Overdue Reviews is an occasional series in which I pretend to be a videogame journalist. This week: Spintires: MudRunner on PC.
Multiplayer in MudRunner is a bit of a missed opportunity. It's hampered by confusing menus and the occasional bug, and once you're in there's no direction on what to do, unless slowly delivering logs with your friends appeals.
But I'm going to ignore all of that so that I can explain the joy of playing multiplayer MudRunner with my Dad. We don't get to play very often - small snatches of gameplay at random times - but when we do, it's a wonderful thing.
Our games often resemble an episode of Top Gear. We each choose our vehicles and set off together. We bump and nudge each other's trucks. We take turns to be the slow one, or the careless one, or the brash one. We try to overtake each other at inappropriate moments. We get lost, we get stuck. We clumsily attempt to rescue the other one when they inevitably end up on their roof in the undergrowth, and take embarrassing screenshots. We laugh at ourselves.
We don't score any points, or complete any levels, or do anything particularly constructive. It's just me and my Dad, going for a drive and mucking about in mud. I can't think of any other way I'd rather spend half an hour of gaming. I highly recommend it.