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Two surprisingly enjoyable semi-truck simulators
« on: April 22, 2016, 03:02:21 PM »
At least I found them enjoyable.  Euro Truck Simulator 2 and American Truck Simulator.  Graphics are pretty good, and the games are pretty fun.  You get several choices of trucks, the Euros are all cab over flat fronts.

ETS2 has been out a lot longer, so the graphics aren't quite as good, but there are all types of mods.  You can even easily put mods in that have American trucks available to you.  There are map additions that let you go into Russia, Eastern Europe (though I hear that is standard for the game now), Brazil, and North Africa.  You can add more engines and trans, trailers, etc.

ATS isn't as old...it's actually fairly new.  So far the only states available are California and Nevada, but Arizona isn't that far off.  So far it's only American trucks (that they have a license to use, they are getting more of those too) and a few mods (I added the Volvo truck with a mod).

It takes longer to get anywhere in ETS2 (lower speeds) and the game just doesn't count down as fast.  It's easy to make money in both games, buy more garages, drivers, trucks, and upgrades.

If you like driving simulators, I'd recommend both of these.

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Re: Two surprisingly enjoyable semi-truck simulators
« Reply #1 on: April 23, 2016, 12:50:26 AM »
I watched a Let's Play of the ETS2 multiplayer mod... Dude actually got stuck in a mile long traffic jam in game because a player jackknifed and blocked everyone else from getting through, lol... It was actually kind of hilarious to think of getting stuck in traffic in a video game.

But seriously, a lot of people seem to enjoy these games - specifically ETS and ATS. I hear from a lot of people that they're relaxing, cathartic games. I haven't tried them yet but I'm probably going to buy ATS eventually.

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Re: Two surprisingly enjoyable semi-truck simulators
« Reply #2 on: April 23, 2016, 11:51:05 AM »
I watched a Let's Play of the ETS2 multiplayer mod... Dude actually got stuck in a mile long traffic jam in game because a player jackknifed and blocked everyone else from getting through, lol... It was actually kind of hilarious to think of getting stuck in traffic in a video game.

But seriously, a lot of people seem to enjoy these games - specifically ETS and ATS. I hear from a lot of people that they're relaxing, cathartic games. I haven't tried them yet but I'm probably going to buy ATS eventually.

You don't have to player the multiplayer either.  You can play it solo too so you don't have a mile long traffic jam LOL

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Re: Two surprisingly enjoyable semi-truck simulators
« Reply #3 on: April 23, 2016, 03:42:52 PM »
Sounds really cool. Not sure if this laptop will play it though.   Any advice?

Asus G73S
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Re: Two surprisingly enjoyable semi-truck simulators
« Reply #4 on: April 23, 2016, 04:25:28 PM »
Sounds really cool. Not sure if this laptop will play it though.   Any advice?

Asus G73S
Core i7-2360QM 2.00Ghz
8GB RAM
Geforce GTX460M Cuda 1.5GB
SSD System Drive
Window 10

I'm running it on an i7-4702 2.20 with 32 gigs, GEForce 760M, SSD, and windows 10.  I'm not that much higher than you and run it fine.

On the forums, most are saying an i5 will run it, some say the GTX970 or higher, but I'm pulling it off quite easily with the 760M, 8 gigs of ram is recommended with 16 gigs being over kills.

One person is running an i3, 8 gigs, GTX660 Ti, win 10 and an SSD and playing it.  Euro Truck Simulator 2 is a couple years old, so if ATS doesn't work for you on your setup, I'm betting ETS2 will. Plus, ETS2 has a TON of mods and maps out for in comparison to ATS right now.

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Re: Two surprisingly enjoyable semi-truck simulators
« Reply #5 on: April 23, 2016, 04:52:20 PM »
Some screen shots:

American Truck Simulator.  This is my first (and so far only) truck:





Euro Truck Simulator.  This is my Pete 389 (I put a mod in for this bad boy, as well as some other kick ass American trucks):






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Re: Two surprisingly enjoyable semi-truck simulators
« Reply #6 on: April 23, 2016, 05:04:45 PM »
Two driving views for ATS.  The first one is how I normally have it set while driving, the second is a full windshield view:



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Re: Two surprisingly enjoyable semi-truck simulators
« Reply #7 on: April 23, 2016, 05:12:50 PM »
Sweet.  I may have to check this out.  Would probably look/sound awesome hooked up to the 42" Panasonic Plasma!

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Re: Two surprisingly enjoyable semi-truck simulators
« Reply #8 on: April 28, 2016, 11:17:00 AM »
FYI...don't run into a bridge support...

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Re: Two surprisingly enjoyable semi-truck simulators
« Reply #9 on: April 28, 2016, 07:56:36 PM »
FYI...don't run into a bridge support...




Oh you mean just like one of our company drivers did last year in Richmond? 





Not an honorable reason to make the national news.

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Re: Two surprisingly enjoyable semi-truck simulators
« Reply #10 on: April 28, 2016, 10:25:31 PM »
:lol:  Last two posts sold me on this game. :lol:

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Re: Two surprisingly enjoyable semi-truck simulators
« Reply #11 on: April 29, 2016, 09:59:57 AM »



Oh you mean just like one of our company drivers did last year in Richmond? 





Not an honorable reason to make the national news.

Mine was no where NEAR that bad :lol:

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Re: Two surprisingly enjoyable semi-truck simulators
« Reply #12 on: April 29, 2016, 10:01:17 AM »
BTW, just took out a $400,000 loan, upgraded my garage, hired another driver, purchased a nice Volvo for myself, handed down my other truck to the new driver, and I am saving up to purchase a third truck and hire a third driver.  BOOM!

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Re: Two surprisingly enjoyable semi-truck simulators
« Reply #13 on: April 29, 2016, 11:08:46 AM »

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Re: Two surprisingly enjoyable semi-truck simulators
« Reply #14 on: April 30, 2016, 11:09:11 AM »
New truck.  I'm not really liking the paint as much as I thought I would, so I'm probably going to change it.  The upgrade got me a much stronger engine, a longer frame (I could have went with a shorter one, but this one gives me the extra axle and 300 gallons of fuel):




Here's the paint.  I like the whole design idea, just not sure I like the paint itself and those designs:


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Re: Two surprisingly enjoyable semi-truck simulators
« Reply #15 on: April 30, 2016, 03:47:31 PM »
I played EuroTS for a few weeks.  Good game.

I thought about getting AmericanTS, but after I learned it was only California and Nevada I became disheartened.


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Re: Two surprisingly enjoyable semi-truck simulators
« Reply #16 on: April 30, 2016, 05:08:03 PM »
I played EuroTS for a few weeks.  Good game.

I thought about getting AmericanTS, but after I learned it was only California and Nevada I became disheartened.

For now.  They are working on Arizona and Washington.  The Arizona map is about to go into beta.

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Re: Two surprisingly enjoyable semi-truck simulators
« Reply #17 on: April 30, 2016, 05:19:00 PM »
I'll probably still get this game, but I want all states. 

Also, where the lot lizards at?

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Re: Two surprisingly enjoyable semi-truck simulators
« Reply #18 on: April 30, 2016, 05:50:01 PM »
I'll probably still get this game, but I want all states. 

Also, where the lot lizards at?

:lol:  That would definitely make it more interesting haha

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Re: Two surprisingly enjoyable semi-truck simulators
« Reply #19 on: May 02, 2016, 10:14:48 PM »
I got it.  I'm pissed at all the fucking cops.  Euro Truck Sim never handed out this many tickets.

Fuck off already  :lol:

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Re: Two surprisingly enjoyable semi-truck simulators
« Reply #20 on: May 04, 2016, 10:20:43 AM »
I got it.  I'm pissed at all the fucking cops.  Euro Truck Sim never handed out this many tickets.

Fuck off already  :lol:

Yeah, but there's a higher speed limit for trucks in this game...plus parts of Nevada are 80 MPH even for trucks   :mrgreen:

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Re: Two surprisingly enjoyable semi-truck simulators
« Reply #21 on: May 04, 2016, 04:17:33 PM »
I haven't bought into the whole VR thing, but I could imagine VR in a game like this being really fun.

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Re: Two surprisingly enjoyable semi-truck simulators
« Reply #22 on: May 04, 2016, 07:19:41 PM »
I haven't bought into the whole VR thing, but I could imagine VR in a game like this being really fun.

Only if you happen to have a chair that shakes the crap out of you if you wreck :lol:

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Re: Two surprisingly enjoyable semi-truck simulators
« Reply #23 on: May 05, 2016, 01:14:21 AM »
Some good mods on the steam workshop for this.  I've got real gas station brand names, all cars have their respective brand's logo on them with some remodeling.  Actual company names for the shippers.

BTW, found in the options, you can toggle the traffic penalties and sleep simulator.

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Re: Two surprisingly enjoyable semi-truck simulators
« Reply #24 on: May 05, 2016, 12:30:44 PM »
Some good mods on the steam workshop for this.  I've got real gas station brand names, all cars have their respective brand's logo on them with some remodeling.  Actual company names for the shippers.

BTW, found in the options, you can toggle the traffic penalties and sleep simulator.

I always leave both on.  You can do the same for ETS2.

There's also a mod in there for a Volvo with a lot of engine options.