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American Truck Simulator



Darren S

ClioSport Club Member
This is an oddball one. I've had the game for quite a while, along with Euro Truck Simulator and left both titles lingering in the library for the most part.

A few months back, I tried ATS when I had the Logitech G920 wheel all setup, working in conjunction with the Fanatec shifter. The steering was much better with a wheel (as expected) - but the full blown manual gearbox and clutch controls were just too much. If you're doing an over-sized cargo shift for parts of a wind turbine, for example, you can be in 15th gear and not even at 30mph. Realistic yes, but not really that much fun - especially when you've 'peaked out' the engine at circa 1,500rpm.

Anyways, I recently tried it with the XBox controller and the default steering inputs were awful. Literally left and right movements resembling those of a TRON bike and I was just constantly zig-zagging down the road. A simple dial-down of the sensitivity in the options makes it much more controllable and whilst in the Options themselves, you have a wide range of making aspects of the game as easy or as difficult as you would like.

So I started from scratch again, picked a starting location and jumped onto the job market. Filtered it by price to get the most money I could and off I went...

When you reach your destination, you can have up to three drop-off options. Literally at the gates where you are award no bonus experience, somewhere quite easy to access within the yard for some experience, or exactly where the customer wants it (the most difficult) for maximum experience. During the journey itself, you can have any number of issues and events cropping up - traffic accidents, last minute braking, absolute bell-ends of traffic where they cut you up to get off the slip-road, dawdlers who trundle at 30mph when you're in a 55mph zone, level crossings and on the super-sized cargo hauls, you're given police escorts where they close off roads and allow you to go through red lights.

As you progress, your experience increases, allowing you to transport various different (and dangerous) cargoes. You can get better upgrades for your truck, buy different trucks, employ staff and expand your business. The icing on the cake is that there is a very active Workshop section to the game, where fans have created many mods for the game - ranging from sound effects, graphics tweaks, real-life logos and businesses, etc. It all adds to making it a bit more believable and fun to play.

Well worth giving it a go if you fancy a detour from the usual driving-type games.


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Aaron..

ClioSport Club Member
Can you travel at 54.3mph in the middle lane whilst overtaking the other HGV's doing 54.1mph?

I downloaded farming simulator the other day on PS+ thinking it would be ok for my 5 year old to play. It's ridiculous and I deleted it after struggling on for an hour.
 

Darren S

ClioSport Club Member
Can you travel at 54.3mph in the middle lane whilst overtaking the other HGV's doing 54.1mph?

I downloaded farming simulator the other day on PS+ thinking it would be ok for my 5 year old to play. It's ridiculous and I deleted it after struggling on for an hour.
Yeah, the Farming Sim stuff almost relies on an engineering level ability to understand what's going on. I've not really stuck with that stuff myself.

At it's most basic setting, you have your left and right triggers for braking and accelerating and the left stick for steering. Right stick is for looking around and the 1-9 keys change your camera view. It's very easy to control and has that driving feel without the pressure of the usual racing aspects.

That said, the super-large loads are a proper mind-fcuk to work out the movement of multiple trailers around corners and slip-roads, etc...

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Cribert

ClioSport Club Member
  Cup 172
I just don’t get this at all.

I know what I’ll do in my spare time, pretend I’m driving an articulated lorry on a motorway 😂

Each to their own!
 

TheEvilGiraffe

South East - Essex
ClioSport Area Rep
I just don’t get this at all.

I know what I’ll do in my spare time, pretend I’m driving an articulated lorry on a motorway 😂

Each to their own!
In a fookin' traffic jam too.

I'm kind of intrigued but it - nor anything similar - appears to be on GamePass currently (n)
 

Deeg

ClioSport Club Member
Weird that it’s supposed to be hyper realistic, but has road trains in those states and trains that look like 2 x 53ft trailers.

Think you can have triples in certain states, but it’s 3 x smaller trailers, not 53 footers.
 

McGherkin

ClioSport Club Member
Yep. It’s Ohaha’s Fh16, obviously it’s kind of an offence for me to drive any other brands.

Promods map looks awesome, cheers for the heads up. Not sure if I want Plymouth to actually look like Plymouth though.
 

-Jamie-

ClioSport Club Member
So many mods, I spend more time speccing up new Scania than doing anything else


Promods makes it feel like a completely different game, Weird how familiar the trip from Glasgow to Skye is even if its hugely condensed down
 

Darren S

ClioSport Club Member
Yep. It’s Ohaha’s Fh16, obviously it’s kind of an offence for me to drive any other brands.

Promods map looks awesome, cheers for the heads up. Not sure if I want Plymouth to actually look like Plymouth though.
See if you can do handbrake turns at the either end of Royal Parade... ;)
 

JoePeps

ClioSport Club Member
  M2,XJS,S1000RR
Playing this in the first place isn’t my bag but we all do different things.

But to ‘upgrade’ to have a computer prozzie and think it’s cool is beyond strange. I hope whoever does that never gets asked to babysit for anyone.
 

McGherkin

ClioSport Club Member
To be clear, even I'm not that tragic. I suspect it would probably appeal to a 13 year old though, which is probably why you can also share your truck with Severus Snape and Spiderman.
 


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