The Half Elf wrote on Nov 28, 2020, 00:24:
While this is not a BAD game, I beg you to get Snowrunner while it's on sale instead. Snowrunner is to Mudrunner what Witcher 3 is to Witcher 1.
Snowrunner is a bigger and more complex game. I enjoyed it, but I started to find the puzzle and micro managing aspects quite tedious after a while. eg: you need to find lumber, concrete blocks and pipes. Oh but the bridge is out so first you need concrete slabs and I beams, oh, but they're on the other side of a rockfall, so you need to deal with that first. And you spend half the time looking for trucks, or truck parts, or how to get an abandoned truck out of a bad place. And you have to save money for upgrades, and then sometimes make tedious part choices. The list of tires alone is daunting. There's a whole wiki with traction ratings for the tires.
I really just like to go into a zen mode and drive stuff around, and just enjoy the driving challenge without the other complexities, so I'm enjoying Mudrunner.
My feeling is that the original designer wanted a simpler game, while the publisher (who broke off and did Snowrunner) wanted something more complex, and thus they parted ways.
My recommendation would be to play this game first, since it's free. If it whets your appetite but you want a deeper game with more variety, a micro management track, doing jobs to grind for money, and RPG aspects (as in finding or buying equipment to improve your vehicles) then move up to Snowrunner.
- Mudrunner starts with decent vehicles. Snowrunner starts you with crap vehicles you need to upgrade by finding parts and spending money you earn from jobs.
- Mudrunner has a muddier (pun intended) brown/gray look to it with dim lighting. They use haze/fog to, probably, keep the distance drawing down which makes it easy on GPU hardware, and adds a touch of mystery when you can't see what's over the next hill. Snowrunner is bright and colorful and has a huge visual range. It's definitely prettier.
- To me, subjectively, I like the physics in Mudrunner slightly better. Handling, balance, and traction feels a bit more intuitive. I notice a much bigger difference in traction playing with the range of low gears than I do in Snowrunner.
- The trees in Snowrunner are FRAGILE. Seriously. It's annoying how easy it is to break or uproot a tree with your winch, while in Mudrunner they are much sturdier. I also like the way the winch works in Mudrunner better. The winch in Snowrunner has always been a bit wonky.
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