18 Wheeler APT
Review of 18 Wheeler APT
18 Wheeler has four main playing modes Arcade, Score Attack, Parking, and Versus – 2 player mode. Here is the story; I started off with the arcade mode. The goal is to lug your load to a certain destination, for example NY to Key West. Clearing each stage within the time limit will win money and if done before another rival truck, the player can earn bonus rounds. I need to say this right now - just about everything in this game is freaking timed even picking a truck. Talk about pressure!
Once the player picks a truck and track the game will load and the clock begins. The player needs to get on the ball quickly because there is no time to waste. Tick-tock, tick-tock – and I am still trying to figure out how the hell to get this Rig to move. I usually just jump into a game without reading the manual so it took me a minute to figure out that the damn accelerator was accomplished with the R2 and shifting is done with the X button. I have already lost very valuable time at this point. Now I am cruising down the highway gaining nice speed and vigorously trying to catch up, and you guessed it…time was up, GAME OVER. Now I am flustered, the count down begins once again, now pressuring me to restart the game, taunting me with one-liners. Mamameea! I thought work was stressful (yes, reviewing games CAN be stressful).
Score attack mode was a little more pleasant. Pick an 18 wheeler and take if for a drag down the highway, bash as many bonus cars as possible, and rack up the bucks. Now that is more like it!! The bonus cars explode on contact. There are also many obstacles on the roads to keep things challenging as well as on-coming traffic. Shifting is a fact of life in the 18 wheeler world and the player will hear this often during gameplay, SHIFT UP, SHIFT DOWN. It is hard to believe that there is an actual Parking Mode that cracked me up. The Parking mode is exactly that. Park the truck in the allotted time or loose. I fail to see the excitement in this so I am once again on a downward spiral. Hey, if you want to torment your friends ask them to play with you in the verses mode, hehe!
All the modes offer the same four 18 Wheelers; Steam Line, Asphalt Cowboy, Highway Cat, Long Horn. Additionally, the Score attack mode offers a selection of trailers to haul like the log trailer, fuel tanker, big rig, dump trailer, and cable car.
On the brighter side of things, the graphics are not too shabby. The cars and trucks even had working blinkers and brake lights. The trucks displayed good animation with detailed designs showing character. Like the Long Horn truck had tusks sticking out of the hood. Dust and sand kicks up when cruising off-road, smoke is coming out of the trucks pipes and sun glare can be seen on other vehicles. The texture work on the vehicles is also nice and solid but does nothing to raise the bar like some of the more recent PS2 titles.
There is not much to say about the audio. Here it is in a nut-shell, Horns are honking, demolition type sounds here and there, and there are quite a few cutesy sayings like WHEN YOUR HOT YOUR HOT BABY!
OUR PLEDGE: We promise that we have fully played '18 Wheeler APT' before writing this review. The scores given above are our honest opinion and were not influenced in any way by the manufacturer or distributor of the game.
This review was written by Loretta Mattie © Absolute PlayStation
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