Get behind the wheel in Spintires: MudRunner's first gameplay trailer

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I'm not normally into driving sims, but off-roader Spintires: Mudrunner has really got its towing hooks into me with a new gameplay trailer. It shows off the game's giant trucks in action as they make their way through bogged-down routes to deliver their loads, stopping on the way to repair vehicles by the roadside or tow jeeps out of rivers.

The developers released a cinematic trailer (opens in new tab) a month ago but this is the first proper look we're getting at the game in action. It shows off two player perspectives: one in first-person that ramps up the realism but also the difficulty (not being able to see all four wheels will be tricky), and a third-person view. The UI shifts when you change perspective, displaying most of the information you need on the dashboard in first-person rather than in the corners of your screen.

The third-person view is surprisingly cinematic, giving you an over-the-shoulder view of whatever vehicle you're driving. It's similar in style to the original Spintires, of which this game is a semi-sequel, but the updated visuals really make a difference, especially when the sun is setting.

The video gives you a glimpse at some of the scenarios you'll be tackling both in singleplayer and online co-op. In one, a larger truck reverses into a river and plonks down anchors to stop it moving, flicking out a grabber above the water to help a stranded jeep ashore.

It's got all the realism you'd expect from a follow-up to Spintires, by the looks of it. You can switch to all-wheel drive, toggle a locking differential or let out the winch at the click of a button.

It's out on October 31, and will cost $30/£25/€30. Owners of the original get 50% off.

Samuel Horti is a long-time freelance writer for PC Gamer based in the UK, who loves RPGs and making long lists of games he'll never have time to play. He's now a full-time reporter covering health at the Bureau of Investigative Journalism. When he does have time for games you may find him on the floor, struggling under the weight of his Steam backlog.