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  • Summary: Once you have started your own company, you can start exploring new regions in Westside Plains bit by bit, and accept ever-larger and more lucrative construction jobs in the open world of Construction Simulator 2 US – Console Edition. Original, licensed vehicles and machines fromOnce you have started your own company, you can start exploring new regions in Westside Plains bit by bit, and accept ever-larger and more lucrative construction jobs in the open world of Construction Simulator 2 US – Console Edition. Original, licensed vehicles and machines from Caterpillar, Liebherr, Palfinger, Bell Equipment, STILL, ATLAS, Mack Trucks, MEILLER Kipper, and Kenworth. Operate CAT's D8T crawler tractor, 430F2 backhoe or 745C dump truck, Palfinger's PK 27002 SH loading crane, Liebherr's 81K tower crane and LTM 1300 mobile crane, ATLAS' L310 wheel loader and Bell Equipment's B45E dump truck, as well as the T880 from Kenworth. Expand
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  1. Nov 6, 2019
    80
    Despite the small target-audience and poor camera controls in docked mode, Construction Simulator 2 exceeded my expectations. The game offers high replay incentive, no performance issues, and a lot of depth, especially for the price. It is also a newbie-friendly game if you aren’t too experienced in simulation titles. Even if construction isn’t your forte, it’s hard not to recommend picking this title up if you like the genre.
  2. Dec 4, 2019
    78
    The art and environmental design of the whole game really makes for a realistic experience I think anyone who plays this game is going to be pleasantly surprised by.
  3. 75
    Overall, this game is on the stronger side when compared to most other machine simulator titles out there. While it isn’t the smoothest or prettiest experience, Construction Simulator 2 has a decent amount of content with a good variety of experiences. So, if you’re ready to live out those aforementioned childhood memories of driving a big construction vehicle, this is a pretty decent way to get into it. While a little rough around the edges in some areas, Construction Simulator 2 manages to provide a mostly solid sim experience where it counts.
  4. Nov 24, 2019
    70
    Construction Simulator 2 is a celebration of the mundane; a relaxing game that reassures you with every repeated action as you patiently build your construction empire. And it achieves that with brilliance. It would be harsh to say the unpredictable driving ruins the reassuring regularity, but when every other nail has been hammered with such precision, this slight misstep sticks out like the sore thumb that the hammer hit instead. Still, this is a highly recommended way to spend a few weeks, despite that rather odd issue.
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  1. Nov 22, 2019
    8
    As a little kid, you might have harbored a childhood dream of being a firefighter, a cop, or a towtruck driver. If you ever wanted to be aAs a little kid, you might have harbored a childhood dream of being a firefighter, a cop, or a towtruck driver. If you ever wanted to be a construction worker, this game can help your inner child live that dream. Putting you in the shoes of a business owner fresh from starting their own company, you're tasked with learning an array of vehicles to help with various jobs.

    You start with a flatbed truck, performing various maneuvers: drive here, reverse here, park here, etc. The basics give you a solid foundation for the journey you're about to embark on. From small gardening jobs to collosal home construction, all the way to patch jobs for roads, Construction Simulator 2 gives a variety of tasks to complete using licensed vehicles that almost anyone can recognize.

    The controls are pretty solid, with the ability to call them up on screen at any time to remind yourself how to utilize a piece of equipment. This becomes almost necessary when you switch vehicles, because the controls are always pretty different. The camera is a little shaky, but once you gain your bearings you'll be completing objectives in no time. The game itself has a lot of optional tutorials, so for a newbie to Simulator titles like me, it was really handy to be able to utilize them when I needed to.

    When jobs are completed, you earn EXP and Credits, which can be used to buy or rent new vehicles or equipment, as well as facilitate repairs on your existing fleet. Once you reach certain EXP milestones, you level up and unlock access to new machines and areas to spread your business to, which becomes pretty addictive over time. I particularly enjoyed this unlock system because of the rewards for my efforts.

    Construction Simulator 2 is a solid career-based game, and one that even though I'm not hugely into the genre, I honestly enjoyed. You can pick it up on the Switch eShop for 19.99, which is a pretty budget-friendly price for such a detailed piece of software. Oh, and you get to be a dump truck. Who -doesn't- wanna be a dump truck?

    Pros:
    -A wide array of vehicles to operate
    -Controls can be listed on screen at almost any point in time
    -Pretty good accuracy to real life events and low price

    Cons:
    -Graphics are a bit dated
    -No real collision for some in-game objects make it okay to mess up, which cuts down on some of the realism.
    -Camera is a bitjanky

    Score: 8/10
    Construction Simulator 2 does a good job at immersing you in real world environments, with no real performance issues to note and a very good introduction for those not familiar with Simulator titles. This game was a really relaxing way to unwind, and even though I was doing literal WORK the entire time, it didn't feel like it at all.
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