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I recently bought Euro Truck Simulator as I was getting bored with my usual car driving games. However, I did have an issue at the beginning. My laptop didn't have a good enough graphics card to support the game. So, I had to dig out my old gaming laptop just to play the game. Now, every time I want to play it, I have to spend about 5 minutes just waiting for the laptop to start up! ~System Requirements~ With my current laptop, I've never had a problem with loading up a game because it has relatively good specs. However, as I just mentioned, it wasn't capable of loading ETS. The ETS website says that these are the minimum requirements your PC needs to run ETS: Operating system: Windows XP or Windows Vista Processor 2.4 GHz Intel Pentium 4 or equivalent 512 MB RAM (1 GB on Windows Vista) 128 MB video card: GeForce 4 (not MX!) or better, ATI Radeon 8500 or better DirectX 9 compatible sound card DirectX 9.0 600 MB of free hard drive space Operating system: Windows XP or Windows Vista Processor 2.4 GHz Intel Pentium 4 or equivalent 512 MB RAM (1 GB on Windows Vista) 128 MB video card: GeForce 4 (not MX!) or better, ATI Radeon 8500 or better DirectX 9 compatible sound card DirectX 9.0 600 MB of free hard drive space The laptop that I am playing the game on only has a 2.0 GHz processor, though. So I don't think that it is necessary to have 2.4 GHz, but the bigger it is, the faster it runs. ~The Game Itself~ The aim of the game is quite simply to drive about in trucks delivering trailers full of cargo. You start off by choosing which country you start off in. You get the choice of plenty of EU countries, such as England, Spain, France, Portugal, Italy, etc. You then go straight to a truck dealership where you get Euro100,000 to buy any truck out of the 16 or so that there are. It sounds like plenty of money to start off with, but realistically, you only can afford the bottom range trucks. The top of the range trucks can cost up to around Euro180,000. Once you have bought a truck, you can get straight to work by heading to one of the companies on the map and picking up a trailer. There are hundreds, if not thousands of deliveries for you to do throughout the game. When you start off, you will not get paid as much for deliveries as you only have access to your own country, so you will not be travelling as far. Once you start earning more money, you can buy access to other EU countries. They usually cost around Euro30,000 to Euro40,000. When you do deliveries to other countries, you get paid more as you have to travel further. However, you will be using more petrol, but make sure you fill up regularly enough, because otherwise you will have to make an expensive phone call to the SOS services. As well as normal cargo you can deliver, such as furniture, toys, electronics, even tomatoes, you can also transport petrol, diesel, acids and other things of that nature. However, before you do this, you need to pay to have you truck inspected to make sure it is safe. This costs around Euro15,000, and that is just for the first inspection which allows you to deliver petrol and diesel. If you wanted to deliver something as corrosive as acid, you will have to pay for another inspection of a higher level. The graphics and sounds on the game are relatively realistic; however, they could be better. I was a bit disappointed about the lack of roads in the game. For example, the only roads in England are the M20, M25, M1, M6 and M62. However, the only major roads are the M1 and M6. When I got the game, I was hoping that there would be hundreds and hundreds of different roads per country to make the game more realistic, but I have got over that after playing it for a while. The trucks themselves are very detailed. The dash board has a rev counter, speedometer, fuel gauge, etc. As well as this, you also can use the horn, turn the windscreen wipers on and off, use the headlights and use the wing mirrors. Another thing that makes the game more realistic is that you can get fined for doing anything illegal. Such as crashing into other motorists, speeding, driving whilst very tired, passing a red light and not using your headlights at night. Any of these can leave you with a fine of anything between Euro50 to around Euro500. Like most driving games, you can change the settings to have a manual or automatic truck, and you can also set up a steering wheel with pedals to use instead of the arrow keys on the keyboard. ~Overall~ Overall, I would definitely recommend this game. It wasn't quite what I expected, but I enjoy it none the less. However, it is only fun if you have an interest in driving trucks, otherwise you may find it quite boring. In fact, I find it boring once I have been playing it for a while, but usually, I go straight back to playing it the next day.
Euro Truck Simulator is a game in a series of Truck Simulation games from SCS Studios. In this game the aim is a carry shippments for place to place all over Europe. Te countires included in the game are the following: UK(with update v1.3), France, Spain, Portugal, Italy, German, Switzerland, Austria, Czech Republic and Poland. Most of which have 2- 3 cities located. Benefits of this game is that if your the child or Adult who are into driving around Europe or just like the idea of hauling things with trucks all over Europe then this is the game for you. This game has all major European highways... such as in the UK it has the M6 and the M1 as major routes from London, Manchester and Newcastle, and the E80 and E5 which goes down the spine of france and into Spain. Because the game map is so big you'll always find it very real when you have to travel right across Europe. The graphics are pretty detailed aswell though I guess it could be a little better but they're are a little better than its predecessors '18 Wheels of Steel'. The controls of the game are easy to get to grips with as all it really is, arrows to go forward, left right ect... and Lights and all other controls are to thier corresponding start letter. So for Lights you'd press 'L'. You can also hook up an external steering wheel which makes the game even more life like when you have a physics wheel infront of you and not just using keyboard keys. Overall its a very easy game to get to grips with and has quite high quality graphics and you can play this for hours without feeling like there is nothing to do. The downsides are is that the game does feel like a rushed job. Not that much content is included. The citis aren't brilliantly developed as all they are is like 3 roads forming a square. There isn't a system to make real life traffic situations.. e.g. (Traffic Jams, Road Works). This game could use with an update to incorperate these features in. As the older games did have these features. My overall summury is: Only buy this game if you love the idea of pretending to drive through different countries and haul loads around or don't have a facination is Computer Simulations. If you haven't got a facination on anything from travelling to trucks I wouldn't buy this game. Otherwise its a great game to have and you should get quite a bit of enjoyment from it.
Having always been into my gaming I regularly go onto the likes of Amazon and Play and take a look through the reviews of a variety of different games and so regularly saw excellent reviews of simulation games such as rail simulator, ship simulator, flight simulator and the like and following trying a few of these I decided to give Euro Truck Simulator a try as my grandad used to drive lorries for Marstons so I have always had a really love of trucks. The game is very simple with the idea being that you purchase a truck at the start and choose a country (or two) which will allow you to take on jobs to transport goods between set depots. Each job has a set price to be paid to you and so long as you deliver this successfully without crashing or anything then you will get paid in full...if you crash then you will have deductions taken. Taking on your jobs though involves more than just thinking that you like one product in particular as deliveries will have varying weights meaning a greater amount of fuel is used and so this, along with distance, has to be taken into account when taking on any job as you may get better payments for a few shorter journeys than one long delivery run. As you increase your funding so to can you improve your truck to allow for better speed, handling, etc to help to make things better and your money come in quicker. Eventually you may even fork out the money for a better truck and this will again allow you more earning potential. Using your money wisely is extremely important as you can increase your transport network by purchasing the rights to more countries as you go to allow greater opportunities. Also available are extra license standards to give you different products to transport for a greater value. All the above has described what the game is about but does not give a huge amount on the feel of the game. The scenery is excellent as you drive over huge distances around traffic whilst ensuring you are careful to get to your destination as quickly and safely as you can. Graphically this is up there with the best of the simulators and the control system is well thought out, responsive and simply put works. Overall a game that feels excellent with true depth to it and quality throughout that helps to make it an imersive game. Positives: - Excellent controls - Great graphics and scenery - Plenty of traffic that is intuitive - Good game depth - Well thought out and delivered gameplay Negatives: - None This is a game that is excellent for those into their simulators and one that the youngsters will simply love too.