American Truck Simulator is a simulation of driving, waking up in a truck driver, buying a truck and transporting goods across America, starting your own company and hiring riders to drive for you. The creators of the Euro Truck Simulator series decided to move to a North American tour on the roads of California, Nevada and Arizona.
After entering a name, selecting a pole, a photo that will represent your ingame avatar and running your company, you are ready to do the job of a transport company. For starters you will have to drive for big companies, they will give you a truck. As soon as you collect enough money, raise a loan, buy a truck and a garage that from that moment becomes your operating base.
Once you expand your fleet and get a job, you will be able to rent other drivers for your company. From the length of the route and the speed of delivery depends on the amount of earned money and experience points, skills that reduce fuel consumption, open long routes and business deals that involve the transport of dangerous goods.
The amount of the payment is also affected by the sensitivity of the goods being transported. For example, if you damage goods in the course of transport, this will affect your payment. In the lower right corner of the screen is a GPS system display, information about the amount of fuel in the tank, driver tiredness, incoming messages and available money. A separate section is reserved for diagnostics, showing damage to vehicles and goods.
If you happen to get accidents along the way, you can try to bring the truck to the nearest service or call on-road assistance on the phone, of course these services will cost you a lot. Any disregard for traffic rules and signaling is expensive. In addition to police patrols and speed detection cameras, there are even checkpoints with roadblocks for mandatory control of loading of freight vehicles.
As far as the authors pay attention to realism, the possibility of adjusting the cab, even the height of the seat and the position of the mirror, then the use of short or long lights, after long journeys, the driver will discreetly discern that he is tired when it is necessary to find a quiet place for rest .
Accurate parking of the trailer represents the darkest nightmare, the camera with a bird’s eye view barely helps and this activity can be skipped, although in that case you will be left without valuable experience points.
The graphical presentation of the ATS is functional, but from the aesthetic point of view it is retired and in relation to what it provides on the visual plane, the hardware is more demanding than the title such as Project CARS. Unfortunately, the terrain is presented in a much smaller scale compared to reality, so, for example, Las Vegas extends to the surface of a little larger shopping center.