I recreated my father’s real business in Construction Simulator 2022
Before writing about video games from the comfort of a computer screen, I worked for my dad at his real-life construction company, so playing the upcoming Construction Simulator 2022 was a surreal experience. Just when I thought I’d left the yellow hard hat and hard physical labor in the rearview mirror of the tractor, it all came back to me in this beautifully detailed and incredibly fun simulation game that made me giddy with nostalgia before I left. done with the tutorial. It’s not too often that one gets to walk the path not taken, but strapping on that tool belt as I drove intricately detailed roller machines and excavators, completed repair work and pushed around the dirt was like looking through a window into what might have been, and that’s about the highest compliment I can give a game that prides itself on realistic representation of commerce.
Given my personal connection to the construction industry, I decided to put Construction Simulator 2022 to the test by seeing how accurately I could recreate my father’s real-life business. After creating an avatar that looked shockingly like my current dad, naming my business after the family business, and choosing one of Construction Simulator’s two open-world locations, I was ready to start honing my skills. as a builder. I started with simple jobs at first, like replacing a broken pipe and compacting gravel in a parking lot. You might not expect these simple tasks to be particularly fun, but you’d be wrong – like many good simulation games, it’s oddly satisfying to see the fruits of your virtual labor.
But when I was introduced to more complicated jobs involving incredibly heavy and intricate pieces of machinery, things went from zen and satisfying to downright joyful. In one job, I removed letters from an old hotel building using a massive crane that looked like it operated a giant arcade claw machine, and slapped them on a nearby motel. using a flatbed truck. As I completed jobs, the digital doppelganger of my dad’s business earned money that could be used to acquire new equipment, raw materials, and to travel quickly from place to place. another in cases where I felt like skipping the commute time to get to the good stuff (which was a really good idea).
The biggest thing that stood out to me as I completed job after job was how quickly I was able to get into the action compared to other simulation games I’ve spent with time. Usually there’s a lot of prep work involved and a bit of monotony in running the business or setting up your ducks before you can get to the good stuff, but Construction Simulator 2022 cuts a lot of the grease. found in other sims and constantly kept the action moving in a way that made me feel like I never made my way through monotonous tasks – I really enjoyed that!
Interestingly, both Construction Simulator 2022 campaigns seem to have stories attached to them. After some quick introductory work, I learned that the town I was in had fallen on hard times and it was up to me to rebuild it and breathe new life into the area. In addition to completing work to restore the city’s infrastructure, I’ve also occasionally been asked to accomplish this by performing… unconventional tasks, such as staging a fake alien spacecraft crash site for attract the attention of potential tourists. I don’t know how much they’ll actually commit to this narrative, but I found myself laughing at the thought of diving deeper to see where it was going. If nothing else, it’s something I absolutely didn’t expect the devs to include.
Construction Simulator 2022 also features online multiplayer, which lets you and a friend work together to complete jobs, harvest moolah, and advance your town’s progress faster. So far, working in tandem with another player has been fantastic and chaotic at times, and it’s been hard to get back to playing solo now that I’ve tried. It’s just more fun to tackle projects together or divide and conquer to multitask and earn even more money and resources. Just make sure to trust your co-workers because they might accidentally drive your tractor into a building or throw valuable equipment into a ditch in the event of an accident.
It’s been a while since I thought about building, but Construction Simulator 2022 made me smile and gave my dad a chance to finally relate to something I did for work. And who knows: maybe I can convince him to pick up a gamepad and also try his hand at digital construction.