Hard Truck Apocalypse: Rise Of Clans / Ex Machina: Meridian 113
Hard Truck Apocalypse: Rise of Clans - is an addon to a vehicular Action/RPG set in an alternate future. New heroes and mysteries await you in the vistas of a post-apocalyptic North America.
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Mixed (300 reviews) - 69% of the 300 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Dec 18, 2006

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Hard Truck Apocalypse: Rise of Clans - is an addon to a vehicular Action/RPG set in an alternate future. New heroes and mysteries await you in the vistas of a post-apocalyptic North America. Special customization features, new types of weapons, and hi-tech bosses will immerse you even deeper into the ruthless world of Apocalypse, and your extreme driving skills will serve you well in its new multiplayer mode.
INCLUDED IN EX MACHINA GOLD EDITION

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: XP/Vista/7/8
    • Processor: Pentium 4/Athlon XP 1.7 GHz
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX compatible 64 MB
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: XP/Vista/7/8
    • Processor: Pentium 4/Athlon XP 2 GHz
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX compatible 128 MB
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
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Overall:
Mixed (300 reviews)
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WAKE UP
( 2.5 hrs on record )
Posted: April 22
Buying this game I thought it's going to be good Hard Truck: Apocalypse succesor, which actually was a game fun to play. My expectations weren't met, as the game was completely unplayable. There are many places lacking in level design, where your truck can get stuck very easily and it's fuel tank is very limited, which makes this game more about avoiding being stuck in the middle of nowhere instead of car combat.
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Suddenly Psychotic
( 24.7 hrs on record )
Posted: April 6
One of my favourite childhood games :) .Not as great as the first one but still awesome.
The whole post apocalyptic setting and new vehicles additions were great.HP changes brought some difficulty..
But still there's a lot of recycled content from previous game.

Long story short.Bad voice acting,story,graphics don't matter.This game and it's predecessor will still hold special place in my heart.
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The_A$urA™
( 7.5 hrs on record )
Posted: March 8
its a really nice game.Has an OK story and you can play nearly all vehicles that you couldnt play in apocalypse but it has one absolutly impossible part : defend a base with the flag (pumpgun) and the enemies are overunnin you
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plums
( 1.1 hrs on record )
Posted: February 13
If you could judge a game by its title, "Hard Truck Apocalypse: Rise Of Clans / Ex Machina: Meridian 113" is denfinetly unexpectedly complex, and wonderfully confusing.
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✠ Jorvan ✠
( 5.4 hrs on record )
Posted: February 1
Very good RPG's like destruction racing game, that costed me 1$.
10/10
Would chose game instead of ice cream again.
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Kryptonite Samurai
( 9.2 hrs on record )
Posted: January 30
Hard truck apl. have a special place in my heart 4ever.
Reason?
Well its because it was the only game i was able to paly on my 1st PC 516mbRAM memory.
When i was a kid i didnt know about internet at all. I was playing single player games and grow up with them.

So... i have both Hard Truck Apocalypse and H.T.A. Rise of Clans.

-Compared to 1st HTA Apocalypse wich is awesome game. I have 19 hourse in it for single player game of that time. Done all side quests and killed over 500 enemy tucks.

But here in rise of clans, #1 SOTRY.... is.... hugeee trash i ever seen in single player games history!!! -_-
There are only 4 MAPS in whole game! compared to 1st HTApocalypse wich is 10x bigger.
Quests are all same...kill bandits,kill that,that. bah... 0 for missions.

Heres a tip how to get fast money that you cant get in original HTA and in wich you had to TRADE,SELL goods for money and drive around the map for better loot and trucks.

-Just take careless driver ! in statisticks! and paint your truck with MILITARY paint. and buy -2 stickrs! with -3 in total, killing enemys will drop you cash instead of goods! and trust me you dont need goods here because of 4 maps there are 4/5 small towns. In late game you will get from 20.000-80.000 credit PER 1 CHEST enemy! and most money you will get from BUGS! they will drop around 50.000-60.000 every time!

So with that i finished my game with last truck and 2.000.000+ credits.
And ,,final boss,, OMFG.

Crash Bash have BETTER BOSSes !!!! than this trash -_O

I will stop now because i am getting angry.

For it full price Hard Truck Apocalypse: Rise of Clans is garbage. Wait for 85-90% discount and buy it.
If i look it that way, for 1$ it is OKish !!! 7-10h game.
For full price......hell no.

Dear friends, go and buy Hard Truck Apocalypse Original game and then buy this on % when you want to kill some time.

Thank you
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skunkhollow
( 31.9 hrs on record )
Posted: January 25
frustrating crap
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kunimeister {Kuningaskalastaja}
( 9.5 hrs on record )
Posted: January 24
Not as good as Apocalypse, but still nice. Not much maps and quests (which aren't so interesting and demanding) and overall, plot is too short in my opinion. It's very easy to die, because vehcicles have too low hp... Although, there are some new guns, cars upgrades; you can drive this small cars, which you couldn't before and there is money from destroyed enemies - that improve this game a little.

Eventually, every fan of HT Apocalypse rather should play Rise Of Clans and call post-apocalyptic world of Hard Tuck to his mind!
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Szpadel
( 5.4 hrs on record )
Posted: January 17
Nice Game
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Mistabullit
( 0.3 hrs on record )
Posted: January 17
Seems to be a pretty wicked motor vehicle based freelancer style game. However it is not really running super well. I recommend it because it is an awesome concept.. But only if you want to stick with it you will need to go in and do a whole bunch of manual patching, which I am no longer willing to do for a game. Will check in with this again at the end of 2016 in the hope that it is patched though.
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Caykablat
( 45.8 hrs on record )
Posted: December 18, 2015
very nice game 9/10 for campain
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Pikachu298
( 0.3 hrs on record )
Posted: December 11, 2015
I really tried to get into this Game, but I am sure that I don't reeeaaallly like it...
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WinningDOGE420ProMcSwagstaMLG69
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: November 27, 2015
NOPEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE
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Dja-Nut
( 5.3 hrs on record )
Posted: November 26, 2015
The mission With saving One Eye is unbeatebil even on the easyest difficulty ( to many enemys with not enough time)
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masterchieftheking
( 0.6 hrs on record )
Posted: November 21, 2015
it is ♥♥♥♥
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Cat in a Mech Suit
( 0.4 hrs on record )
Posted: November 8, 2015
The poor mans mad max.
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VirtualRaptor
( 0.5 hrs on record )
Posted: November 7, 2015
Fortunately, the 90's are over and that also means that wandering around on a map, cluelessly while digging your way through a lot of menus trying to figure out where exactly you are or where you are meant to go is also mostly over.

Hard truck: Rise of Clans / Ex machina (I'll shorten that to HRROCEM) is a game where you drive a car. Unfortunately, the car doesn't follow the mouse (only the turret does) and this feature combined with the already clunky controls means it feels like you're piloting a remotely controlled vehicle.

The graphics are nothing to wrote home about, the voice acting is horrendous, the writing is confusing but the game does have some charm. I like the way you can buy new vehicles, mount different types of guns and haul loot all over the place. Like a poor man's Freelancer set in a post-nuclear America.

Unfortunately, I drove my car inside a wall and couldn't get it out any more (the 'return to road' button did nothing. In fact, many buttons that you can bind seem to do nothing. Or maybe they have been mistranslated like so many other thingsI also didn't use the quick-save ability at any point (another thing we left behind in the 90's, thankfully) so I doubt I'll be able to revert to an earlier save game.

I have to say that I really like the theme but everything about this game is just subpar to the point where it just annoys me.

Refund requested.

Note that it ran just fine on Windows 7 64-bit for me. At least for the 30-odd minutes that I played it.
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RAINFALL
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: November 7, 2015
game is not working. The game starts but İt crushes while loading video and music files. it says aplication error.
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❤ CONGROO ❤
( 10.3 hrs on record )
Posted: November 5, 2015
*** Unhandled Exception!
ExpCode: 0xC0000005
ExpFlags: 0
ExpAdress: 0x00AF9E0E
Please report ro support@targem.ru!
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 90 days
2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
7.5 hrs on record
Posted: March 8
its a really nice game.Has an OK story and you can play nearly all vehicles that you couldnt play in apocalypse but it has one absolutly impossible part : defend a base with the flag (pumpgun) and the enemies are overunnin you
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
Recommended
24.7 hrs on record
Posted: April 6
One of my favourite childhood games :) .Not as great as the first one but still awesome.
The whole post apocalyptic setting and new vehicles additions were great.HP changes brought some difficulty..
But still there's a lot of recycled content from previous game.

Long story short.Bad voice acting,story,graphics don't matter.This game and it's predecessor will still hold special place in my heart.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 180 days
8 of 12 people (67%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
5.4 hrs on record
Posted: February 1
Very good RPG's like destruction racing game, that costed me 1$.
10/10
Would chose game instead of ice cream again.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: February 13
If you could judge a game by its title, "Hard Truck Apocalypse: Rise Of Clans / Ex Machina: Meridian 113" is denfinetly unexpectedly complex, and wonderfully confusing.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
9.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 24
Not as good as Apocalypse, but still nice. Not much maps and quests (which aren't so interesting and demanding) and overall, plot is too short in my opinion. It's very easy to die, because vehcicles have too low hp... Although, there are some new guns, cars upgrades; you can drive this small cars, which you couldn't before and there is money from destroyed enemies - that improve this game a little.

Eventually, every fan of HT Apocalypse rather should play Rise Of Clans and call post-apocalyptic world of Hard Tuck to his mind!
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 26, 2015
The mission With saving One Eye is unbeatebil even on the easyest difficulty ( to many enemys with not enough time)
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5 of 9 people (56%) found this review helpful
Recommended
45.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 18, 2015
very nice game 9/10 for campain
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
114 of 130 people (88%) found this review helpful
Recommended
8.2 hrs on record
Posted: March 15, 2014
Tested on Win7 64bit and Win8.1 64bit with GTX780 and GTX660, works fine.

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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60 of 79 people (76%) found this review helpful
Recommended
21.6 hrs on record
Posted: March 15, 2014
I run it on WIN7 64 bit. I got some errors (Unhandled exception and assertion failed) but i found a solution I rename the folder video to video.old (data/video), set compatibility to WINDOWS 2000 and after i lunch the game alt tab, Task manager -> Meridian113.exe-> Set afinity-> CPU 0.

BTW i try Ric Castle advice:

Tested on Win7 64bit and Win8.1 64bit with GTX780 and GTX660, works fine.
DO NOT USE IN-GAME ANISOTROPIC FILTERING, OR U WILL GET UNHANDLED EXCEPTIONS.
ONLY USE TRILINEAR FILTERING.

I have a AMD RADEON HD 7700 Series and both methods work for me, so feel free to try.

ADD ME FOR MP DESTRUCTION !!!!
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35 of 41 people (85%) found this review helpful
Recommended
17.0 hrs on record
Posted: March 19, 2014
Cheesy as hell, but a classic game that is still fun, if you don't mind driving around a lot. Very similar to the first game, Rise of Clans features more twists in the story than an M. Night Shyamalan movie. Quests usually are not more than go here, deliver thing, go there kill bad guys, or find this, but it works.
Half the fun is the glitchy mess that HTA is, with terrible ai and bugged missions, but it works often enough that it's not detracting from the game.

Also dosn't hurt that it's impossible to find retail.

Easily worth the $6.
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20 of 23 people (87%) found this review helpful
Recommended
19.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 18, 2014
Imagine a game that mix Twisted Metal and a open world game like Fallout...Is this game.You start as a vagabond that has to do missions to earn some cash and at the same time,killing enemies. The fun thing is that you can purchase parts to your dune buggy or truck,making he faster and stronger.This game has a cool soundtrack. The only problem is the cutscenes,the characters continue moving after they have talked .-.

Anyway,it's recommended for Mad Max fans, Vehicular Combat games fan and even Fallout fans because this game has a bit of everything :D

8/10
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19 of 23 people (83%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
13 of 15 people (87%) found this review helpful
Recommended
8.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 14, 2014
For my opinion on Ex Machina as a whole, check out my review for the original game as my opinion on this installment is essentially the same. It is just as fun as the original and still has its quirks.

Just like the original, this game has an in-depth storyline with lots of optional side-quests to participate in, you're also filling the shoes of the charismatic protagonist Vagrant, so the story doesn't directly continue after where the first Ex Machina left off, but rather continues from a different perspective. While Meridian 113 isn't as lengthy as the original, it brings some new additions to the table and some small improvements here and there too; It also feels very fast paced when compared to the original too.
New additions consist of new weapons, utilities, loot mechanics, and new vehicles to choose from during your missions, all of which add a nice refreshing touch to the game. Some of the improvements are a nice touch too such as the improved map previews and the ability to repair your vehicle on the go with scrap you acquired from the enemy you just destroyed.

As already mentioned, the game still has it's quirks such as the grammatical and spelling errors caused by bad translation to English from Russian, the physics still leave something to be desired and the voice acting is still questionable, though this is only the case for a handful of characters in the game, the voice acting for Sam for example is excellent whereas One-Eyed is classic Ex-Machina voice acting. This doesn't bother me though, it's just something that gives the Ex Machina series it's charm.

So all in all, if you liked the original, you will also like this. These games are worth every penny be they on sale or not, but as stated in my review for the first game, this is not a franchise for everybody, I'd still suggest giving it a try though if you're looking for something different to play.

Here's hoping Targem Games are planning to develop another installment to this great franchise!
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10 of 10 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
25.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 15, 2015
This open-world, third-person, post-apocalyptic driving shooter is kind of odd. It's also kind of old. This game is from the mid-'00s, and there are some issues getting it to work reliably on new systems [like it failing to save video settings after restarting, occasional crashes]. The translation from Russian is a bit rough, but overall the gameplay of driving about and shooting all sorts of things is compelling. Especially because you get to customize your rig, not just with different chassies, but within chassises. You tend to have three or so different models of cab and/or trailer to swap out, equip, and possibly even load up with cargo.

Just driving along blasting hostiles is a good way to make money, also.


One complaint I'd have is in a mid-late game mission you're dropped into a stationary turret to defend a base from a wave of robots. It feels mostly luck-based, and I had to mash my head against it many a time.
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16 of 22 people (73%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.5 hrs on record
Posted: March 24, 2014
Not a bad game for $5.99. If you want somthing differnt and are found of vehicular combat trucking then this is a must. Just remember to save offten. It dosent crash, its just your truck sucks in the begining. Also it works well with my GTX670 and Win 7 64bit set up.
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9 of 12 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
9.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 28, 2014
Hard Truck is a rather old game but that doesn't mean it's a bad game. As a matter of fact it gets a lot of thing right, where other modern games fail.
To get the game running you might have to run it in Compat. Mode and or delete the video directory withing the game installation directory.

The gameplay is okay and the controls fluid. The quest system is a bit off and the the rather strange dialogs make sure that you don't forget about this being an east-block production.
Still, Hard Truck is a game that delivers a lot of fun, especially for this price.
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13 of 21 people (62%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
12.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 21, 2014
Ok. This game is the worst of the two Hard Truck Apocalypse games. Granted, for $1.50 (on sale) you get what you pay for.

Pros:
Trucks with guns
Truck models are nice
More customizable colors for trucks and the ability to add decals (when available).
Like the previous HT:A, you have easy to use driving/aiming using keyboard and mouse
Perks system: This is kind of a WTF. You have them, but I didn't see any way that they helped or hindered. It was never obvious.

Cons:
Voice acting: ABSOLUTELY HORRIBLE! Weird language, lack of inflection, etc.
Story: Disjointed. Nonsensical. Your character is the most naive, trusting, moronic human being in the freaking planet. You are looking for some place called "Edmonton" for no other reason than it is there. Along the way you join forces with the obviously badguy "Sam" (who looks like Uncle sam). You also meet someone named "One-Eyed" who sounds like they are your friend, but (spoiler alert) you end up killing her because she won't give you a box of old filmstrips and she decides to attack you because you bothered to ask. So you kill her. But you seem to think that Sam is an OK guy despite threatening to kill you and wanting to find an ultimate weapon. Also, bad guys are super tough for no reason and they are ALL OVER THE PLACE. You can't even leave a town without getting blown up (seriously, it happened multiple times).
Money: In the first HT:A you could actually make money trading. It made sense. Not in this one. It's cheaper to go out and kill bad guys and sell their stuff.
Side quests: Like the first HT:A, they are essentially "go here, kill this", "guard this slow guy" (p.s. if you let the cargo truck die, you get a LOT more money fromt heir death drop), or "go here, deliver this package." After a while, I stopped doing those as there was no point.
Video issues: There were options to improve the graphics, but the game would refuse to load after I upped them from "medium" (the default). Had to go and reverify the game files before it would load with the default graphics.

If you can look past the bad voice acting, horrible story, and just random goofiness, it's an ok game. It is fun driving around blowing things up and running over pedestrians (which apparently is ok, but bumping into another vehicle will ♥♥♥♥ them off).
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
Recommended
11.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 8, 2014
I Love This Game For Everything...

That game is about post-apocaliptyc world where your only friend is your gun...
There is everything that has to me in a great game(well at least for me):
-cars
-cars upgrades
-guns
-enemies
-money
-LOOT!!!
If u have played the original sadly its not the same history but there is some improwements
U can ride other small vechicles that you couldnt before
I highly recomend buying this game
Every fan of post-apocaliptic games should have
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10 of 16 people (63%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
7.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 28, 2014
A Really nice game that you can play alone
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29 of 53 people (55%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
5.4 hrs on record
Posted: March 17, 2014
Be advised, until this game is updated or corrected it will not work properly on windows 7 64 bit. You can load, run it once and save but it will crash with a nullpointer exception when you attempt to reload it.

If this changes, I would change my recommendation.

I love the game system behind this game, but this game is not currently playable for me.
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