Euro Truck Simulator 2: Going East!


posted 10/24/2013 by Travis Huinker
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Platforms: PC
Euro Truck Simulator 2 from SCS Software was a surprise to many players last year as it was one of the most entertaining and polished simulation games to be released in quite awhile. In the game, players are tasked with managing their own shipping business across Europe and the various tasks involved from hauling freight to repairing and upgrading vehicles. The recently-released Going East! expansion pack expands the game's content by offering players various new areas to explore, ranging from extended highway systems to added cities. The expansion pack now allows players to travel across the countries of Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Hungary.

While the original game featured an expansive area to explore and haul cargo through, it often used repeated assets that resulted in a severe lack of variety. The environments were also lacking in major elevation changes that made most areas seem as if they were on flat surfaces. As well, cities shared a similar style that made them difficult to separate from one another. Fortunately, the expansion pack not only expands the game world's size, but introduces much-needed variety to both the landscape and cities.

The new areas in the game's world are described as requiring over 20 hours to explore them. Along with the added countries, 13 new cities are included ranging from Warsaw and Krakow to Ostrava and Budapest. With the expanded areas, players now have even more locations for pick-up and delivery that results in more freight job opportunities. Environments before the expansion didn't offer much in terms of challenging situations. With the added areas, players now have to navigate through steep mountain passes, narrow roads, and roads that are under construction and repair. The added road environments and conditions make the world far more immersive and interactive.

While the expansion pack expands the game's worlds, there aren't any other elements included in regards to either new vehicles or types of freight. As well, the improved visuals of the new locations don't affect any other areas of the game's world. Yet, series fans will enjoy the added environments that create for more varied trips while hauling cargo. The amount of added content is also well worth the expansion's pack asking amount.

Going East! is a great expansion pack for Euro Truck Simulator 2 as it adds much-needed variety and challenge to the game's world. While the expanded content only affects certain areas of the game's world, the added countries and cities provide more locations for hauling freight to and from. Euro Truck Simulator 2: Going East! is highly recommended to those looking for a more varied and immersive experience.

Euro Truck Simulator 2: Going East! is available now for Windows PC.
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