Rail Simulator (PC DVD)
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The game installed & ran immediately without problem on a fairly low-spec XP desktop. It IS a realistic simulator as well as a game, so some careful driving is required - but not to any unreasonable or awkward extent.
The quality of both graphics and sound offers very significant improvements over the other simulators. This looks close to being a railway video, rather than a PC game. Both landscapes and rolling stock have a high degree of convincing realism, rather than the "cartoon" character of the earlier simulators. The trackwork, whilst being finely detailed, has convincing slight irregularities and mucky patches. Buildings and landscapes (e.g. fields) likewise. Rolling stock is convincingly weathered and extra instances of the same item (e.g. the Black Five loco) are not carbon copies but subtely varied as well as being differently numbered. Carriage interior views are similarly good and realitically peopled as well.
The overall "driving" experience is enjoyably convincing - to the extent that the player feels immersed in the simulated railway and inclined to remain so.
Route modelling, though not quite as easy as TrainZ is none-the-less an inviting - and more rewarding - activity in its own right. A good inventory of resources and materials seems to have been included - so there is plenty of scope to construct your routes and to make them varied and interesting.
Having installed it and in keeping with most EA products, you have to keep the DVD installed to play the simulator. I'm not a fan of this process as one scratch on the DVD, and you're stuffed!! Still, I stuck with it and have spent most of the day getting the grips with it.
The first point I would like to make is if you are a regular user of MSTS, Rail Simulator takes a little getting used to. Accelerating/Braking is the biggest issue. In MSTS you use D to accelarate and A to decelerate/brake depending upon the engine. In Rail Simulator they are reversed which takes some remembering. I haven't checked to see if you can change this in the options. However, graphically it is excellent and way beyond anything MSTS is capable of. All the routes are very detailed and, contray to other reviews, I haven't experienced any issues at all regarding the quality of the package and certainly would not consider it a beta version. Admitedly, there are only 3-4 scenario for each route (4 of them) so there isn't alot to keep you occupied. This will no doubt improve when they release the add-on development tools promised and the user community gets to work on it.
Overall, this is a very enjoyable piece of software, which has been developed with the user community in mind. Given the success of MSTS, I hope this simulator gets the support it richly deserves.
Let's compare it to the competition.
It resembles MSTS when it first came out. A lot of us forget that the MSTS we are now running owes a lot to the add on extras, such as new routes, stock and utilities, not how the product came out of the box. For instance I mostly use MSTS to run narrow gauge lines, which just wouldn't be possible without the add ons. Compared to Trainz I would have to say it seems a lot more realistic.
Lets get the bads out of the way.
The cover art of the DVD gives quite the wrong impression, it looks like a cartoon simulation. It isn't, this isn't a pick up and go simulation.
The manuals, especially the one in the box, are awful. They don't tell you how to start the simulation, chose a train and run a simple service . It is far too easy to derail in the first minute because nowhere are you told to press "9" to set up a path.
Likewise the scenarios don't tell you the really basic things you need to do, like altering the points.
There are some graphic glitches as well, although generally I think it does a good job of matching graphic capability to playability. Silly things spoil it though, like having procedural vegitation encroaching on mainline track.
Graphically I think it is great, with three exceptions.
1 - as already said sometimes scenic items aren't well placed, and I really don't believe the S&DJR in the winters of the 60's was largly patronised by women wearing 1980's business suits.
2- As already mentioned the placement of some items is a little strange.Read more ›
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