Starting off with the good, the scout vehicles are great. Cool add on's, they are fast, powerful, and the F-150, Blazer, and Hummer was great choices. Also keeping with the good, the Skidder and the Forwarder are awesome vehicles as well.
Now, onto the not so good. The Freightliner, Bision, and the LTL9000. Now I get it, they are road haulers and not meant for serious offroad use. However I don't think they needed to be as bad as you guys made them. I mean hell these things are worse offroad then the C-65115. Why? You touch a tiny bit of mud with these trucks and your stuck. In real life while these trucks certainly can't go down through bogs of climb up the sides of cliffs, they can at least get in and out of lumber loading stations. But the American Wilds versions of these trucks can't even get down a groomed trail without being towed. I think they are a little bit to bad offroad personally.
Now the Western Star, this truck seems to be alright but not all to amazing. I'd say it's best compared to a B-131. It's 6X6 and it'll get you where you need to go, though it'll do so slowly. But compared to a B-255 or a C-375, the Western Star is seriously lacking.
And lastly default vehicles. You guys made the new maps way to easy for people who don't own the American Wilds dlc. Having only brought the dlc recently, I spent some time playing online and joining other peoples sessions who had the new maps. And for default vehicles the game spawned in trucks like the B-131, B-255, and C-375. The latter two, made these maps ridiculous easy. For people who don't own the dlc, here is what I think there defaults should of been.
- B-131 (weakest of the 6X6's, fills in for the Western Star)
- C-65115 (no 6X6, is required for long logs, fills in for the Freightliner, LTL9000, and Bison.)
- K-700 (is needed for getting logs out of the swamp and loading the trucks, replaces the Skidder and Forwarder.)
Having this selection of vehicles would mean players who don't own the dlc would have roughly the same gameplay experience as people who does own the dlc. But giving us the B-255 and C-375 was a huge mistake. Those trucks you lock in 6X6 and they'll both go down in the swap no problem at all. They also come with crane addons. You literally just got your truck, drove down into the swap, loaded up your lumber, drove out of the swap, went to the mill and boom done. Made the maps super super easy. So yea, terrible selection of default vehicles there guys. You should of thought things out a little better then that.
Overall I enjoy American Wilds, the new maps are absolutely beautiful and the new scout vehicles are amazing. The Western Star isn't amazing but it isn't bad either, it's just alright. The Skidder and the Forwarder are great as well.
But that said, there was room for improvement with the Freightline, LTL9000, and Bison and with the default selection of vehicles for those people who don't own the dlc.