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Spintires: Chernobyl's new teaser gives off Death Stranding vibes

Spintires: Chernobyl looks pretty gloomy, as you might expect from a sim about trudging through the muddy Exclusion Zone with only your truck for company. It's due out in a week and you can get a glimpse of it in action in the teaser above. 

There's a hint of the post-apocalypse about it, and combined with all the cargo deliveries, I'm getting a Death Stranding vibe. Maybe I've just been playing too much Death Stranding. It's more than just a superficial similarity, though, and it's not just the Chernobyl expansion.  

Like Death Stranding, Spintires' environment is the biggest obstacle. The uneven, muddy ground creates a lot of problems for heavy trucks, just as the rocky Icelandic terrain of post-apocalyptic North America poses a problem for Sam. The bulk of the game is just finding the best route to your destination, and in both cases the experience is oddly meditative. You won't have to look after a weird, magic baby in Spintires, though, which is a relief. Being a dad is too stressful. 

If going for a drive in the Exclusion Zone sounds like a treat, you'll be able to grab Spintires: Chernobyl when it launches on Steam on December 13. 

Fraser Brown

Fraser is the UK online editor and has actually met The Internet in person. With over a decade of experience, he's been around the block a few times, serving as a freelancer, news editor and prolific reviewer. Strategy games have been a 30-year-long obsession, from tiny RTSs to sprawling political sims, and he never turns down the chance to rave about Total War or Crusader Kings. He's also been known to set up shop in the latest MMO and likes to wind down with an endlessly deep, systemic RPG. These days, when he's not editing, he can usually be found writing features that are 1,000 words too long. He thinks labradoodles are the best dogs but doesn't get to write about them much.