SnowRunner was released for the Epic Games Store, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One on April 28, 2020, and is currently available on Steam and Nintendo Switch. Developed by Saber Interactive and published by Focus Home Interactive, SnowRunner has a lot of positive reviews from its players.
In SnowRunner, as in MadRunner, you have to navigate unreliable terrain with trucks. While MudRunner has a premise to get the timber from point A to point B and unlock more maps along the way, SnowRunner tightens it up even more. You have more complex missions, bonus missions and even a story tip. But once again, the essence of the game is to move around to transport resources across muddy and snowy lands.
Getting from any point to another in SnowRunner is a challenge. In SnowRunner, I started my adventure in a flooded Michigan town. A storm has wiped some roads and bridges off the map and you need to provide materials for people to rebuild. This takes place on a huge map and forces players to make really hard choices. Build a small garage first and get started with a few lightweight vehicles.
It’s no secret that I’m obviously a driving game enthusiast. Such a start caught my attention and I can easily say that the sequel of the game has a good place in the list of the best driving games I have ever played. Now let’s look at the reason for this in more detail.
The game essentially starts with three areas: Michigan, Alaska and Taymyr. It’s all clear for a start, but with the limited vehicles at your disposal at the start, it’s good to spend some time exploring and earning some upgrades before you go any farther. The game has a lot to offer you. Maybe too much. The maps are huge and your development path is slow, which can make the whole game feel a little daunting.
Each geographic area contains multiple interconnected maps, so the total amount of land is vastly expansive. So, so is the complexity of the tasks. Where the endgame mainly focused on transporting raw materials like timber from one corner of the map to the other, in SnowRunner you’ll find lumber yards, factories and even research centers that collect everything from bricks to seismological equipment.
You gain experience and money by exchanging materials and equipment from one place to another. Experience unlocks new vehicles plus upgrades, and you guessed it all costs money. However, many of these tasks actually make your life easier. Your first task in a flooded city in Michigan is to go to a watchtower and examine the grounds. From there you will quickly find your first heavy truck. Using this heavy truck, you can bring materials to rebuild a bridge, a bridge that provides access to the rest of the map.
The game also has a four-player Co-op multiplayer mode.
SnowRunner graphics and sound
The game has hours of scenery and routes to explore. Upgrade locations, vehicles and various quests can be found by walking through the landscape. The atmosphere of the game is as harmonious and high quality as they offer.
It’s a pity that the game doesn’t have a photo mode because there are some truly astonishing landscapes you can enjoy while wandering through the wilderness. Sure, the graphics aren’t as sharp as in your best AAA game, but there’s an appreciation of the overall environment that goes beyond making a muddy playground for your off-roader.
SnowRunner is absolutely art in the truest sense of the word. It’s one of those games that much deserves the photo mode that has become popular in bigger games over the last few years. The sounds also add a lot to the atmosphere.