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Euro Truck Simulator 2

5 months ago

Feature: Listen to us with your brain turned off

Podcast: Being a critic makes games better (and worse)

Oh no. Somebody sound the “journalists discussing journalism” klaxon. Rattle it as loudly and furiously as possible, because the RPS podcast, the Electronic Wireless Show, is talking about how being a critic changes the way we play. Don’t blame us, blame listener Aleksei, who sent in the theme as a suggestion. But please also forgive Adam, because it’s his last showing on the podcast (he’s…

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8 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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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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9 months ago

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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Feature: The biggest hits of the past 12 months

These are the top 100 Steam games of 2017

Another year over, a new one just begun, which means, impossibly, even more games. But what about last year? Which were the games that most people were buying and, more importantly, playing? As is now something of a tradition, Valve have let slip a big ol' breakdown of the most successful titles released on Steam over the past twelve months. Below is the full, hundred-strong…

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10 months ago

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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1 year ago

Feature: Chill out

10 of the most relaxing games on PC

Navigate the gallery by clicking on the left and right arrows or use the left and right cursor keys on your keyboard! Real life is rubbish sometimes, and there’s nothing that video games can do about that. But I know that if I’ve had a particularly tough day at work, then sitting down at my PC and visiting a different world can often be exactly…

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2 years ago

Feature: Good Trips

The Perfect Roadtrip Game

I've played a few games about roadtrips recently. It wasn't intentional, though I do love the idea of games about journeys, they all just happened to land in my lap at the same time. First up was Overland, a turn-based tactical post-apocalyptic game about travelling across a bug-infested America. Then there was The Crew, in which I competed with Brendan in a race. That also…

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Feature: Haul of fame

Hitting The Virtual Roads Of Euro And American Truck Simulator With Retired Truckers

Truck driving games like American Truck Simulator [official site] and Euro Truck Simulator 2 [official site] are popular because they offer a routine, almost meditatively romantic simplicity — there's no lengthy checklist of deadlines to meet and stakeholders to please, no paperwork, no family to feed, no monsters to slay, nor anything else to raise your heartrate. Just you, the open road, and a cargo…

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3 years ago

Feature: On the road again

Nine Observations About American Truck Simulator

American Truck Simulator [official site] has quietly been one of RPS' most-anticipated games of 2016. Its predecessor, Euro Truck Simulator 2, has been an office favourite for a while - what, at a passing glance, might seem to be incomprehensible HGV nerdery is instead a therapeutic indulgence. The open road. The refreshing lack of urgency. The sky. Choosing only the jobs that take you where…

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Have You Played… Euro Truck Simulator 2?

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game recommendations. One a day, every day of the year, perhaps for all time. Euro Truck Simulator 2 [official site] is one of my favourite games of the last few years. I think we've surpassed the point where I have to ensure that everyone understands that I'm not joking. I hope that people have started to realise…

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Feature: Wainwright Simulator

Walking, Driving, Flying, Seeing, Looking, Watching: Tourist Simulators

I've been on holiday, which means I've spent more energy walking around and looking at things, than I do when I'm at work. It's a tricky thing, this holiday business. How am I supposed to enjoy the majesty of nature (and the cold pint in a country pub that waits at the end of nature) when my muscles are aching, the sweat is like an…

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Feature: Imagine what you could do with a whole week of deals!

Best Steam Summer Sale Deals: Day 7

What are the best Steam Summer Sale deals? Each day for the duration of the sale, we'll be offering our picks - based on price, what we like, and what we think more people should play. Read on for the five best deals from day 7 of the sale.

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Feature: Never in the field of human conflict...

The 25 Best Simulation Games Ever Made

Ready to discover once-and-for-all whether X-Plane is better than FSX? Whether Falcon 4.0 is better than Milk Float Simulator 2012? Ready to read the word 'realism' 46 times in a single hour, and spit feathers on discovering that the sim that caused got you through your divorce has been cruelly cold-shouldered by an idiot with a bus fetish and a sci-fi blindspot the size of…

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4 years ago

Feature: Simulation & wargame blather

The Flare Path: Is Lost For Words

I've been robbed! I got up this morning to find my office ransacked and my mahogany word cabinet agape. Among the items taken were the words listed above. In the circumstances, covering this week's wargame releases could be tricky. Perhaps I should stick to sim-related news, interviews and observations today.

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Feature: Magical Mystery Tours

The Grand Tour: Recreating Recreation

I want to play a game about tourism. It's odd that I can fight in so many wars, across so many continents, planets and timeframes, but I can't simply take a stroll around a city orf national park, taking photos and writing postcards as I go. I'm sure there are games about tourism but they're probably adventure games, or hidden object games. Something will be…

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5 years ago

Feature: Oculus Truck

Impressions: Oculus Rift support for Euro Truck Simulator 2

I've used the Oculus Rift to fight Half-Life 2's Combine, to blast through space in EVR, and to stomp around in Hawken's powerful mechs, but this was the thing I'd really been waiting for. SCS Software just released the Oculus Rift-enabled beta for Euro Truck Simulator 2, and I celebrated by driving from Cardiff to Southampton.

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Feature: Simulation & wargame loot

The Flare Path: A Phantasmagoria Of Foxers

The Flare Path turns two this week. Here in the UK that means it can legally hunt gruffalo, attend public hangings, and teach John Prine lyrics to mynah birds. To mark the occasion there’ll be no news items or inscrutable intros today. The entire column will consist of quizzes. Napping fitfully beyond the break are five fuzzy-eared Foxers, each with a rather special set of…

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6 years ago

Feature: Can Games Be Stobart?

Night Drive: Euro Truck Simulator 2

Manchester to Sheffield, Sheffield to Swansea, Swansea to Stuttgart. I’ve been haunting the highways and low roads of Europe as I aim to build a freight empire the likes of which the world has never seen before. My convoys will convey powdered milk from Berlin to Paris, and machine parts from Edinburgh to Frankfurt. Or, failing that, I’ll just fill my playlist with electronic ambience…

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Feature: Simulation & wargame news

The Flare Path: Blows The Whistle

Enough. The lying, the self-justification, the sleepless nights... it all stops here. What follows is the story of a games journalist who touched pitch and was defiled. The confessions of a fool who, having strayed far from the path of probity, is now desperately trying to find a way back. Judge him if you must. Forgive him if you can.

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