Saturday, March 14, 2020

Eric Vs. 365 - Day 258 - Mudrunner

Mudrunner (or Spintires if you're a wanker) is surprisingly like pinball. No, not because you lose control and smash your vehicle between a bunch of trees. It's like pinball in that both Mudrunner and pinball seem like your only goal is to survive, but real players know that there are actual objectives to complete. Wow, that's an awkward opening, but we're keeping it! Read more on Mudrunner and watch gameplay here.

See, the funny thing about that opening paragraph is that in the video I made for Mudrunner I didn't actually do any objectives! Ha ha ha! Really, you're supposed to haul loads of fuel or logs or whatever across the map through marshes and muddy nonsense nobody has any business driving through. But instead of that I just drove a Ford F-150 and Chevy Blazer around until I wrecked them. 

Mudrunner is kind of a weird game, honestly. It can be incredibly satisfying when everything goes right, but things can go wrong ridiculously quickly, too. That isn't a good thing when one bad decision can erase hours of effort. It's fun, but also super stressful. I can't decide if I love it or hate it. 

It's also kind of like Dark Souls (lolz) in that it is intentionally awkward to ramp up the difficulty. The vehicles control absolutely terribly to the point that just driving straight down a paved road is way more challenging than it has any right to be. What if Mudrunner actually felt good to play and was responsive and not awkward and crap? The world will never know. I assume the sequel, Snowrunner, will play the same but who knows.