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Locked In Quarantine? Hit The Roads By Playing American Truck Simulator

For many Americans, nothing beats the allure of revving up your car engine, pulling the windows down, driving down the open road and seeing America by the window of the driver’s seat. America’s wide plains and deserts along with its rocky inner states are simply built for driving, which is why so many songs talk about it. Heck, there was even a Disney movie made about it, starring a cocky race car named Lightning McQueen.

Unfortunately, not everyone can live the dream of driving from one sleepy town to the next, and in the wake of America going under quarantine thanks to some pesky virus, even wandering souls are forced to sit at home and self-isolate.

Which is why thank goodness for video games, especially ones that let you live out your dream. So for those itching for a drive, you may want to give American Truck Simulator a go. Released on PC and Mac sometime back in 2016, and plays exactly like its title: You are a truck driver, and you spend the entirety of the game driving around in a truck.

Surprisingly enough, it’s a lot more nuanced than its contemporaries, best captured by the fact that it’s both immersive and relaxing. You’re simply a truck driver completing long hauls and carrying cargo from one city to the next, and a lot of it is meant to be as realistic as they are relaxing. The trucks are long and immersive, the cities are large (and for the most part, are actually accurate) and you can even load your own songs into the game, to make it as immersive as possible.

It also provides options: Turning the difficulty up makes it an actual simulator, while turning it down makes the whole game a breeze to sift, we mean, drive-through. It’s also open, letting players play it the way they want, even if that means buying more trucks and hiring new drivers, or just plainly stepping on the gas and driving around.

So if you want a relaxing experience, or just miss that daily commute because of the quarantine, then this game might just scratch your itch.

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