Construction Simulator 2 DEALS
I have been playing the Construction Simulator mobile version for years and built up a rather large company with many different vehicles for all kinds of different jobs that you might encounter on Construction Simulator 2. So, when the game was released on console, I thought I would give it a go.
The game is the same as the mobile version, you start out with a short tutorial on how to drive forward, reverse park etc. This is where you will meet Pete, who will give you some tips during the game, and decides to join you “a complete novice at running a company” and also clearly how to drive. But he joins you anyway – and doesn’t take a wage – great news!
Simulator games over the years have really built a niche market of its own, and is now massive. You can buy pretty much any simulator game you can think of. Construction Simulator has quite a bit of variety, from digging a small hole, or delivering bulk items like sand or soil, to completely building a new house or rebuilding a road. A simulator wouldn’t be a simulation if it didn’t mirror the real world, and like the real world, Construction Simulator is an open world. You can go anywhere, within reason – the map is open and consistent. As you open up new areas, you have headquarters in each city, where you can upgrade to make life easier.
At this point, I realised that I would have to get used to the controls. The tutorial does a decent job of showing you how it works, but when you come to do a task, you realise you’re left standing there with your tools in your hands. All the gear and no idea. For example, the first task, you need a backhoe. The left stick moves the first bit of the crane arm, the right stick moves the second part of the crane arm (I assume that’s what it’s called… I have no idea) The right stick is also the camera, so hitting the function button turns the right stick into the second part of the crane arm. You need to use these together which can be quite challenging, switching between the two.
Eventually I got the hang of it, but never felt the controls were as intrusive as they could be. Sure, it’s not meant to be easy. But still, there’s simulation, there’s ‘game’ and there’s fun. These things should not be exclusive.
Another example where reality takes over fun is in the driving. Driving is fun. Running red lights result in an instant penalty. I’m OK with this. However, speeding (and the inability to slow quickly) means you can inadvertently collect fines. Avoidable? Yes (you can turn off traffic violations within the games settings, but then it’s not so much of a simulation). But some of the vehicles do seem to get past the speed limit very quickly, and it would have been nice to see more signs letting you know what the speed limit is.
Construction Simulator 2
What did I expect from Construction Simulator 2 console? Well, exactly what I got. Whilst I would have liked to see more variety in jobs, it’s a good game to just chill out to, and switch off from the real world.
- Relaxing game to play
- Decent tutorials
- Annoying right stick for function and camera mode
- Keeping vehicles under the speed limit can be annoying at times
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