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Euro Truck Simulator 2

Euro Truck Simulator 2

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Developer(s) SCS Software
Publisher(s) SCS Software
Series Euro Truck Simulator
Engine Prism3D
Platform(s) Microsoft Windows, Linux[1]
Release date(s)
  • October 19, 2012[2]
  • WW January 16, 2013[3]
Genre(s) Vehicle simulation game
Mode(s) Single-player, Multiplayer (3rd party alpha)
Distribution DVD, digital download

Euro Truck Simulator 2 is a vehicle simulation game developed and published by SCS Software for Microsoft Windows and Linux and was initially released as open development on October 19, 2012. The game is a direct sequel to the 2008 game Euro Truck Simulator and it is the second video game in the Euro Truck Simulator series. The player can drive one of a choice of articulated trucks across a depiction of Europe, picking up cargo from various locations and delivering it. As the game progresses, it is possible for the player to buy more vehicles, depots, and hire drivers to work for them.

Gameplay

Driver's view from a DAF truck during game play.

Players choose their starting city from various locations in Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Poland, Slovakia, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom. At first, the player can only take what are known as quick jobs. These quick jobs involve making deliveries with a truck and fuel provided. As the player earns money or takes bank loans, they can eventually afford to buy themselves a truck, acquire a home garage, and start making more money by delivering cargo using their own truck instead of just being a driver for hire. Money earned in the game can be spent on upgrading or purchasing new trucks, hiring NPC drivers to take on deliveries, buying more garages and expanding the home garage to accommodate more trucks and drivers.

The player gains experience points after each delivery. A skill point is awarded after each level-up. Skill points can be used to unlock deliveries that require different ADR classes, longer distance deliveries, special cargo loads, fragile cargo loads, deliveries that are urgent and eco-driving. This progression allows the player to take on better paid jobs.

The game features 77 cities in thirteen different countries, over twenty different types of cargo and over fifteen fictional European companies.

Version 2 includes two new truck companies, Scania and Renault, with MAN returning from the original game. DAF, Iveco, Mercedes-Benz and Volvo trucks were not officially licensed and had their names changed to DAV, Ivedo, Majestic and Valiant respectively. Later updates included the official branding for the DAF XF,[4] Volvo FH16 and Iveco Stralis.[5]

Development

Expanding beyond the Windows version, SCS announced in March 2013 that they were developing a Mac version of the game.[6][7] One month later they released a Linux beta version of the game to the public through Steam.[1] On the 27th February, they stated "the Mac OS port of ETS2 is taking longer than anybody would like, but trust us, we are still working hard on it."[8]

In July 2013 a large update was released, fixing various graphical glitches, improving the toll booths and included the ability to switch off the trucks' speed limiter from within the gameplay options.[9]

In October 2013, SCS announced support for the Oculus Rift head-mounted display which became available in the beta 1.9 update released in March 2014.[10][11]

In May 2014, ETS 2 was update out of beta with patch 1.10.[12]

In July 2014, ETS 2 released an open beta of patch 1.11 on steam. The full patch will contain 3 new cities in Austria and Italy, along with an improved layout and UI, a way to adjust your seating in the cabin, and a feature that allows you to sell/trade your garages.

Downloadable content

Going East!

In January 2013 SCS Software announced a downloadable content (DLC) package — Going East!, expanding the game map into Eastern Europe.[13] The DLC saw the introduction of thirteen new cities across Poland, Slovakia, the Czech Republic and Hungary and was released in September 2013.[14]

Paint job themes

A set of Halloween-themed paint jobs was released exclusively on Valve's Steam store on 24 October 2013.[15][16] On 10 December 2013, a set of winter themed paint jobs [17][18] called Ice Cold were released. These themes can be applied to any truck in the game. On April 4, 2014, SCS Software released six more paint jobs in a DLC pack called "Force of Nature" and all paint jobs are still Steam DLC only. The Going East DLC however, is both Steam and Non-Steam DLC. Finally, in the 1.10/1.11 update there are 5 new paint schemes with the UK flag, the Irish flag, the Scottish flag, the American flag and the Canadian flag. On October 3, 2014, SCS Software released some colorschemes based on the German flag, prior to the 24th anniversary of the reunion of Germany.

Mods

A wide range of mods can be downloaded for Euro Truck Simulator 2, many of which help the game grow in game content, map size and game popularity. Some popular map mods include ProMods, who have currently modeled northern France and Scandinavia, and the TSM (TruckSim Map) who have modeled Italy, Spain, Portugal, Greece and Northern Africa. There is also a third-party multiplayer mod which is currently in open alpha status, allowing ETS2 players from all over the world to make deliveries in the same world-space.

Other mods allow players driving cars like the Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8, Audi S4, BMW X5 and X6 or AI traffic packs with a variety of cars. Some of them are truck mods like the Peterbilt 379, Kenworth W900a, the Freightliner FLD 120, Peterbilt 351, MAZ, vehicle tuning and so on.

Reception

The game was generally well received by critics, holding a score of 79/100 on Metacritic, indicating 'generally favorable reviews'.[19]

In a positive review for Destructoid, Jim Sterling praised the game's accessibility, noting how easy the GPS and map features were to use, as well as the option to stream European internet radio, and the multitude of control options available. He also praised the graphics, stating that "[f]rom the shape of the traffic lights to the atmosphere of the backdrops, there's a sense of individuality to each new territory you uncover, and the trucks themselves are lovingly recreated with an intricate level of detail", although he did criticise the AI of the other vehicles on the road.[20]

In a similarly favourable review, Tim Stone of PC Gamer called it "unexpectedly engrossing", praising the size of the map and the variation of the roads and scenery available. He did however have reservations about the accuracy of the surroundings, commenting "no one seems to have told SCS’s countryside crafters that rural Britain features long green things called hedges. Cities are often depicted with the shortest of visual shorthand – a few warehouses, the odd landmark if you’re lucky."[21]

Awards

PC Gamer awarded the game 'Sim of the Year 2012' in its end-of-year awards.[22]

Publishers

Country Publisher
Germany Rondomedia
Portugal PlayGames
Russia Akella
United Kingdom Excalibur Publishing
Poland CD Projekt
France Anuman Interactive
Scandinavia Wendros

See also

References

  1. ^ a b "Public Linux Beta of Euro Truck Simulator 2". SCS Software's Blog. SCS Software. 16 April 2013. Retrieved 29 April 2013. 
  2. ^ "Final stretch". SCS Software's Blog. SCS Software. September 14, 2012. Retrieved January 25, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Euro Truck Simulator 2". Steam. Retrieved September 20, 2013. 
  4. ^ "DAF Trucks coming to Euro Truck Simulator 2!". SCS Software's Blog. SCS Software. October 27, 2012. Retrieved January 25, 2013. 
  5. ^ "A New ETS2 Patch Almost Here". SCS Software's Blog. SCS Software. January 25, 2013. Retrieved January 25, 2013. 
  6. ^ SCS Software (March 18, 2013). "SCS Software's blog: Scania TDS on Mac App Store". blog.scssoft.com. Retrieved September 9, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Euro Truck Simulator 2 for the Mac". PaultheTall.com. Retrieved 7 October 2013. 
  8. ^ SCS Software (February 27, 2014). "SCS Software's blog: Bus Driver - Pocket Edition". blog.scssoft.com. Retrieved April 6, 2014. 
  9. ^ Vandell, Perry (25 July 2013). "Euro Truck Simulator 2 receives a truckload of fixes". PC Gamer. Future Publishing Limited. Retrieved 9 November 2013. 
  10. ^ Cavalli, Earnest (24 October 2013). "Euro Truck Simulator 2 shifts gears to add Oculus Rift support". Joystiq. AOL Inc. Retrieved 28 October 2013. 
  11. ^ Duda, Tomáš. "ETS2 update 1.9 is live!". SCS Software Blog. SCS Software. Retrieved 29 March 2014. 
  12. ^ TIMMY (May 19, 2014). "ETS2 update 1.10. Get your free copy of Metallic Paint Jobs DLC!". Retrieved May 21, 2014. 
  13. ^ "ETS2 Eastern European Expansion". SCS Software Blog. SCS Software. 31 January 2013. Retrieved 13 August 2013. 
  14. ^ Savage, Phil (4 September 2013). "Euro Truck Simulator 2 heads east for its first DLC expansion". PC Gamer. Future Publishing Limited. Retrieved 9 November 2013. 
  15. ^ "Euro Truck Simulator 2 - Halloween Paint Jobs Pack on Steam". Store.steampowered.com. Retrieved 2013-10-26. 
  16. ^ "Halloween paint job blog posting on SCS Software Blog". SCS Software Blog. SCS Software. 24 October 2013. Retrieved 2014-01-05. 
  17. ^ "Euro Truck Simulator 2 - Ice Cold Paint Jobs Pack on Steam". Store.steampowered.com. Retrieved 2014-01-05. 
  18. ^ "Ice Cold paint job blog posting on SCS Software Blog". SCS Software Blog. SCS Software. 10 December 2013. Retrieved 2014-01-05. 
  19. ^ "Euro Truck Simulator 2 for PC Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. 18 January 2013. Retrieved 18 July 2013. 
  20. ^ Sterling, Jim (31 January 2013). "Euro Truck Simulator 2". Destructoid. Retrieved 9 November 2013. 
  21. ^ Stone, Tim (6 December 2012). "Euro Truck Simulator 2 review". PC Gamer. Future Publishing Limited. Retrieved 9 November 2013. 
  22. ^ Stone, Tim (27 December 2012). "The Sim of the Year 2012: Euro Truck Simulator 2". PC Gamer. Future Publishing Limited. Retrieved 9 November 2013. 

External links

  • Official website
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