on 9 November 2012
I ordered this "game" less than a week ago. I played the demo having owned the first Euro Truck Simulator, to see how they have designed the newer system and game engine. The first thing of note, after upgrading from ETS 1, is the handling. It has a more genuine feel to the handling and doesn't jerk around a bit under a games controller like the original ETS. The engine itself has had a good amount of work done to it, and is evident from the handling, to the graphics. Having grown up with id Software engines, and the Unreal engines, I have to congratulate the team on their's, really is top notch.
The control system has been improved, with a nice small wizard to get you going quickly. All the keys can be rebound and mapped to each that you like. G27 and G25 users are covered as they are the "normal" wheels to be associated with this game. If you are using a gamepad, you are best off with a sequential gearbox, or auto if you hate gears.
A nice feature to the game is the ability to customise your lorry. You have a choice of bullbars, lights, beacons, chassis, interior, sun visor, wheels, and more. While all of this is great, it isn't the "meat" of the game. As far as the gameplay goes, it starts off a bit slow. If you have bought UK Truck Simulator, you should know what to expect. You start off driving for other companies, and you build your money up. A basic truck costs about 100,000 euros. This sounds like a lot of money, but if you take the long distance and heavier ADR loads, it usually builds up after a few trips.
To add to the gameplay, you have the ability to earn XP, which seems to be in just about every game lately, but does do it well. You can earn XP to "level up" (RPG players should be used to this), once levelled up you get skill points which can help your licenses. For example, you can build up your ADR to get different loads based on what you want, or build up your long distance to get longer loads. This has an effect on your driving and prices. For doing a long load, you get on average more money per mile if you build up your long distance.
While a lot has been improved, a few things could have been edited, and changed here and there. However with the patches, this can only get better. For simulation fans and people whom enjoy driving.
Minimum for this game at decent spec (to me) is:
OS: Windows 7 64bit
CPU: Dual core AMD Athlon 3GHZ or Intel equivalent
GPU: ATI Radeon HD 5000 1024MB or nVidia equivalent
The minimum is lower than this, but it is a machine intensive game.
As of update 184.108.40.206, they have patched various issues, none of which I personally experienced, but was evident regardless. During the patching process SCS aquired the license for the DAF XF range of wagons, the following is the latest list of lorries available;
Renault Magnum/Premium (Licensed - 2 available lorry types)
MAN TGX (Licensed)
DAF XF (Licensed in latest patch, otherwise known as "DAV" (Fictional))
Scania R (Licensed)
Majestic (Fictional, Mercedes-Benz Actros)
Ivedo (Fictional, Iveco Stralis)
Valiant (Fictional, Volvo FH16)
As a side note: Failed to mention that ETS 2 has a handy GPS system that works better in the game than what you find the the cabs these days. Handy tool.