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Your vehicle and it's stuff will be there so will be able to finish that fairly quickly once you get the metal beams.

 

I'd recommend NOT using a scout for transportation - they should really be used for going to find those towers and I tend to use to try and refuel bigger trucks.

 

I'd recommend either an Off-Road or a Heavy (depending on the expected route to take!). If you customise the back of the truck to a carrier to add a sideboard/flatbed and then bring a sideboard trailer - this will give you 4 slots for transporting stuff.

 

Good luck!

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3 hours ago, MW_Jimmy said:

I'd recommend either an Off-Road or a Heavy (depending on the expected route to take!). If you customise the back of the truck to a carrier to add a sideboard/flatbed and then bring a sideboard trailer - this will give you 4 slots for transporting stuff.

 

Think I need to build up some levels and cash, and maybe unlock the AWD for the GMC flatbed. I bought tyres with good grip in the mud for both scouts but I'm not high enough level for all weather tyres on the flatbed yet. Got some towers to start unlocking, methinks! Now I know what I'm doing, I might be able to do towers in Alaska with the Scout 800, too.

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50 minutes ago, TehStu said:

Think I need to build up some levels and cash, and maybe unlock the AWD for the GMC flatbed. I bought tyres with good grip in the mud for both scouts but I'm not high enough level for all weather tyres on the flatbed yet. Got some towers to start unlocking, methinks! Now I know what I'm doing, I might be able to do towers in Alaska with the Scout 800, too.

Yeah go have a poke in Alaska. Some may say it’s best to leave it and concentrate on Michigan but I say spread your wings, see how far you get.

Get in a scout and just follow the road for 15 minutes then have a look at the map to see what you’ve opened up. You get experience when you find stuf so…

one thing I forgot to mention is the trucks that are just laying about the place and you get to unlock when you find them have a good hunt on the map screen to see if you can see any.

Your quite early on by the sounds of it and at that stage in the game I found the Royal BM17 which was a great workhorse.

You should consider buying the Khan though (with real money)

 

Leveling up in this game is redundant for me because I’ve been max level for ages but thinking about it, it just seems like yet another unnecessary road block when the game itself is so utterly infuriating sometimes.


I love it though, ever since I watched Convoy as a little child and watched the cars and trucks race through the dust I had a massive fetish for suspension and movement up and down of wheels….ooo err

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Just got this in the Playstation sale.  I played Mudrunner a tiny bit a while ago over PS Now (the perils of too many games to play on PS Now), but basically am new to the whole thing.

 

It's really good :) I spent quite a while last night just getting the starter pick-up truck thing to one of the "King of the hill" peaks, by accident, because I thought I was on the track to a watchtower :D.  And after a few sessions of driving past the broken down truck in the garage yard thinking "I'm sure I'll find some parts to fix that soon", I realised you could just tow it the 5 yards to your garage and fix it there. Doh!  It was only through skimming this thread that I realised you could upgrade your vehicles, too, so now the starter pick-up has higher suspension and better tyres it's much less of a victim in the mud.

 

It's the perfect antidote for trying to shave hundredths off a lap time in GT Sport.  And GT Sport is the perfect antidote for struggling for an hour to winch you and your load out of the mud.  A perfect pair of games :)

 

(I just wish it didn't feel quite so apocalyptic - where is all the other traffic?)

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On 08/10/2021 at 19:03, Harrisown said:

Rumour has it was are a month or so away from a next gen version.

hope it’s true

Me too - it’s a surprisingly pretty game already so interested to see how it turns out.

 

Pretty, but infuriating at times. I almost completed “Not a Drill” twice before getting the construction semi rig irretrievably stuck in mud just yards from the drilling site. I eventually tried a different route with a slightly more upgraded truck and just about managed it.

 

I’m now stuck on “Fixer Upper” on the region with the dam (Smithsville?) I’ve dragged the bloomin’ broken truck up 2 different twisty, turny tracks before getting hopelessly stuck. Now I’ve found a slightly easier way up, but now I’m stuck at a river crossing which seems to lead to a sheer cliff. I’m starting to think they can just do without their bloody truck.

 

I love how the different upgrade options all add up so you start to effectively unlock new routes as your trucks get more proficient. 

 

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I did it!

 

That was a lot of work.

The bummer is that I don’t think I want to play it without trophies. So if a next gen version comes out I probably won’t buy it and I probably won’t play any of the dlc. I’ve bought all of it up till now and there’s one or two I’ve not touched.

 

Excellent game though despite its pain in the arse design.

there’s so much they could do to take the frustration out of it.

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I picked this up today on the PSN sale (it's 16 quid or thereabouts). Its a game I've wanted to play for ages but was reluctant to shell out full price as its so niche and divisive. Good news is, I'm loving it! I didn't play Mudrunner and the descriptions of Snowrunner online, and the discussion here about it made me a bit wary, but Snowrunner definitely does it for me. I don't even have any interest in trucks/offroading, I just like any kind of game that immerses you in a challenging, completely new and indepth experience.

 

So anyway, I started off with the tutorial stuff. Not too bad. Hooked myself up to a trailer at the town which was in a very awkward position, a nice touch was that there was a sign that I couldn't maneuveur past because my exhausts were bonking off it, so every bit of the vehicle matters. Turned out I didn't need the trailer after hauling it to the bridge but never mind!

 

Once I finished the bridge it was night, and I just carried on driving the GMC truck to find the garage, which turned into a bit of a disaster. I tried to get down to the southern watchtower and got stuck in the mud, then learned about winching which is a really cool feature. Then it turns out the watchtower's in a big swamp so I had to reverse and ended up completely offroad getting lost in the trees trying to get back to the main road :lol:. After a very slow slog through the mud and a few winches I finally made it back to the main road.

 

Then the road leading to the garage had some deep looking water on it and I thought, nope, not risking that in this low truck, I'll take this side road instead. There's a narrow wooden bridge over a little river on that road, and I didn't line it up very well and my front wheel went off the edge. After some shimmying I made it even worse and eventually the whole truck just fell sideways, half on the bridge and half in the river. Brilliant. But by some miracle and the power of winches I eventually got it sort of upright and somehow managed to drive it out of the river and made it to the garage. Epic. I even found an upgrade on that path. 

 

Then the game whisked me off to Alaska with my crappy GMC (starter truck). I vaguely remembered reading in this thread that its maybe not a good idea to stay in Alaska at the start, but I thought fuck it, the game wants me to be here so I can handle it. I was wrong.

 

I had unlocked raised suspension but I am pretty sure I just found that upgrade somewhere, so I thought I'll do without and meet the challenge. The first logical step was to go for the nearest watchtower, starting off over some ice (scary) and then straight into a loooong uphill in deep mud and snow. Absolute bloody nightmare in the GMC. Now this is going to sound very masochistic but I am treating the winch as a very last resort, only to be used when I am literally stuck and can't move forward or back whatever I do. I will probably have a different mindset once the novelty has worn off, but I enjoyed the challenge of trying to get this piece of shit GMC up this seemingly impossible hill. Well it took a very long time, and a few winches, but I eventually made it to the watchtower junction.

 

Turning left was a tiny track into deep snow leading to the watchtower, which was extremely unfriendly and I got stuck almost immediately. But with perseverance and a few more winches I very slowly got through the snow and unlocked the watchtower! About half way up the big muddy hill I had realised that I should have gone with the much easier option of taking the main road to the watchtower, but by then I was already commited to this epic journey. Getting back to the main road was much easier. Then I figured out how contracts worked and ferried some pipes to fix a road, and now I'm still in my GMC on a horribly long slog to the gas station to take fuel to the port. I took another long deep mud road from the eastern landslide to the gas station, that took me so long that I was nearly out of fuel when I finally arrived.

 

The thing is, that by taking on these roads with the basic, un-upgraded truck, and avoiding the winch where possible, I've learned a lot about how to drive in deep mud and snow. The physics engine is really impressive, I've adapted to wiggling my front wheel to find the right traction points, its great how you can see your wheels making the ruts deeper and deeper, and the overall look of the mud/snow simulation as well. I love how even when it looks like you are hopelessly stuck, you can sometimes see the front wheel moving ever-so-slightly forward and you know you can make it eventually. I've gotten a lot better, and athough it should be mind-numbingly boring, its actually really engaging and immensely satisfying to get yourself out of these horrible spots. Its a bit like a hardcore version of Death Stranding, one where every little movement matters, every meter can be an insane battle. I might well get sick of it after a while, but even if I do, this experience has been very satisfying so far. 

 

So after I do this port mission, if I can actually make it that far, I will probably have to concede and put the raised suspension on the GMC so it doesn't take me 20 minutes to get up a little muddy slope. I should probably move my 4x4 vehicle to Alaska and see if that's any easier to get the watchtowers. Most of the other contracts in Alaska seem to involve new vehicles/attachments, or carrying 4/5 items so I might have to go back to farmville level to find more feasible stuff to do.

 

One time I was getting stuck I discovered the in-cab view. Very cool, but it seems impossible to get yourself out of these sticky situations when you don't have the luxury of panning the camera to see what your wheels are doing in that view. Going to stick to 3rd person at least until I have more experience.

 

Pleasantly surprised so far, and I like the structure, lots of stuff to go for. Getting a crane sounds fun!

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On 01/12/2021 at 22:46, Alan Stock said:

guess the one thing I'm afraid of is that these newer trucks will trivialise the game

 

The game definitely gets easier with time and upgrades. Both better trucks, tires and winch's and you just generally learn which trucks and loads can take the routes.

 

And although I can now play most of the time without failing (to the point of dozing off to sleep momentarily and still been fine!) there will always be moments that trip you up.

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Thanks, yeah I think I will continue deliberately metering out my truck/upgrade progress if that's the case. I read online that the better tyres trivialise most surfaces so I'll probably hold back on them a bit. I've been taking an approach of just using my offroad truck for the things only that can do, and still rolling out the starter trucks for easier tasks to keep up a challenge level. From what I've read half the fun is seeing how the different trucks perform so I'm going to stick to that philosophy, trying them all out. I've been holding off on winch upgrades and the scout auto-winch because I feel they will make the game much easier (plus they are expensive). Also not abusing the economy and just selling things to get the good trucks. I guess eventually I will have to sell stuff as you get so little money overall, but for now I'm doing alright without.

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Yeah - I feel that the auto winch makes failures inconsequential and so I haven't picked it up for anything recently.

 

Also, once you get used to the controls I recommend switching on immersive mode. It fades out the HUD when it isn't in use and it's really nice to drive around taking in the atmosphere. It also means you have to actively check your fuel as it's not always on display (although you can usually tell by looking at the vehicle) 

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Pretty much - anything substantial is behind the Season Pass (Year 1 pass for season 1-4 and Year 2 pass for season 5-8) and more general updates available to everyone.

 

There has been some pretty great changes delivered in the updates for free like hard mode and mod support on consoles, and this update has added photo mode and crossplay. A next gen upgrade has also been promised this year.

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