Review: Spintires: Mudrunner – American Wilds Expansion (DLC)

Review: Spintires: Mudrunner - American Wilds Expansion (DLC)

Platforms:

  • PlayStation 4
  • Xbox One
  • Nintendo Switch
  • PC

Platform/Hardware Used:

  • PSN Download
  • PS4 Pro
  • HDTV

Extras:

  • DualShock 4 Required (1)
  • Move None
Title: Spintires: Mudrunner – American Wilds Expansion
Format: PSN (1.9 GB)
Release Date: October 23, 2018
Publisher: Focus Home Interactive
Developer: Saber Interactive
Original MSRP: $9.99 (US), €9.99 (EU), £7.99 (UK)
ESRB Rating: E
PEGI: 3
A copy of this game was provided by the publisher for review purposes.
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Review of the Original Game:
Review: MudRunner: A Spintires Game (PS4)

Spintires: Mudrunner – American Wilds is the latest expansion for the challenging and intricate exploration of off-road haulage through demanding landscapes. The main game received an excellent score from me but it did have a few small issues.

Gameplay:
Spintires: Mudrunner – American Wilds doesn’t try to reinvent anything about the game, the controls and handling remain just as they were, the insane physics and mud deformation are still intact. Maybe intact is the wrong word?

The water displacement in the two new maps looks just as awesome as it did in the main game. So, what has changed? Well, nothing and I’m completely fine with that. Grizzly Creek and Mount Longmore do look a little different than the other maps, but not by a large margin. In fact, in a few spots, I wouldn’t be able to differentiate between them.

Review: Spintires: Mudrunner - American Wilds Expansion (DLC) Review: Spintires: Mudrunner - American Wilds Expansion (DLC)

At least some of the vehicles are new and fans of this tricky game will be delighted to see brands like Ford, Hummer, and Chevrolet. It didn’t take long for me to find the nine new rides and trash a few of them. One went into a deep river and the other fell down the side of a hill.

American Wilds doesn’t really offer any drastic changes. Maybe others might notice more of a difference but personally, it just feels like more of the same with some American flags tacked on. I suppose the new rides and four extra Trophies are good enough for the diehard fans.

Visuals:
Spintires: Mudrunner – American Wilds retains the unique feel and look of the main game and throws a nice quaint American Town to drive through complete with an abundance of flags, an Irish pub, a coffee shop, and signs pointing to a non-existent multi-story car park. There’s also that unsettling ghost-town stillness. Yes, these maps don’t feature any people either.

I still love the Trophy pop-up with smoke billowing out behind it, and as I mentioned in the main review, I wish more games would make the effort when it comes to showing off our accomplishments.

Audio:
No new music is offered in this expansion but I wouldn’t typically know it if there was as I keep the music off. This game is all about hearing the sound of the engine, the crack of branches and stone under the heavy weight of the monstrous vehicles, the rush of water as it surrounds the cab, and the gentle sounds of the unseen wildlife that flee as I press my loud horn.

Online/Multiplayer:
The online functionality remains, with the choice of searching through the public lobbies or creating your own. Searching can be awkward as the list refreshes every now and again, kicking you back to the start. Most attempts at joining still resulted in timing-out unless I managed to find a game still in the lobby.

Review: Spintires: Mudrunner - American Wilds Expansion (DLC) Review: Spintires: Mudrunner - American Wilds Expansion (DLC)

Conclusion:
Spintires: Mudrunner – American Wilds is still a challenging and intricate test of off-road haulage through demanding landscapes where the slightest lapse in concentration could end in disaster. A few issues and quirks take some getting used to, but the rewarding nature of the game more than makes up for any problems.

However, this expansion does not offer drastically different locations compared to what I’ve already played in the main game, but it does have some nice new vehicles that fans have been asking for. This new content is great for people who love the game but it isn’t really a necessity for newcomers.

Score:
7.5

* All screenshots used in this review were taken directly from the game using the Share functionality on the PlayStation 4.

Written by Chazz Harrington

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