Okay, so I picked this up on release day and have put in a few hours overnight. If anyone is on the fence, a quick reminder that Mudrunners is on gamepass. Basically if you play through its tutorial challenges and bounce on that, you probably won’t enjoy this one. Snowrunners is way more polished and as far as I’ve played the progression system has a good structure to it.
I’ve found the onboarding for Snowrunner a little dizzying, actually. The objectives will be something like “Deliver 1 Steel Beams, Deliver 2 Wood Pallets” but unless you have it as the active quest it won’t mark where this stuff is on the map. You can find it on your own by looking at the map, but there’s no legend I can see that tells you what all the different icons mean so while getting wood from the lumber mill is obvious it took a while to work out what goods come from the supply store or farmhouse. I’m getting into a rhythm of planning a route that will let me complete a few tasks in one go, because everything right now is very compact and straightforward in the first map.
One early tip - once the tutorial leads you to unlock the first garage, there’s a broken down Fleetmaster on site. The garage has a Utility trailer and there’s a fuel tanker trailer just up the road (though I think you can just winch the Fleetmaster into the garage entry point). It’s a much better starter truck since it has a diff lock and more horsepower.