Car Mechanic Simulator is a game title not many people would have heard of as it is in quite a unique genre and it is available this month on PS NOW. You play as a car mechanic in a world full of cars and inevitably people keep breaking them and it is up to you to do all the fixing. Car Mechanic Simulator is classed as a car simulator and yet it is the only game of its kind that I know of.
Car Mechanic Simulator being from 2018 does have slightly outdated graphics and sound engines but this does not stop you from getting immersed into fixing the bodywork of your cars. The first negative is that you must pay to get any real cars in this game and there are over 10 DLCs that you can buy. Some of them are cars and some are just for cosmetic parts. It is quite annoying but the DLC’s individually don’t cost too much and you can buy them in a mega bundle but it is quite expensive at almost 40 bucks.
I would say that there are 3 main parts to Car Mechanic Simulator and I’m going to run through them, starting with story orders. In Car Mechanic Simulator you accept missions or orders through a phone and you must be able to replace anything that that person asks you to do. The story orders tend to be harder than normal orders but every 10 or so story orders you get a new area of the car to work on for example suspension.
These orders do tend to be long and can sometimes be quite hard especially when they do not tell you what the problems are. Normal orders are normally shorter and easier to add a bit of cash on the side of the main orders. They normally focus on one or 2 things that you need to fix rather than a whole load of stuff. These tend to be exhaust issues or just to replace the timing belts. These are the things to do if you’re running a bit low on cash.
The last thing is the main selling point for this game where you can build and customize any car that you bought. Once you’ve saved up enough money to buy one of these cars you can head off to one of the barns that you have unlocked through opening crates and find yourself a nice car. You can also buy them from the junkyard and the auction house once you have unlocked them later in the game.
The barns normally have 2 or 3 rundown cars in them as well as a load of parts and at least one crate. Of course, anything you take from the barn you have to pay for. The cars from the barns tend to be in better shape than the cars from the junkyard. The junkyard is a good place to go to though because if you find a car you’re looking for you’ll be able to get it dirt cheap.
Granted it will be in terrible shape but those cars are a steal compared to buying them new. The auction house is a place that you can compete with the AI to get good quality used cars that normally are drivable. This can be a lot more expensive though as the AI in Car Mechanic Simulator is completely relentless and it will not let you get your way.
There is a paint studio where you can paint your whole car or just individual parts. Moving on then to one of my favorite features in this game, levels. I know it sounds normal as almost every game has levels but Car Mechanic Simulator has a tech tree that lets you get upgrades to make your garage bigger and get discounts on prices in shops.
It doesn’t sound like a lot but it gives you something to work towards and the joy you will feel every time you go up a garage level is amazing. The driving and engine sounds are not that great and the driving even if you have race tires always seem skiddy and drifty. I don’t know why this is but it does make it hard to enjoy your newly built car if it’s just skidding around as it is impossible to drive.
The engine sounds also sound like a track that constantly being looped rather than a smooth-running engine and that doesn’t even sound remotely like how the engine should sound in real life. I think it’s something that could easily be fixed and it’s just annoying. If you want a chilled experience to ease you into the world of becoming a mechanic there is a sandbox mode where you have infinite money so that you can do anything you want.
If you don’t know the difference between the fuel pump and a fuel injector, I would start out in this sandbox mode. Without money to worry about you can get the feel of Car Mechanic Simulator from building to upgrading and driving your new creation before you actually have to worry about money and expenses.
It is such an in-depth game and it’s so fun to play but towards the beginning it may seem a little grindy but it does smooth out as you begin to earn more money from orders. Overall if you’re looking to get more into cars or you just have an interest in general, I think this is a great game for you.
Car Mechanic Simulator has been permanently added to the PS NOW library.
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Car Mechanic Simulator is such an in-depth game and it's so fun to play but towards the beginning it may seem a little grindy but it does smooth out as you begin to earn more money from orders. Overall if you're looking to get more into cars or you just have an interest in general, I think this is a great game for you.