SnowRunner reminded me how much I miss driving

I don’t consider myself to be a big driver and neither am I a big fan of cars, but I like to drive. My vacation usually goes a bit on that. I say  » Where do you want to go Can you get there by car?“And if the answer to the second is yes, my double joy.

Taking the kids to Disneyland? Are we going on the road to the Côte d’Azur? Nice to meet you. Honeymoon? To travel the West Coast and join Route 66, please. No matter he speaks, with a good soundtrack or alone and in complete silence, give me a steering wheel and an entertaining ride and you will do me the happiest person in the world.

Adventure to the known

Hinting at that of ‘you don’t know what you have until you lose it’ it is only now, weeks after driving the car for trips of just over five minutes, that I noticed how much I miss throwing myself on the road having planted a point on the map.

Guilty? A SnowRunner who, despite having little or no connection to a vacation trip, took me on those remote American roads full of dangerous curves, huge star-drenched skies and nature as my only endeavor.

For those who don’t know, SnowRunner crashes us on three open world maps (Alaska and Michigan, from the United States, and Taymyr, from Russia) with a relatively simple premise: drive where you wouldn’t dare.

With the premise of exploring the map to discover new transport missions and expanding your catalog of vehicles, mostly trucks and trucks, transporting the beams and planks needed to build a bridge is always a challenge that understands little speed and wandering.

Mountains of snow to get stuck in, rivers with enough force to drag you along, and mudflats where the wheels sink deeper with each new run. It’s difficult, complicated, and as you might have already imagined in the introduction, it’s also very satisfaying.

I didn’t know where to go except everywhere

I recognize that I play my ball and that I usually only go on a mission for tasks that involve innovate or invite reach distant places. In the few hours that I’ll be with him, I’ll have completed five or six missions, but most of the first two maps no longer have fog covering them.

As in real life, place a point on the map and try to get there intuitively, using detours and this terrifying as well as thrilling  » Let’s see where this path takes us”, It has become the perfect pastime for the last days. And, just like in real life, both what you discover when you arrive and what you experience on the road never disappoint.

A new tower to further clarify the map, improved transmission lost between trees and lakes, a new truck that will allow me to travel in mud with more comfort, or even a summit that will allow me to see everything in flight of bird. It’s simple, it’s efficient and, behind these four walls and with the soundtrack I prepared for the Mother Road loop, extremely effective escape therapy.

Driving through the United States shows you just how wrong you think you knew about the country and its people, and the idea of ​​bustling big cities like New York or Los Angeles soon shows a much wilder face. , more open and more user-friendly. One of those trips that, especially by car, I will never tire of recommending.

In comparison with SnowRunner I would love to see more cities that serve as points of interest on their maps, other vehicles on the road, and the ability to relive every moment when an animal that crossed the road to salute in front of the headlights, but I am generally also not pedigree this conformist and, in this case, SnowRunner I don’t have the strength to demand much more from him.