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"Don't do it"
1 stars"

Not a good sim by a LONG way. I'm a huge railway sim fan and have to say I was incredibly unimpressed with this one. I would be really hard pressed to find even one redeeming feature of this game.

Controls are awkward and really unrealistic and as was said before you always need to move your viewpoint to make adjustments which leads to accidents and resets (which take ages!). Sounds are repetative and personally I found them to really bland. Graphics are ok at best, framerates are miniscule on anything below a 512MB graphics card and only look acceptable on the highest settings. Gameplay is dull, scenarios are very limited and trying to make them better with the editor requires a degree in quantum physics.

Just be very wary before shelling out on this one (even at $29.95) because you will probably feel a tad ripped off. Just be glad you didn't cough up $79.95 like I stupidly did!

Auran Trainz (ultimate collection) is a much much better buy and should cost around the same. It has a much larger community and masses of freeware (& payware) addons if you really get into. it

2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.
"Below Expectations"
3 stars"
Purchased on Mighty Ape

What a lot of hype for nothing, The graphics are a shocker, you can not see your cab controls without moving view away from the track ahead then you run over points set against you and no signal indication. only person i know getting good frame rates has a $1500.00 graphic card. Haven't tried the editor yet but even kuju say wait for the developers pack to be released. Lots of bugs creating havoc havent yet made a sucseful couple up of new waggons Very poor help files no tutorials. Take ages to load and Ithought the old one was good Here is hoping the 1st patch, of what will be many is not to far away, and not another 50 “GIG” download needed. Maple leaf tracks will have to come to the rescue with this one along with the private gamers. most certainly will build onto it to make some thing worth wile

2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.
5 stars"
Purchased on Mighty Ape

Got it yesterday and it is awesome!

Graphics are excellent, passengers look real, sounds realistic.

BUT has a few bugs which will be fixed soon by Kuju.

Overall 4 star but Train Sim X by Microsoft will carve it up.

2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.


Kuju Entertainment previously developed Microsoft Train Simulator, which sold a million copies and inspired third-party companies to develop over 40 expansion packs.

This is the game that Rail enthusiasts have been waiting for! Rail Simulator provides the most realistic simulation of trains possible on a PC.

Key features:
  • Stunningly realistic graphics & audio. The game makes full use of modern graphics cards and EAX audio to achieve a believable environment.
  • Accurate train driving simulation. Careful measurement, modelling and simulation of real trains allow us to provide highly accurate handling characteristics.
  • Steam, Diesel and Electric trains. Contemporary and historic trains are provided with the game to appeal to all types of train enthusiast.
  • Three levels of driving difficulty. Each train can be driven in easy, intermediate or expert mode. Easy provides a wonderful “install and go” experience which allows even the novice driver to experience the thrill of train driving. But be warned, expert mode requires an attention to detail in common with driving the actual train - take special care of every little detail!
  • Passenger and Freight operations. The environments and rolling stock supplied with the game let you focus on driving both passenger and freight - each needing its own specific skills.
  • Hours of missions to test your skill as a train driver. The game comes supplied with 15 scenarios to test your skill as a train driver. Can you meet the demanding task of driving a busy commuter train? Or maybe collecting the components of a freight load and delivering all of the parts on time to the right destination? Your performance on each mission is measured to provide feedback on your personal performance as a train driver.
  • Free-roam experience. If you prefer a more leisurely approach, free-roam allows to you explore the routes at your own pace.
  • Real-world routes from the UK and Germany. The game comes supplied with four routes. Each one is on average 90 miles long and both historic and current environments are featured.
  • View the action unfolding from any angle. You can choose drive from the cab of your train, welding all the controls at the touch of a button; take a leisurely ride from one of the many carriages included; fly as high as a bird, taking in all the surroundings as you whisk along; maybe you wish to get up close to control all the junctions and switches from the track side.
  • Fully functioning Turntables & Traversers. Trains are big, and they aren’t always facing in the right direction. With this all new functionality, you can interact, operate, and perform tasks with increased efficiency.
  • Localised Signalling Systems. No railway would be complete without accurate signalling allowing it to operate. Implemented into Rail Simulator is an extremely flexible signalling system using LUA Scripts. Using this system each route has completely accurate localised signal systems with real world functionality including all the bells and whistles.
  • Complete World Editing tool suite. Included in the box is a full suite of editing tools to start making your own fully interactive worlds. The ability to lay track of immensely complex track, place all manner of detailed scenery objects with great accuracy and manipulate to a high degree as well as texture the landscape until your hearts content.
The ability to add additional material to the simulation has been central in the design of the simulation. Rail Simulator allows easy inclusion of add-on material covering new routes, rolling stock and additional missions. We are currently working with third party developers and expect to have additional add-ons for the game available shortly after its release.

Of great importance to the more enthusiastic railway fan is the ability to create their own additional routes, so included with Rail Simulator is an editor that allows the creation of new environments. These tools have been developed with simplicity in mind, so as to encourage the development and exchange of user-generated content, which can be shared and used by other railway enthusiasts.

System Requirements:

Minimum Reqs: Operating system: Windows XP with latest service pack installed DirectX 9.0c CPU: Intel Pentium 4/AMD Athlon 1.7 GHz or equivalent RAM: 512 MB Video Card: 64MB DirectX compliant video card, Pixel shader 2.0 and above. (AGP and PCIe only) Sound Card - DirectX 9.0c compatible Hard Drive space: 3.50 GB of space is required to install the game
Release date NZ
November 2nd, 2007
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  • PC Games
All-time sales rank
Top 2000
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