Construction Simulator 2 Review – Nintendo Switch
If you’ve been following GameOctane, you know that I love me some Simulation games. Theme parks, hospitals, farming, buses, it doesn’t matter, I am intrigued by all of them. For one, to be a realistic simulator like Construction Simulator 2, it takes a lot of research and knowledge of how the equipment works and what job duties it can perform. Construction Simulator 2 does a fairly decent job of taking this real-life simulator and puts it in your hands.
The game starts off with a quick setup of you choosing a name, company name and look. There is some sort of story dialog in which the profile of your character you choose will pop up during the conversations. The dialog surprised me, I wasn’t expecting it and it helped get into the mindset of playing the game. Right after you decide you want to run the best construction company ever, they throw you behind the wheel. The tutorial was pretty decent, it explained buttons, jobs, how to reset your vehicle, among other great info. It didn’t just tell you, it showed you, which helped a lot.
Once you’re done with the tutorial, you’re free to play however you want. There’s a list of jobs you can job on, but you may not have the proper equipment right off the bat. What is nice is that you don’t need to buy all of the equipment, you also have the option to rent the equipment as well saving some money if you aren’t focusing on a lot of jobs that would need, say a dump truck. Once you have the proper vehicle for the job, there’s one more step to do before working, getting to the worksite.
Traveling is a job in itself in this game. You have to obey all traffic laws, don’t speed through speed traps, or run red lights. Every infraction you receive you will also get a fine. If you are short on time but high on funds, you can also deduct 500 credits to auto warp to the work site if you’d like. There is a map and radar for getting around, but man I didn’t care for the radar. It was hard to read and with today’s games that when you set a waypoint it draws a line either on the map to right on the road for directions, Construction Simulator 2 failed to do so. I was constantly looking at the radar trying to see what direction I needed to go as there was no other alert besides a waypoint icon on the edge of the radar.
Eventually, you go from digging holes and filling holes with gravel to more complex and awesome things. Like using cranes to lift materials for housing, repairing roads, pouring cement, or even using a massive crane to get tens of stories up! Playing through the game will reward you with some fun challenges with some of these massive equipment you have at your disposal.
I had a few gameplay issues as well as visual issues. Projects were difficult to complete as you could never know what “complete” meant. This wasn’t a lot, but it happened enough to get frustrating. One time I went to the store to buy a pallet of pipe. I went and did so, and when I did a pallet of pipe glitched and flew away. I was able to pick it up, but the game still wanted me to buy a pallet of the pipe when I already did so. There were other issues that I came across, they weren’t game-breaking…just frustrating. Luckily resetting your vehicle fixed many of my issues of being stuck.
Visually the game looked good. The equipment looked like it’s the real-life counterpart. It also functioned as it should as well. I mean put more than 40 officially licensed construction vehicles from companies like Caterpillar and Mack Trucks. They look and function great!
If you are a simulator fan like myself or wanted the opportunity to be able to get behind a backhoe, Construction Simulator 2 can do that for you. Although it isn’t perfect, it does a decent job of how the construction equipment works and getting you at the front desk at a construction company, and give you some fun along the way.
Note: GameOctane received a digital code from the publisher for the purpose of reviewing this game. Any code or product intended for reviews is distributed to the team to review and stream for our audience.
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+ Huge, fun, licensed equipment you can "play" with
+ Jobs are realistic
+ Visually pleasing
+ Feel like a kid again playing with dump trucks!
- Completing jobs aren't all that clear
- Some visual and technical bugs
- Slow paced, you are driving big machines...