Trucking, and truckers, are the life blood of the world, providing me with my much needed amiibos, electronic fantasies and of course, food for the masses. This game, well, it came out of nowhere for me, I was just minding my own business watching the prophet Jim Sterling on the YouTubes to see how far gaming has fallen, and then American Truck Simulator just came rolling along…HONK, HONK! This was not some rubbish that carries the simulator name just for attention, this was the real deal, a sequel to Euro Truck Simulator 2 from SCS Software and Excalibur publishing which I played back when it was all new and simulator games were real. So with much excitement I went off to Steam to find her, and there she was, curves of chrome, glistening like a freshly showered southern lady on a summer day. She wants to sell me lemonade and I am going to drink it. Once inside her cab there’s plenty of room and this lady has really had some work done since I met her European sister all them winters ago. So let’s grab your rubber ducky and join the convoy, ‘cause I got explosives to deliver.
American Truck Simulator, ah, you like trucks, boy? You like the open roads? Well, hell, then this is the game for you! What you get here is a real simulator that takes itself mighty serious. So Sega fans, I should point out that this is not like the great, but arcadey experience of 18 Wheeler: American Pro Trucker. If you have played Euro Truck Simulator 2 you will be right at home as the game follows the same designs and content ideas as its predecessors but changes the location to the USA, so with new locations, there are different road rules and speed limits in force. So whilst the challenge of roundabouts is gone, four-way intersections and long straight desert style roads are in. So far the game has 2 states which provide enough variety to make this worth the low entry price of £14.99, with many hours of content in a career mode comprised of working for others, then buying your own truck and working for yourself. This leads on to hiring drivers, expanding your company and hopefully doing a better job than Yodel, not that that would be hard. The developers have said that more content is on the way and that it will be free to those who own the game already. More content is definitely a good idea as the game only has a few trucks to start with, and only two states currently playable, but then this not a full priced title, and it shows.