Eastbound and down

Euro Truck Simulator 2 was released in January 2013 and for a 4 year old game it’s really still got some stamina, the game has recently received another large DLC that expand the size of the world map in the form of major French cities and some work around the linking roads.

I’ve always been impressed by how much the company SCS are still supporting this title and it goes to show that the longevity of a game isn’t solely dictated by size of the studio or company, but the fan base and a product that is enjoyable. Not something you are likely to see from the likes of Call of Duty, where each year brings something new, quicker or fancier to collect the FPS’ers annual tithe.

I think this dedication is also reflected in the recent Steam Awards where the title walked away with two awards, one for “I Thought This Game Was Cool Before It Won An Award” and the community award “Sit Back and Relax”.

I’ve recently had chance to take part in the Grand Gift Delivery 2016 – Holiday delivery event, which was to Drive 10 christmas themed loads to different cities in Europe, it was a great laugh and I ended up unlocking some new areas and routes I’d not taken before. This all helps to feed into my map completion activities, which drops with each new map DLC released.

Some play the game with a keyboard and mouse as I did when starting out, but now I use my wired XBox 360 controller for much of the driving related tasks, swapping back to the mouse+keyboard when using the interfaces or to use a function I haven’t mapped. I don’t have much desk space so as much as the idea of a steering wheel is nice it really isn’t practical, below is the mapping I use, in case you fancy giving it a whirl.

Controller layout

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They seek him here

So I may have been bitten by the Euro Truck Simulator 2 bug. When you haven’t accidentally flipped the cab and trailer, the game is so relaxing and you get to experience interacting with other drivers from the comfort of your own home. mostly swearing. Of course the Map/road clearing has to be completed in preparation for the Going East DLC which is due to be released on the 20th of September opening up more of Europe for truckers.

You may have been aware that Trilobyte Games returned to the gaming scene with their 7th Guest title on iPad, but the better news is that there is to be a third instalment of their ground-breaking series. The game has been green-light on Steam but’s I’m not sure on release dates, you can read more over at their website or at social media locations.

After nearly 2 years of hunting for a theme that I don’t find repulsive, I believe that I’ve settled on Able. Thankfully it wasn’t lacking on features I new tend to expect and required no code alteration and minimal CSS changes.