FIA European Truck Racing Championship Review

FIA European Truck Racing Championship is like some of those sweet pleasures. Like those movies that you like, but you can’t really explain why because if you look at closely, you can see that it has a number of issues.

FIA European Truck Racing Championship?

Yes, the game is based on the real FIA Championship of Truck Racing, and we can actually find (some of) the real trucks and racetracks. However, that championship usually uses only 8 racetrack, which is somehow limited. That is why a fictional World Championship has also been created with more tracks, and that is honestly a good move from BigBen. Without this, the lifetime of the game would have been really really low.

The game also got a tutorial (hooray!), looking as a Driving License test. Which is great because it helps to learn how to train those big truck. However, most of those tests are really fast and relatively easy.

It is a bit sad however that there is not the License for all the official bits of the FIA European Truck Racing Championship. For example, the Hungarian GP has been replaced by another fictional Hungarian racetrack. It is not a big issue by itself but I am mostly curious to know what happened there.

Gameplay

The gameplay is .. interesting. Because the physic is there, you can feel that you drive a massive truck and that it has a different response than a car, but the game is relatively Arcade at the same time. You can break really late and usually get away with it. The turbo is well reproduced too. When you accelerate there is a bit of lag and once the Turbo kick you better get your wheels straight or you may lose the control of the truck. There is also that water tank used to cool down the break, like in real, which add an extra strategy part to the game.

In terms of AI and difficulty, well first there are only 3 difficulty levels, and even in the higher one (Professional), I beat every driver by 2 seconds per lap. The second thing is that similar to MotoGP 19, the penalties system is a bit broken. It is actually very clear in FIA European Truck Racing Championship, you hit 3 cones and you got a penalty. And it does, but only for you, not for the AI. If you are driving on the back of the pack, you will see that the other drivers are destroying almost every single cone of the racetrack but never get a single penalty, which can be a bit frustrating.

Another thing is that it looks like some details have been missing. For example, if you change the length of the race from 100 to 50%, your team will tell you in the final lap that you have done half of the race. The water tank also does not adjust to that change. So if you do 100%, you will have to take care of your water tank, but if you lower it then it is not a problem anymore.

Graphics

I have seen a lot of people criticizing the graphics but I think that the trucks are very well done. The racetracks are also fine. It does not have anything new or special but it is not bad either.

 

As a conclusion, well, I do enjoy the game. And I am happy that I got it. However, the lifetime is still somehow limited (even with the addition of the World Championship). Getting a higher difficulty level would probably help to make it more interesting. Having the FIA European Truck Racing Championship in a game is really nice but maybe not enough in terms of content in the end.

FIA European Truck Racing Championship date and gameplay

Bigben games just released a new trailer for FIA European Truck Racing Championship.

The video shows more gameplay of the game and also deliver a date: 18 July on PlayStation4, Xbox One, PC and Nintendo Switch.

Until now the date was somewhere between 11 and 31st depending on the website.

If you have never seen that before, Truck Racing is a real thing and that video game is the one from the real European Championship. Despite having 5 tones trucks, those races are usually spectacular, and drivers do not hesitate to push each other a little!

 

WRC 8 Interview

BigBen Games just released a new video on youtube, which is an interview of Sean Johnston & Alex Kihurani, two junior WRC drivers.

One interesting part of the video is probably that the game seems to be more simulation than arcade. That really means that player will have to anticipate corner (like in real life) and thus really take care of the copilot notes. There is also the confirmation of the 3 categories of car: Junior World Championship cars, the WRC 2 and the WRC. All this really sounds like news!

The game will be available on PC, Playstation 4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch in September this year!

 

 

TT Isle of Man available on Nintendo Switch

Good news for Nintendo Switch owner, BigBen games just announced the released of TT Isle of Man on that console.

The game will be identical to the one already released on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC last year.

For those who do not know about it, the TT is real competition, once a year on the Isle of Man (in the UK). Racers drive around the island on a 60.7km track with 264 turns.

The game also offers 9 additional fictional circuits, 40 official motorcycle, and 23 official racers, through a career mode and online races with 8 other players.