While I didn’t get to spend much time with Alaskan Road Truckers, I saw enough to realize that this is my kind of game. A relaxing journey across the gorgeous snowy plains of Alaska, transporting goods from one place to another, the life of a trucker is as close as you can get. All aspects of your job are present, from maintaining your truck and yourself to following the rules of the road in challenging weather conditions, but the pace may not suit everyone.
In my short time behind the wheel, I was able to familiarize myself with the basics. Before heading out to the truck, I cooked some food in the oven so I wouldn’t go hungry, then grabbed tools and other common items I might need. You will have to satisfy your hunger, replenish your energy by sleeping in the back of the truck, and heat yourself by turning on the heater in the truck. It’s simple survival mechanics, but a good complement to simply driving from point A to point B, and every time the three factors get low, there are certain signals that alert you.
The more tired you are, the longer the screen goes black when you blink. As the weather gets colder, the screen becomes more covered with frost. These pleasant visual cues will help you rest, rejuvenate and keep you warm. While you fulfill your own needs, you’ll be looking after your truck. Gasoline and motor oil refills were also something I had to consider during the trip and when buying supplies at the local store. You will have a lot to do while you are traveling in Alaska.
While driving, you’ll have to do everything like push the ignition and turn off the handbrake, open doors, use the radio, and more. When you hook up a trailer, you have to reverse into it, connect certain cables, and unhook the metal frame that holds it in place. There’s quite a bit of repetition in these tasks, but it’s in these little things that the true life and work of a trucker lies.
It’s a beautiful game, especially when you start traveling through the countryside where you’re next to a river and snow-covered trees in the early evening. Some of the traveling was long, but I loved how relaxing it was. It was interesting to see how long some missions were, but if you’re traveling somewhere longer than 30 minutes, it might put some people off. Gamers are less patient these days than they used to be, but if you’re willing to admire the beautiful views, it can be quite rewarding
There are some interesting features in Alaskan Road Truckers, especially in regards to how much control you have over your truck and how much you can drive it while trucking. I didn’t get to see many of the missions or experience the snow storms, but I liked the freedom you feel while on the road. I hope there is some variety in the missions and they are not limited to going from one place to another.
Alaskan Road Truckers is an innovative combination of truck simulation and RPG elements, offering a unique trucking experience. With an exciting Alaskan setting and role-playing mechanics, the game can take players on a thrilling journey. However, some gameplay flaws, such as rather weak AI and poor ferrying mechanics, hinder the overall experience. Despite these shortcomings, the development team’s dedication to solving problems and releasing patches quickly demonstrates their commitment to improving the game.
Therefore, we can expect a very good and popular trucker simulator as a result.