Thanks for the folks at Focus Home Interactive, we’ve had a couple of weeks to really get stuck in the mud that Spintires returns to. After a release on PC a good few years ago, Mudrunner brings the title to consoles, as well as adding a few improvements.
The first things log time Spintires fans will want to know; Yes there is a cockpit camera, and yes there are reasons for you to move on from the original. With 13 new vehicles, new physics and day cycle, and a challenge mode among many others, now is a great time to be looking at moving over to mudrunner, even if you’ve already been enjoying on PC.
For those who are imagining some kind of smuggler’s Run style off roading speed adventure, get as far away from that thought as possible. With much more of a sim attitude, this greenlaning log delivery simulator will keep you crawling through the mud and water of hinterland eastern Europe and it’s rare you’ll pick up much, if any speed.
Mudrunner is all about watching your path, co-operating with your comrades, and simply exploring the map, collecting and delivering your loads, and overcoming the challenges set in the new modes (as a hint, “climb a hill” might be harder than you originally think).
It’s a slow steady title, but very well executed, and fans of the genre will be nothing but happy to strap in, start up their engines, and take the all terrain adventure off the road.
Graphics: 9/10: The in cab view can leave a little to be desired, but external views of the vehicles and most scenery are outstanding, even on lower settings
Story: 2/10: Spintires Mudrunner isn’t here for a story, and doesn’t offer a great deal in the way of progression. There are some targets to achieve and progress to make, but it’s not that kind of title.
Sound: 9/10: A lovely rock soundtrack in the very brief time you’re around a target, though most of the time you’ll be blessed with some nicely worked audio for the vehicles and environment.
Replayability: 7/10: There are a good selection of challenges and maps to work on, but we’d have liked to have seen a few more targets in the main single and multiplayer game to really keep you involved.
Satisfaction: 8/10: It’s absolutely not going to be everybody’s cup of tea, though fans of this kind of slow and methodical title will likely be pleased.
With a slightly tactical feel on plotting your route, and a nice co-operative multiplayer experience we’ve definitely enjoyed Mudrunner, and the new features do set it apart from the older 2014 original.