Wow, I can’t believe the Sterling price is higher than the Euro price; I think it’s the first time I’ve seen that.
Snowrunner has most definitely moved on, mission-wise. In fact, it could be too much, depending on your tastes, as it has level gating and all sorts now.
You have a driver level that you gain XP towards for each mission. Then you have money you earn for the same. A lot of upgrades (tyres, winches, gearboxes) are gated behind your driver level, eg you have to be level 6 before you can buy an upgraded winch, for example. However none of the actual trucks are gated, and indeed discovering them dotted around the world is the way to go, instead of buying. Same for trailers - there are six or seven on each map, with various properties (eg number of cargo slots) that you discover by exploring the map. Some of the trailers have cargoes that feed directly into missions, so for example one could have a cargo of bricks and that might be easier to deliver rather than hiking across the map from the brick factory or whatever.
So the missions themselves - they are pretty plain and simple but a big step up from the logs of Mudrunner. Generally they are multi part - eg deliver some steel beams to a bridge construction site, followed by a delivery of wooden planks, where each delivery originates in a different part of the map. There are several buildings on each map - a warehouse, a factory, a drilling site, a service centre, a farm - and all these supply certain materials while needing others. As well as the main missions, you have ‘Tasks’ which might be a simple delivery to repair a bridge (and then that opens up a road for other, more complex deliveries), pull a stuck truck out of a swamp etc, and there are ‘Contests’ where you try and set a time and get a bronze, silver or gold reward.
I’m only on map 2 but the variety of missions has been good so far, and really makes you appreciate the detail on the map. For example, one mission may be quite straightforward, and you’re thinking, not much to this, but later on you might have to take an extra wide load on the same route, and the whole thing changes due to your turning distance and all that (no more driving up on the dry verge on one side of the road, it’s into the shit on the other). The maps are just excellent, and the ones I’ve seen so far seem to be as big or bigger than the Bog map in Mudrunner.
So there’s a lot to it. It’s enormous fun so far.