Euro Truck Simulator 2 has finally been released. After years of waiting, we can finally witness first hand the trials and tribulations that a truck driver must deal with while skirting around Europe.
This may sound like the most boring game ever made, and you are correct.
However, it recreates the experience amazingly well. The graphic engine is quite good, but moreso, an incredible amount of effort was put into recreating the geography of Europe. Imagine Test Drive Unlimited, but with all of England and northern Europe represented in a condensed but lovingly recreated manner. All of the geography from the low lying grasslands of the Netherlands, to the winding roads of the Swiss alps are all represented:
The overarching game is based around making cargo runs between European cities. All the money you make can be used to modify both the aesthetic and functioning aspects of your truck. Eventually you will make enough money to purchase several trucks, and hire drivers to drive these trucks to make money for your shipping company. Every truck is modeled very well, both exterior and interior:
The entire experience is incredibly laid back. You drive between European cities through the countryside, soaking in the amazing job the graphics team has done recreating every nuance of the European road system.
The game is extremely polished. Massive thunderstorms pelt down, gorgeous sunsets and sunrises are modeled exceptionally well. Northern Scotland's rolling fields are modeled, as well as the dense forests of Germany.
It has a personal connection with me in the most ridiculous nuance that they chose to implement:
I've been going to Europe for years to travel to various music festivals in remote areas. My friends and I always rent a car and drive to these festivals, and have the radio tuned to whatever is playing in the region. This game has about 50 different European streaming radio stations that you can tune into while driving around between your various destinations. This adds so much to the experience it's kind of uncanny how it taps into the exact feeling I had driving around Europe.
If you want a relaxing and gorgeous CaRpg, you definitely should check this out. It's available on their website for $39, but if you wait until next week you can get it on Green Man Gaming for about $25 using their front page coupon.
EDIT: There's a demo at the link above