Mercedes-Benz Truck Racing
Genre Sport -> Racing
Today's Rank 4294
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UK
Date 2002-04-26
Publisher THQ
Like the name says, this is a racing game for heavy truck aficionados. Hurl your large truck around one of several circuits to a soundtrack of suitably heavy music with engine growling--and appropriate bangs and crashes should the armco sneak up on you. You practice during the Saturday fixtures and race for real on Sundays (happily you're not expected to play in real time). There are 11 European tracks, eight customisable trucks and drivers. You have control over such things as the hardness of the springs, tyre pressures, rear axle ratio and shock absorbers and even how much diesel you take on and how much water for the brakes. It's also possible to turn on driver aids like ABS (Anti-lock Braking System) and ESP--it's not clear whether this stands for Extra Sensory Perception or something more mundane. For each track there's an aerial view with sectors marked and details of track length and records.The level of graphical detail is quite simply superb, especially for the trucks themselves, and it's likely to have your computer kit working flat out. The interface is also very stylish but all of this detail comes at a price. Indeed, at the time of writing this game is really only going to be seen to its full advantage on state of the art kit. However on a slightly older machine you can turn the detail down and still enjoy the fun of driving a huge, heavy machine at outrageous speeds in your living room. What better way is there to spend the evening? --Mark Whitehorn
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