Snowrunner released today

Snowrunner released today

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seefarr

1,056 posts

153 months

Monday 4th May 2020
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I am both loving and hating this game. Tooling around in the Scout or getting some air in a semi are both hilarious - it feels like I'm living an episode of Dirt Every Day. Put a Bluegrass radio station or Corb Lund (below) on and relax.

Getting your truck stuck, your rescue truck and then the Scout all stuck in the sodding Swamp trying to recover another truck is not as hilarious.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pDY6bWT5oTM



Edited by seefarr on Monday 4th May 10:25

mmm-five

9,191 posts

251 months

Monday 4th May 2020
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seefarr said:
Getting your truck stuck, your rescue truck and then the Scout all stuck in the sodding Swamp trying to recover another truck is not as hilarious.
Try spending an hour try to winch a large fuel tanker back up a hill between trees when it takes a dozen attempts to get the winch to connect to the trailer and not a tree/branch - when there's about 40 points shown and the trees are blocking the view of what it's actually connecting to!!!!!!!

I gave up and went to Russia for a while instead.

Cledus Snow

2,047 posts

155 months

Tuesday 5th May 2020
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Boobonman said:
Getting stuck right into this (snigger).

I was really struggling until I had a realisation. You buy and sell trucks and trailers for the same amount, as in nothing depreciates and there is no buying premium. What this means is you can sell everything you get hold of at the start and buy something half decent that will get the job done.
I spent literally hours slogging away with the POS GMC truck you start off with, no all wheel drive, no locking diffs and road tyres, getting nowhere fast and starting to get frustrated. Then I sold everything I had acquired up for that point and bought one of these.


Getting a lot more done now
The dead International Fleetstar works well, you just need to tie it to the workshop. Sell the GMC and upgrade the fleetstar.

The International Paystar is great for recovery jobs. It look and sounds st, but tows everything.



N0ddie

273 posts

132 months

Tuesday 5th May 2020
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I bought this at the weekend. What a time sink this is. One review I read that I thought was the most accurate was: " This is not a driving game, this a game of getting stuck and enjoying the awesome views".

So far, other than the tutorial bit, I've remained on Michigan the whole time so far and loving it.

Alex@POD

5,387 posts

182 months

Wednesday 6th May 2020
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Got this last night on xbox, I've only spent 20 minutes or so on it getting to the first watchtower, the speed (or lack of it) will take some getting used to after many hours on Forza!

On the plus side, I only had to winch myself out 3 times... Once I get the hand of the mechanics (and how slow the steering is), I think I'll really enjoy it!

mmm-five

9,191 posts

251 months

Wednesday 6th May 2020
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Alex@POD said:
Got this last night on xbox, I've only spent 20 minutes or so on it getting to the first watchtower, the speed (or lack of it) will take some getting used to after many hours on Forza!

On the plus side, I only had to winch myself out 3 times... Once I get the hand of the mechanics (and how slow the steering is), I think I'll really enjoy it!
Just be careful of rolling when you get to the larger vehicles, as the autonomous winch isn't available for them...so if your engine stalls, you've got no winch.

You can 'cheat' and just recover to the garage and try again...but the proper method (and half the fun) is to send another truck out to help you recover the first. I've been leaving different trucks around the map so that I can quickly jump to the one closes to recover a stuck one.

FourWheelDrift

82,475 posts

251 months

Friday 8th May 2020
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Did Bethesda provide some of the physics? - https://twitter.com/2AngryGamers/status/1258826983...

mmm-five

9,191 posts

251 months

Friday 8th May 2020
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FourWheelDrift said:
Did Bethesda provide some of the physics? - https://twitter.com/2AngryGamers/status/1258826983...
Not had any major issues in about 30 hours. Worst I think is the wheels going half under the road - but it still drives and then they pop out a few metres later.

Lots of getting stuck and having to get another truck to recover me (I'm not using the recover to garage option as that makes it too easy).

Alex@POD

5,387 posts

182 months

Friday 8th May 2020
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I've been doing the King of the Hill missions, in the Scout 800, that thing falls over easily! Unfortunately I have to recover to the garage, as my other truck can't fit where I'm stuck!

LarJammer

1,967 posts

177 months

Saturday 9th May 2020
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What a brilliant game!
I can lose half an hour pulling myself out of a seemingly impossible bog (which should be incredibly boring) but they have made it so much fun. Every steering input, throttle application & winch position is important & the physics of finding grip are very well done.
It's a great lockdown game...

Art0ir

9,314 posts

137 months

Sunday 10th May 2020
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The Fleetstar you get outside your Garage is a great job. Just make sure to install AWD in the Customisation menu - it’s RWD only by default!

I’m level 4 now sticking to Michigan and repairing all the bridges and road blocks I can to make navigation a bit easier. Level 6 I think I can lift the suspension on my truck and fit proper tyres.

mmm-five

9,191 posts

251 months

Sunday 10th May 2020
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Art0ir said:
The Fleetstar you get outside your Garage is a great job. Just make sure to install AWD in the Customisation menu - it’s RWD only by default!

I’m level 4 now sticking to Michigan and repairing all the bridges and road blocks I can to make navigation a bit easier. Level 6 I think I can lift the suspension on my truck and fit proper tyres.
I'm L14, but despite buying more trucks and getting access to more upgrades, and opening up all 4 maps of the Michigan location, it's not getting easier - especially when you have to do deliveries crossing 2-3 maps and finding out one of them doesn't have a fuel stop or garage to repair at is annoying.

One map has about 8 broken bridges and lots of very sticky, boggy ground where everything I've tried requires winching from tree to tree to get you across (even with AWD, diff lock & mud tyres).

Still love it though, and have hardly ventured into Alaska or Taymyr (Russia).




If you thought it was a time soak now...just wait until your find out there's an official mod scene (increasing every day), and most mods can be subscribed to so they are available from the mod menu on the start-up screen (others require manual editing of you game files, so I assume it's PC-only and at your own risk).

There's new trucks, engines, paint schemes, graphic tweaks, winch adjustments, etc.

https://snowrunner.mod.io

For example. styling tweaks for your Khan 39 Marshall:


...or to turn your Khan Loaf into a monster truck:


smilebiggrineek

Edited by mmm-five on Sunday 10th May 13:26

N0ddie

273 posts

132 months

Monday 11th May 2020
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I'm still in Michigan but onto the second map. Have bought the first "off road" truck and sold the 1st 2 trucks you get on map one. The truck you have to recover for one of the missions (can't remember it's name) is a beast also.

It helps that all the Fleet star mods fit onto it. Had to use the 2 trucks for one of the recovery missions earlier. Tried with 1 truck but it was impossible. So hooked the less off road truck up to the trailer and used my badass "off road" truck to pull them up the hill using the winch (hint, if you tow using the winch one of your other trucks it the truck you are not driving will sort of auto drive).

Fuel range is the only PITA I've found tbh.

Leicester Loyal

3,292 posts

89 months

Monday 11th May 2020
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I'm really liking the look of this, but I'm not sure if it looks that good on Xbox One. I actually fancy a gaming PC at some point, might even get a wheel and some pedals, but pricing it up and it's very expensive stuff!

cheesewotsit

229 posts

76 months

Monday 11th May 2020
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Leicester Loyal said:
I'm really liking the look of this, but I'm not sure if it looks that good on Xbox One. I actually fancy a gaming PC at some point, might even get a wheel and some pedals, but pricing it up and it's very expensive stuff!
Just it for the X. Cheaper option, looks decent, but it's about more than the graphics.

I've started to do some Alaska stuff as well as keeping Michigan. Had a mooch around Russia, unlocked some vehicles and upgrades. The 5070 is all you need for the start of the game. I'm waiting to get to level 13 so I can unlock mud tyres for my big trucks. biggrin

Such a time sink, tho'. My wife left me to play it yesterday, saying that I needed "2 hours to climb a hill" or something like that. I'm obsessed!

Digger

12,276 posts

158 months

Monday 11th May 2020
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Quite relaxing watching others play! Currently watching Keviseeb on Twitch.

andycambo

1,068 posts

141 months

Monday 11th May 2020
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I got a bit stuck in Michigan trying to do tasks and missions my trucks weren't really ready for so I popped off to Alaska, grabbed a watchtower and found a task for recovering a H2 Hummer. Now I've got that it has made leveling up and getting through the tasks in Michigan at lot more enjoyable.

The most annoying thing I've found is that you need to activate a task before you can tackle it. For example I was doing the Drainage task where one of the pumps is situated is a task to recover a truck to the farm. I got the pump and dragged the truck out and to the farm but it wouldn't complete the task so I had to finish the pump task first, then go all the way back to the swamp where the truck was first found, activate the task and then head back to the farm to complete the task.

It would be good if you could complete tasks as you go along and make your way through the map.

Also, I wish they would penalise using the recovery option - it's too tempting to use to save time for me.

Other than that, it's a great game and a big improvement over Mudrunner.

mmm-five

9,191 posts

251 months

Monday 11th May 2020
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andycambo said:
It would be good if you could complete tasks as you go along and make your way through the map.
You can, sort of.

But you have to manually read the tasks and the delivery locations so you can work out whether you can take a full load of 4 or 5 mixed loads (instead of a single load) to drop of somewhere on the way, just to go to complete a different one, then come back and activate the other you've already got a part-load for.

For example, one said I had to recover a trailer before I could unload a load of wood & concrete (it showed 3 steps in the task, but only the first part would track on screen). I had a BIG off-roader truck with a 4-bed trailer, so filled that with the loads and then went to get the other trailer.

Dropped the trailer off, that task marked as complete, then the wood & concrete task became available and I went straight to cargo management and unloaded the two loads.

It becomes a pain when you lose a load though, as you have to spend ages getting back to it with a crane to reload it all - or you take the penalty to have a smaller load bed with a small crane.

toastyhamster

1,267 posts

63 months

Monday 11th May 2020
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Looks like I'm not the only one that wasted hours with the crap trucks you get at the start. After a bit of desperation googling I sold them and now have the ugly green thing and am on to Michigan map 2. Looking for tips on what else I should have in the garage for early Michigan and Alaska, plus what upgrades?

Also, "Missing Machinery" took me ages, I rolled the truck three times trying to pick up the crate on the slope. There's plenty of random cargo scattered on the roads for the same reason, one day I'll tidy it all up, those and the empty trailers dumped after jobs!

What controller are people using? I'm on PC so just using keyboard, but it's binary input so maybe I'm missing some of the subtlety of the game mechanics.

andycambo

1,068 posts

141 months

Monday 11th May 2020
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mmm-five said:
You can, sort of.
You can, if you know the task exists and you can think ahead a few steps, but in the example I gave I had no idea about the stuck truck until I was completing the other task and since there is no way to quickly switch between seperate tasks it involved an extra journey just to start the task so I could then go back and complete it offically, even though I technically already had! Just thought it was a bit of a pain and waste of time.

Missions seem a little more sensible as you can switch between them as you feel like and like you've said you can move supplies around in preparation for future missions.

mmm-five said:
It becomes a pain when you lose a load though, as you have to spend ages getting back to it with a crane to reload it all - or you take the penalty to have a smaller load bed with a small crane.
I think trying to find the balance is hard but fun. I always seems to go for the most difficult way, spending hours stuck in mud and trying to get up steep hills when there are more sensible alternatives which would take a fraction of the time.