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18 Wheeler American Pro Trucker might make a good rental game, but make sure you play it at a buddy's house before you buy.
70 (Dec 12, 2001)
18 Wheeler: American Pro Trucker für die PlayStation 2 ist gegenüber der Dreamcast-Version zwar etwas schöner geworden, doch auch die PS2-Version ist wesentlich zu kurz, um Euer Interesse für längere Zeit zu halten. Wer nicht gerade ein ausgesprochener Truckerfan ist, sollte lieber den Truck gegen ein Taxi tauschen und zu der sehr guten Arcade-Umsetzung Crazy Taxi greifen, oder zu den bekannten Autorennspielen à la Gran Turismo 3 oder Burnout. 18 Wheeler ist ein weiteres gutes Beispiel dafür, dass sich ein gutes Arcade-Spiel nicht ohne weiteres auf eine Konsole retten kann.
Playzone (Jan 18, 2002)
Seit den Zeiten, in denen Manfred Krug "Auf Achse" war, wurde für die Trucker nicht mehr allzu viel Lobbyarbeit geleistet. Auch 18 Wheeler lässt die LKW-Fahrer eher als rasende Rowdys dastehen. Kurzfristig macht es natürlich Spaß, mit einem 30-Tonner durch den Gegenverkehr zu heizen. Leider ist das Spiel aber zu schell durchgespielt und die zusätzlichen Spielmodi können auch nicht lange fesseln. Solange es bei solchen Spielen keine integrierten Truckertreffen mit Stripperinnen gibt, fröne ich lieber anderen Lastern.
GameSpot (Nov 15, 2001)
18 Wheeler American Pro Trucker on the PlayStation 2 looks a bit more polished than the Dreamcast version, but much like that game, it is too short to hold your interest for very long.
Gamezilla (Dec 17, 2001)
From start to finish 18 Wheeler is disappointing. Poor quality graphics and a really short game length make this one worth a definite miss. If the graphics had been closer to matching the quality of the arcade version it would have been worth getting for fans, but even those who love the arcade version will want to skip the PlayStation 2 release. If you really want to play 18 Wheeler either hit the arcades or find the Dreamcast version of the game and find a cheap used Dreamcast -- you’ll enjoy it more.
Gaming Target (Jan 10, 2002)
If you're in the mood for a racing game on the PlayStation 2, American Pro Trucker isn't really the best of racing titles to choose from for a home console. But, if you have played and enjoyed the original in the arcades, and you do own a PlayStation 2, then you might find that owning the title will suit your fancy like it did once before. However, with very little replay value, and with very little initiative play value for even a first time through experiencing the game, 18-Wheeler: American Pro Trucker is better off as a rental title that should be passed by if you're looking to purchase a game without even glancing back on it once.
Only rednecks, road hogs, and mental midgets will find excitement in 18 Wheeler. Plodding along in a truck that feels like it's barely moving isn't CVG's idea of fun, and with only four short levels, 18 Wheeler is a bulky blunder. Okay, it looks fantastic, the characters are funky, there's loads going on and the concept of smashing up highways with a view to delivering your cargo in time is sound. But the gameplay is full of holes. The routes on each level are painfully linear, the challenges undynamic and the replay value is almost non-existent. Even multiplayer is a chore.
Some arcade games make for great home conversions – Sega's Crazy Taxi being an obvious example – but 18 Wheeler should have stayed as a coin-op curio, because the home version is a scandalous embarrassment.
Game Critics (Jul 09, 2001)
To sum things up, the developers tried to implement the same kind of fast paced and frantic action that Crazy Taxi rode to success in 18-Wheeler. The problem is that driving a truck isnt the same hyper-kinetic experience as driving a taxi. Driving a truck has more to do with control and pacing. 18-Wheeler fails to understand that and delivers a game that feels false. I understand that releasing a suitable steering wheel controller for the game was unlikely and reinventing the game mechanics from the arcade version is unrealistic, so I question why Sega even bothered to release 18-Wheeler with all its inadequacies to begin with.