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Would you play a drug dealing simulator game that leans on the production side of the crafty business, just as much as it does the running of a cartel empire? A game like GTA and Euro Truck Simulator combined, giving you the best of both worlds? Drug Dealer Simulator 2 wants you to experience the behind-the-scenes life of a drug dealer. It tasks you with climbing the ranks from a low-life weed delivery guy to a drug kingpin ruling over a criminal empire. 

If it sounds like too grand a vision, well, perhaps Drug Dealer Simulator 2 will show you that it’s, indeed, a dream it can make come true. The question is, will the execution of the story and gameplay be splendid enough to recommend sinking precious hours into? Let’s find out in our Drug Dealer Simulator 2 review.

Get the Ball Rolling

Marcus

 

Drug Dealer Simulator 2 follows in the footsteps of its predecessor, simulating the life of a drug dealer. It has you producing drugs for your customers, from the growing (or cooking) part of drug dealing to making deliveries to different clients and, finally, expanding your reach to manage a cartel empire, staff, gangs, crooked cops, and all.

The game wastes no time, casting you into the shoes of an aspiring drug lord. You do have leeway in customizing your character, allowing you to take in the protagonist’s charm and personality. You also enjoy surprisingly well-done voice acting/narration that further immerses you in a life of crime. 

Down and Dirty

Drugs maker

When a fire breaks out in your downstairs drug lab, you jump out of bed, hastily making your way to the source to put it out. In the process, you meet your lab partner and get acquainted with the equipment you’ll be using to produce drugs for your customers.

No, really. As those who’ve played Drug Dealer Simulator will tell you, the sequel is heavily invested in the production side of drug dealing. It starts you off with Cannabis Indica, from planting the seeds to watering them to allow them to grow and flourish. 

Once ready, you’ll need to harvest and dry the leaves of the plant. Thereafter, you’ll package the dried weed into bags, weighing them in sizable portions. Then, make deliveries to your customers spread out all across the tropical island setting of the game.

Break the Flow

Drug Dealer Simulator 2 MENU

As much as the production and harvesting process is pretty detailed, which I found impressive to add to the behind-the-scenes of drug dealing, it’s also chock-full of UI screens. 

The rampant menus you need to navigate break the flow of the gameplay. I just wish you could handle and interact with the actual plants and beakers, Breaking Bad-style. Instead, the production process is all but dragging and dropping items in a menu that, might I add, feels too busy and unintuitive. 

Unless you have experience from the previous game or manage to somehow find your way around, the menu can take a bit of time to grasp. But you now have your packages ready for delivery. So, on to more pressing matters.

Doorstep Delivery

 

Weed Incubator

Seeing as you start off as a lowlife drug dealer, you’ll be delivering the weed packages yourself to customers spread out on the game’s tropical island setting. It’s a welcome change—the setting, that is, shifting from the dingy ghetto vibe of the previous game to more colorful beaches donning a vibrant color palette.

The island also stretches farther out than the previous game’s world size. As Byterunners put it, Drug Dealer Simulator 2 is six times the size of its predecessor. You can evidently see the vastness of space, with way more ground to cover.

But while a larger map is welcome, it also feels empty. It masks the lack of truly deeper, more innovative gameplay. Delivering weed from client to client is, as it has always been, mundane. However, you at least unlock the ability to automate the delivery process and hire more staff to make the deliveries for you. Plus, you also unlock alternative means of travel, including buses, cars, and boats.

Story Campaign

 

Fast_travel

Still, even with the option to automate, the gameplay feels bland. On the automobile front, they are simply fast-travel points. So, don’t expect any GTA-style immersive driving. Instead, it is more like a means to get from point A to point B, often parking lots or bus stops. 

Meanwhile, the characters you interact with lack charm and personality. Their dialogue feels rushed over, with hardly intriguing story arcs to remember them by. It’s unfortunate, as Drug Dealer Simulator 2 places a huge focus on its story campaign. 

When you’re not dealing, you’re out in the world unraveling a potentially engaging story of your rise from rags to riches. But the story misses the compelling factor, instead feeling a little all over the place.

At times, however, the story campaign does serve as a nice distraction away from the mundaneness of dealing. Some parts, too, serve as welcome tutorials to become familiar with how to proceed. For the most part, though, you can scrape off Drug Dealer Simulator 2’s story and not miss out on much.

Watch out for the Cops

Police

When it rains, it pours, especially once your drug dealing business starts to pick up pace. You’ll expand into uncharted territory, opening yourself up to confrontation by police and rival gangs. It keeps you on high alert, watching out for the cops who are constantly patrolling the streets. 

As a result, you feel a constant tension that forces you to always be ready to make a break for it when spotted. The police force you to hide or make speedy getaways using parkour. But you can also bribe crooked cops. 

What the Future Holds

Billy Goodman

In no time at all, you’ll sink deeper into drug dealing. The more deliveries you make, the more money you earn. You then use the money to buy more raw materials, get better equipment, hire more staff, and buy more properties that expand your business. 

Over time, you’ll build your reputation, and your name will permeate the streets. Your progress will open up avenues to make new contacts and work with higher-ranking cartels. You’ll even be able to play with friends in co-op mode. 

In the latter stages of the game, you begin to grapple with the logistics of running a cartel empire. It’s a nice change of pace from having to do everything yourself to delegating and managing your business. 

As you venture out into new territories, you’ll discover a wealth of content that thrives on Drug Dealer Simulator 2’s comprehensive resource management system. You’ll set up more production chains and hire distributors. But you also need to invest in top-grade drugs. Often, you’ll find yourself making questionable decisions and breaking the law to make this possible.

From changing weather patterns to full-scale criminal empire management, Drug Dealer Simulator 2 picks up the pace to craft an overall immersive drug dealing game. But despite the overwhelming number of things to do, it feels not quite there yet. 

The visuals won’t win any awards and neither will the story. The gameplay does have something special to offer, showing you what the life of a drug dealer is like. Even beyond, it shows that drug dealers have a life, too, with instances when you simply catch up with an old friend. But the game seems to have done half the job and left the polishing side of it to the wind.

Verdict

Plant weed - Drug Dealer Simulator 2 Review

Drug Dealer Simulator 2 handles the simulation part of production quite nicely. It incorporates in-depth mechanics that require you to manage resources, from Cannabis seeds to drying leaves and packaging your product into different quantities. 

Unfortunately, most of these processes are executed behind lots of menus. You drag and drop items to complete actions. The UI isn’t always intuitive, and there are some confusing tooltips that can take a while to wrap one’s head around. Once the UI system catches on, though, Drug Dealer Simulator 2 feels like a breeze. 

But then the issue of inconsistent immersion comes in. Every time the game shifts from first-person to menus, you feel there’s a break in the flow of the gameplay. It would have been great if the production process was in first-person, too, allowing you to interact directly with seeds and water plants and harvest them. 

While still on the break in the flow of the gameplay, the story feels rushed over. Dialogue is often uninteresting, alongside characters you barely remember. With a game that insists on delivering drugs to clients across the tropical island, it’d have been great if the characters you meet were intriguing. 

Speaking of the tropical island, it feels vast in space but not necessarily deep in content. There are not too many interesting places to visit, despite its more vibrant setting compared to the grim-dark ghetto of the predecessor. Also, exploration on the tropical island can feel like a chore, with cars and buses acting as solely fast-travel points. 

It’s tricky. Drug Dealer Simulator 2 does a fine job simulating the logistics and behind-the-scenes of a drug dealer. If it had a bit more polish, however, it would have climbed the ranks among the best simulators out there.

Drug Dealer Simulator 2 Review (PC)

From Rags to Riches: A Drug Dealer Story

Drug Dealer Simulator 2 is promising with engaging drug production mechanics. The visuals can use a little more polish, while the story can use a little more intrigue. On the whole, though, it feels at par with the previous games’ charm. Perhaps even more, thanks to a larger map and more in-depth mechanics.

 

Evans I. Karanja is a freelance writer who loves to write about anything technology. He is always on the lookout for interesting topics, and enjoys writing about video games, cryptocurrency and blockchain and more. When not writing, he can be found playing video games or watching F1.