[PlayStation 4] SnowRunner Review

by the_nmac

Get in your truck and take on the snowy tundra, completing contracts that only you can handle. Check out our SnowRunner review!

Get ready for the next-generation off-road experience!

SnowRunner puts you in the driver’s seat of powerful vehicles as you conquer extreme open environments with the most advanced terrain simulation ever. Drive 40 vehicles from brands such as Ford, Chevrolet, and Freightliner as you leave your mark on an untamed open world.

Overcome mud, torrential waters, snow, and frozen lakes while taking on perilous contracts and missions. Expand and customize your fleet with many upgrades and accessories including an exhaust snorkel for heavy waters or chain tires to battle the snow.

Ride solo or with other players in 4-player co-operative!
• Face extreme environments in a highly advanced physics engine
• 40 unique vehicles to unlock, upgrade, and customize
• Complete dozens of challenging missions across an interconnected world
• Go solo or play with other players in 4-player co-op

SnowRunner – Launch Trailer

SnowRunner is the spiritual successor to Spintires: MudRunner. Spintires: MudRunner was an interesting take on the racing genre since it didn’t really involve any racing per se, focusing on completing jobs in some of the worst wilderness out there. How do you up the ante on the dangers of the wilderness? You add snow! This leads us to SnowRunner on the PlayStation 4.

SnowRunner, like its predecessor, puts you in charge of some of the largest vehicles out there. You have some cargo that needs to be transported, and it’s up to you to brave the terrain plot, your route and make it in one piece. It’s not about speed, but making it across the terrain instead. As a simulation, SnowRunner somehow finds a way to be very deep yet accessible, which is a tough thing to achieve.

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You have three open areas to explore, including Alaska, Michigan, and Taymyr (Russia). They are open areas, and there are watchtowers which you will find that will open up more areas of the games. The maps are the true star of the show, and part of why SnowRunner is such a revolution from the previous entries. All of them are untamed areas for you to visit, and you need to carefully plot your way through the different environments. There is a serene beauty in them as well, with everything presenting its own unique look and feel, not to mention that the game looked gorgeous on my PlayStation 4 Pro. I sometimes took a step back just to enjoy the environment!

What really impressed me though, was the way the environments themselves reacted to the vehicle and the weather. You can create trails as you drive through, which is awesome, making future runs easier, but when rain and snow hit, it could potentially wipe out any progress made. The weather always found a way to keep the gameplay interesting as you tackled the areas. When I was getting bad weather, it actually made the gameplay a little more fun overall.

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There are over 40 different vehicles for you to play as with actual brand sponsoring behind them, which means vehicles from CAT, Ford, and more. You will go from small vans to enormous 18 wheelers, and each vehicle feels unique and handles differently.
As you play and complete contracts, you’ll be able to upgrade your vehicles, which makes for a great gameplay loop that will keep you coming back for more.

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Final Thoughts

SnowRunner was a very interesting experience, which I had a ton of fun with. It’s a slow-paced game, but in a really unique way, forcing you to think about how you are going to progress through the environment. It looks gorgeous as well and is a huge step up from previous entries in the overall franchise. If you’re looking for a slower-paced drive that challenges you while also making you feel rewarded with every good decision you make, then you should definitely give SnowRunner a shot.

This SnowRunner review is based on a PlayStation 4 copy provided by Focus Home Interactive.

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