Euro Truck Simulator 2 catch-all

Silly question but are you playing with a controller / wheel? I still have a few functions mapped to the keyboard only (e-brake and other stuff like that). I assume you won't be able to see the keyboard with the Rift on your head.

Is there any real performance difference between the different truck manufacturers? Does a Volvo have better handling than a Scania (basic parts, no upgrades), for example? Or it just which interior looks the nicest?

MisterPloppy wrote:

Is there any real performance difference between the different truck manufacturers? Does a Volvo have better handling than a Scania (basic parts, no upgrades), for example? Or it just which interior looks the nicest?

There's definitely a difference in 'starter' engine power. At least when I began Volvo was the way to go for the best bang for your buck starter truck.

billybob476 wrote:

Silly question but are you playing with a controller / wheel? I still have a few functions mapped to the keyboard only (e-brake and other stuff like that). I assume you won't be able to see the keyboard with the Rift on your head.

It's a totally valid question. Well, when I started, I was using the wheel, but only playing in basic mode. Didn't even know I could turn indication lights on and off. That made me laugh for a good 5 minutes.

With the oculus, you can change how close the lenses are to your face, so if you adjust them further away, you can look down through the vents in the glasses and see some of the keys.

I guess having a wheel with lots of buttons would probably help.

billybob476 wrote:
MisterPloppy wrote:

Is there any real performance difference between the different truck manufacturers? Does a Volvo have better handling than a Scania (basic parts, no upgrades), for example? Or it just which interior looks the nicest?

There's definitely a difference in 'starter' engine power. At least when I began Volvo was the way to go for the best bang for your buck starter truck.

I'd also add that upgrading your chassis improves handling significantly. Going from 4x2 to 6x2 provides better towing stability which makes a big difference with lane changes and turning in general..

MisterPloppy wrote:

Is there any real performance difference between the different truck manufacturers? Does a Volvo have better handling than a Scania (basic parts, no upgrades), for example? Or it just which interior looks the nicest?

There are definitely real differences and the handling varies based on model, even when equipped with equivalent chassis and HP. They also have different heights, clearances, and centers of gravity which contribute to the "feel."

I think Aaron D.'s comment about chassis is especially important with respect to handling; there's much greater stability with the 6x2 or 6x4 models versus the 4x2.

Things that impact the driving simulation:

- Chassis, as noted above
- Transmission, the "R" transmissions include a retarder. Note that this is not super important in the sim since you have infinite air brakes by default, but if you enable the air brake sim and manual retarder in settings this can be a major gameplay change.
- Engine, since raw horsepower matters (though minor differences aren't really noticeable, when you start getting 100+HP jumps you can really feel it).

Totally supporting the chassis point. I won't even bother buying a truck for myself with 4 wheels. My worst crash involved a high speed lane change, a curve and not enough wheels.

The only compelling reason to keep a 4x2 chassis is for the bling, since there's lots of stuff that you can only put on a 4x2, like fancy sideskirts and exhaust pipes. (Unless they've added more for the bigger chassis -- I haven't played in a little while.) Unfortunately, that's pretty compelling...

I actually swapped my Volvo for a Scania Highline last night. It does drive quite a bit differently. Engine power band is in a different range and the transmission has 14 gears as oppsoed to the 12 I had on my Volvo. Fun to mix it up! Gave the Volvo to an employee so I may grab it back one of these days.

I was having loads of problems with my Volvo Globetrotter XL - I couldn't get it to go more than 35mph or get above D10, and the cruise control didn't seem to be operational. Ended up swapping it to one of my employees.

davet010 wrote:

I was having loads of problems with my Volvo Globetrotter XL - I couldn't get it to go more than 35mph or get above D10, and the cruise control didn't seem to be operational. Ended up swapping it to one of my employees.

I'm sure he really appreciated it!

Here, take this POS truck and give me your awesome one. Just make sure you are delivering milk in the neighborhood and not going across the country.

Pfft. I think they already do that. I've got one driver that I've never seen return home with a load. That is when he bothers to leave the garage in the first place. I think he's sitting there watching TV or something.

groan wrote:
davet010 wrote:

I was having loads of problems with my Volvo Globetrotter XL - I couldn't get it to go more than 35mph or get above D10, and the cruise control didn't seem to be operational. Ended up swapping it to one of my employees.

I'm sure he really appreciated it!

Here, take this POS truck and give me your awesome one. Just make sure you are delivering milk in the neighborhood and not going across the country.

Luckily the AI drivers don't give a crap! That's be a fun mod "realistic drivers", the complain, skim money off the top and demand raises, vacation and benefits.

groan wrote:
davet010 wrote:

I was having loads of problems with my Volvo Globetrotter XL - I couldn't get it to go more than 35mph or get above D10, and the cruise control didn't seem to be operational. Ended up swapping it to one of my employees.

I'm sure he really appreciated it!

Here, take this POS truck and give me your awesome one. Just make sure you are delivering milk in the neighborhood and not going across the country.

Hey the XL was a lot flashier than the crappy one I've just used to take electronics from Mannheim to Stettin !

Early look at the interior of one of the US trucks

I'm glad to see they have the cup holders modeled.

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I love that the European truck interiors are all sleek and sophisticated and the US trucks get fake wood paneling

Also: How many of us are going to make an Optimus Prime truck?

All of us

billybob476 wrote:

Also: How many of us are going to make an Optimus Prime truck?

Bah, that Go-Bots stuff is for kids! Real men will rock the Goliath mod!
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Had a funny moment last night as my 2.75 year old came into the Computer Room and asked to "drive the truck."

Turns out she's a lousy driver, but she occasionally turned the wheel over to me, and at her request we went to "the park" and "home." Tough time explaining that we couldn't actually leave the truck, though...

Elycion wrote:
billybob476 wrote:

Also: How many of us are going to make an Optimus Prime truck?

Bah, that Go-Bots stuff is for kids! Real men will rock the Goliath mod!
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It'll have to make that crazy ass roar too!

groan wrote:

All of us

Peterbilt 379 fo life!

Veloxi wrote:
Elycion wrote:
billybob476 wrote:

Also: How many of us are going to make an Optimus Prime truck?

Bah, that Go-Bots stuff is for kids! Real men will rock the Goliath mod!
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It'll have to make that crazy ass roar too!

And there will be a black Trans-Am that keeps causing accidents around you.

Have you guys seen the latest BundleStars Sim bundle?

8 sims for ~4 bucks

Ship Simulator Extremes
Lunar Flight
Dogfight 1942
Bridge It (Plus)
Airport Simulator 2014
Skyscraper Simulator
Agricultural Simulator: Historical Farming
Woodcutter Simulator 2013 Gold Edition

Woodcutter Simulator 2013 Gold Edition

For when you just couldn't get enough of regular Woodcutter Simulator.

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Ain't no shame in my game.

I kind of want airport simulator but the reviews are fairly abysmal.

Understandable.

I installed it out of morbid curiosity and wound up playing it for an hour before realizing the time flew by.

It reminds me of a slower-paced Order Up! or Cook, Serve, Delicious-type game. You basically have to manage various planes arriving at gates, driving over mobile stairways, fuel tankers, luggage carts, catering trucks and more. Once you get to the plane they go into auto pilot, but you have to manage time as each vehicle/service has a countdown timer to keep everyone happy.

You can have several gates going at once, ferrying and returning vehicles to the planes and back.

I was ready to turn off the game in the first few minutes as there's not much of a tutorial, but once you understand the goals and get into the rhythm of achieving them, it's an fun distraction.

I certainly got my $0.50 (8 games / $4) worth of fun out of it in that hour of play, even if I never pick it up again.

Yeah, Airport Simulator is... broken.

But as you say, easily worth 50 cents.

Anyone have any experience with Rescue: Everyday Heroes (US Edition)?

Looks pretty fun, not a sim in the sense of ETS2 but still quite interestring.

http://store.steampowered.com/app/25...

I'm holding out for the release of Goat Simulator 2014