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The LONG DRIVE is a About a Lonely Road Trip in an Endless Desert

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LONG DRIVE

The Long Drive is a bare-bones but compelling Early Access driving sim set in an extensive procedurally generated desert. It’s still in development, so there isn’t much to do but drive, but there’s something hypnotic about this never-ending, sandy wasteland road trip.

Start a new game and you’ll start from your garage, getting ready for your trip into the desert. You can top up your gas tank and pack the trunk with water because you’re gonna need to stay hydrated in a desert.

I like how this preparation stage gives you a sense of embarking on an exciting, dangerous road trip, Controls need some work and refinement. I keep dropping stuff or pulling the doors off my car. But the game’s survival systems aren’t completely in place yet, so a lot of this is just role-playing at the moment anyway.

I love driving long distances in silence. One of my favorite things to do in open-world games is take a car and aimlessly driving around the map enjoying the scenery.

LONG DRIVE

The Long Drive scratches the same itch, and I find cruising along those lonely highways an enjoyable way to spend 30-40 meditative minutes. The almost minimalist aesthetic of the desert, and the deafening silence except for the howl of the wind, are surprisingly atmospheric. Especially when the sun starts to set, draping the wasteland in burning red light and long shadows.

Stick to the roads and you’ll sometimes run across an old deserted house or a roadside gas station, in which you can scavenge for new car parts, fuel, and other survival supplies. When you’re low on fuel and crawling along on your starter motor, seeing the shape of a building in the distance is a relief.

You can even yank bits off other cars and attach them to your own, and as you play your vehicle slowly becomes a Frankenstein’s monster of mismatched parts. There are dusty highways to follow, lined with electricity poles, or you can go off-road into the infinite desert where you’ll find strange rock formations and towering mesas. But if you badly damage your car out here, or run out of fuel, you’ll have a hard time making it back to the road.

The Long Drive has a long way to go, and games like¬†Jalopy offer a similar, but the more fully-formed experience. But the bones of something really interesting are here, and I’m intrigued to see how the developer builds on them. I just hope the purity of the driving remains the priority, rather than the survival elements because we have enough of those games on PC already.

If you want to drive aimlessly and on the forever road, The Long Drive is the answer to your prayers. I’m not sure if it’s quite¬†worth the $10 price, but this could be one which can be great in the future.

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