It’s been out for a while. But I didn’t notice this game until it popped up on the Steam store front. Euro Truck Simulator 2? I almost rudely scoffed at it, but then I also realized, “Hang on. This is a sequel.” I was dumbfounded. I was curious enough to seek out the demo and try it out. It ain’t so bad. It’s surprisingly solid as a simulator. Come on, how often do you get to manage a fleet of trucks? (To answer that question directly, people have been able to do so since the first game, released in 2008.) I know that trucks are the lifeblood of the USA, if not for others as well. If it weren’t for these vehicles, we wouldn’t have be able to distribute the massive amounts of products that are purchased everyday. Such logistics allow for the amount of infrastructure that current society operates at.
Admittedly, most of the gameplay is driving these multi-ton vehicles. Which is nowhere near having the same type of action a racing game does. That is decidedly a handicap in the current casual and mainstream gamer market. It’s not helping that the preferred input controller is a driver wheel with a clutch and pedals. On the opposite end, enthusiasts will appreciate the depth of the game. There’s even several people on Youtube posting Let’s Plays of the game. With people enjoying them. It’s a small group of people, but hey, they’re enjoying themselves.
There is a particular reason I’ve decided to mention this game, despite the current leaning of this site being heavily populated with anime entries.
Remember that show Aria the Animation? It was a slow, slice-of-life show about a female gondolier living in Neo Venezia. There was a focus on the aspect of being a citizen of a city, and providing a valuable service to others and striving to keep the gondola experience as pleasant as possible. While Euro Truck Simulator 2 does not have the same focus, you’re still a — initially contracted, potentially independent — truck driver. You’re still hauling around cargo, such as heavy industrial equipment, food, and dangerous materials, such as pure oxygen or chlorine gas. Stuff that needs to be moved.
The amount of expertise needed for being a professional truck driver or professional gondolier is an admirable thing, in my opinion. Heck, anyone who takes their job seriously and takes the time to perfect any techniques or continually expand the knowledge used within their profession are people who I admire.
It’s the biggest reason for my current career path. Who knew that video games and anime would give me the motivation needed to change my life?
And there you have it. I’ve found a topical link between a truck driving simulator and an anime. Not too much of a stretch to associate Euro Truck Simulator 2 with Aria the Animation since the anime takes place in, what amounts to, a European setting.