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    Spintires : Mudrunner

    TG AceoHearts

    Reviewing video games can be hard work.  I’m not just talking about long hours playing games from every genre.  Some titles are closer to on the job training than actual games. Spintires : Mudrunners from Focus Home Interactive is a perfect example of this.


      This is a simulation game like none out there.  The main object of the game is to load your truck up with logs and carry them to the lumber mill.  The main difference is that you have to travel on logging roads that are sometimes nothing more than mud covered ditches, ford rivers, and you can occasionally even drive on a real road to get the job done.  You have a garage full of trucks to get the job done – once they are unlocked – but this game is far from play.


      This game is divided into two main sections – the campaign and challenges.  Challenges are single levels that require you to complete a task with the vehicle the game chooses.  The campaign will have you transporting logs from the lumber mill to the saw mill.  You will get to pick your truck and route – provided the truck is in that level – but beware.  Most levels will require you to make multiple trips, and each truck carries a different amount of cargo.  You will also have to factor in fuel stops and of course, the mud.  Picking the wrong truck can add extra miles to your job.


      The controls for the game are very good for a driving simulator.  You can pick between an automatic or manual transmission depending on your preference.  I will admit the manual takes a bit of getting used to (and I can drive a stick) but it is helpful when trying to get through the mud.  Controlling your truck in the mud is where things get hairy, especially when you must try and park something with some precision.  As good as the controls are, the view tends to be a bit lacking.


      You have an over the cab view and you can move the camera, but it tends to be a bit of an odd angle most of the time.  The camera doesn’t swivel smoothly, so you can miss the angle you need.  And face it, if you are playing a sim game you want a behind the wheel perspective.  The game offers one, but you have limited side views and no views of your mirrors.  This means that you are forced to switch to the other view when backing up, attaching trailers or attaching your winch.


      There is a lot to do in Spintires : Mudrunners, but you have to have the patience for long levels, iffy camera views, and lots of mud, this is a title for you.  The simulation side is spot on, and even offers multiplayer if you have a few good buddies that want to form a convoy.


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