Red Dot Games’ PC game Car Mechanic Simulator 2015 is one of those games that will either appeal to you or will leave you scratching your head as to what sounds so fun about it. You will know if a simulator game might appeal to you and if you’re not sure, you should definitely give one a try sometime. Car Mechanic Simulator 2015 puts the player in charge of their own garage (a shock I know!), in which they can take jobs on, upgrade their equipment and garage, and generally experience an approximation of what being a mechanic could be like. In non-vehicular terms, you could think of it as a puzzle game, but one with nice 3D graphics and money management. It’s a great relaxation game and one that rewards you with quite a feeling of competency as you get to know which car parts you need to remove to get to the faulty ones and which running problems likely relate to which worn-out part.
Like most games in this day and age, Car Mechanic Simulator 2015 has DLC that seeks to expand the game for players that want to sample more of what the developers can offer. There is already a range of DLC out for the game but the latest is the Mercedes-Benz DLC, which adds two licensed Mercedes-Benz cars to the game for the player to fix and tinker with. These are the 300 SL Gullwing (1954) and the 560 SEC. The game has also been updated to version 188.8.131.52 which introduces a new tool to repair a car’s non-detachable body frame and other improvements and tweaks.
As far as the actual car models, they look lovely when they grace the floor of your garage, the Gullwing particularly so. As you might imagine though, if you are familiar with the game on any pre-existing level, the actual variations they contain compared to the other cars in the game can only go so far. Though each has their own special custom parts and quirks, the 300 SL felt the most new and interesting to me, its engine seemingly tilted to one side with all kinds of custom parts around the periphery. The 560 SEC felt a little more mundane when compared to the 300 SL but still had its own special parts and quirks. I dealt with both models of car via a couple of jobs that came into the garage needing various things sorting, and also bought each as a fixer-upper at auction which entailed a total tear-down and rebuild, which is a great way to get to know each car. It also gave me the chance to sort out some truly hideous paint-jobs and make them look a bit more upmarket.
The RRP for the Mercedes-Benz DLC is £4.79. I think the value proposition is about right for what that gives you. Car Mechanic Simulator 2015 is a game in which you will soon get used to the various models of car that come into your garage, even if you own all of the other DLC. Adding another couple of cars to a game that serves up cars in this way adds some more novelty and freshness to things, which for just under a fiver, and from someone who has all the DLC, I think is pretty much worth it. That being said, both the new DLC and the base game are currently on offer on Steam until the 29th February for £3.83 and £6.74 respectively, so if you are quick, you can bag a bargain.
GS Rating: 4/5
GS Reviewer: Casey Douglass
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