I can easily spend hours in this game and have wanted the same, having this sort of play in ETS or other sims. But, one thing I noticed is the maps and map size. To me, it seems as if the map looks like any other game map, but due to the rough terrain, the amount you actually travel is scaled way down. In ATS, in 15 minutes, I can travel 300 smooth highway miles or so. In Snowrunner, in 15 minutes, I can travel 2 super intense miles.Merry Christmas to all ED space denizens!
Protip: Snowrunner currently off at 35% and going for $20 USD on Steam.
For all you ETS, ATS (and F22!) driving professionals who enjoy flirting with danger while driving on the road, this is your fix. Had a solid review here:
a great new player guide
Didn't realize how detailed and ultra realistic they made the Newtonian physics in this game. Which has been a foundational core of the game play since last year. Kudos to the devs managed to achieve such high replayability.
IMO this could be a feature ETS might want to consider as a future marketing strategy. Adding an optional/toggable and challenging driving game mode like this. Instead of transporting retail/wholesale goods, now you get to do Search and Rescue transporting abandoned/marooned vehicles in challenging environments.
Perhaps ETS could integrate some of these features as optional S&R side contracts which are high risk and even higher rewards under tight suspenses. IMO this would add an interesting dimension to how you could strategically build your trucking fleet. Especially where challenging environmental maps like Alaska/USSR etc. with seasonal environmental challenges are concerned. And this would add an interesting (albeit weakly anemic) survival RPG to the driving sim experience while transporting your load in the game
I haven't looked into it, but this suggests everything, vehicles, bridges, buildings etc, is actually scaled up, immensely. The reason could be so the ground deforms as smoothly as it does. I'd settle for non-deforming ground in ETS/ATS, but greater elevation changes and more of the closed off streets to be open, so you could have more routes per city.