The follow-up to the No. 1 best-selling train simulation PC game,* Train Simulator 2 provides the opportunity to command a 200-ton modern diesel locomotive or operate a steam-breathing behemoth from the past. Taking cues from the exacting standards of quality and realism associated with the Flight Simulator product family, this latest edition of Microsoft’s Train Simulator series charges full steam ahead from where its predecessor left off.Five new, highly detailed routes from around the world. Train Simulator 2 allows virtual engineers to relive the golden age of steam by taking trains around the historic Horseshoe Curve on the Pennsylvania Railroad circa 1946, or on a high-speed romp through Germany on the world-famous Deutsche Bahn AG. Virtual engineers can ride the rails of the world’s most-famous railroads, detailed with fantastic accuracy.
A living world. Railroads in Train Simulator 2 run through a dynamic environment, immersing conductors in a virtual world. Virtual engineers look out their virtual locomotive to see people in the stations and on the streets, cars moving about, and animals roaming the countryside. A new dynamic weather effect adds an additional layer of realism. Now players can experience multiple weather conditions on the same train ride.
Realistic railroad simulation. Virtual engineers can take charge of one of 13 fully interactive 3-D cabs complete with accurate, fully functional gauges and working controls, including, for the first time, U.S. steam locomotives. Vivid sound effects bring to life the powerful rumble of a powerful, modern diesel as it lugs a long coal train and the distinctive sounds of high-speed electric locomotives as they operate over famous routes in Europe.
Real-world rail activities. Operational events unique to each route allow virtual engineers to choose from a variety of activities such as operating a passenger train on a strict timetable or keeping a heavy steam-powered freight train running at peak efficiency. Alternatively, users can sit back and enjoy many of the routes in the role of a virtual passenger as the train rolls down the tracks.
Open architecture. Train Simulator 2 allows users to customize and expand their simulation experience by creating new trains, routes, scenery and challenges that suit their specific interests. Users also will find it easy to add content from third-party sources, and import content from Train Simulator 1. Updates on the latest railroad features will be available online to enhance gameplay.