I took a chance and picked up SnowRunner on the PS4 and played it obsessively over the weekend. I’m absolutely loving it. Mudrunner never grabbed me, maybe because I didn’t fully understand the game mechanics, or the graphics didn’t impress me, or I saw Tom rage quit on his stream. Or maybe it’s because I should have been playing this type of game on the console all along, instead of PC. Some games are just better as a “kick back on the couch” experience, you know? (I wanted to play the game over Steam Link but unfortunately the game isn’t available on Steam, and my last attempt to force an Epic store game to work over SL fell into the “this is too much effort to figure out” category.)
Snowrunner has an excellent tutorial, and the graphics are AAA quality (the Michigan map makes me feel like I’m back in Far Cry 5, except nobody’s shooting at me). The gamepad controls are easy to master (had to dial back the stick sensitivity a little). The only part that confused me was how to export my trucks back to Michigan after the tutorial takes you to Alaska. Once I figured that out, I started scouting and completing tasks, and generally getting into the groove of the game.
Speaking of Far Cry 5, I guess if I had a complaint about this game, it’s the lack of wildlife. It’d be nice to see some deer once in a while.
And the music is not that great. Since I’m on a PS4, I’m not quite sure how to get custom music in the background or if that’s even possible.