SnowRunner is developed by Saber Interactive and published by Focus Entertainment. The game is available on PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and PC – Reviewed on PS5 (via Backward Compatibility). SnowRunner was originally released 28th April 2020.
Strike out into the remote regions of Maine, braving the elements with two new vehicles: the Aramatsu Forwarder, an agile 8×8 forestry specialist with a built-in crane and log trailer, and the Tayga 6455B, a tough, versatile 6-wheeler that can handle even the unforgiving terrain of Maine, which contains both areas of mud and snow. Overcome one of the toughest challenges yet, starting out with a barebones garage without repairs or refueling, that you upgrade over time.
SnowRunner puts you in the driver’s seat of powerful vehicles as you conquer extreme open environments with the most advanced terrain simulation ever. Drive 40 vehicles from brands such as Ford, Chevrolet, and Freightliner as you leave your mark on an untamed open world.
Overcome mud, torrential waters, snow, and frozen lakes while taking on perilous contracts and missions. Expand and customize your fleet with many upgrades and accessories including an exhaust snorkel for heavy waters or chain tires to battle the snow.
I like simulation games, they take you away from the norm and give you some idea of what it’s like doing something else. I’ve tried a few over the years such as Train simulators and Fishing simulators but am extreme truck driving simulator is the next level. SnowRunner takes you behind the wheel of some heavy machinery and gives you a good idea of the life of an extreme truck driver going against the elements and navigating tricky terrain to make essential deliveries.
This isn’t a game about finding the quickest route and getting the job done in record time, this is about getting from point to point in the safest way and sometimes that means driving round the 2 map to get to where you need to go, don’t get me wrong luckily the scenery in game is stunning to say the least but it is definitely a grind.
The game is licensed so you do get the authentic feel as some of Americas iconic real life brands in the truck world such as Ford and Chevrolet are used and the trucks have a authentic look to them too all adding to a fully immersive experience. Although I said earlier the game is a grind you do get into your own rhythm, find a good route or short cut if you remember it you can keep using it to give yourself that edge and get the tasks completed.
I have played the previous title in this series titled Mudrunner, which like the game suggests is very similar to SnowRunner but it’s focus is more muddy and boggy terrain whereas SnowRunner is more ice and snow making it that little bit more tricky.
With the different DLC packs now available there are different locations for you to try your driving skills or even push them to the limit. Alongside the latest season, Season 6, a large free update has arrived, adding crossplay between PC and PS4, with Xbox One joining soon after, a fully fledged photo mode, new addons, and a slew of vehicle skins, chosen based on the community’s favourite in-game vehicles. Part of this update is the Haul & Hustle DLC pack taking you deep into the remote regions of Maine, braving the elements with two new vehicles: the Aramatsu Forwarder, an agile 8×8 forestry specialist with a built-in crane and log trailer, and the Tayga 6455B, a tough, versatile 6-wheeler that can handle even the unforgiving terrain of Maine, which contains both areas of mud and snow. Overcome one of the toughest challenges yet, starting out with a barebones garage without repairs or refueling, that you upgrade over time.
Overall I found SnowRunner to be an indepth adventure throughout the back hills of America. Yes the game can feel a bit of a grind but overall I enjoyed it.