18 Wheels of Steel: Across America
What we have here with 18 Wheels of Steel: Across America is the second game in this long-running series. Incredibly this was released all the way back in 2003, only a year or so after the first game in the series. I get the impression that this is what they really wanted that first game to be. While it may be rather “old” in comparison to other trucking games even including its sequels, this is still a fun time.
Life On The Road!
Despite never driving a truck myself I have always had an interest in the world of truck driving. Be it any of the TV shows that showcase it or video games like 18 Wheels of Steel: Across America. It is something I have always found fascinating. The “story” of this game is that you are wanting to make a name for yourself in the trucking world so you are going coast to coast proving that you are the best around when it comes to delivering loads no matter how big they are or how tight the delivery deadline is.
Not Quite Like A Fine Wine
The visuals of the game are a tad rough, actually, that is a bit harsh. I would not say that they are rough, more that they are showing their age. To be fair this is a game that is the better part of two decades old as I write this. Still, the different parts of the country you are driving in are different enough and there is a decent selection of different vehicles on the road. It is just very jarring to go back and play a game like this after playing the more modern trucking games that are out there. 18 Wheels of Steel: Across America is a game that is 100 percent showing its age, but that does not make it bad.
I Got A Great Big Convoy
The gameplay sees you need to deliver goods all over the country. You need to pay attention to the road and there are many other things that you have to keep an eye on as well. These range from speed traps, issues with your truck, fuel and actually delivering the goods. On more than one occasion I had one hell of a great run to deliver a load, only to be tripped up by a very awkward loading dock where I crashed multiple times trying to drop off my load. The game is fun to play and when you are on a long stretch of road it has a kind of Zen-like vibe to the whole thing that I like. It is the kind of game that anyone can enjoy and I do like how it is a bit more “stripped back” and basic in comparison to many of the modern trucking games we have these days.
I would not say that 18 Wheels of Steel: Across America is one of the best trucking games I have played, but for its time it was a real breath of fresh air. It is most certainly better than the game that came before it and I feel it set the tone for what the series would become over the next few years. If you want a trucking game that has a bit of “old school” to it, you can do a lot worse than this one here.
- The map is huge
- Many different parts of the country to drive through
- A nice variety of trucks, trailers and loads
- The game has a kind of chill-out vibe to the whole thing
- It is easy to get into, but hard to master
- The game looks rather basic by today’s standards
- The later games improve on pretty much every aspect
Download 18 Wheels of Steel: Across America
- PC compatible
- Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP