Big Mutha Truckers 2: Truck Me Harder
Now That's Comedy. Puns, sexual innuendo, allusions to swearing, redneck stereotyping - it's not often a single game manages to straddle the entire spectrum of low-rent humour in one sweeping bound. Just a pity it had to be in this lacklustre arcade truck driving nonsense instead of the latest tour de force by Warren Spector or Will Wright or someone. Sid Meier's Trucking Hell, anyone?
Anyway, cartoon capers abound as you race across country for some reason or another, smashing smaller vehicles aplenty, dodging the po-leece and pretending that South Carolina references mean anything to you. It's all mildly diverting in the same way that a report on Ukranian circus children putting on a charity show on your local news bulletin would be.
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Big rig trucks are just about as American as sprawling inter-state highways, Route 66, and dirty rest stop bathrooms. So, it might make sense why there seems to be an entire genre revolving around these monsters of the American highway, where anyone can live out that male fantasy or commandeering a huge truck and taking it out on the open roads of America.
Yeah, right. I'm sure you've all had that exact same fantasy. With the on and off chance that you have, then Big Mutha Truckers 2: Truck Me Harder just might be for you. Read on to see if you should give a flying truck about it.
As the eloquent title might suggest, Big Mutha Truckers 2: Truck Me Harder doesn't take itself too seriously. The game has its foot firmly planted in its mouth the duration of the game, with raunchy, over the top, and crude humor pervading every single aspect of the game. It gives the game a lot of personality, sure, but a lot of the gags won't elicit too many laughs, cause really, the humor's about as obnoxious as a big rig truck in the fast lane on a highway.
And again, as the eloquent title might suggest, you get to drive big rig trucks in Big Mutha Truckers 2: Truck Me Harder, and yes, there is a strange sort of pleasure in being able to drive a huge truck around on the open highways, causing wanton destruction wherever you roam.
But, unfortunately, that pleasure lasts only a few minutes, if that.
See, the problem with Big Mutha Truckers 2 is that repetition sets in very, very early. The life of a truck driver isn't a glamorous one, and this is all too apparent with the limited amount of things you can do in BM2. You simply race against the clock from point to point on the highway (in a completely reckless fashion, needless to say), unloading and buying goods at each stop in hopes of making a profit ' and really, aside from a few side games and a few varied side missions, that's about all you get.
It may not have been so bad if the actual driving was a bit more entertaining, but, BM2 has a basic, no frills physics engine that doesn't offer up much in the way of satisfaction. There's just no satisfaction in evading the coppers, no glee from causing huge wrecks, and no fun found in weaving in and out of traffic.
To its credit, Big Mutha Truckers 2 probably knows it ain't gonna revolutionize the big rig racing genre since it's moderately priced at $20 bucks -- but you get what you pay for. With unimpressive, if serviceable, graphics and a gameplay core that's overly repetitious at best, this is one big rig game you don't want to hitch a ride from.
Now who could possibly pass up a game called Big Mutha Truckers: Truck Me Harder? As you can imagine, this isn't the classiest game and they're not shy about it either. If you played the original however, this shouldn't come as a surprise and really it's almost a carbon copy of the original. The gameplay is similar with a few minor improvements and the graphics, audio, and humor all carry the same quality as before. At this point it doesn't sound promising and I can't say that your impression will change, but the retail price is only $20 (which probably isn't going to be low enough).
Big Mutha Truckers: Truck Me Harder does offer a story line to support this straight-up arcade style driving game. Again, the story line fits right in with any impressions the title generates. Apparently Ma Jackson has found herself in a bit of trouble with the law and needs to resolve the situation. So instead of letting the justice system take its course, Ma sends her redneck posse out to bribe or affect the opinion of the various different jury members. This is accomplished in numerous ways but basically revolves around completing various activities while driving your big rig like a manic.
The actual gameplay follows a predictable pattern as you drive your big rig from point A to B while meeting specific requirements. There is very little if any originality or complexity present, so don't expect anything revolutionary. There are even four different drivers to select from, but all drive with the same characteristics which makes me wonder why the option is even given.
Visually and audibly, there is little exciting to point out. Again with a price point of $20, I generally don't expect much here either, but it does follow suit with the rest of the game. If you like arcade style big rig driving games, Big Mutha Truckers: Truck Me Harder may be just enough to justify its purchase, but for most it's doubtful they will get much out of it.
It starts off well enough: Drive a big rig from town to town and try to make a profit by delivering goods while outrunning biker gangs and ol' smokey. The trucks are easy to control, and since they're not too expensive to repair, you can have fun and let loose a little by smashing through obstructive traffic. A few off-the-wall nondelivery missions (which you can play in another mode) keep things interesting. Tired of shipping beer? Run over a few radio-station billboards as a service to an angry listener. But over the course of the story mode's 60 in-game days--whether you're on day five or 55--you're still performing the same basic routine: pick up shipment, drive somewhere, sell shipment, repeat (the aforementioned interesting missions only pop up occasionally). Now, while I like trucking as much as the next guy, I only have so much stamina for it. I recommend Big Mutha Truckers for the occasional distraction or one-nighter, but don't expect it to keep you entertained for the long haul.
I agree with Shoe--BMT is moderately engaging. I got caught up in its intricate big-rig shipping economics. Do you upgrade your truck or buy more stock? Do you have enough gas to get to the city with the best prices? Should you take out a loan or avoid the extra debt? Choices like these add surprising depth to a driving game, and they kept me hooked. Too bad most people will overlook this title because of the lowbrow redneck angle. Ah, sweet irony.
Pay these fools no heed-keep right on truckin' past this mediocre driving game-cum-economic simulation. BMT takes the appealing notion of violently plowing a huge semi through traffic like a hot knife through butter and saddles it with economic drudgery requiring players to tote junk from point A to point B, buying low and selling high until they're bored to tears. Cash races and chases pitting the truckers against cops and bikers serve up mild amusement, but it's not nearly enough to salvage the game.