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MudRunner’s landing on Switch in 2018 is a pleasant surprise. The game was released in other formats a year ago, and the developer Saber Interactive has done a great job porting it to the Switch, and even reluctant to include its American Wilds extension as part of the package.
Its sequel “SnowRunner” was released in various formats in 2020, so about a year later, Switch got another port. Although the results were once again impressive considering all aspects, the decision not to include any previously released extensions was a bit disappointing.
For those who are unfamiliar with the game or its predecessors, SnowRunner is a realistic (reasonable) driving game designed to conquer elements in what Reggie Fils-Aime called “Damn Big Truck” in 2006 . Ah, Excite Truck, we will not miss your place.
The game contains multiple sandbox environments, distributed in three main locations: Michigan, Alaska (where it snows) and Tamil in Russia. When the player starts at each location, they only have a small portion of the map available, but they can fill the map by driving around or looking for a fill watchtower.
As you explore each stage, players will be provided with a series of tasks. These tasks usually involve collecting things from one area and taking them to another, or using off-road trucks to find the aforementioned towers, which reveal new parts of Ubisoft-style maps. After completing the task, you will receive income, which can be used to upgrade the vehicle (you can also find other people nearby, which is useful). These are straightforward things, but enough to keep you going.
The structure may be conventional, but the actual driver is not. Of course, this won’t satisfy everyone’s tastes, but anyone who desires a more serious off-road driving experience will love what is offered here.But please note that we’re talking about “driving” and not “racing”: if you expect Car storm Or Excitebike 64, you will be very disappointed.
Instead, the challenge here is to skillfully and patiently navigate the countless dangers you will encounter as you explore each environment. If you don’t plan your methods carefully, running water, muddy swamps, and of course ice and ice on the snow, will be very dangerous, and if everything goes bad-in fact sometimes-you can’t be reborn, you will have to take out the winch Connect it to something nearby to pull the truck back to a safe (sometimes upright) position.
Therefore, the speed may be very slow, which may sound counterintuitive to the person who associates the vehicle with the speed at first. As long as you know what your storefront is, soon (in fact, shortly after the end of this nasty and clumsy tutorial), you will enter the trend and gradually realize what a successful game is. Simply crossing the hills or muddy fields can be a satisfying achievement here, this is not a criticism!
However, one thing worth criticizing is the camera. The first-person view of the interior of the car is very good, and there are no practical problems there. However, games like this require you to switch to a third-person camera a lot, so you can rotate around the car and better understand its location. However, it is usually embarrassing, and once you are in danger, you cannot get it stuck behind the car.
The game is not visually perfect either. It does its best, but it is clearly struggling sometimes. Whether it is handheld or docked, the environment is usually very blurry, and pop-up windows can sometimes become ridiculous in the details next to the track, such as bushes drawn only a few feet in front of you. Please note that this is not to say that this is the ugliest game in the world. It looks attractive when the sun goes down and is reflected on the snow in Alaska. Adjust your expectations.
There is also a problem with the sound. What seems strange is that the noise of the engine circulates badly, especially when the truck is stationary. The noise continues to play for a few seconds, then there is a noticeable momentary gap, and then it starts again. Again, although it is not huge, it distracts people’s attention.
The final disappointment is that, unlike MudRunner, SnowRunner does not include any previously released DLC. In the past year, four major content has been deleted, and you may want to include it in the Switch game to make up for the year-long wait time. Considering that the Xbox One version is now available on Game Pass, it is great for Switch owners. Conversely, now that you have also obtained a pass for the second grade, you will want to view two passes for $24.99 on top of the asking price of $39.99. However, this is still a price everywhere, so we don’t have to pay for it, just say it will be good.
In addition to these small problems, SnowRunner is still an interesting driving simulation game, its function is different from the usual racing games, you can press the “ZR” button in it. This is an extremely slow burner and of course there are no flaws, but with some time, it may be a worthwhile experience.
SnowRunner is a fun truck driving game where the environment is your opponent. As long as you can tolerate its audio and video issues and understand that it is an extremely slow-paced game, the rewards of sticking to it are worthwhile.
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Ronald is a blogger who is always fascinated with the games and the amount of knowledge he can gather from the internet. He is trying to nerdify everyone around his with that same knowledge, through his writings.