Euro Truck Simulator 2 is a downloadable simulator game, the second installment of the truck simulator series. As in the previous game, you will be given the opportunity to drive trucks across Europe. SCS Software, the company behind the game is also known for many other similar titles, such as Hard Truck 18 Wheels of Steel or American Truck Simulator. The game was officially released on October 19, 2012, and can be run on PCs with Windows.
How to Download Euro Truck Simulator 2
The game can be downloaded from Steam. If you find that you’re not satisfied with the title, you can return it within 14 days, provided you have not played it for more than 2 hours. In this case, the download will be free.
What Is ETS 2 All About?
In the game, you play as the truck driver, who is responsible for transporting the cargo from point A to point B. You receive points for the speed and the quality of your efforts. Thus the precision of your truck driving is important. The area of your activities is the Old Continent and several major European cities.
The mechanics of the game have not changed much in comparison to the first part of the series. The game continues to use the same simulated driving model that faithfully simulates the driving of such large vehicles. There is also an element of economics and management of the fleet of trucks. At your disposal, you will find licensed models of vehicles by such brands as Mercedes or Scania. Thus, the models of the game resemble very much their real counterparts. The ability to select a view directly from the driver’s seat gives the game realism. In addition, if you can control the game with a pad or a steering wheel. The possibility to customize your trucks has also been implemented. For example, you can edit the truck color or add LED lights. The interior of your truck can also be personalized by adding rugs, blinds or mirrors.
What’s new in ETS 2?
The most notable changes in ETS2 when compared to the first game were implemented in the graphics department. The use of a new graphics engine allowed SCS Software to faithfully render the European landscape. The player travels on a much larger map, and on visits more realistically looking cities. Each of the metropolises has the characteristic buildings and areas that look just the real thing. The city traffic is also believable. In the cities, there are also pedestrians.
The insides of truck cabs that are full of details certainly can make an impression. Similarly, the shading and the light dynamics look better than in the original. HDR has also been added, which is especially noticeable in the sun-bathed southern Europe. The game has been optimized so that, by lowering the graphics quality, you can run it on a slightly weaker computer.
Euro Truck Simulator 2 is definitely a great truck driving simulator and a good simulator in general. The second game is much better than its predecessor, both in terms of graphics and mechanics.
SCS Software released also a series of DLC and expansions to ETS 2. Among them we should list first the three main ones, which add new routes:
- Going East! – 15 new cities of Eastern Europe,
- Scandinavia – 19 cities in Denmark, Norway, Sweden,
- Vive la France! – new territories in France.
In addition, there are a number of smaller and cheaper add-ons that modify various aspects of the game, such as the Euro Truck Simulator 2 – Heavy Cargo Pack, which adds new heavy cargo loads, such as locomotives or Euro Truck Simulator 2 – Cabin Accessories with nice additions to the driver’s cab. These can be, for example, mini-scarfs or dangling skulls.
The Demo of Euro Truck Simulator 2
There is also a free demo of the game. You can download it from the manufacturer’s website or from Steam.