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American Wilds brought back the same anxiety-inducing feeling that I had when I first played MudRunner last year. And, that's a good thing—it wouldn't be a real Spintires experience otherwise.
Should you be a fan of the base game experience, then there is no reason not to jump in with Spintires: MudRunner – American Wilds. With some fantastic vehicles, great new challenges and plenty of beautiful scenery to get lost in, it will ensure you of more hours of off-roading madness yet
It's easy to forgive Spintires: MudRunner exactly because it has such an eccentric charisma. It should be dull. It should be frustrating. It should be prettier. But it has its own strange beauty and offers something refreshingly unconventional in the driving genre.
The ultimate collection of one of the most intriguing titles on the market - Spintires: Mudrunner American Wilds might infuriate and test the patience of many, but those who can push past such feelings will soon discover quite the uniquely satisfying endeavor.
Thanks to the DLC American Wilds that introduces North American tracks to the franchise, Spintires: MudRunner is once again fresh. If you're a fan of this genre and you own the original game, American Wilds is a good expansion worth buying.
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In contrast, those with a need for speed or a want for a Switch version of Truck Simulator…this is not for you. I would suspect several who buy this version sans advance knowledge will be done with it fifteen minutes in. Test: if strategic winching to escape a hopeless mud ditch isn't for you, than Spintires: Mudrunners American Wilds is a ‘pass.'
With Farming Simulator having no-showed Switch in 2018, it falls to Spintires: MudRunner - American Wilds to fill that very niche gap. While it's still got some frustrating design faults that have carried over from the previous version, Saber Interactive has kept the core experience intact. The addition of the lush and verdant American wildness helps break up the dreary back roads of Russia, and whether you're delivering logs on your own or fixing and refilling trucks in multiplayer, there's a bizarre yet moreish satisfaction to be had. Now, when are we getting Euro Truck Simulator 2 on Switch?
Sometimes you may feel like you’ve taken on an additional job while playing it, but how many games let you loose in sandbox environments with an almighty range of all-terrain vehicles? Exactly.
New players might feel a bit intimidated and frustrated at times by the many unexplained mechanics, but if the time and dedication is put into it, Spintires: Mudrunner can become a dirty but somewhat fulfilling experience you can return to again and again.
As an expansion only, American Wilds fails to impress. As a complete package, this is a better value add to get base game and all DLC included, but it’s still a simulation that’s frustrating to deal with. With MudRunner 2 announced earlier this year, this series is going to need to be more diverse in terrain, detail, and controls. Until then, American Wilds‘ new locations and vehicles don’t provide enough to get you stuck in the mud again.