you to lose a significant amount of play time.

Though I am giving a positive review, I won't be playing the game anymore. It's certainly worth trying out.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
26.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 26
I only reccomend this game if you know how to get the game to load your save files, because, for some reason, it's a task easier said then done for windows 7 and up.

Check the game disscussions here on Steam and you'll quickly see what I mean.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
14.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 28
First, the black screen glitch was as easy as typing "0" in the config file. No problems since. Fun game, drive around, do missions, and blow ♥♥♥♥ up. Oh, and sweet jumps too. Like Twisted Metal, but with a storyline and quests. Making certain choices early will completely alter the storyline. My only complaint is no auto save feature, so save often!
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
177 of 193 people (92%) found this review helpful
Recommended
55.1 hrs on record
Posted: March 15, 2014
Ok, I have to say that I really like this game. It's very similar to the Wing Commander : Privateer model of a golden path where you have an open world, horizontal gameplay and character development with a game story waiting for you to follow it.

There's trading, truck upgrades, modular weapons, towns, factions, and an open world map to boot. The graphics are 2006-ish but if you're looking for gameplay, you can look past that.

The vehicles themselves are based around chassis that have stats but each chassis also has multiple front and back body components which different turret / upgrade / cargo slots. Not all weapon slots are 360 degrees which adds a positional element to combat.

The game won't work out of the box for Windows 7. You have to delete the videos in your Steam\SteamApps\common\Hard Truck Apocalypse\data\video directory.
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165 of 223 people (74%) found this review helpful
Recommended
18.0 hrs on record
Posted: March 14, 2014
Fallout on wheels... and one of the best OST in game industry. Enjoy!
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237 of 335 people (71%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
Recommended
72.4 hrs on record
Posted: March 14, 2014
Hell it's about time...

Before you trolls B***h about poor voice acting and everything being too brown. you know what you guys just leave the room right now. They gone? Okay. Now if you ever wanted to be the freighter getting attacked by pirates only with buggys and you're driving a truck with optional shotgun turrets, heavy armor and no Tom Hanks. this is it.
In the end this game deserves to be on Steam. Enjoy.
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40 of 40 people (100%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
21.9 hrs on record
Posted: April 22, 2015
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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47 of 55 people (85%) found this review helpful
Recommended
46.9 hrs on record
Posted: March 18, 2014
Actually pretty good, especially at the price. Some minor bugs, and a few major ones, but good music and the gameplay is mostly solid. The localization is a bit flawed, but mostly understandable.
I say mostly a lot because there are a few things, but given the state of games released even today they are simply par for the course.

If you are playing in windows 7 or 8 check the forums as there is an issue with the intro videos playing and you need to delete them from within the game data folder.

Overall a sometimes frustrating but ultimatly enjoyable experience.
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39 of 43 people (91%) found this review helpful
Recommended
62.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 23, 2014
Well, after long years of being a huge fan of this game, I finally finished it (I had an original Russian actual version released by Buka company).

My feelings are mixed. I'd like to point out some pros and cons for the game, and you guys will judge for yourself.

I solemnly swear to keep it spoiler-free for those who still hasn't finished it.

Pros:
* A pseudo open world to explore. Due to some scripted restrictions you cannot simly go to, say, Vaterland from Krai. But it doens't mean that actual exploration is not fun and to some extent rewarding.
* A variety of trucks to choose from with a great deal of customization. I love all of them, except for maybe Belaz since I didin't touch it at all.
* A wide variety of weapons to satisfy anyone's taste, from machine guns to plasma cannons.
* Lovely soundtrack and visuals. A bit outdated, but the game is almost a decade old! Explosions and energy particles tho.
* The narrative in terms of lore. Just read the in-game books.

Cons:
* Extremely poor narrative. Both from the point of telling a story and the story itself. I dunno, maybe it's just those Masks that make every character to look the same way? Or voice acting? Or the final which is a HUGE DISAPPOINTMENT?
* A dumb AI. More in a matter of path-finding than fighting. Extremely stupid! Sometimes a bunch of trucks cannot make it through a hill because instead of driving around they try to come over it.
* Not really much stuff to do aside from some interesting side quests now and then.
* The final boss battle. A huge disappointment also. No spoilers!
* Dialogue is just a stub. I understand that in such a mission there need to be less talk and more action but damn! I felt sorry for coming to Ben's place and leaving the same instance without even saying good bye. No love for the old guy.
* Restrictions on where to go and what to do. Try to cross that river in Vaterland. Just go and do it.
* Some things are just unnecessary. For example, some inter-regional shortcuts. I never used them and have a feeling that never will. Sad but true.

CONLUSION: This game has it's flaws, and narrative leaves a nasty touch on my tongue. But I still love this game. For the sense of freedom that it managed to give to me despite all those restrictions to go where I want. For the atmosphere of post-apocalyptic road to nowhere. You just go where the wind blows. I just wish I could dive into this world a bit more, leaving all that main storyline somewhere on the side. Actually, a sandbox open-world RPG in HTA setting would be much appreciated and would become a must-have in my collection. Maybe with some neat multiplayer like it was, say, in Freelancer? I don't know, and probably will never know.

Anyway, that's my review. Still love this game and recommend it to everyone interested. Give this game a try.
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40 of 45 people (89%) found this review helpful
Recommended
60.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 3, 2014
There are a lot of games on Steam, but once in a while, you browse the catalogue and discover a little gem hiding somewhere in the deep ends of the underated section. Ex Machina is one of those games, but let me start off by saying that this game certainly isn't for everyone, it's genre is considered to be a very acquired taste, but I would say it's worth the buy anyway just for the sake of trying it. I didn't expect it to be anything amazing given it's lack of popularity, but I was wrong, this game is truly brilliant.
If by some coincidence you were attracted to this game because you are a fan of Takara's Road Trip Adventure or Seek & Destroy (otherwise known as the ChoroQ games) like me, then you definitely shouldn't miss out on this, it brings the best of both of those Worlds together!

Ex Machina is about the young protagonist searching for lots of answers & vengeance, depending on the story options you go along with, in a post apocalyptic representation of north America. You start off with one of the weaker vehicles in the game but are given the oportunity to work your way up the ladder by getting coins for doing jobs or selling loot and scrap to people and villages thus giving you the chance to buy new vehicles or upgrade your existing one. Sell the dropped weapons of the enemy, use the money to buy yourself a bigger, better one! The game starts off a little bit slow, but the pace picks up over the course of the game.
Not much else can be said without giving away spoilers, but the story can be very extensive depending on what choices you make during your experience, this is something I really enjoy about Ex Machina, that there isn't just one set plot but rather multiple different routes and storylines that can occur.

The game has it's quirks, in fact, it is a very quirky game, it also has some minor annoyances such as some spelling and grammatical mistakes (this is due to the original version of the game being Russian resulting in a bad translation). The voice acting leaves much to be desired and the dialog is sometimes far from brilliant, but this game really does a lot more things right than it does wrong. The open world, the long story with alternate endings and plots, tons of optional quests, upgrades and weapon variety are something many games in this day and age can learn from. It really is a shame that this game doesn't have a very large community because it really is wonderful, even if it has somewhat dated graphics. There is also no warp function, meaning you have to drive to everywhere you need to go rather than magically appearing there with the click of a button, this can sometimes be tedious but is also another great addition to this open world game.

If you've been watching this, I highly recommend giving it a go, I can't promise you will enjoy it because as I said above, it definitely isn't for everybody, but it is certainly something unique. Some of the reviews on here and the "expert" reviews on other sites seem to be by people who tried the game for all of 20 minutes and decided to stop playing for some reason or other as they never go into any detail as to why they gave negative reviews, so I think rather than thinking twice because of what those people had to say, you should just ultimately see for yourself. That's what I did, I have no regrets.

Please do read some reviews however as it seems that this game has some trouble functioning on certain systems. I am running Windows 8 and the game runs flawlessly.
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