Big Mutha Truckers 2 Review

You wonder how some games are ever released.  You then wonder how that game got the go ahead for a sequel.  Sometimes a game has a better chance at making a profit going for the “value” sector of the market.  Apparently that was the case with Big Mutha Truckers, as it has spawned the appropriately named sequel Big Mutha Truckers 2.

In Big Mutha Truckers 2, you play one of four characters driving a big rig.  Your “ma” is on trial for buying and selling â€œspecial commodities.” Your objective is to raise money to bribe jurors on your ma’s jury.  You do this by buying, transporting, and selling goods, as well as taking on special missions.

Obviously, graphics aren’t the focus of a game like this, and it’s not the focus of the games.  As you probably guessed, the graphics have low-polygon counts.  In fact, the models look like something from the Playstation or Nintendo 64 era.  However, there has been some surprising detail to some of the textures used.  Characters have tattoos all over them, and the environments have a different looks to them, even though they still look a bit flat.  This isn’t Ninja Gaiden.

The environments while driving aren’t very good looking.  The the roadways relatively empty, and the backgrounds are sparse.  Granted, you’ll be able to tell the difference between driving into a city with bright lights similar to Las Vegas compared to driving into a city that looks like Hicksville.

It’s actually a bit surprising to hear licensed music on the soundtrack for a game like this.  However, there are actual independent rock and country bands on the album.  These comprise the “radio stations” that are available in the game.  This is a nice touch.

The voiceovers of the bartenders and other characters in the game are all different and match their settings.  Richer towns have a more sophisticated bartender, while towns of lesser repute have bartenders that sound like they are hopped up on moonshine.

The sound effects are a bit sparse.  While hitting objects on the road with your rig or trailer, a crash rocks the area.  However, there aren’t many sounds from the environment.  All of the crashes sound the same, and all cars have the same horn.

Control while driving the rig is relatively simple.  The left thumbstick and D-pad drives the rig while the right thumbstick swings the trailer.  The right trigger accelerates while the left trigger brakes.  A activates your Nitro, Y changes the radio station, and B honks your horn.  The white button changes cameras, and the black button looks back.

While fans of racing games won’t have any problems with the controls scheme, the game could control a bit easier.  The game is very arcadish, but because of the trailer behind you, it’s difficult to steer.  While this is part of the challenge of the game, it would be nice to have a tutorial on driving the rig.

The main point of the Trial By Trucking story mode is to accumulate money to drive from town to town, raising money to bribe jurors in your ma’s case.  It sure does seem like word on your ma’s impending jail time has gotten around, because it seems like everyone you talk to knows about your ma’s predicament.

You can choose one of four characters.  This really doesn’t have any effect on how the game plays, but you might get a different reaction in how the bar owners respond to your questions and the voice actor used.

You go into a store and buy items, from goods to trade to upgrades for your rig to nitros for your travels.  When buying items, you can look at a chart that shows the price in the town you are in and other towns.  If a bar in the chart is green, then it means that you can sell it in that town for a profit.  If the bar is red, selling in that town is a loss.

In each town, you are able to go to a bar and get special missions to complete.  These missions include driving a celebrity around town or picking up aliens.  You get extra cash for completing these missions.

During the driving portion, you try to earn a bonus by getting to the next city within a specific time limit.  You can also increase that bonus by causing car crashes, avoiding UFO probes, escaping police cars, giving rides to hobos, and completing parking challenge bonuses.  However, keeping that rig on the road and making the bonus in time is a challenge, and often it will be difficult to pick up any kind of bonus.  Not only that, but it is difficult to make a profit early in the game because of the amount of money you start out with in the game.  You can gamble in the casino in every town if you want to try to make money that way.  All the driving gets kind of old fast.  It doesn’t help that driving from one city to another doesn’t take more than a couple of minutes.

There are only a few more modes available in the game.  The Mission Mode lets you play the special missions that you have already played in the story mode.  The Gallery has the bonuses that you might have unlocked.

BMT2 has a few things going for it.  It is only $20, and it will take you quite a while to complete the game because of how long it will take you to raise the money to bribe the jurors.  However, this game is basically a one-trick pony, and when it is one that gets old real quick, you’ll lay it on the shelf or trade it in as fast as you can.  The lack of modes also drags down the score. I was surprised to see a sequel for Big Mutha Truckers, and while it can be fun in short spurts, there are so many better games out there that it is hard to recommend this game.  If you like Redneck jokes and the idea of taking short trips in a big rig, you might get a kick out of this game.  However, you’ll probably be better taking a pass on this game.

Ron Burke is the Editor in Chief for Gaming Trend. Currently living in Fort Worth, Texas, Ron is an old-school gamer who enjoys CRPGs, action/adventure, platformers, music games, and has recently gotten into tabletop gaming. Ron is also a fourth degree black belt, with a Master's rank in Matsumura Seito Shōrin-ryū, Moo Duk Kwan Tang Soo Do, Universal Tang Soo Do Alliance, and International Tang Soo Do Federation. He also holds ranks in several other styles in his search to be a well-rounded fighter. Ron has been married to Gaming Trend Editor, Laura Burke, for 21 years. They have three dogs - Pazuzu (Irish Terrier), Atë, and Calliope (both Australian Kelpie/Pit Bull mixes).
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