Posts Tagged ‘American Truck Simulator’

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 took me across the US. If you’d rather escape the US, check out the excellent Death Road to Canada, which is funny, short and sweet…with lots of guts and headshots.

And there’s Jalopy, a game about car maintenance and travelling across the former Eastern bloc. Finally, I spun the Wheels of Aurelia, the most interesting of the three in many ways. That’s a game about the conversations you have with people as you drive, rather than the driving itself.

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Bang Bang: Wild Wheels In American Truck Sim DLC

American Truck Simulator [official site] offers a fine bit of pootling but it’s lacked three things I’d want in My Dream American Driving Experience: a grander scale; a steering wheel whose spokes were gleaming chromed revolvers with ivory grips; and actual proper redwoods. Well! It’s getting close. Developers SCS Software have been working on upscaling ATS for a few months, and now they’ve released cosmetic DLC adding licensed recreations of flashy and absurd steering wheels made for actual trucks by Steering Creations. And heck yes it has a six shooter wheel.

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Buy These Games: Our Picks From The Steam Sale

Dark days for the world. Maybe videogames can save us? Haha yes of course they can haha.

Here are some really good videogames, though. They’ll take you to a better place for a while. These are the RPS team’s 13 personal favourites from the current Steam Summer Sale: we believe in these games, and we believe that you should play them too.
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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 to haul somewhere.

For one group of players, however, the escapism offered by truck sims goes to another level. It’s not just an escape from the chaos and stress of their everyday life, but also an escape into a former life. For retired truckers, truck sims are a way to return to life on the road — a life they loved. In virtual form.

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Bigger Skies: American Truck Simulator Being Scaled Up

The dream of American trucking is big skies and grand vistas. American Truck Simulator [official site] is okay at that, especially since Arizona arrived, but it can feel a little dinky. Developers SCS Software have a plan. As well as adding extra states, SCS have announced they’re making the whole game bigger by rescaling the world in a future free update. It’ll go from 1:35 scale to 1:20, which SCS say will mean “75% longer roads outside the cities”. They’re also reworking the landscape for a bigger sense of scale and gosh, this is awfully exciting! Give me those grander vistas.

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The Bestest Best Games Of 2016 So Far

We usually do our enormous GAMES OF THE YEAR posting fest at the end of the year (as would seem logical) but because it seems silly to reserve praise for special occasions we’re doing a Games Of The Half Year collection to tell you about everything we’ve loved playing so far. It can double as a summer holiday recommendations list too!

We’ve listed ours in alphabetical order to prevent genre-based punch-ups in the staff chatroom. We’d also invite you to list any gems we haven’t mentioned or might not have played in the comments below.

Just hit the left and right arrow keys to navigate the Games Of The Half Year or click on the arrows next to the images to get started!

Honnnk! American Truck Simulator Adds Arizona

The red dust, big skies, twisting roads, and dirty gert big hole of Arizona are now open to visit in American Truck Simulator [official site]. Creators SCS Software today properly launched their truck ’em up’s free Arizona expansion, following a short stretch in open beta. Young Alec really enjoyed visiting Nevada in ATS.

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