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American Truck Simulator

1 week ago

American Truck Simulator adds spectacle with Special Transport DLC

As a tourist behind the wheel of American Truck Simulator, I'm interested in anything making the world feel more alive, and the latest DLC seems great for that. Out now, the 'Special Transport' DLC whacks in honking great oversized loads from to industrial machinery to houses, so large that we need to follow police escorts and the TV news might send a camera to watch…

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1 month ago

Honk honk! American Truck Simulator’s Oregon expansion is out now

The highways and byways of The Beaver State are now open for business, as American Truck Simulator's Oregon expansion has just launched. Oregon is the fifth US state added to the cargo-hauling sim, and the most northerly so far. This means lots of lovely forest to haul lumber from, which pleases me as a trucking tourists, and of course Oregon's western edge is beautiful Pacific…

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2 months ago

American Truck Simulator keeps on truckin’ in Oregon next week

The big trees, wild coast, and many Portlandian bridges of Oregon are coming to American Truck Simulator on October 4th in its next expansion, developers SCS Software announced today. I'm very pleased to see the haulage sim venture farther north into the wet and wild of the Pacific Northwest that captured my heart on a road trip years ago, so absolutely I'll be trying to…

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5 months ago

American Truck Simulator’s Oregon is looking lovely

The Beaver State is shaping up real perty in American Truck Simulator, going by new work-in-progress videos from the first-person trucker's Oregon expansion. I am, you may not be surprised to hear, particularly taken with its forests and rivers. I know where I'll be moving my base of operations when the expansion launches later this year. For now, come see Oregon in these new videos.

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Truck Driver wants to be a truck sim without quite so much sim

On the one hand, I do like the sound of a truck-driving game that, so we're told, focuses more on the aesthetic appeal of a multi-tonne road trip than it does the simulatory side of hauling a big rig around. On the other, pretty much my favourite thing to do in American Truck Simulator is to flick the wipers on it when it rains and…

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American Truck Simulator challenges players to clear a landslide

I always enjoy when 'community challenges' have logical in-game consequences, when players pull together to change the world by perhaps shaping a story or opening a new area. In American Truck Simulator, virtuatruckers are pulling together to help clear a landslide and re-open a closed stretch of California's Highway 1. A real-world landslide last year blocked off sections of the beautiful coastal route near Big…

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Feature: Mira Tannhauser really, really loves buses

The massively charming over-enthusiasm of Bus Simulator 18

Forget Newell's billions, Plunkbat and whichever indie renaissance is currently happening: the real success story of Steam, over the years, is superficially dour and highly-specific vehicle simulations finding large audiences who have very little interest in steering torque or rim patterns. I have filled these pages with paeans to American Truck Simulator's soul-searching road odysseys, to the hypnotic satisfaction of stripping parts in Car Mechanic…

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6 months ago

Euro & American Truck Sim’s roads get even more open

The enduring success of SCS's Truck Simulator¬†series is no huge surprise, even if its initial¬†ascent to fame was unexpected. The combination of light business management, relaxing, meditative repetition and gorgeously recreated environments make for an ideal chill-out experience for people who haven't done long, tiresome driving for a job already. Today, both American Truck Sim and Euro Truck Sim 2 get a little bit bigger,…

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American Truck Simulator teases the sights, truckstops and random stretches of tarmac of Oregon

17 years a games journalist. I was there for the reveal of Half-Life 2, the comeback(s) of Deus Ex, the splendour of Spelunky, the rise of Plunkbat and that horrifying time that grown men wept when they heard they could hold two guns at once in Halo 2. And yet here I am, very probably more excited than at any other point in my ridiculous…

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7 months ago

RPS keeps on truckin with American Truck Simulator interview at EGX Rezzed 2018

So many people love the hyper-specific simulator games about trains or trucks or cities or boats or building PCs. In general, I have questions about why these games don't click with me, and perhaps my problem is that I've been trying to make these games click in the manner of traditional game experiences as opposed to being an entertainment experience entirely other. Which is why…

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8 months ago

American Truck Simulator adding scenic Yosemite drive

So far, American Truck Simulator has encouraged safe and legal driving. Don't speed, don't crash, don't run red lights, don't drive through protected forests. But I have longed for the game to be a little flexible with rules of the road in the name of a pleasant drive and my dream is coming true. The next update will add a new road venturing into a…

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We’re talking with Truck Simulator devs at Rezzed

Our Adam once told a story in the RPS treehouse about meeting with folks from Truck Simulator developers SCS Software, who were surprised and somewhat confused by how much we're into their virtuatrucks in totally non-ironic ways as chillout games. We really are. (Well, when we're not modding horns into alien wails.) You'll get to see this encounter happen again live on stage in April…

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9 months ago

Feature: Marine-cyberpunk in Fishing; Barents Sea

Rhythm-action fish-gutting to a Blade Runner soundtrack

I've been playing the newly released Fishing: Barents Sea in the hope that it was water-bound cousin to American/Euro Truck Simulator, those bastions of road-tripping relaxation. What I found was something very different. Something remarkable in its own way. Chilly Norwegian seas, the lonely put-put of a solo fishing boat engine, the methodical laying and collecting of lines - and a sublimely-synthy, ever-so-Vangelis soundtrack as…

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10 months ago

American Truck Simulator heads up north to Oregon

Ah, the American North, where the trees are tall, the roads are winding, and everyone feels just that little bit more relaxed, being closer to Canada's soothing influence. It's just a scientific fact; look it up. After teasing it for a time, SCS Software have announced the next expansion for American Truck Simulator, latest in their freight-driving sim series. This time, you're headed to the…

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Feature: Give PC a chance

The 20 best non-violent games on PC

My nerves have been sufficiently jangled and my trigger-finger sufficiently itched by the glut of action games which landed in the closing months of last year. I crave an altogether more sedate beginning to 2018, and so my mind turns to games in which violence, reflex or any other kind of unblinking attentiveness takes a back seat. Primarily we're talking violence-free games here, but I…

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Feature: Real-time Instragram for games

Cel-shaded PUBG, ’70s Truck Sim and zinester Assassin’s Creed with new Nvidia tool

Post-processing tools for games aren't new - hello Reshade and SweetFX - but the world of dramatically altering a PC game's appearance with what could loosely be described as real-time Instragram filters has always been a scrappy wild west. Nvidia have this week built themselves a governor's mansion on this new frontier, introducing a feature called 'Freestyle' to the GeForce Experience suite of game optimisation,…

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11 months ago

Feature: The year two thousand and eighteen is upon us

The most exciting games of 2018

As we lay 2017 to rest, let us remember all of the wonderful games that flickered across our screens and occupied our hearts and minds. But now we must promise never to think of them again because times have changed. This is 2018 and if we've learned one thing from the few hours we've spent in it it's that there are games everywhere. Every firework…

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Help Santa deliver Christmas gifts in Truck Simulator

How can Father Christmas deliver presents to all the children of the world in only one night? Magic. However, Sinterklaas has been caning the peppermint schnapps and wouldn't say no to a bit of help from truckers. American Truck Simulator and Euro Truck Simulator 2 have launched festive events challenging virtuatruckers to haul gifts across Europe and Americky. That's a great act of kindness, and…

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Feature: Mediterranean meandering

Italia is Euro Truck Sim 2 at its most beautiful – but it is time for something more

I've spent a lot more with American Truck Simulator than I have with its by-now much larger predecessor Euro Truck Simulator 2, mostly because a more distant land seemed more romantic than one I am already part of. But ATS, in its current South-Westerly configuration, is a game with a heavy reliance on rock and sand landscapes - evocative for sure, but while we await…

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