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August 18, 2001
18 Wheeler: American Pro Trucker - Preview
Release Date Publisher Developer Anticipation Players Price

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Taking corners at speed is not easy.
One of the biggest games on Dreamcast during 2000, and on the Playstation 2 early this year, 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. Once again Acclaim's Cheltenham studios have the job or porting one of Sega's arcade games to the Playstation 2, and it looks like they are on track to devliver the goods again.

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Crazy Box styled games are included.
18 Wheeler should be 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. Probably not an easy thing considering the size of the truck form end to end.

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 almost 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.
18 Wheeler may not have the initial appeal or the instant pick up and play aspect found in Sega's Crazy Taxi, but that doesn't mean it won't be as exciting. This is one game that will be hard to ignore when it is finally released here in late November. Once again Acclaim seem to be constantly delaying the release of their Sega title, but that should mean that 18 Wheeler: American Pro Trucker is the best it can be on the system. If your a petrol head, or just out for a good time, then this should keep you happy for quite a while. Unfortunately, it's extremely unlikely that anyone will release a large truck styled steering wheel for the game. Sigh.