Euro Truck Simulator: A New Demo!

By Jim Rossignol on June 30th, 2011 at 9:31 am.

So. Good.
Praise be to the Gods of simulation. Just when I thought there wasn’t going to be any exciting domestic transport sim news this morning, the best thing happens: I spot that there’s an updated demo for Euro Truck Simulator! Yes, it’s the game where you can drive a truck around a miniaturised and truncated Europe, delivering payloads like there’s no tomorrow. If you haven’t played this game in which almost nothing can happen, then you haven’t lived. I’ve posted the trailer below to give you a taste of the truckin’ that awaits.

Ah, today is going to be sweet.

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  1. TsunamiWombat says:

    OHMIGOD Tell me you can drive the autobahn I have such a eurotruck boner right now!

    • Javier-de-Ass says:

      sadly the part where rossignol wrote “a miniaturised and truncated Europe” is true to the extreme. so there’s not really any proper autobahn there to enjoy for hours between cities. it’s more like seconds :(

    • Matt says:

      Can you at least crash it and unleash a huge fireball?

    • Soccermom says:

      They promised the Autobahn DLC would come out before Sept. 2011 (complete with seasonal queues and scheduled roadwork). However, they have now officially scrapped the planned Arm wrestling competition add-on, which was promised to have been included in the retail game :(.
      A big part of the trucking community is very angry about this.

    • TsunamiWombat says:

      But how will I win custody of my child?

  2. DSR says:

    Somewhere, a truck driver cries himself to sleep while thinking what someone might enjoy the game about what he does for living. Every god damn day.

    • Melmoth says:

      I never understood the joy some people seem to get from any simulator. Especially those which simulate the banalest activities. But I guess some people actually dream about becoming a truck driver and what else there is to simulate. Some people decorate their desk to look like a cockpit, other attach two Joysticks to their chairs (digger driver sims).

    • Jim Rossignol says:

      The more banal the simulator, the better it is.

    • Theoban says:

      I’m dying to play Office Worker 2011 X-Treem Edition

      Filing will be a QTE, Mass Effect style conversation wheel for your monthly review, click RMB repeatedly to not fall asleep in the toilets

    • Antsy says:

      If you get a high score in this an old bloke comes down from space and takes you off to another planet where you can save the galaxy through the power of your truck simulator skills. Probably.

    • Bungle says:

      It’s a banalulator!

    • Arbodnangle Scrulp says:

      If they made this a MMO it would give me something to do after emoragequitting EvE Online. But it might be a bit too fast-paced and exciting for my tastes.

    • westyfield says:

      It’s like Ender’s Game for HGVs.

    • LionsPhil says:

      Arbodnangle Scrulp wins the thread!

    • VelvetFistIronGlove says:

      Why has no-one made Games Journalist Simulator yet?

    • somini says:

      Well, there is that game about Game Developers. Tangential related..

    • ResonanceCascade says:

      “Why has no-one made Games Journalist Simulator yet?”

      Wait. You mean IGN is FERREAL?!

    • egg-zoo-bear-ant will e 91 says:

      IGN isn’t a proper sim it’s silly and unrealistic. It’s nice doing banal things when you know you don’t have to do them. Meditative.

    • ulix says:

      This reminds me of a scene from the adventure “Book of Unwritten Tales”, where some mage, an elf and a warrior are playing a pen & paper RPG in a world without magic! One plays an accountant, the other is a secretary, and one is an office worker (or something like that).

      Awesome ;)

  3. stahlwerk says:

    I’m fond of the road-bound delivery of payload by large vehicles, and the activity of driving said automobiles.

  4. The Tupper says:

    Ah, so it’s gonna be one of those deathly days when the demo video box is upturned and shaken to provide content, is it? I think that (whenever such is the case), the April 1st time machine should be reactivated and we all arse about a bit instead.

  5. Daniel Klein says:

    Most importantly, when is the Zombie DLC coming?

  6. PoulWrist says:

    I want a Smokey & The Bandit game. They should make it an MMO too, that’s F2P.

    • JYzer says:

      Finally, a game where you can play as Burt Reynolds’ moustache.

  7. torchedEARTH says:

    I would only play it like the film Duel.

  8. Olero says:

    The first thing to do is create a massive stau (traffic jam) with your truck, by trying to overtake those pesky other trucks that are driving around. I bet it’s an achievement! (… and in the game)

  9. Dawngreeter says:

    I prefer Desert Bus.

  10. EOT says:

    I bet those guys are a laugh riot at he SCS Christmas party.

  11. Jonny Stutters says:

    Does it accurately simulate the ability to make roll-ups one handed? Maybe some kind of Kinect mini-game would be in order.

  12. McDan says:

    If you can’t transport illegal immigrants I’ll be dissapointed.

  13. Antsy says:

    I can’t wait for this because I like trucking!

  14. sexyresults says:

    I’m gonna drive really fast

  15. Longrat says:

    Who would, unironically, play this this? Holy crap this looks bad.

    • identiti_crisis says:

      Someone who likes trucking? Just a guess…

    • dogsolitude_uk says:

      There’s something quite relaxing about software like this. You get to poke things about and generally meander around without anything attacking you or whatnot…

  16. Sirico says:

    I covered my desk in Ginsters wrappers and copies of Razzle to set the mood

  17. SpaceAkers says:

    but can you talk to the trucks?

    • The Army of None says:

      Winning comment right here. The rest of you lot can go home now.

  18. Spider Jerusalem says:

    Looks stimulating.

    I’m not sure if it can knock OMSI off its perch, though.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=grHpKAkcn4Y

    (yes, I’ve actually played that)

    (no, that’s not on the OST)

    • EOT says:

      Fucking should be.

    • Orvidos says:

      What concerns me is how seriously the people in the comments for a linked video seem to take it. . .

      (Or maybe they’re talking about actual bussing. I don’t know. I’m mildly frightened either way.)

    • Spider Jerusalem says:

      OMSI is serious business.

  19. Raiyan 1.0 says:

    It feels so… lacking. Hmmm…

    Oh yeah! I know what it needs! A new Unimog!

    Everything is better with a poison frog Unimog.

    • JB says:

      Oh dear god what have they done to the unimog?!?!

    • identiti_crisis says:

      “Mercedes-Benz unveils crazy Unimog concept to celebrate 60 years”

      Calm down baby, have a piece of cheese.

  20. GallonOfAlan says:

    So .. have they put murdering hitch-hikers in yet?

    • Raiyan 1.0 says:

      So far, you can only murder hookers. So pretty accurate depiction of reality.

      “Change gear, check mirror, kill prostitute, change gear, change gear.”

  21. Jamesworkshop says:

    Sorry but I’m too busy with my washing machine emulator to leave the house

    http://www.e4.com/game/washing-machine-emulator/play.e4

    • Raiyan 1.0 says:

      The first question that popped in my head after playing that game – Is there now a distinction between an ‘emulator’ and a ‘simulator’?

    • GallonOfAlan says:

      @Raiyan 1.0
      There’s always been some distinctions between emulators and simulators. For example the iPhone SDK emulates an iPhone, so when developing you can replace a physical iPhone with the emulator. Microsoft Flight Simulator faithfully reproduces the behaviour of a plane, but you can’t replace a plane with it and fly to Boise, Idaho.

    • cluddles says:

      @GallonOfAlan: Of course, Apple went and called it “iPhone Simulator”, which doesn’t exactly help matters.

  22. John Connor says:

    But can you drive in reverse at the speed of light?

  23. JB says:

    I’ve been playing the Farming Simulator 2011 demo. Apparently the full game has multiplayer. It’s pretty good (if you like that sort of thing). I’m seriously considering getting it.

    • metalangel says:

      Farm Simulator is very good, though I strongly recommend you go to the mod sites before you even start it for the first time and add some more vehicles. The single most useful mod for me was the Ford F-250 pickup. For travelling around the map quickly it was indispensable, but it also had a trailer hitch which meant I could also take my produce to the various customers far faster than I could if I used one of the tractors.
      There’s lots of cool toys too, like this:
      http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v90/metalangel/sims/farm088.png
      I load two pieces of equipment on the back, take them both to the field and set the AI farmhands to work driving… the first plows, the second follows and sows.

      Mods here:

      http://www.ls2011-mods.com/

  24. Chorltonwheelie says:

    Skinning up at the wheel, fiddling the tachograph, tooting whizz for those longer hauls, bribing boarder guards with Marlborough’s, laughing over the CB with your mates as you hem in another Nissan Micra between yourselves and slowly take the speed up, ‘cleansing’ cyclist off or roads, scabbing on the railway workers whilst whoring your way around Europe. What’s not to like?

  25. NaFola says:

    Immersion is ruined at 1:17 – unleaded petrol at 116.9. Yeah, right.

    • macwarrior says:

      that’s about what it costs on a good day in Canada. ArmA III: Invasion From The Great White North?

    • LionsPhil says:

      It’s horribly, horribly unfunny because it’s true.

  26. c-Row says:

    If you get a high score in this an old bloke comes down from space and takes you off to another planet where you can save the galaxy through the power of your truck simulator skills. Probably.

    For Chromos! Also, reply fail.

  27. Nallen says:

    Can I sit in a dark ferry staring at the back of another lorry for the full duration of an actual channel crossing?! OMG.