Another year, another simulation game from S.C.S Software. I should preface this article by saying I am not usually a fan of simulation game-- whether they be truck, plane, bus, or anything else. That being said... I might be a convert after this.
Unveiled at E3 2015, American Truck Simulator (A.T.S.) is a successor to S.C.S's Euro Truck Simulator series (the second of which is also available on Linux). In A.T.S. you are the driver of a big rig who is looking to move up in the world. You start off as a driver for another company, but as you do jobs, and receive payouts from them, you can eventually save up enough to buy your own place and your own truck. Once you have your own place and fleet you can begin to hire on more drivers to help expand your business. To paraphrase one of my favorite TV shows.. A player's job is simple: find a crew, find a job, keep driving.
The graphics in the game aren't bad at all, especially for a game that clocks in at a little over 1Gb in size. The cockpit of the truck is far more detailed than I thought it would be, the game supports multiple paripherals and camera angles (for those, like me, who hate driving in games via first person).
Simulator games tend to attract a certain type of player, if you are that certain type of player.. Sure, yeah, pick this up. As I said above, I'm not normally a big fan of simulator games, but even I had fun driving around Nevada and California doing jobs. Arizona is supposed to be coming out soon as a free update.
There were no technical problems to speak of, the game launched perfectly fine on Fedora 23 x64 with Intel graphics. Unfortunately I do not have any steering wheel peripherals to test that aspect of the game.
American Truck Simulator is available on Windows, OS X, and Linux, and is currently $19.99 on Steam. Thank you to S.C.S for providing the keys for this testing and review.