An optimistic intro video, where a friend helps main hero Nick to open his own “Nick Trucking” freight company and feature looks unclouded for him, quickly becomes a harsh in-game reality, where a powerful rival company tries to put him out of business (there are 7 competitors in total).
At first, player can only accept orders in Oxnard area and must open branch offices, buy trucks and hire other drivers to expand his trade empire. Careful management of vehicles and personnel is required to overcome the competitors and take the lead position on the freight traffic market. For example, hired drivers have favorite trucks and perform best while driving them; they also have ambitions and may leave if you’re stingy.
Developers chose to model California state because scenery between its parts varies greatly. Police is harsh and can really make your life miserable, so careful driving is advised. Sometimes player receives requests for help from fellow truckers by radio, and in some cases refusing may have grave consequences. There are a full-blown main story (which you may completely ignore) and many side quests like giving a lift or delivering special cargo. It’s a pity that story have only one (happy) ending, but you must work hard and don’t miss main quests to see it. Player may also concentrate on an economic development to receive “Golden carrier” title or try to pursue all goals simultaneously.
Bottom line: a step forward. Game will benefit from some polish, but this is a success.
Summary: Cool, 8/10.