Euro Truck Simulator
Drive the roads of Europe in authentic haulers
- Category Racing games
- Program license Trial version
- Version 1.3b
- Size 125.84 MB
- Works under: Windows XP / Windows 8 / Windows 8.1 / Windows 7 / Windows Vista
- Program available in English
- Program by Scssoft
Euro Truck Simulator is a very interesting game for those who enjoy a sense of the open road and yet have become tired of traditional racing platforms. As the name suggests, this game is centred around a truck driver who navigates throughout Europe. Still, this is much more than a simple driving platform alone. Alongside realistic depictions of the routes themselves, players will have a chance to make scheduled deliveries, purchase upgrades and even securing an entirely new truck is a possibility. It should still be noted that this may not be the best choice for those who enjoy a white-knuckle ride. Euro Truck Simulator is more "geared" towards anyone who prefers a relaxing and realistic depiction of European roads.
One of the first aspects that the player will note is that the lorries to be driven have been replicated to the minutest of details. Not only is their handling much like would be experienced on the open road, but their interiors offer all of the gauges and instruments that long-haul drivers have become familiar with. These include flashing indicators, petrol warning lights, oil pressure readings and a speedometer. Even the windscreen wipers will become activated should the driver encounter inclement weather along a journey. So, there is very little left to the imagination and Euro Truck Simulator is a great choice for anyone who has an affinity for these vehicles.
Based on Reality
Another striking aspect of Euro Truck Simulator is that the environments are based on actual regions. In simpler terms, this game can be thought of as a first-person journey through the world of Google Street View. Motorway markers, exits, entrances and even cityscapes are all portrayed much as they would appear in real life. Daytime and overnight missions can be chosen and as should be expected, a number of different weather conditions must be dealt with. This adds a bit more variety to the game while also enhancing the skills of the driver. However, keep in mind that Euro Truck Simulator is only the first in a series of games of the same name (Euro Truck Simulator 2 and 3 also exist). Some may be disappointed at the moderate levels of 2008 graphics that are displayed.
A Choice of Countries
This game will allow the player to choose his or her point of origin. They can select Austria, Belgium, France, Switzerland, Portugal and Spain (amongst others). Note that versions 1.2 and 1.3 include the United Kingdom within this list. Once the country is selected, an impressive budget of €100,000 euros is offered. This will enable the first truck to be purchased. One of the more challenging features of Euro Truck Simulator is that most countries are "locked" until a certain number of missions are completed. As one gains experience points, he or she will be able to commute to different regions within Europe.
The Lorries Themselves
Even though Euro Truck Simulator was released as far back as 2008, the lorries that are depicted are still considered to display reasonably high levels of accuracy. A handful of the vehicles to be chosen (depending upon one's funds) include the Mercedes-Benz Actros, the Volvo FH16, the Scania R-Series and the Renault Magnum. Of course, there are other makes and models present as well. One of the thrills of the game is to be able to complete enough deliveries in order to upgrade one's vehicle.
The overall file size of Euro Truck Simulator is 120 megabytes. This is primarily due to the fact that its early manufacture was meant to accommodate operating systems with a smaller memory capacity at the time. Therefore, it is considered to be a relatively small download in comparison to more recent platforms. A minimum processing power of 2.4 gigahertz is required alongside 512 megabytes of memory. An additional 128 megabytes will be allocated toward video processes. Direct X version 9.0 is recommended for the proper execution of the game.
Supported Operating Systems
Euro Truck Simulator is able to be installed in Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1. On an important side note, there is also a version of this game designed for Mac operating systems.
Although some players may think that Euro Truck Simulator is slightly outdated, the truth of the matter is that the graphics as well as the game play are both still impressive. Let us take a final look at some of the benefits and pitfalls of this platform.
- An engaging soundtrack
- A novel approach to a first-person driving game
- Impressive graphics for the time
- A relaxing environment
- A realistic depiction of European roads and driving routes
- Some consider the graphics to be inferior
- Animations may slightly lag
- The repetitive nature of the game can become boring after a time