Big Mutha Truckers: Truck Me Harder
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.
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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.