Euro Truck Simulator 2 (ETS2) is SCS Software's follow-up to their long running truck simulation series and a direct sequel to Euro Truck Simulator. ETS2 adds significant improvements to the series by making the game more approachable to new players, by increasing the size of the world, and by increasing the depth of the logistics management side of the game. The game also includes upgraded visuals and new forms of player progression.
Euro Truck Simulator 2 is available for purchase on PC, Mac and Linux from http://www.eurotrucksimulator2.com/ and Steam.
ETS2 divides the player's attention between driving trucks throughout Europe to deliver goods and managing the logistics of the player's company.
ETS2 is a truck driving simulation at it's core. On the outset, the player is tasked with choosing a load to haul. The player then sets off with a destination and expected time of delivery. Driving fatigue, fuel, cargo damage, truck damage, truck maintenance, and the rules-of-the-road must all be considered as the player makes their way to the drop off point.
The trucks are meticulously simulated. Player's may dive as deep as they want into the simulation aspect of the game. Wipers, lights, high beam lights, a clutch and H-shift, transmission ranges, engine braking, engine retardation, blinkers, and trailer attachment are some of the things the player has full control over. New players, however, have many options to simplify the driving experience.
Once the player reaches their destination, they have the option to park the trailer, which may be quite difficult in some situations. With the trailer successfully delivered, the player is rewarded (minus damage) with currency and experience points.
Coupled with the driving mechanic of the game is the player's business enterprise. The player chooses a starting location for their headquarters as they create their character. The player is given a tiny, run-down garage to begin their business venture. When starting fresh the player does not have access to a truck and must haul loads using a contracted truck, which lowers the amount of compensation for the haul but allows the player to quick-travel between cities to haul freight.
As the player delivers loads and collects currency, the player may then purchase their own truck. This allows the player to make much more money per haul, but also adds more risk and increases the player's travel expenses. Owned trucks must undergo maintenance, be fueled by player currency, and must physically be in the pick-up city to haul a load.
Further progression sees the player hire drivers, buy fleets of trucks, and expand their enterprise to multiple garages across Europe.
Progression is handled through a mutual interaction with the business and driving portion of the game. Successfully delivering freight gives the player experience points and currency. The currency can be used to purchase trucks, upgrades, drivers, and garages. Experience points are used to level up. The player gets one skill point per level up that they can put into skills that open up new types of contract options, increase player compensation, or increase fuel economy.
The base game features 69 cities across 12 European countries: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Poland, Slovakia, Switzerland and United Kingdom.
The Going East! add-on expands the map with new destinations across Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary with a total of 13 new cities including Warsaw, Krakow, Ostrava, Budapest, Kosice and more.
The Scandinavia add-on further expands the map with 27 new cities across Denmark, Norway and Sweden.
The Vive la France add-one further expands the country of France with 15 new cities.
The Italia add-one further expands the country of Italy with 19 new cities, including Rome, Napoli and Palermo.
The Beyond the Baltic Sea add-on further expands the map with 24 new major cities and many smaller towns across Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Southern Finland and Russian territory including Saint Petersburg and Kaliningrad.
The Road to the Black Sea add-on (In development) further expands the map through Romania, Bulgaria, and the European part of Turkey (Thrace)
Trucks and Upgrades
The player begins the game without a truck, but can take out a loan from the bank after a few deliveries to purchase their first truck. When creating a profile, the player chooses their preferred manufacturer. The main showroom for the player's preferred manufacturer is shown on the world map, and the player may instantly visit the showroom to purchase their first truck. As the player travels the world, they will discover more dealers representing different truck manufacturers.
The player must visit the showroom to purchase their first five trucks after which they may purchase trucks "online" through a menu instead of having to visit the dealer.
There are seven European truck manufacturers represented in the game, with a total of eight different truck models (Renault has both a Premium and Magnum series truck available.) Each manufacturer has a unique look and feel:
Euro Truck Simulator 2 was Greenlit on Steam, and appeared on sale on January 16, 2013. A trial version is also available.
ETS2 has been widely praised by numerous media outlets and by consumers. SCS Software was able to balance the simulation aspects with a larger business enterprise system to create a feeling of constant progression that was lacking in the previous trucking games in the series.
Metacritic shows a rating aggregate of 79/100 for ETS2 whereas ETS1 is not listed.
Developer SCS Software has released multiple smaller DLC with mostly cosmetic addons but also three bigger ones. The first one called Going East adds Poland, Slovakia and Hungary. The second one, Scandinavia, adds Sweden, Norway and Denmark as countries and 27 new cities to discover. The third one, Vive la France, expands France with 15 new cities and 20,000 km of new roads and highways. The fourth map expansion Italia, expands Italy with 19 new cities and 11,500 km of new in-game roads. The latest map expansion Beyond the Baltic Sea, adds Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Southern Finland and parts of Russia with 24 new major cities and many smaller towns and over 13,000 km of new in-game roads.
PC System Requirements
- Windows XP/Vista/7, Dual core CPU 2.4 GHz
- 2 GB RAM, graphics card with 256 MB memory
- Video card: GeForce 7600 GT-class equivalent or better
- Windows 7, Dual core CPU 3.0 GHz
- 4 GB RAM, graphics card with 1024 MB memory
- Video card: GeForce GTS 450-class equivalent or better