As was the case in the previous installment of the series, in SnowRunner we sit behind the wheel of various machines, including trucks - their list includes vehicles from such manufacturers as Pacific or Hummer. Various trailers and semi-trailers are also available. During the game, we travel through twelve vast locations with an open structure; some of them are up to four times larger than those in the previous MudRunner. Navigating in SnowRunner using a map, we drive off-road and carry out paid orders, including the transport of raw materials.
The available lands are differentiated in terms of their ground - we can prepare for mud, water, and even snow and ice; the latter in SnowRunner can be found in Alaska, which debuts in the series. The matter is further complicated by the fact that the ground on which we move is deformed over time, which makes it easy to roll off a cliff or bury in mud. At such moments, various "lifebuoys" come to the fore.
Individual vehicles in SnowRunner are susceptible to mechanical modifications, including a useful winch or crane; in addition, the authors allow us to quickly tow a stuck vehicle to the garage. For the money earned as we progress in SnowRunner, we can also buy parts that improve the performance of individual cars and increase their capabilities (such as components that allow driving in deep water). The creators also allow us to change the appearance of the machines.
Developers like to brag about how well their game reflects real conditions. And here it must be admitted that the authors of SnowRunner managed to reflect the realities quite well - both weather and terrain conditions as well as the behavior of the car. In SnowRunner First of all, the cars differ in both equipment and off-road capabilities. The first thing to consider when choosing a vehicle is the weight - small pick-ups are easier to drive up a steep hill than a large and heavy truck. Of course, we cannot transport a heavy load with a pick-up - here we will need a properly modified, equipped with an additional all-wheel drive, differential locks and appropriate tires.
Therefore, the different equipment of individual vehicles was remembered - some have four-wheel drive (or even more if they are equipped with more axles). In SnowRunner, most of them have a reducer, allowing for a better transfer of torque to the wheels, some are additionally equipped with a differential lock. All these systems allow for increased agility in the field and thus easier execution of subsequent orders. In addition, our vehicles can be modified by buying various gadgets. Better off-road tires will ensure traction in the mud, a snorkel will increase the wading depth, a more powerful engine will make it easier to overcome climbs and provide better acceleration.
CPU: Intel i3-4130 3.4 GHz / AMD Ryzen 3 2200U 3.4 GHz
RAM: 8 GB
GPU: 2 GB, GeForce GTX 660 / Radeon R9 270
OS: Windows 7/8/10 (64-bit)
HDD: 20 GB
There are 40 vehicles available in the game. We have different classes here - there are both small pick-ups and ordinary off-roaders, as well as trucks, tractor units and huge off-road vehicles, adapted to heavy crossings. In addition, we have various types of trailers and semi-trailers that will help us transport loads. There are three territories available in the game (Michigan, Alaska, Taimyr), which in total offer an area of 40 km².
All these places are open, so we can get anywhere on the map (at least in theory, because difficult climbs or rocks sometimes make access difficult). One of our goals in the game is to take control of observation towers - finding and "capturing" them allows us to control the area and unlock the view of a given fragment on the map. Needless to say, the towers are located in hard-to-reach terrain.