April 21, 2001
18 Wheeler American Pro Trucker - Preview
Release Date Publisher Developer Rating Players RRP
June 2001Sega (DC),
Acclaim (PS2)
Sega (DC),
Acclaim (PS2)

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Taking corners at speed is not easy.
One of the biggest games on Dreamcast during 2000 was Sega's Crazy Taxi. Its sense of speed and excitement is amazing, and the gameplay superb. What could possibly beat driving a taxi through the city? Well, how about racing through cities with an 18-wheel truck full of cargo to be delivered within a set time limit. Not only that, but 18 Wheeler: American Pro Trucker includes competing trucks who try to beat you to the destination to deliver their cargo first. Throw in some online gameplay (hopefully) and you end up with one of the hottest titles expected this year, on both Dreamcast and Playstation 2.

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Crazy Box styled games are included.
That's the general idea behind 18 Wheeler, and it is one hell of a ride. The controls are very similar to Crazy Taxi and you can be pretty sure that 18 Wheeler will also include many sub-games to complete similar to the Crazy Box mode in Crazy Taxi. In fact, one of the first mini-games announced is a parking game where you have to pull up you rig within a small box.

Naturally, driving a huge truck means that accelerating takes a little longer then with a car but trying to control such a huge truck is a lot of fun. Graphically, 18 Wheeler is a little more detailed then the game world found in Crazy Taxi, and even that game is quite impressive. This is exactly what you would expect from a game being released a year later. One difference, as previously mentioned, is that the game seems to run at slower pace due to the nature of the large trucks.

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Complete the mission to earn money.
Sega have announced that 18 Wheeler: American Pro Trucker will be playable online in Japan so you can race your friends to deliver the goods. While indications from the Future Gamez Cover Art special indicates that the PAL version would retain this feature, Sega America have recently announced that it will be an offline game only. This is one game that will be hard to ignore when it is finally released here around June. 18 Wheeler: American Pro Trucker proves that quality software is still heading to the Dreamcast well into this year. Unfortunately, it's extremely unlikely that anyone will release a large truck styled steering wheel for the game. Sigh.