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Rail Simulator 2015

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Rail Simulator is a train simulator for PC in which players will feel like real machinists driving along thousands of kilometers of different environments.

Player's task is simple: transporting passengers to their destinations or moving merchandise from one place to another. The challenge in Rail Simulator is to manage this vehicle without risking people’s or load’s integrity and fulfilling schedules in order to get a good score.

This game has realistic graphics and sounds. In fact, the landscapes that players can see from the train are views from England.

Can be adapted to players’ preferences

The game provides three difficulty levels: easy, intermediate or expert mode. This allows players to take the most of the driving experience or relax and enjoy the views.

With Rail Simulator users can select different locomotives according to their energy source: diesel, vapor or electric.

They will be able to manage and drive the train using both the mouse and the keyboard. Besides, they can change the viewing angle placing the camera in different points.

Similar software users can download

If you enjoy driving trains but expect more realistic results of your performance, a good option is Trainz: Railroad Simulator 2006. It has 3D graphics and allows players to edit different routes and create geographical layouts according to their preferences.

Another good alternative if you want to drive buses instead of trains is European Bus Simulator 2012, set in an urban environment. The game starts at the bus station once you have selected your line.

Rail Simulator 2015 Features

These are the features of this PC game:

  • Users can choose among diesel, steam or electric traction trains
  • Characters animation
  • Dynamic graphics with weather changes
  • Real trains’ routes: York-Newcastle, Barstow-San Bernardino or Oxford-Paddington set in different periods of time
  • Wide variety of train models: DB 294, ICE 3, BR Class 55 or Black five among others
  • Customized content: new routes and tasks creation thanks to Scenario editor which can be shared with other players
  • Three levels of difficulty: easy, intermediate or expert mode
  • 15 scenarios to play with several missions
  • Free-roam mode to travel with total freedom

If you want more info about this game, visit the author’s website .

Conclusion

With Rail Simulator players can experience the job of a machinist without moving from their house. It has quite realistic graphics and sounds and various playing modes.

Some functions are restricted

Pros
  • Realistic landscapes
  • Customizable scenarios
  • High quality sounds
  • Free Demo
Cons
  • No help support
  • Repetitive storyline

USER REVIEWS

Only an Enhanced and Updated Copy of the Previous Edition

By Pablo Conde Ferrer

On Wednesday, October 22, 2014

The 2014 edition of what many of its gamers say as the world’s favorite train simulator, does not contain steam locomotives at all. New features are significantly pretty thin as well. If you decide to buy it, it’s like you just bought its 2013 version, but only with different rolling stock and routes. It features engine changes, but the changes were so minor that they could have been provided in a free patch. Other features include a new zoom function and greater draw distances. It also features a train builder where players get to assemble their own trains, so they can use them for Quick Drive sessions. This is not to discourage you, but I also noticed that its AI is problematic because it can’t cope with complex scenarios. In some places, sound remains unconvincing, too. I just wish it has a multiplayer mode, and yet, no it has not. In short, it is boring. On the other hand, I did enjoy some electric trains, freight scenario, and there are actually a number of high quality detailed routes.

Pros

  • Features some playable electric trains
  • Includes a few high quality detailed routes

Cons

  • It has no multiplayer mode
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Fulfill Your Childhood Dream of Driving a Train with a Well-Established Game Series

By Pablo Conde Ferrer

On Friday, October 17, 2014

The 2014 edition of Rail Simulator, or Train Simulator, offers a new career system and new menus. It’s the best choice if you have just decided to try out train sims. Its new menus are fresh looking and easier to use compared to its previous editions. It’s a gateway to deciding which routes to take or the season and time of day you want to drive in. On the other hand, its new and rational career system will surprise you with its attempt to imitate racing sims. At first, you will be given a full list of routes you can take as your scenarios. Here, you will be able to earn points for your ability to drive and gather your overall score at the end of each mission or scenario. There are also Steam achievements to unlock. Here, you can buy additional routes or individual locomotives to add in your collection. Sales do happen from time to time, so better check it frequently.

Pros

  • Features accurate visuals of trains and sceneries
  • Offers various routes to choose from

Cons

  • Only 3 routes are available for free
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Surprising Mixed Reviews for a Train Simulator Loved by Many

By Pablo Conde Ferrer

On Thursday, October 9, 2014

There are only few games that feature beautiful autumn sunsets and Rail Simulator is one of them. Its stunning graphics, new menus, and unique career system make it a perfect choice for first-time train simulation gamers. You will be able to choose the routes you can take, trains you can drive, and even the season of the year that will determine the weather condition of your driving environment. For previous players however, the Rail Simulator for 2014 is disappointing. Its gameplay has not changed and only 3 routes have been added to its list of free ones. You can only get new ones if you buy from Steam, the game’s official forum. The driving experience is another story because it requires high learning curve for beginners. If you decide to drive old trains, you’ll get by easily especially with the game’s tutorials, you can learn pretty quickly. However, choosing modern trains can be tough to start with.

Pros

  • Provides enough depth and challenge
  • Offers authentic train driving experience

Cons

  • Very pricey to start with
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