Construction Simulator 2 US Console Edition – Review
Follow Genre: Simulator
Developer: Weltenbauer
Publisher: Astragon Entertainment
Platform: Xbox One, PS4
Tested on: PS4

Construction Simulator 2 US Console Edition – Review

Site Score
7.0
Good: Highly realistic.
Bad: Everything is so slow.
User Score
8.0
(3 votes)
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Construction work requires strong people working in harsh conditions in order to fulfill the wishes of clients. Without these men and women we’d all still be living in caves and driving on dirt roads. There is such a variety of things to do in the jobs available that you will know what to do in Construction Simulator 2. This game has been developed by Weltenbauer and is published by Astragon Entertainment. The game has been released on Xbox One and PlayStation 4.

Story

The game starts with a character and company of your choice and since this is all new you will need to be certified first. A whole world opens right in front of you as you step inside the construction training center. This is where you learn the ropes to be a good contractor. After the course you recruit a veteran mason that guides you through the first job. Eventually the training wheels come off and you are left free to explore, build and work your company to the top. As the game is set in a remote village where you are the only contractor around, nothing will hold you back. The story is brought by these side-by-side conversations between the player and the other person.

Graphics

All the simulator games that are out there seemingly have one thing in common, namely the developers decide to put more resources in gameplay rather than make the game look astonishing. This doesn’t mean that the graphics suck, they look smooth but feel simple. Environments are really bland and repetitive but there is a good variation of vehicles since this is the core of the game. There is some attention given to fine details so graphically everything feels like it’s been properly designed, but it will not immediately blow your socks off.

Sound

Yippie Ki-Yay is the feeling that you get from the atmosphere present in the game, as its main setting is located in one of the more southern states of the United States. In the background a soft country melody plays that reminds you of the hot sun, sweet lemonade and hospitality. Although there isn’t that much special about the sound effects, as the game uses standardized sounds, this is not really a stumbling block.

Gameplay

Construction Simulator 2 US Console Edition is, as the title implies, a simulator game that allows the player to build and fix all sorts of construction works. Ranging from roads to houses, no task is too big or too small for your company. At first you are instructed how everything works in the Training Centre. You start as a complete greenhorn and luckily Pete will teach you everything you need to know. Upon passing the exam you will go down the road into a remote village that is in dire need of a construction company and you will start a small job to wrap the tutorial up.

Commandeering a wide range of vehicles means having to know a ton of different controls, this goes from working the arms of a bulldozer to lifting stuff onto the truck’s flatbed using the crane. Thankfully you can always check the controls with a simple push of the button. Everything is very realistic, this can become annoying for some jobs. The developers have put a reset switch just in case you don’t want to waste precious time fine-tuning each little component. Feeling as real as it gets is what thrives this simulator to be as precise as possible. Tasks that may look simple can take minutes for an untrained person, yet when you get the hang of the controllers you will notice that the hard tasks become simple but still challenging enough to be fun and time consuming.

The game offers many jobs to do in the city but you will need to work your way up there. As a prime example; after finishing the tutorial you can start by making some easy money by transporting goods for other companies, or start building a whole house. To do so you must have all the right tools and materials to work with and guess what? You don’t. You can either get out a big loan from the bank or do delivery jobs, work your way up to construction jobs and save up some cash for the big deals.

Conclusion

If you want to experience working in construction without breaking your back, sweating your head off or crashing a bulldozer into a house, this game might be ideal for you. The game is very realistic and well made, the music sets a sweet mood but the graphics feel a bit boring. If this is a job that interests you it will be worth it, if you just want to try it out, wait until it goes on sale or try it out somewhere, because it is time consuming.

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Construction Simulator 2 US Console Edition – Review, 8.0 out of 10 based on 3 ratings
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