American Truck Simulator

Keep in mind that neither game is focused on recreating real-life locations or drives. They just sort of capture the “feel” of places.

That’s probably good enough if it is done well.

Both games are on the same engine, so they should be about the same visually. That said, newer areas (in DLC, mostly) in either game are going to look better than older ones, and I’d say that there’s a little more craft in the base ATS game, but that’s just personal preference.

As far as scenery goes, base ATS is California and Nevada, I think, so it’s very deserty. Oregon, Washington, and (soon) Idaho add some forest. Base ETS2 is central Europe, so there’s a lot more green. The DLCs are consistently excellent for both games, though, so if you’re drawn to a particular region over another, you can’t really go wrong.

It’s also worth noting that the developers have consistently gone back to older regions in ETS2 to try to update them to the standards of later DLC. For example, they completely reworked Germany last year.

Hmm, maybe I should try and get some hours in before the sale is over. I think I’d like to get France and maybe one for the US - probably Washington or Oregon, but Utah may be interesting with the different formations. Thanks for the answers :-)

Re: scenery, it really depends what you like. I would say Utah for ATS and Beyond the Baltic Sea or Italia for ETS 2, but that’s because I dig those environments.

The games are patched on a pretty much identical engine so they are on a par as far as technical improvements go, but SCS got better and more detailed at their maps over time, so the older locations in ETS 2 definitely don’t look as good or as detailed as ATS or newer ETS DLC. That said, they are slowly revamping the older locations. They’re working on Germany at the moment.

As for your original question, it’s one of my favourite games and I couldn’t give a shit about real life trucks. The economy and management side is pretty shallow, however, so it’s definitely a podcast/make your own fun kind of game.

That seems pretty nice looking. Looks like from the upcoming Idaho.

That’s a really cool feature. And dang, McCall is spot-on.

Sounds like it’s only in Idaho, for now.

Yup. If it’s popular, it sounds like they’ll look at maybe adding it into previous areas. I hope they do!

1.38 is out, so you can check out SSAO in the new Vegas

Picked it up because it was only $5. I rage quit Euro after trying to park and couldn’t. I just can’t visualize what I need to do very well. It’s really easy to get disoriented as well. I did manage to back into my first missions parking spot just now though.

Have to say I was kind of disappointed with the time compression though. Thought I had a nice 4 hour haul that I could break up into pieces as need be, but it took me maybe 30 minutes. I wouldn’t mind less compression.

I could see a steering wheel making this a real blast, but luckily Logitech’s steering wheel is sold out everywhere, so no impulse buying. I looked for Thrustmasters, but they are also difficult to get it seems. Maybe new versions coming to support next gen consoles?

Quick question, there isn’t a message log any where? I missed a message, think it was a fine, but I can’t find it anywhere.

Yeah, there’s no summary of the in-delivery messages. Fines and such are listed in the end of delivery summary though, aren’t they?

As for parking, I seem to most often end up choosing the middle option, to avoid rage :-)

Backing up a truck with a trailer is really anti-intuitive. If you want the back end of the trailer to go left, do you turn the tractor’s wheels left but only ever so slightly, or do you turn them slightly right first, then switch to turning left (slightly)?

Put your hand on the bottom of the wheel, look over your shoulder, and turn the wheel where you want the trailer to go. (You will have to catch it by turning the wheel the other way, as Papageno implies, but that trick at least gets the trailer moving the right way first.)

I use the external camera to help line up the trailer.

Parking is supposed to be a fun challenge. If you don’t enjoy it, then don’t do it. The extra bit of xp isn’t worth the frustration.

Picked this up over the weekend, and I am kind of addicted to it. It’s a super chill comfort food gaming experience. I got the PNW pack and I am pretty impressed driving around Washington. Took I-90 Seattle to Spokane, which I’ve done in reality way too many times, and it’s so impressive how they’ve captured the scenery but all tightly compressed. If only I could do the real drive in 20 minutes.

Kind of funny how great the driving experience is, but how low-rent the controller setup and menus are. Getting my Xbox One controller working with it when I have several other controllers detected was a bit of a PITA.

I wish the new Microsoft Flight Sim would do something like this. I know there’s always been passenger and cargo add-ons, but they never feel particularly integrated into the experience.

A few questions:

Once you’ve got your own truck, does your location persist? I like being able to take a delivery from my last location, but the game just leaves it to you to remember where you left off.

Is there some detailed settings for traffic violations that I am missing? I saw one checkbox in settings, which is checked. I’m surprised I’ve only been dinged for running one red light light the entire time (no speeding violations).

Any tips for improving anti-aliasing beyond just maxing it out in the game’s settings?

Yes

Speeding in this game, unlike ETS, is generally only enforced when there’s a cop car nearby (also sometimes on bridges).

Oversampling. But, yeah, it’s a pretty jaggy engine.

Hauling in Idaho be wack (as the kids say?) in a way that I don’t recall from other states in ATS. As in, hauling triples and the route involves 135 degree turns on two-lane roads. There doesn’t appear to be a lot of alternate routes, either. Tons more “XXXXXXX” no pass side roads than I’m used to. And who puts a plain-ass stop sign in the middle of a long-ass straight stretch where the speed limit is 65?! “Cross traffic does not stop.” Bleh.

But maybe that’s all normal? I admit I spend a lot more time with ETS2.