If we’re going by pure playtime, then I guess mine would be Euro Truck Simulator 2 and American Truck Simulator. I’ve got hundreds of hours combined in those two.
Certainly there are truckers who spend long hours away from their families, sleeping in the only marginally-comfortable cabs of their trucks for days and weeks on end, driving thousands of miles a year to scratch out a living for their families and pay off the crushing debt they’ve incurred just for the privilege of doing so, and they’d be shocked to learn that some people actually ENJOY playing a game (sorry, “simulator”) of this activity. Most probably couldn’t understand the appeal.
I couldn’t explain that appeal to them, because I don’t rightly understand it myself, but dang it if there isn’t something strangely engrossing, cathartic, and soothing about hauling virtual freight across the EU and (so far only western) US in ETS2 and ATS.
On the other end of the spectrum from getting tossed around in a full-scale car, there’s Euro Truck Simulator. While the series has both American and European entries, the EU option always seems to be the more popular of the two. Maybe it’s because, when you’re sitting in the cab of a tractor trailer for hours on end, you want scenery that doesn’t match what you see out your window on your daily commute. Or maybe European cabover trucks are just cooler.
Submitted by: ReverendTed