Mixed or average reviews - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 11
  2. Negative: 1 out of 11
  1. Although its gameplay isn't bad, the fact it's so short-lived means it will inevitably end up on the scrap heap.
  2. With the lack of added features or graphical upgrades, it seems content to hang in the slow lane, while more ambitious PS2 projects pass it by. [Dec 2001, p.95]
  3. 50
    There isn’t much depth to this game at all.
  4. It's not like playing 18-Wheeler isn't fun; it is. The problem is that it's over far too quickly and doesn't compare well to "Crazy Taxi" in terms of variety and replayability.
  5. An all too familiar Sega story: a refreshing new take on an old genre, featuring great control, sharp graphics, but crippled by lack of depth.
  6. Those [arcade] bells and whistles aren't available in the home version of the game, and what's left is a shell of a game with very little replay value.
  7. The most frustrating part of the game is the slow acceleration of the trucks, which as we all know is realistic, but something about barely moving just isn't too fun.
  8. 55
    I reckon, you should rent this game, and then play it for all its worth, all of its glorious 18-wheeler bliss (all two-plus hours), and then get on with your life.
  9. The average player will become bored with it. [Jan 2002, p.125]
  10. The text book definition of 'rental', 18 Wheeler is an expensive one-joke bomb when bought for $50 but an appealing and (dare I say it?) fun driving game for the couple of hours that it took me to beat the crap out of it.
  11. Let me put it another way: this game has four racing levels. Four. With a couple of tries, you can beat the game in under an hour. I’m not kidding. An hour.

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