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It came out today.  Planning on picking it up after work.  Anybody tried it out yet?

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I read that it's currently only two trucks and a limited area.  I think i'll wait and pick it up in the sale, can't do without my Russian Trucks.

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They are supposed to release the state of Arizona for free later.  I'd imagine in a couple years they may have the entire ORBX area covered.  Not too concerned about lack of trucks just wish they had a Mack truck in the game.  My dad drove those for 18 years.

 If only this company would make a flight simulator like they do a truck simulator.  

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I plan on being a truck driver.  Thanks for the heads-up.

 

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Rack up 7 hours in Nevada already making Elko to Jackpot runs some delivery spots are hard, but it fun to try to park them. With driving gotta make button turns because of the length of the trailer.

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I hope they go from California to Nevada then Utah and Colorado, Kansas, Missouri and Illinois so you can do some long hauling from the West Coast to Chicago. It will take years to cover North America

 

I am curious if the Kenworth T680 has the Cummins engine as an option or just the Paccar

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They are supposed to release the state of Arizona for free later.  I'd imagine in a couple years they may have the entire ORBX area covered.  Not too concerned about lack of trucks just wish they had a Mack truck in the game.  My dad drove those for 18 years.

 If only this company would make a flight simulator like they do a truck simulator.

 

Do hope to see flight physics engine injected someday because the scenery is excellent and driving around notice clouds move now. It's tourism and driving simulator they been working on it for four years right after ETS2 was released.

 

Someday will see merge of truck, train, flight sims, but it may take decade or two see it happening.

 

I peeked open ATS map editor already got objects for Arizona and New Mexico this will be good simulator.

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I, too, am waiting for some more content to be added and for the unofficial multiplayer mod to be compatible with ATS. That's what encouraged me to continue playing Euro Truck Simulator 2 as being part of a convoy with your friends is a lot more fun than being by yourself surrounded by somewhat intelligent AI, although the latter is more likely to be the case in the real world.

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I picked this up on the day of release after having had Euro Truck Simulator 2 for some time. It's more or less the same thing, but here are some of my observations:

 

The bad:

  • It's basically the same UI, same deal. If you've used ETS2 it will seem like a DLC addon.
  • Only 2 states and 2 trucks to start with. After a few hours gameplay, I'd covered most of the map and the routes became too repetitive.
  • Not very realistic on-ramps or road layout just like in ETS 2.

The good:

  • The US setting. It's more detailed, cities are unique (no copy & paste like in ETS2), and it's beautiful to look at. 
  • Some minor new features like police cars which will catch you speeding, weighing stations and tumbleweed blowing across roads
  • The AI is crazy, either they won't let you out and you need to be more aggressive, or you find yourself getting annoyed at people sitting in the fast lane and then suddenly breaking. You need to be on your toes more. Whether you see this as a good thing depends on how much driving you do in real life (It's quite realistic for me).

What makes ETS2 good for me is the modding community and multiplayer. With Promods, Europe is huge and quite varied, and the ATS map upon release is tiny in comparison but makes up for it visually. For anyone who isn't from the US, you'll feel like you are driving on a movie set (especially if you stick the radio on), and it all looks recognisable from films/TV shows. There will be more states and trucks (likely paid DLC as well as free). My opinion, if you liked Euro Truck Simulator 2, and want some new scenery, go grab it.

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I am also suffering from a slight addiction to trucking games (NEVER thought that would happen) and have an unhealthy number of hours in ETS2. ATS feels, just like Tony said, like driving in a movie set. I must say I am slightly disappointed at the size of the world. It feels tiny in comparison to ETS2, but it is indeed better visually. Really hope they will expand the world as soon as possible. And I'd like some more trucks as well. I am especially eyeing that Kenworth W900...

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I agree with Tony's assessment...

  • It feels much more like a $20 expansion to ETS2 than a standalone product.
  • You'll notice the smaller map and wonder where all the cities are, and then see the phrase DLC and think "Uh oh."
  • Police speed traps are worse than the fixed gantry speed traps in ETS2. Fines for your transgressions seem more expensive as well. You'll need to up your game!
  • Yes, the AI cars are more aggressive at intersections - cutting out in front of you, not letting you in, etc. I was even rear-ended at a stop light (*and got charged the crash fine!)
  • Trailer parking spots have been placed in more difficult orientations. If you're a manual parking person, expect some challenges.
  • It all looks just about the same from a graphics quality perspective.
  • It is nice to drive around a non-European environment, though!
  • I have noticed some performance hitches with ATS I hadn't seen with ETS2 (occasional slowdowns and lower frames), but I don't entirely see what graphical improvements have been made to cause it. Not critical issues, but I did note them.

 

Summary:

  • Euro Truck Sim 2 is currently priced at $22, American Truck Sim is $20. For beginners, you get more for your money with ETS2.
  • If you like ETS2, you will like ATS if you go into your purchase thinking this is an expansion pack and not a fully new game.

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No classic Mack's ! What kind of Ameican Truck Simulator would not include the classic long nose Mack truck?

 

And no Kennworth w900. Was thinking Smokey and the Bandit type of game play would be a gas but they must not have wanted to cough up for the licensing fee's for some of the more classic trucks.

 

I guess I will be East bound and down until they get more classic trucks.

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I must admit I'm new to the whole trucking experience and as an American I went out and purchased ATS. $20 pails in comparison to any P3D license so I thought I'd give it a go.To my surprise, I find I like it a lot and have become slightly addicted to it!  Since I'm new I cant compare it to ETS but I am having fun with it. Since I've never experienced other mods I find I don't miss them  :P. Looking forward to getting some mods and the AZ map.

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I find I like it a lot and have become slightly addicted to it

 

He he, run while you can. I've put more hours into this sim that I'd like to admit

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I'm quite enjoying it; but then I was a big fan of ETS2 as well. ETS2 always filled that urge to do something laid back + sim related when I only have 30 minutes to spare.

 

I'm thinking of picking up the big 'Heavy Equipment' wheel from Saitek, the one that's made for Farm Sim.  The old racing wheel I have is alright, but it just feels wrong to drive a big truck with it!

 

Small area to start with, but a nice change overall. I'm sure it will get bigger with time. The Arizona release in itself will help a lot.  I hope they extend northwards along the coast and into the Rockies.

 

My only serious niggle is that it seems harder to merge onto freeways in ATS - that is one short merge lane!!

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I've never enjoyed Paul's streaming of ETS2, but I have to say I thoroughly enjoyed Episode 1 of ATS. Paul seems to be more "serious" with this new series. I've been involved with ProMods in ETS2 for almost two years, so haven't bothered to buy ATS yet.

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No classic Mack's ! What kind of Ameican Truck Simulator would not include the classic long nose Mack truck?

 

And no Kennworth w900. Was thinking Smokey and the Bandit type of game play would be a gas but they must not have wanted to cough up for the licensing fee's for some of the more classic trucks.

 

I guess I will be East bound and down until they get more classic trucks.

 

Licensing of brands apparently played a major role in deciding what trucks they included - there should be more eventually: http://blog.scssoft.com/2016/01/truck-licensing-situation-update.html

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Can someone advise please, what sort of spec machine is required to run this with all its bells and whistles?

 

Thanks

Phil

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Can someone advise please, what sort of spec machine is required to run this with all its bells and whistles?

 

Thanks

Phil

I'm using a 6700K oc 4.7 with a 980ti at 4K resolution.

 

I'm running Ultra graphic settings and my frames stay at 60 which is basically my max refresh rate.  It runs really good on my system.

 

Now if I could just stop getting speeding tickets every 5 minutes maybe I could make some money.  I got one ticket exiting the interstate.

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Just got it the other night, only  thing  is   that I havnt  found  it as of  yet  you cant  do  the  time  in real  time ie  the routes I  have  being  doing  are  around  the 240   m  range and   the time  I have  been  doing them  is  roughly  10  to 15  minutes   in real time  not  ats  time.  So unless there  is  a option   to do it  real time  I havnt  found  as  of  yet

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Yep, the map is much more compressed and time compressed than it is in ETS. You can drive from north to south California quite quickly, whereas in ETS with ProMods the map is huge and can take a long time to get around. I've had ATS for a few days, and I've covered almost all of the map already, but in ETS with Promods which I've had for some time, I've only covered something like 10%.

 

Give it time though, I expect we'll be seeing map mods very soon, and ETS wasn't particularly big on day of release.

 

 

 


Can someone advise please, what sort of spec machine is required to run this with all its bells and whistles?

 

I run it on a Macbook Pro, which isn't a particularly powerful machine for gaming. It has a 2GB 650MT nvidia card, and 16GB of RAM, and I have it on high settings and it runs really smoothly for me. I haven't measured the FPS, but there doesn't seem to be any lag and it looks fantastic.

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