The two DLCs are the Bathurst Track Pack and the Spa-Francorchamps Track Pack. With these packs you also get these cars: Nissan Skyline GT-R Group A (R32), Ford Sierra RS500, a Ford Racing Ute, Aston Martin V12 Zagato (N24) and BMW Z4 GT3.
The Demolition Derby Pack DLC is also free on Steam which is a bonus.
I gave up driving Ferraris in Oʻahu to drive Scanias in Europe. That is how much fun Euro Truck Simulator 2 is. Drive trucks, transport cargo and park trailers. And try to do it all without accidents or traffic fines.
I consider Euro Truck Simulator 2 to be the Falcon 4.0 of truck simulators, although I must admit, it is the only truck simulator I have played. I have not driven a truck in real life (I have not flown a plane either), but the driving in Euro Truck Simulator 2 behaves like what I would expect in real life. The weight of your cargo and the type of truck affects how easy it is to move or stop. Take a corner too quickly and it will easily tip over. Parking the trailer is truly as difficult as it looks. Traffic rules must be obeyed. Fuel and driver fatigue must be managed. There are also day/night cycles, rain, roadside events and different types of drivers on the road to give the real life driving feeling.
Despite all the simulation goodness, Euro Truck Simulator 2 has got a gentle learning curve. Not surprising since starting a truck engine is no where near as complicated as an F-16 ramp start and working the GPS navigation is far easier than operating an AN/APG-68 radar.
To give the game an even easier start, there is also a pretty good tutorial with a short delivery that teaches the basics. It gives a good feel of what is involved, but it is still very much just the tip of the iceberg. The tutorial can be skipped for those that want to get straight into the thick of it.
Even though the roads are not true to life, they are varied and long enough to make locations feel like they are very far apart. This combined with the faster time flow and nice change in scenery really made me feel like I have travelled a great distance, all without the boredom of a long distance drive.
The look of the different locations really blew me away. Individual scenery elements are repeated, but there is enough variety to make different locations look unique. 50 hours into the game and I am still looking around at the scenery. Not good as I am not concentrating on the road! I wish there was some sort of autopilot that allowed me to look around without worrying about driving properly.
The lighting and shadow effects look just like driving in real life. This is most evident as you are driving through shadows cast by trees or other tall objects, and when going through tunnels at night.
The game sounds great. Roaring engines, the sounds of rain, the turning indicator ticking away, other vehicles going past, it all sounds like driving in real life. There are even weird noises that occur when you have damaged your truck too much. One thing though, I cannot say whether the truck sounds are accurate to their real-life counterparts as I am not familiar with them.
Listen to real radio! They may be Internet streaming radio, but they are still real broadcasts including stations like the BBC. It doesn’t get more realistic than driving from London to Reims and hearing more about Brexit over the radio. When you are sick of the news, you can always switch to your own music or another radio station.
The game’s own music also sounds good. It only plays at certain stages so as to not interrupt the whole radio experience, but it does sound good.
Other than being a truck driving simulator, Euro Truck Simulator 2 is also a trucker RPG with some simple transport business management on the side. Earn money and gain experience as you complete jobs. With enough experience, you level up and get a point to spend on upgrading your truck driving skills. Spend money buying new trucks, customising them and expanding your transport business by buying and upgrading garages, then hiring other drivers to work for you.
Almost everything in Euro Truck Simulator 2 is customisable. Customise the difficulty of the simulation. Customise the environment. Customise your truck including paint jobs, decorations, seating positions and mirrors. You can even customise your own trailers.
Mods, mods, mods! There are truck loads of them. Real company names, traffic modifications, truck customisations, custom maps and even a multiplayer mod. So far I have only tried Really Real Company Names from the Steam Workshop, a Hungary map from modland and the multiplayer mod TruckersMP.
The AI of other drivers seem to be pretty good. There are good drivers, bad drivers and really bad drivers that will crash right before your very eyes! Some drivers seem to react to your signalling while others ignore it. The only thing missing is the using of the horn.
Pause and quit at any time. Progress is automatically saved, even when you are in the middle of the road. The next time you play the game, it picks up where you left off but with your truck at a stand still. Just start the engine and resume driving.
The police cars do not ask you to pull over or give chase. They will put on the lights and siren, but they just continue driving as normal. I know this is not Need for Speed or Test Drive, but I expect at least for the police to ask you to pull over rather than just issuing instant fines and driving away.
I understand the game world is scaled down to be less boring and more fun, but the cities feel like very small country towns. A few more blocks with a bit more traffic would make it feel more city like.
There are some things in the game that are less realistic. I have already mentioned the scaled down distances and faster time flow. The amount of traffic is definitely less than in real life. There is no need for food, drink and toilet stops. These make for a game that is more fun to play, but I do wish there were options for full realism. I have not placed this as a con as I can see that simulating everything to the level of real life would be a Herculean task.
I know there are real pilots that play flight sims and real race drivers that play racing sims, but are there real truck drivers that play Euro Truck Simulator 2? Would they find it more of a chore or would they actual enjoy the game?
The open world nature of the game reminded me of Test Drive Unlimited. It is not as “open” as TDU though. There are invisible walls preventing you from driving too far off-road. Other than that, you can drive on all accessible roads and discover places of interest.
I love simulators, but have mainly played flight and car racing simulators. Euro Truck Simulator 2 is really getting me interested in truck simulation.
I know nothing about trucks except for what I see on the road and in movies, tv shows, etc.
There are other open world driving games out there, but the last one I played was Test Drive Unlimited.
I have not bought any DLCs for Euro Truck Simulator 2 yet. The base game is already so large.
This issue seems to be a problem only with Android 5.1.1 Lollipop.
If you change an entry/exit date that is not the last date, there is a maximum date limit that you can change the entry/exit date to. This maximum date limit is the day just before the next entry/exit date. The issue is, the maximum date limit date cannot be picked when in calendar mode.
The easiest way around this issue is to use spinner for date selection.
I have tested this issue on Android 6.0 Marshmallow, 7.0 Nougat and 8.1 Oreo, and it works fine. I guess it is an Android calendar date picking bug.
Mortal Kombat (1992). The versus fighting game that causedgreat controversy for its over the top violence and gore. MortalKombat(2011)is the ninth game in the series with the Komplete Edition incorporating all DLCs in one handy package.
The training modes are wonderful. Thetutorialteaches everything from the basics to the stuff special to Mortal Kombat. Theactual keys to performactions are displayed, even if they have been customised. Very useful for absolute beginners or people like me that arenot good at versus fighting games.Fatalitytrainingonlygivesguides for one fatality per character, but it can still be used to practise other fatalities.Then there is practice mode where you can set up conditions for battle and fight without health or time limits.
Challenge Toweris a nice single-player mode that puts you in all sorts of creative situations to test your skills. These includeTest Your Mightbutton/key pounding to get your metre up for smashing wood, slowly shooting zombies and landing hits for koins. Some challengesalso feel like a continuation of the tutorial as they focus on a character‘s specific action.
Toasty!Lovedit in MortalKombat II and glad to seeit in MortalKombatKomplete Edition. Babality also made a return from MK 2, but friendship was left behind to die.
I don’t know when tag team fighting came to MortalKombat, but it sure is a good addition.
The game looks good at 1920×1080. There are more blood and guts in greater detail than the last time I saw Mortal Kombat (ie MK 2).I don’t know when X-Ray came into the fray, but it sure fits in nicely with the whole ultraviolent nature of the game. Despite all the graphical improvements, I actually miss the oldFMV look of the characters.
There are 31 characters to choose from. It is 8 shy of the 39 in King of Fighters 2002, but it still provides plenty of variety. Too many for me to learn up.
As youplay, youearnkoins which are used to purchase extras. Apart from art works and music, there are also secret fatality directions that can bepurchased. Everything is hidden, so you don’t actuallyknow what you are purchasing until after purchasing.
Mortal KombatKomplete Edition is verykeyboard friendly.Keys can be remapped easily, and the game responds well to key presses.
Moves for the characters are easily accessible through the pause menu. They are also shown with the exact key or button mappings that need to be used to execute the moves.
The story mode is great. The introduction shows that everyone is dead except for Raiden. Just before getting hammered by Shao Khan, Raiden sent a vision to himself in the past, in Mortal Kombat 1. Back in MK 1 time is where the gamestarts. Unlike MK 1, the current game hascutscenesflowingintofights, flowinginto more cutscenes and fights if you win. Theplot was quite interesting and is not justabout fighting in the Mortal Kombat Tournament.
Freddy Krueger. Nice to see a familiar face from the 80s join the crew. Apparently, ShaoKahnannoyed Freddy, pulled him out of the Dream Realm and beat him senseless.Now Freddy wantsrevenge before returning to the Dream Realm. I am not a Nightmare on Elm Street fan, but his claw thingies sure fits nicely with the whole blood and guts thing.
The game has five difficulty levels and the easiest difficulty of beginner is definitely easier than the likes of the original Mortal Kombat and MK II. Good for players that like versus fighting games but are simply bad at them. With no limit to retries, I managed to complete story mode and also ladder mode on beginner.
Hardly anyone plays online. Not surprising since there is the newer MortalKombat X and soon MortalKombat 11 will be released.
When you are part way through story mode, there is no way to restart the story without finishing the whole story or deleting your save files. Ifyouare like me and forgotwhathappened the last time youplayed, the only choices are to finish the story and be puzzled by what is happening or delete your saves and lose all your unlocked goodies and koins.
Keys can be remapped easily, but some sections of the game, like character selection and moving around the Krypt, still use the default keys rather than the remapped ones.
An extension of the previous con, there is a Challenge Tower challenge that displays the wrong keys for you to follow. I had to setthe keys back to default so that the displayed keys matched the keys to press.
The game does not output audio properly for my LogitechG35 headset on Windows 10. Half the soundsdisappear and the other half plays in stereo properly. It may be a driver issue, but so far this is the onlygame that has such an issue.
I have always felt that Mortal Kombatgames moved slower than other versus fighting games like Street Fighter. It definitely felt slower than my recent playing of The King of Fighters 2002. Although slower, I still find MKKE just as difficult as all other fighters.
The only other Mortal Kombat games I have playedare MK 1 and 2.Iplayed them a lot back in the day and against otherpeople too.
I did not get to playMKKE against otherpeople.
I have completed the story mode on the easiest difficulty of beginner. I have also played many games of the single-player ladder and the Challenge Tower.
The King of Fighters 2002 is a 2D versus fighting game from a lesser known franchise. It is no SF or MK, but it does have plenty of fighting action.
There are 39 characters to choose from. I have enough trouble getting my head around 3, so I have not tried them all. As opponents though, they do behave different enough to be their own characters.
If you lose a match and elect to continue, you get to choose an advantageous adjustment for the next match. You can choose to drop the difficulty level of the AI, lower the health of the opposition or give yourself an energy gauge boost. This continue option is on by default but can be changed in the game options of the starting menu before selecting “launch”.
The default match setting is 3 vs 3 fighting. Each player picks 3 different characters and selects what order they fight in. Each character fights until their health reaches zero or win the whole match. There is no tagging different characters to enter the fight, but it still makes for an interesting match with skills required for different characters and also varying strategies depending on who the opponent is.
The keyboard control is one massive con point for The King of Fighters 2002. The keys cannot be remapped. This by itself would not be that big a deal except the keys shown in the options are partially wrong. ‘Q’ and ‘W’ do not work. ‘Z’ and ‘A’ are used instead. This makes the game buttons A,B,C,D map to the keys Z,X,C,A, which makes this con point even worse. Who on earth uses Z,X,C,A as fighting buttons? Z,X,A,S, OK. Or Z,X,C,V all in one line also makes sense, but not what they have.
The game does not support my old generic digital USB 2-Axis 8-Button Gamepad. Windows 10 detects it fine, but the game just says bugger off.
Once the game has “launched”, the game options settings cannot be accessed. So, settings like continue options, number of rounds per match and difficulty level cannot be changed after the game has launched.
The audio sounds washed out to me. I wonder if all direct arcade emulation games sound like this or whether this game just sounds like that to begin with.
Moving backwards automatically activates block, so more like Street Fighter and less like Mortal Kombat.
The graphics are low resolution, but the game still looks OK with smooth animations. When playing in windowed mode there is no way to resize the window, so the only view choices are full screen or small window.
I have only played The King of Fighters 2002 against the CPU.
I am not good at versus fighting games with Mortal Kombat (1992) being the only game that I completed and only with one character.
The only other versus fighting games I have played are Mortal Kombat 2, Street Fighter 2/Turbo/Alpha/Zero/Too/Many/Names/Cannot/Remember, Tekken 3, Soul Blade/Edge and Budokan. I enjoyed all of them despite not being good at versus fighting games.
I got KOF 2002 as a freebie when GOG was giving it away.
On the easiest difficulty level I managed to reach the boss (I think it’s the boss) but could never defeat him.