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Re: American Truck Simulator

Post by Rumpy » Wed May 22, 2019 3:32 pm

The game is slated to receive in the next patch one of the biggest changes to the game to date with the addition of DX11. Currently the game uses DX9 and this is where most people have an issue when it comes to framerates in cities.
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Re: American Truck Simulator

Post by Rumpy » Mon Jun 10, 2019 9:50 pm

And the latest patch is a big one. 1.35 adds DirectX 11 functionality, and voice-navigation to the GPS, among other things.

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Post by jztemple2 » Mon Jun 10, 2019 9:58 pm

With Washington coming out soon it might be hitting critical mass for me to get back to it. I've tried to get back into ETS2 a couple of times in the past few months, but I really like driving in the good old USA. It's just a little sad that I'll probably be too over the hill to play the game by the time all the states are released. The good news is that I'll still have a drivers license and can rent a big rig and do it all in real life :mrgreen:
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Re: American Truck Simulator

Post by jztemple2 » Tue Jun 11, 2019 5:25 pm

I've reinstalled ATS and giving it another look. Most of the DLC is on sale, so I might pull the trigger on those as well.

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Re: American Truck Simulator

Post by Rumpy » Tue Jun 11, 2019 8:22 pm

Oh btw, for the male voice of the GPS, they've hired Doug Cockle, who also voiced Geralt. While they couldn't actually put Geralt in the game, he did do a gruff voice as one of the English selections for the GPS in all its sarcastic glory, so it's as close to Geralt as we'll get :D
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Re: American Truck Simulator

Post by jztemple2 » Wed Jun 12, 2019 12:25 am

I played ATS, then I installed and played ETS2 and decided that ETS2 feels more complete. As much as I like the idea of driving in the USA, I just wish they had planned on releasing the states on a quicker schedule, or maybe add more detail to the first states released. So I'm off to Europe!
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Post by Cylus Maxii » Wed Jun 12, 2019 10:26 am

I bought the Washington DLC when it released yesterday. I haven't played it yet.
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Re: American Truck Simulator

Post by Alefroth » Wed Jun 12, 2019 12:00 pm

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I bought the Washington DLC when it released yesterday. I haven't played it yet.
I got it and the Oregon DLC. I got my HQ switched to Olympia and so far the detail is very impressive.

I drove through Yakima IRL Monday and when I drove through in the game, it was quite recognizable. Even the tattered "Palm Springs of Washington" sign.

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Post by coopasonic » Wed Jun 12, 2019 12:06 pm

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I played ATS, then I installed and played ETS2 and decided that ETS2 feels more complete. As much as I like the idea of driving in the USA, I just wish they had planned on releasing the states on a quicker schedule, or maybe add more detail to the first states released. So I'm off to Europe!
I don't see how ATS *needs* more territory. It started huge. It has gotten huger. I never imagined it would expand to cover the entire US. The bigger it gets the better but I'd much rather see more features than more highways. Not that I have any suggestions for features. I haven't touched it in a while, but I am between games...
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Re: American Truck Simulator

Post by jztemple2 » Wed Jun 12, 2019 2:59 pm

ATS needs territory for a feeling of completeness. At least by including, say Idaho, Montana, Utah, Wyoming and Colorado there would be a nice block of states that connect to one another logically. Having Washington state but not Utah feels incomplete.

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There's not much in eastern Colorado, so it lays out nicely.

As for it starting huge, I blew through the California and Nevada destinations in a dozen hours. The problem was that it was originally published at a larger scale so it really felt small. When they re-scaled it to match the ETS2 scale it felt better but still somewhat empty. It's not that there's something wrong with ATS as it stands, it's just that ETS2 now has such a large network with so many interesting things to see I'd rather spend time on it than ATS. Maybe when they have completed my USA Western block I'll be ready to go back to it.
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Re: American Truck Simulator

Post by Rumpy » Wed Jun 12, 2019 7:47 pm

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I don't see how ATS *needs* more territory. It started huge. It has gotten huger.
Yeah, I think ATS is fine as is. Keep in mind that the U.S States are not only of bigger scale, but bigger in general vs smaller countries of Europe. They've already covered a lot of territory and even moreso now with Washington. Personally, I like the idea of an evolving ATS, and find it offers more variety in its environments. ETS2 may have a lot, but it does feel a bit too samey to me.

FWIW, I've heard that the next state after Washington would be Utah.
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Re: American Truck Simulator

Post by jztemple2 » Wed Jun 12, 2019 7:56 pm

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ETS2 may have a lot, but it does feel a bit too samey to me.
I have to somewhat agree with you on that. It's the urban areas that give ETS2 the variety but between the cities it can be unremarkable.

Damn, is the OO Effect kicking in? :shock:
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Re: American Truck Simulator

Post by Rumpy » Wed Jun 12, 2019 8:41 pm

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ETS2 may have a lot, but it does feel a bit too samey to me.
I have to somewhat agree with you on that. It's the urban areas that give ETS2 the variety but between the cities it can be unremarkable.
Yeah, I 100%'d the roads awhile back and that was after I had bought the whole Scandinavian DLC, and that had a lot of interesting road networks. I just feel that overall, there's not a whole lot different all across the map. Once I felt I had spent enough time in it, I never went back as I was kind of bored with it. For me, it's all about quality vs quantity. At least in ATS, if I travel to a different State, I have a chance to encounter a change in environment which alleviates some of the tedium. Everywhere you go feels a bit more unique. I feel like there's a bit more work put into ATS cities too. I've always for ETS2 cities to be a bit bland.
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Re: American Truck Simulator

Post by jztemple2 » Wed Jun 12, 2019 10:34 pm

The OO Effect had its effect, I bought all the DLC for ATS :roll:, except for the paint jobs. I had played a few missions last night so I had enough money, plus a bank loan, to buy a truck. A Volvo, mind you :wink:. And my first mission was a Special Transport:
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Re: American Truck Simulator

Post by Rumpy » Wed Jun 12, 2019 11:08 pm

Just had my first run via DirectX11, and it's so so smooth. It's like a night and day difference between the DX9 version. And I feel like I have more draw distance with less pop-in. Is that possible?

Also the Geralt voice is so damn perfect. You have to enable Voice Nav via the audio settings then choose a voice, in this case Doug (Raspy). It's funny hearing Geralt give directions.

Oh, I have a confession to make. I haven't bought Washington yet. Though I did just buy the Enchanted bundle which includes New Mexico, Custom Steering Wheels and the Heavy Cargo DLC. I was already a little bit behind, so I thought I'd grab that on sale. I'll get Washington some other time.
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Re: American Truck Simulator

Post by jztemple2 » Wed Jun 12, 2019 11:35 pm

So I'm going down the Five from Bakersfield to San Diego and damn, right at LA the road is closed:
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OK, no problem, I leave up the exit and spin around, following the GPS and find this:
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OK, time to NOT follow the GPS and set my own course. I finally hit SD a couple of hours late. I like this feature, it's fun to have to leave the beaten path and find your way around. And yes, I'll agree, the ATS towns you drive through do seem to have more, ah, character than ETS2.
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Re: American Truck Simulator

Post by Rumpy » Wed Jun 12, 2019 11:43 pm

Yep, I think road detours are an interesting feature that isn't all that well implemented. They are totally random and don't take into account of any dead-ends. I've had it happen several times now where there was a road closure on the only road available out, and it's worsened by the fact that the GPS doesn't factor in the detours, so if you're not paying attention you can end up going forever in circles which can be frustrating especially in a place like Portland. I wish they'd have it reroute or at least give you the option to have it do that.
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Post by jztemple2 » Thu Jun 13, 2019 1:52 am

This is very cool. Last year we took a trip driving from Florida to Las Vegas. On the way back we cut down through Arizona. We had a long driving day from Tucson AZ to Alamogordo NM and by the time we hit Las Cruces it was after dark so missed seeing the Space Murals Museum And Gift Shop. But now I can see it in the game:
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The next day we drove back west a bit from Alamogordo so we could go visit the White Sands National Monument. And this shot from the game is pretty much what the visitor center looks like:
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Re: American Truck Simulator

Post by Rumpy » Thu Jun 13, 2019 2:14 pm

Yeah, see, it's that kind of stuff that gives ATS more character. There are a few landmarks in ETS2, some of them even on the side of the road, but for the most part, it feels like a vast empty road network. I think they've spent more time giving ATS local flavor, which is why some of the States are taking so long.

Btw, Promods has announced to be working on Canada. They're starting with BC and making their way east.

https://blog.promods.net/2019/04/promod ... d-is-born/

https://forum.scssoft.com/viewtopic.php?f=194&t=270750

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Post by jztemple2 » Thu Jun 13, 2019 2:43 pm

Thanks for the heads up on Canada, that sounds very cool. If it wasn't for my wife's upcoming knee surgery, this summer we were going to drive up from Florida to Canada at Winnipeg, then drive west through Regina, Calgary, Kamloops and on to Vancouver. Following that we were going to go south through Washington and Oregon then head home. If this mod gets released I'll be able to get a preview before the trip next year! :D

Regarding the landmarks in ETS2, I think I'm missing some because I don't know that they are landmarks. If I hadn't know that the building I posted about above was the White Sands visitor center I might have just assumed it was some small hotel or something. It would be nice if there was some way, maybe via a mod, for landmarks and points of interest to be flagged, maybe on GPS. I'll post the question over on the SCS forums.

Also I'm getting the feeling that in ETS2 the cross-country roads tend to stay away from the more populated places, whereas out west in the USA in ATS they tend to run smack through them. So there aren't as many opportunities in ETS2 to place landmarks.

I had been running a few mods in ATS last time I played it, which was not long after release. Any mods people might recommend that are focused more on the sights rather than truck or wheel or tire mods?
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Re: American Truck Simulator

Post by Rumpy » Thu Jun 13, 2019 3:43 pm

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Thanks for the heads up on Canada, that sounds very cool. If it wasn't for my wife's upcoming knee surgery, this summer we were going to drive up from Florida to Canada at Winnipeg, then drive west through Regina, Calgary, Kamloops and on to Vancouver. Following that we were going to go south through Washington and Oregon then head home. If this mod gets released I'll be able to get a preview before the trip next year! :D
Wow, that'd be some epic trip!. That'd be a bit like me driving from Northern Ontario all the way down to Florida in terms of length.

I do know what you mean about GPS tagging of landmarks. That'd be a great feature. I suspect they haven't done that for discovery and achievement purposes, but you would think they'd at least be tagged after the fact.

Can't really help you with mods though, as I run it vanilla aside from some truck mods. The exception will be when Promods Canada is released.
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Post by jztemple2 » Fri Jun 14, 2019 10:19 pm

I bought myself a 45 foot flatbed trailer so I could carry cargoes. I seem to be able to make more money this way, although on each of two jobs when I checked the Cargo Market in a city there was only one industry with jobs, both time three jobs with different locations. Still pretty cool. Here I am starting off with a load of fertilizer.
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UPDATE: Heading out of Las Vegas, saw this traffic hazard. That doesn't look good!
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Re: American Truck Simulator

Post by Rumpy » Sat Jun 15, 2019 6:11 pm

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Here I am starting off with a load of fertilizer.
And when arriving at a destination, Geralt GPS sometimes says "Ok, we've arrived. Now drop your load and get out of here." Somehow I find that strangely funny within that context... :lol:
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Post by Octavious » Sun Jun 16, 2019 1:35 am

I picked this up today on a whim. I played Euro a bit but found the areas kind of boring. I’m totally blown away so far by this one. Seems like a lot more detail and more interesting. Fired up the Beatles radio and I’m driving through the desert at night. Freaking zen as hell.
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Post by Alefroth » Fri Jun 28, 2019 3:57 pm

I wonder what happens if you own Washington but not Oregon?

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Post by coopasonic » Fri Jun 28, 2019 4:06 pm

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I wonder what happens if you own Washington but not Oregon?
That's an amusing enough thought that I might just test it. :)
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Post by jztemple2 » Fri Jun 28, 2019 5:39 pm

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I wonder what happens if you own Washington but not Oregon?
That's being addressed in an upcoming update, as explained in the post Crossing the gap:
Since the announcement of ETS2 Beyond the Baltic Sea, you have been speculating on how we are going to solve the issue that arises when someone owns a map expansion that is without a direct connection to the base game map (and possibly other map expansions one may have). The release of Washington marks the first time that this has happened in the history of our games (if a player did not already own the Oregon DLC).

Right from the Closed Beta for the 1.35 Update, you've had the option to buy garages online. This is tailored mostly for our seasoned gamers who already have the required number of garages and some spare cash. New players will have to work to unlock this privilege.

For new players who are just getting into our games, we're adding a second option based on a wider range of Quick Job starting locations. This allows for a new trucker to explore any part of the map (enabling one to purchase a garage there) and to then teleport between purchased garages. We hope that this resolves the issue caused by unconnected map expansions for everyone, both for now and for the future.
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Post by Holman » Sat Jun 29, 2019 7:22 pm

I'm curious if anyone is playing ATS with mods.

I see some physics mods (which I assume means truck handling) on the Workshop, but I have no way of knowing which is good.

Are there mods that make the world seem to come more to life?

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I'm curious if anyone is playing ATS with mods.

I see some physics mods (which I assume means truck handling) on the Workshop, but I have no way of knowing which is good.

Are there mods that make the world seem to come more to life?

Thanks!
The only one I use is one that puts a little mirror in the upper right corner of the screen.

If there was one that added wildlife, I'd probably use that.

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Holman wrote:
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I'm curious if anyone is playing ATS with mods.

I see some physics mods (which I assume means truck handling) on the Workshop, but I have no way of knowing which is good.

Are there mods that make the world seem to come more to life?

Thanks!
These are the mods I'm using:
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All of the Ford Transit van mods are from one guy and I liked them as they added a little real world flavor, as does "Real Advertisements". The Yandex Navigator just changes the background color and some symbols in the GPS. I used a couple of physics mods in ETS2, but I'm not sure that they really made that much of a difference.

The only mod I really got into was for European Truck Simulator 2 and added the North African coast from Morocco to Egypt. It wasn't in Steam but had to be installed separately. I haven't used it in a couple of years, but it was rather fun, including as it did some really steep mountain passes and a lot of interesting desert scenes, like the below:

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Re: American Truck Simulator

Post by Rumpy » Sun Jun 30, 2019 5:46 pm

Holman wrote:
Sat Jun 29, 2019 7:22 pm
I'm curious if anyone is playing ATS with mods.

I see some physics mods (which I assume means truck handling) on the Workshop, but I have no way of knowing which is good.

Are there mods that make the world seem to come more to life?

Thanks!
The only mods I play with are trucks. I personally like driving older trucks. There are a few on the Steam Workshop, but it can be a little confusing to find them. I'm currently using an International 9800.

As for Physics mods, I feel you don't need one. A few updates ago, SCS greatly improved their own physics, and have added adjustments to truck cab and suspension settings. Putting the slider all the way to the left makes for a more satisfying experience that previously could only be achieved via mods. I used to feel that the physics system made things feel way too light even with heavy cargo, but again the physics overhaul changed this. Physics mods were only really recommended for older iterations. I'm not even sure they'd be updated for the latest versions of the game anymore.
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Thanks!
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