Video Game / Euro Truck Simulator

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Euro Truck Simulator is a Simulation Game in which you drive trucks. In Europe. Developed and published by SCS Software, two installments of the series exist so far: The original, released in 2008, and its 2012 sequel, Euro Truck Simulator 2, which adds improved graphics, official truck licenses, and RPG Elements. Though either dismissed as Fun for Some or enjoyed ironically through Mundane Made Awesome Major League Gaming parody videos and drunken livestreams by most gamers, the game has received critical praise, with many reviews upholding the game as a real-life Lethal Joke Item: an addictive and deep driving game which will reward players who do not immediately dismiss it as yet another simulation game with a mundane premise.

It has a coffee-swilling cousin over the Atlantic known as American Truck Simulator. Not unexpectedly, this sequel is the one that takes place on the North American continent. Along with replacing the cab-over trucks found in Europe with American conventional trucks, it also introduced weigh stations to the series.

Do not confuse with Big Rigs: Over the Road Racing, a much lazier attempt to depict rigs in video games.

Euro Truck Simulator and its sequels provide examples of:

  • Acceptable Breaks from Reality: Many, but most notable is the incredibly condensed passage of time and size of Europe, a design decision likely made because not even the most dedicated sim fan wants to make a real-time eight-hour trip across an actual-size replica of Europe in an 18-wheeler.
    • If you're not into perfect simulation, control of the trucks can be simplified so that changing gears is optional.
  • Ace Custom: Late-game trucks in the sequel become a Mundane Made Awesome version of this, with cosmetic features and improved engines and transmissions.
  • Anti-Frustration Features: "Simple Automatic" transmission, and the ability to auto-park the truck.
  • Artificial Stupidity: Until patch 1.9, the Traffic AI could be very dumb. Despite it being the AI's fault for lousy overtaking, it would still cost you money with the fine and damage to your trailer. SCS have now fixed the AI, making them not only smarter, but also faster so that they can overtake you more easily. It's also not always your fault in a crash.
  • A Taste of Power: After you buy your first truck, you will almost immediately miss the fancier, more powerful trucks your employers provided when you were freelancing for quick jobs. You cannot afford/unlock those trucks and customization parts until considerably later.
  • Badass Driver: Mundane Made Awesome version. Haul fragile, perishable, and dangerous cargo across an entire continent, arriving just in time without ever breaking the rules of the road...
  • Big Badass Rig: The point of the game. American players who do not find the European-style cab-overs big or badass enough have created Game Mods introducing bigger, more badass conventional trucks, complete with American-flag paint schemes. Naturally, SCS made American Truck Simulator in response to this.
  • Bland-Name Product: All trucks in the original and some trucks in the sequel. Freight companies are as a rule fictional, and prior to Version 1.18 of the sequel, "Majestic" trucks replaced Mercedes-Benz.
  • Boring, but Practical: Like turning a profit on long routes? Invest in the Ecodriving skill.
  • Damn You, Muscle Memory!: Regardless of whether the player is mainland European, a Brit, or even a Yank, the trip across the Chunnel is only going to end in suffering if you're not used to making the trip in Real Life. Also, playing this game after logging a significant amount of time in traditional Wide Open Sandbox games is likely going to net you a lot of penalties - by which we mean road fines.
  • Downloadable Content: For ETS 2, there are many additional paint jobs (some of which are themed after countries) you can buy. There are also three expansions; Going East! into Eastern Europe, Scandinavia to Northern European and Vive La France into the South of France.
  • Driving Stick: The trucks have twelve gears. Driving with an H-pattern shifter racing wheel accessory necessitates either a second shifter for gears 7-12 or a button to flip the single shifter between 1-6 and 7-12.
  • Game Mods: A lot of them, some of which are stunning in quality. Custom trailers, custom trucks, custom cargo, map expanders, map replacement, skins, AI mods, physics mod. This game is packed with mods.
  • Flying Saucers: At first glance, these seem to be circling in various locations. The Extreme Trucker games, also from SCS, make it clear that these are supposed to be birds.
  • Interface Screw: When your driver is tired, the screen will occasionally turn dark since the driver is slowly falling asleep at the wheels. The more tired they get, the more often and longer this will happen.
  • Invisible Wall: There are many smaller roads that divert from the main roads, but you can't take them. Those Xs will not allow it. You also can't go onto train tracks.
  • Level Grinding: Want to afford a truck of your own in the sequel without turning to the Bank? Better log those hours behind the wheel. More advanced trucks and customization options also require this.
  • Made of Indestructium: The gate barriers in toll booths. That flimsy-looking bar will total your truck if you try to run through it in full speed.
  • Nintendo Hard: The game is decidedly relaxing for the most part, but learning to park and unload the truck is a painfully slow process, as is any process that involves reversing. Fortunately there are three options - the realistic and perfect park, the easier park, and just dumping the load, at the loss of some experience.
  • No Antagonist: There is nothing actively working against you in the game except your own mistakes, and even then you can always take quick jobs in borrowed trucks if you can't afford fuel/service for your own. Even in the business sim aspects, there are no opposing companies and your employees will make you money nine times out of ten. Pretty much the only way to get into trouble is going into debt and defaulting on a bank loan, which almost takes actual effort, as the rates are surprisingly reasonable.
  • Power Limiter: The game limits your vehicles' speed to 90 km/h by defaultnote . You can disable it in the options menu, but you risk spectacularly rolling over your truck if you try to turn at high speed, in addition to the much longer braking distance.
  • Reality Is Unrealistic: The old traffic AI that would often switch lanes without looking and block intersections was actually probably the most realistic traffic simulation out there, as anyone who spends a lot of time on the highways - or watches a lot of Russian dashcam videos - can tell you.
  • RPG Elements: Euro Truck Simulator 2 features these heavily. Completing shipments successfully and parking the truck properly earns XP, which increases your driver level, which lets you unlock more customization elements for your truck, as well as skills which in turn unlock longer or more difficult routes for your truck, more fragile or hazardous cargo, or increase your gas mileage.
  • Scenery Porn: Europe is beautiful. And the modders at ProMods have an even prettier version.
  • Shout-Out: One achievement is called 'Test Drive Limited'.
  • Space Compression: The game's largest break from reality.
  • Simulation Game: Of both the driving and business-management variety.

Alternative Title(s): Euro Truck Simulator 2

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