The best just got even better! Dovetail Games pushes the boundaries of simulation once again with Train Simulator 2015!
User reviews: Mostly Positive (4,906 reviews)
Release Date: Sep 18, 2014

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Buy Train Simulator 2015: Standard Edition

Includes 4 items: East Coast Main Line London-Peterborough Route Add-On, Munich - Garmisch-Partenkirchen Route Add-On, NEC: New York-New Haven Route Add-On, Train Simulator 2015

Buy Train Simulator 2015: Steam Edition

Includes 7 items: East Coast Main Line London-Peterborough Route Add-On, Los Angeles Commuter Rail F59PH Loco Add-On, Munich - Garmisch-Partenkirchen Route Add-On, NEC: New York-New Haven Route Add-On, Pacific Surfliner® LA - San Diego Route, San Diego Commuter Rail F59PHI Loco Add-On, Train Simulator 2015

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March 26

Grand Central Class 180 'Adelante' DMU out now for Train Simulator 2015

http://store.steampowered.com/app/277763/

The iconic Class 180 ‘Adelante’ speeds into Train Simulator in distinctive Grand Central Trains livery.

The five-car sets were built by Alstom at their Washwood Heath plant between 2000 and 2001 for First Great Western, who wanted to increase the frequency of their express services between London Paddington and South Wales, and became part of the Coradia 1000 family, alongside the popular Class 175.

Nicknamed ‘Adelante’ by First Group, the Class has had a chequered career, being late into service in the early 2000s and returns to their leasing company, Angel Trains, ahead of schedule in 2009. Subsequently, they were assigned to other train operators and in 2012, five sets were refurbished by First Great Western.

In total, only 14 sets were built and despite their reliability problems, are still in operation today for Grand Central Trains, First Great Western and First Hull Trains. They are capable of reaching 125 mph (201 km/h) thanks to a Cummins QSK19 diesel engine, identical to the engine fitted to the Class 220 ‘Voyager’. The ‘Adelante’ is also unique in being the only diesel-powered high speed train in the World that has a diesel-hydraulic transmission.

The Class 180 ‘Adelante’ for Train Simulator is available in Grand Central Trains’ black livery and includes features usually seen on high speed trains, including signal bell, open/close coupling hatch, DRA, instrument lights, glare panel, headlight control, vehicle overspeed, brake gauge, DSD reset pedal and working TMS system.

The locomotive is also Quick Drive compatible, giving you the freedom to drive the Grand Central Class 180 ‘Adelante’ on any Quick Drive enabled route for Train Simulator, such as those available through Steam. Also included are scenarios specifically for the East Coast Main Line: London-Peterborough route (available separately and required to play these scenarios).

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March 24

Miami Commuter Rail F40PHL-2 update released

24/03/2015

Today we have released a small patch for the Miami Commuter Rail F40PHL-2, with this update the class lights have been seperated from the main headlights and the class lights have been scripted to turn off by default

Download size is 22mb

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Steam Workshop


Now you can easily find, download and rate Train Simulator 2015 scenarios directly through Steam.

The Steam Workshop enables simple searches for specific content; you can also search by area of interest or by specific routes or add-ons. Once you’ve found something you want, click the “Subscribe” button and, the next time you play Train Simulator, the scenarios will automatically appear.

You can even see what your friends have added to their favourites. Scenario writers also enjoy a streamlined process for uploading their work directly to Steam. Of course the exciting part is creating your scenario.

About This Game

Ever dreamed of driving trains? Now you can! Train Simulator brings to life the thrill of driving high speed trains on real world routes in incredible detail.

Welcome to TS Academy: Your career starts here! Learn to master all kinds of trains, locations and situations as you qualify to be a train driver.

Real World Routes: Ride the rails on New York’s busiest passenger route, take an alpine adventure from Munich and drive the express service to London in a variety of challenging career scenarios.

Build your dream: Turn your hand to building your own routes with a suite of powerful and easy to use creator tools and download more routes and locos from the store.

TS2015 features three stunning routes for you to enjoy:

  • East Coast Main Line: London-Peterborough, including First Capital Connect Class 365 and Hitachi Class 801 trains
  • NEC: New York-New Haven, including Amtrak ACS-64 and Amtrak Acela Express trains
  • Munich – Garmish-Partenkirchen, including DB BR 426 and DB BR 411 ‘ICE-T’ trains.

EXCLUSIVE Steam Edition includes San Diego Commuter Rail F59PHI and Los Angeles Commuter Rail F59PHI, both with scenarios for the Pacific Surfliner®: LA-San Diego route, also included.

Master your Machines with Train Simulator 2015.

Key Features

  • Learn to drive different trains at the TS Academy and qualify as a train driver
  • Three fantastic real-world routes including ECML: London-Peterborough (UK), NEC: New York-New Haven (USA) and Munich – Garmish-Partenkirchen (Germany)
  • Thirteen stunningly accurate locomotives with realistic sounds, controls and physics including Hitachi Class 801, Amtrak Acela Express and DB BR 411 ‘ICE-T’
  • EXCLUSIVE Steam Edition includes the Pacific Surfliner®: LA-San Diego route, San Diego Commuter Rail F59PHI and Los Angeles Commuter Rail F59PHI
  • Enhanced graphics and performance
  • Quick Drive menu system: drive what you like, where you like
  • Drive with Xbox 360 controller, keyboard or mouse
  • Integrated Steam Workshop free mission download centre
  • Create your own routes with powerful in-game editing tools
  • Access the Engine Driver community site in-game

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS:Windows® Vista / 7 / 8
    • Processor:Processor: 2.8 GHz Core 2 Duo (3.2 GHz Core 2 Duo recommended), AMD Athlon MP (multiprocessor variant or comparable processors)
    • Memory:2 GB RAM
    • Graphics:512 MB with Pixel Shader 3.0 (AGP PCIe only)
    • DirectX®:9.0c
    • Hard Drive:6 GB HD space
    • Sound:Direct X 9.0c compatible
    • Other Requirements:Broadband Internet connection
    • Additional:Quicktime Player is required for playing the videos
    Recommended:
    • Graphics:Laptop versions of these chipsets may work but are not supported. Updates to your video and sound card drivers may be required
    • Additional:Quicktime Player is required for playing the videos
Helpful customer reviews
367 of 425 people (86%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2,200.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 21, 2014
Preface
As some people don't seem to be getting this, the reason why I have "played" this game for 2000 hours is twofold. The first is that I like trains. They're great. This game is a pretty old game and I've owned it since about 2009/2010. I've probably clocked some 3-400 hours of playtime on this, as I have developed my own routes and driven trains up and down the existing routes. That still leaves 1700 hours. This is due to a glitch in the earlier game. It used to leave a process running that I never noticed that told steam that I was still "in-game" even when I was sleeping or out at uni/work. This wasn't patched until very recently.
As I said in the earlier part of this review - This used to be a good game. Right up until DTG started doing an EA on us. So, to the people not understanding how I've played it for 2000 hours and I don't recommend it, there's your answer. If I'd reviewed it in the 2010, I would've wholeheartedly recommended it. Oh and it's always good to see some intelligent criticism of this review. Calling me a "douch(sic)" because I don't agree with you isn't going to ameliorate me to your cause. Can we have some maturity please.


Review
Righty-oh, think I'll jump on the bandwagon. I've owned Railworks (or Rail Simulator, Train Simulator 20xx) since 2010. Back then it was Railworks 2. We forgave it it's shortcomings. It trumped MSTS on features (for the time), was slightly pretty (even if it was behind everything else) but we were still in the warm glow of the community led MSTS days. A time when UKTrainsim flourished with add-ons, and near enough every class of British locomotive, DMU, EMU, DEMU etc was represented. We were expecting the same with Rail Simulator (as it was back then). I remember the posts on UKTrainsim's forums about how there was going to be community support, that if we all cobbled together we could develop our own content and it would be MSTS with a much improved physics and graphics engine.

4 (maybe 7) years on, and oh how things changed. First they took our HUD. That thing was good. Throttle display on one side, brakes and others. It was non-intrusive, fitted well and meant you could happily drive the train from an external view. That went. We tolerated the new HUD. It had more features but it was clunkier and intruded on the display.
Uktrainsim published it's expansion packs. Which have remained in pretty much the same form to this day. They were good. A good starting point. They were free which was fantastic. But they were killed away.

Railworks was rebranded as Train Simulator. Imagine my (non) surprise when I booted it up and nothing had changed apart from the overlays. It was laggier, and my content didn't work as well. But I forgave it this. They promised patches that never emerged. Instead we got more and more DLC. Trains that no-one wanted. Routes that made no sense. Train Simulators 2012, 2013, 2014 and now 2015 passed and the same base game, but less compatibility. Less focus on community content that didn't feature payware DLC (even on Uktrainsim, the once bastion of free content). The broken features from Rail Simulator remained. The crap dispatcher. The recycled sounds and features. The HST has remained in that form since the first game - update anyone?

Finding fixes for relatively minor problems has been a continuous, frustrating and in some cases, fruitless exercise. Especially when it came to content creation. Scenarios that fail for seemingly arbitrary reasons. Non-negotiable (even by mashing G) pathing on freeroam scenarios that will place an express in a 40mph freight loop. The way that the game has two signalling systems for UK routes that don't talk to one another. One that is a pain to set up and one that isn't. In 2011, I started developing a midland mainline route for this game. That went nowhere because we got updated to TS2012 in the middle and I lost the ability to easily edit the route.

And to finally ice the cake, with the release of TS2015 and it's subsequent patch, I managed to lose a partition on my hard disk due to a bad file downloaded from Steam. Bye bye 2 years of research. Thank goodness for back ups.

If I could say that I have gained anything from TS, it is the following. I am a theoretical chemist. I use the high level software on a supercomputer to compute quantum chemical properties. In many ways, using this is a lot like using the content creator on TS2015. It's broken, and if you don't do it exactly right it will fail, but when it does work, it is the most satisfying feeling in the world. Shame it only happens every few months.

People, don't buy this game. Don't buy the add-ons. Leave it alone. Move on to OpenBVE if you want realism, OpenRail if you want features.

Oh and DTG, if you want to save this sinking ship, stop trying to monetise everything. Let the community create more non-DLC dependent freeware. Stop selling reskins as separate DLC. Basically, stop treating your (otherwise) loyal fanbase like chumps. We were loyal to begin with, but we will move on to other programs that don't treat us as walking wallets.

EDIT: doing more investigation into TS2015. Even more of my DLC doesn't work. And my JT voyager seems to have vanished entirely. Hmm... fishy.
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148 of 190 people (78%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
16.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 9, 2014
Hi dear Trainsimmer on Steam,


As a great railroad fan, I like to spend my pasttime playing TS2015 by Dovetail Studio.
Please don't be to harsh on my review, as it is my first one ever. But this needs to be said in my opinion.

I played all versions of Railworks or as its now known Train Simulator 2015.
When Railworks started out it was a revolutionary develepment in the way we preceive and play with train games.

Graphics were out of this world good and realism was really captured well. It was all doable but extremely hard to get a perfect score on a scenario. I liked that a lot, I liked the realism in it, though be it with its own limitions, as most simulators do.

If I look back and compare over 6 years of develepment and multiple releases to our current release, I must conclude that I really regret spending 42 euros on steam to buy the Special Steam Edition of TS 2015.

I find the game to become oversimplified, too mainstream and too commercial, moreover the absolute lazyness of dovetail and friends and the shear nerve to rip us people off by reselling their existing DLC content again, without any noticable changes. To say the least, I'm really disappointed.
If you wanna make a kids game or entry-level trains game, then by all means do so, just don't call it 'SIMULATOR'.
For the record to all that don't understand the definition of simulator, (especially at dovetail and friends) here it is:

Simulate = recreate something or someone to the closest possible.
Or in plain english get as real as it gets.... not oversimplifying controls and forcing hud screens on me to use....
Bottomline.... if you do not recreate or want to be as real as it gets, then by all means, don't call your game a simulator.

There are also numerous little quircks and bugs in the game that date back from their first release of Railworks 1.
E.g. My keyboard partially fails to react or simply looses connection to the in-game controls, but at the same time I can change my cam views...very annoying when you know you have to brake for a speed reduction and you can't in time because your keys for braking are temporarily disconnected to the train controls.... whoopsie there goes your perfect score for your scenario.

Another example is clipping is still going on here and there, where you pass a tree that's kinda low-branched and close to the track, on occassion the branches will 'decapitate' you in your cabin, because they sway through your cabin as you pass the tree in question. ( ofcourse this is not really possible in-game....It just looks that way...LOL)

Also one point of critisism is "the feeling of speed" is way off. Still after all those years.
If I for example pass through a station in a ICE3 or similar HST @ over 160mph+, I still feel I pass through it at maybe half that speed. If I drive 100mph instead of 60mph, the world virtually still passes by at the same rate.... this is unacceptable in this day and age, Dovetail.

Last but not least, their constant performance-lag in-game. I didn't always owned the right PC with specs adequate enough for Railworks in the past, I must admit. But these days I own a very respectable gaming-rig with more than adequate specs and I still, after all these years, experience stuttering and lagginess while playing, no matter if it is a new map or an old one...

But aside all the little quircks and bugs and the fact that neither the tracks or the trains, or even the overall world has been majorly overhauled and updated, (it basicly all looks and feels the same since Railworks 3 aka Train Simulator 2012), the fact that really angers me the most is the nerves of steel at the Dovetail consortium. Where they now have gone completely haywire on the DLC. Basicly what they did is change some little itsybitsy code and converted some important files to a different fileformat, which basicly renders all previously purchased DLC useless in this so-called new Railworks 6 aka Train Simulator 2015. Then they have the nerve to resell their DLC untouched and unchanged back to the public in their new fileformat so it can be read by the game.

You can check this fact by checking your Routes folder of your game in the SteamLibrary/SteamApps/common/Railworks/Content/Routes folder.
If you would take a look at your folders in there it will useally look like: 00000029-0000-0000-0000-000000002014
This folderstructure goes for most of your routes in Railworks. The last four digits in this example is 2014.
This is the buildyear or release year of the original content. But this time it contains the same files with the new modifications in it. If you would compare these files with the original DLC from last year, you will find they are the same files but some now have a different fileformat at the end...

Like many other reviews I read here on Steam regarding this game, conclude in a similar manner.
Unfortunately I cannot conclude otherwise.

In my honest opinion, I feel they are proving they are not only lazy, but also very devious for trying to sell people what they already own. Therefore I must conclude this as the worst release yet of Railworks and cannot recommend this game positively to others.
I hope this was informative or helpfull in anyway to at least one person, so I can be happy with this review.

I could go on and on about a lot of things that are still not up to par yet, after all these years.
But I'm not the kind that just wants to complain about everything. I always was a big fan of this Series and curious where they would end up later.... but seeing now what they did and where they are after all this time, is for me at least very dissappointing.

Sincerely yours,

EradicationGod
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109 of 142 people (77%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
45.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 14, 2014
Overpriced DLC and constant bugs. Buy Microsoft Train Simulator, Trainz or take a look at the free Open Rails program. They have lots of free third party stuff that would put the paid Railworks DLC to shame.

Also DTG is making it harder to get free third party addons to get working.
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121 of 163 people (74%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
51.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 15, 2014
I really, really, really, really, really want this game to be good. It has a few things going good for it, and most of them are the fact that it has trains. The tutorials are half-♥♥♥♥♥, I needed to look up the signaling system on Wikipedia and learned it from there instead of anywhere in the game. The sounds are pretty bad. Optimization is HORRID, though some of the trains and the scenes are really pretty. Also, the DLC is a ripoff. $40 for a route, and a couple locos/stock would be almost worth it if it came with more than 3-4 scenarios. As I look through the comments I'm seeing some suggestions for other trainsims, and I think I might want to go ahead and check them out.

I am however, going to say that despite all of its flaws, I do keep coming back to this game and driving more trains. Here's to hoping eventually the game gets better.

Oh, and one last thing. I like how driving a train is so easy, they need to have Sean Bean narrate a monologue about how hard it is to drive a train. Really, its REALLY hard guys. Boromir says so!
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133 of 184 people (72%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
15.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 17, 2014
This game is far from realistic, i got it on sale, and still feel robbed, 3 routes and a handfull of locomotives, their "shunting" duties are a bad joke at best, and to get any real enjoyment from the game you must spend a few HUNDRED dollars!

the controls are garbage
the physics are crap
the slack action is non existant
the time tables for missions are insanely short
the restrictions on speed are worse than those of real life (you get +3 mph here in the states before your in trouble)
last i checked, when i put my lead end consist into Dynamic brakes, the locomotive didnt go inside of the one behind it.
one brake system is entirely missing, (actuation)
the brake pipe resivoir acts way too fast, (it can take a full minute to get cars to go into a 20psi set)
the sounds are horrid.
and finally WHERE THE HELL IS MY CONDUCTOR! shoulnt he be calling out signals, slow orders, speed restrictions, throwing switches, and so forth?

for people who say "we are railfans" let me say this, i have met 10 year olds who know more about trains than the developers of this game do.

- Class 1 Railroad Employee.


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110 of 151 people (73%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
178.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 7, 2014
Pre-Release Review
I picked this up back when it was still Railworks.

Since then Dovetail Games has ♥♥♥♥ed it up by 1) making it harder for people to make/install free 3rd-party content, 2) not fixing major bugs, 3) removing custom controller support (seriously wtf) and 4) treating their customers like ♥♥♥♥ in general.
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96 of 139 people (69%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
362.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 23, 2014
The game is beautiful, don't get me wrong. But content is WAY too expensive. The only way to get anything from this game is during flash sales, christmas, and steam summer sales.
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75 of 108 people (69%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
923.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 9, 2014
game has potential, too bad Dovetailgames ruined it.
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66 of 97 people (68%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
38.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 25, 2014
Bought it when it was still Railworx 2. Game still feels the same regardless of its countless updates. Back when I bought it it had about 7 routes that came with it. Now in the latest (2015) version some of the routes it originaly came with are removed and only available again for purchase.
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74 of 111 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
302.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 14, 2014
I recommend this game if you buy the disc at walmart or a store that sells this product. I recommend buying the 2012 version because it's cheaper than the steam version and will upgrade automatically to 2015, honestly this game is terrible in my opinion, has way too many problems with the AI system and there is not many features either. The DLC is also overpriced, and some of them don't even work properly. DTG in my opinion only cares about money and not about the people who play their game, they bring out all these overpriced DLC's and not focus on fixing the bugs in the game. They just want people to buy their trains and once they have a lot of people buy it they update the game, only to find out that the update is no different and all the bugs are still there. Microsoft Train Simulator is a whole lot better than this in many ways and other Train Sims aswell. This game is good and all but I would it's not worth buying for 40$. I would say it's probably worth 15$-20$ because of all the problems and besides, they have DLC. The game itself is 40$ and when you buy a route, it's like another 40$, and for a train itself, it would be 20$. That would be very expensive, so if you are very sure you want to buy a game that the developers rarely update and with many unbelievable problems that just ruin the experience then I recommend buying the 2012 disc version at a store like walmart or target, if not buy it online, it's very cheap, about 20 bucks or less. Once you buy it, it will upgrade to the 2015 version.
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36 of 51 people (71%) found this review helpful
1,439.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 13, 2014
I'm going to keep this simple up until TS2015 this has been a Train Simulator railfans would love. However I strongly recommend that you read the community posts before you decide to buy. This upgrade is causing a lot of problems across the board, including the release of a BETA patch that did more damage than it fixed. You DON'T release beta software to the public! I would hold out for now and wait to see if they manage to fix the issues.
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39 of 57 people (68%) found this review helpful
57.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 24, 2014
unless you plan on spending extra on the DLC, the game gets boring fast due to lack of content
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72 of 116 people (62%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1,180.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 30, 2014
Train Simulator: You mostly either love it or hate it. There are a lot of things it does wrong, but an equal number of things it does right. In my opinion, one of the best things about Train Simulator is the plethora of DLC's you can buy for it. It's been called DLC Simulator of the Year a number of times. Don't let that put you off though! There is no reason to have all of them. There are sales frequently and eventually you'll figure out what types of tracks and locomotives you prefer and stick to those. There is a WIDE variety in both type and QUALITY of the DLC's available. Many of them are not made by TS's parent company. Most of those are the better ones, but not all.

The game itself comes with 3 or 6 DLC's depending which version you get. Unfortunately there's not a ton of variety between them. They're all essentially passenger routes. I personally prefer freight and mountains but here's a little run down on the DLC's it comes with.

The Standard version will come with:

East Coast Mainline London-Peterborough: Well done route. The scenery is quite nice. I'd actually be quite happy with this route except that it's very flat with some country and a lot of city. Typical of many of the UK routes. There is a lot of people that like them tho, just not my thing! My only complaint with this DLC is the locomotive. A Class 365. It's pretty good except for one glaring flaw. If you're going thru snow or rain you can't see anything because the windshield wiper does not cover the window where you're looking. IF there is a way to move your view without going outside the train, I've not found it. For any kind of preciptation it's downright annoying.

Munich - Garmisch-Partenkirchen: Another well done route. I really like the main locomotive that it comes with. The BR 426 is pretty well designed and operates smoothly. The only annoying feature is it appears to be electronically speed controlled at 132 kph or so! I'm sure this is realistic, but when the track speed limit is 160, I'd like to be able to go faster! The route is very well done. It has some small villages and hills and a large city (Munich). Fairly steep hills. Quite scenic. I really like this route!

Northeast Corridor New York to New Haven: This route I have a mixed opinion on. If it ran smoothly it'd be pretty good. It's scenic (as much so as a city route can be) and the Amtrak locomotive it comes with is pretty good. But it's extremely poorly optimized. Running at max quality on my system (1920x1080 res) I only got frame rates in the 20's and low 30's. Occasionally high teens. I have an i7 4930k @ 4 Ghz, 32 GB ram and an R9 290x video card. There is absolutely no reason for poor performance. As a side note, this route also comes with a CSX SD40 tho there are no scenarios for it. You need to either download them from the workshop or make your own. You do see it operating though from time to time.

If you get the Steam Edition, at the time of this writing (It changes periodically), you'll also get:

Pacific Surfliner - L.A. to San Diego: This is a very nice route. It follows the coast of California between the two aforementioned cities. There is at least one good sized hill as well. The only complaint (and it's fairly minor) Is that I had problems with the brakes sticking on the Amtrak PH59 loco it comes with. May have been just me and it's fairly easy to work with once you realize what it's doing so not a huge deal. It really does not detract from this route and I would highly recommend it in general.

San Diego Commuter Rail and Los Angeles Commuter rail: I own these trains but I have not used them. If I remember, when I get to them I'll update this review.

If you've made it through all that, keep in mind there are routes that at least I prefer MUCH more than any of the above available. I won't review them here as I intend to review them on their own pages as Steam now allows.

While there are many things about this game that make it a mixed bag in some respects, remember that most of the people posting negative reviews have hundreds sometimes many hundreds of hours in a game. To me that's a positive review no matter what right there. You're just silly if you've not moved on to a fun game after a fraction of that time. If it's fun, probably others will find it so as well. Even if you spend quite a bit of money on it, if you get 500 hrs out of it, that's a pretty temendous value. Again my opinion :)

Pros:
+ Tons of content!
+ Pretty good graphics engine. The best of what's available for any Train Simulator that's available currently.
+ Workshop available that has more scenarios than you could shake a stick at. A few routes as well. Lots of really good stuff available as well.
+ Recently an "academy" was added. Ho-hum super easy stuff for many of us who already knew the in's and out's but may be quite helpful for new folks.
+ Tons of Steam achievements for those who collect/enjoy them. Be aware you do need to buy content to get them tho. Most of the DLC's come with 5 to 10 each. The basic game the way you buy it has 50 or 60 probably.. no where near the amount they advertise.
+ New DLC released practically every week. As noted above, most of the new stuff is quite good.

Cons:
- Some of the DLC's have minor problems. Rarely a major one. The worst I've run across is scenarios that can't be completed. This is rare, and so far I've always found a fix on the workshop. Still, it's a bit shoddy and extremely annoying.
- The horns on many of the locomotives are pretty bad if you care about that kinda thing.
- The company either completely ignores or takes forever to acknowledge bugs in old content. Newer content has far fewer bugs generally, and is updated more regularly. They've taken a step in the right direction there at least....
- This applies to the basic game you buy - Not much content really. They should have included a greater variety. Practically requires a separate purchase.

Also the largest time sink I've found in the last few years :) This game is not for everyone, but particularly if you have a strong interest in trains, I would higly recommend it!
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30 of 43 people (70%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
361.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 30, 2014
TS2015 can be broken down in to the Positive and Negative aspects:

Positive:
- During sales, it is cheap to absurdly low levels, even in special editions. This makes it easy for anyone to pick up and play it.
- (Almost) full controller support.
- Wide abundance of downloadable content from nearly all parts of the world.
- Some DLC content is also free (Including re-released routes on the Workshop).
- The game has a very active community, with many groups to join.
- Highly acclaimed as a very detailed, expansive, and fun train simulation game.
- Many third-party addons to expand the collection further.
- Amazingly concentrated and detailed physics, geography, and train movement.

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Negative:
- The game is a DLC-pumping machine. This manages to pump out more useless DLC than PAYDAY 2 does. AND THAT GAME HAS LESS DLC.
- A lot of the time, the game breaks laws of motion, physics, and gravity.
Examples:
http://youtu.be/a6KuVLncMi8
http://youtu.be/l0WqJ0WQ1Hg
http://youtu.be/hXCNUtsgCwQ
http://youtu.be/QJEjzqxgW3k
http://youtu.be/412wwyO-nRA
http://youtu.be/IUYxe-pnqyU
http://youtu.be/HgwfO5kWIjo
- Unless you have /a good amount of cash/ on you, a lot of the routes and locomotives you won't be able to acquire until a sale. $40 is the standard price for most routes, and $20-30 being the standard for locomotives.
- A lot of the sounds on locomotives sound cheap and stocky, and most of the time are inaccurate to GREAT detail.
- Only until TS2015 did models such as people and vehicles improve to nearly tolerable and "realistic" levels. Before that they were about as detailed as any passengers you'd see in Trainz 2004 or in any low-poly interior (which there is a lot).
- A lot of the tools are confusing to figure out at first, and a lot of tutorials offer little help, as the game changes around every September. Sounds a lot like a good amount of games today. Isn't that right Ubisoft, EA, and whatever COD is?
- With each game, the system requirements change. I get this is common in technology, but a lot of us don't change like everyone else does.
- I've been interested in this game since Rail Simulator, and as of this release, I'm starting to want to revert back to Trainz. Or even venture into Run-8. (Protip: Don't buy Run-8.)

In short, if you want to get the game, get it. I'd prefer you get it on a /deeply/ cheap sale, however.

I'll probably get comments of autists spewing their views, and you're more than welcome to.
Like my videos and screenshots I post of this game, I'm not responding to it unless it deserves being responded to.

Cheers,
- Fancypants
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37 of 56 people (66%) found this review helpful
80.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 29, 2014
After updating to TS 2015, I uninstalled it and all of my add on content. Wasn't thrilled with the changes made nor the bugs that cropped up after the several "updates" it had after the upgrade. Was disappointed by the sherman hill route and the lack of things to do, or the fact one started miles away from the actual yard/equipment to actually do anything on the route. Needless to say, it was a waste of money, I wont recommend this to any of my friends, nor will I reinstall the game on steam.
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37 of 56 people (66%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1,341.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 9, 2014
TOTAL RUBBISH I'VE HAD NOTHING BUT TROUBLE WITH THIS GAME SINCE I GOT IT. ABSOLUTE CRAP !!!!
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33 of 49 people (67%) found this review helpful
798.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 28, 2014
Like the simulation point of view of driving trains but honestly disappointed by the incessant crashes, with nothing really done to address them.
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40 of 62 people (65%) found this review helpful
488.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 8, 2014
This version of train Simulator is a POS. The upgrade from 2014 totaly screwed the game. DO NOT BUY THIS GAME AT ANY PRICE. Not even worth FREE
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29 of 43 people (67%) found this review helpful
710.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 6, 2014
Since you gave me ♥♥♥♥ simulator 2015 not much is up to Par. Fix the STUFF that is not working. If u need me to come paly and find bugs I WILL But for the cash you want for a route there should be little or no bugs at all. Do you care. I spent over 100$ and got like 16 scenarios and 4 i derail at 5 mph no swich just straight track and fell over by tilt???????? Some will not loads.. IF YOU CARE ABOUT US YOU WILL LET US ALL NO AND FIX IT. MAYBEsomething for are time. It's in your hands. u should try and keep us HAPPY
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41 of 65 people (63%) found this review helpful
10.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 27, 2014
Used to love this game. Than they forced us to get 2015

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