The best just got even better! Dovetail Games pushes the boundaries of simulation once again with Train Simulator 2015!
User reviews: Mixed (5,217 reviews)
Release Date: Sep 18, 2014

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Buy Train Simulator 2015: Standard Edition

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

Buy Train Simulator 2015: Steam Edition

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

Buy Train Simulator 2015: Summer Edition

Includes 13 items: Train Simulator 2015, Train Simulator: Amtrak Acela Express EMU Add-On, Train Simulator: DB BR 411 'ICE-T' EMU Add-On, Train Simulator: DB ICE 2 EMU Add-On, Train Simulator: East Coast Main Line London-Peterborough Route Add-On, Train Simulator: Hamburg-Hanover Route Add-On, Train Simulator: Isle of Wight Route Add-On, Train Simulator: Miami - West Palm Beach Route Add-On, Train Simulator: Munich - Garmisch-Partenkirchen Route Add-On, Train Simulator: NEC: New York-New Haven Route Add-On, Train Simulator: Pacific Surfliner® LA - San Diego Route, Train Simulator: The Riviera Line: Exeter-Paignton Route Add-On, Train Simulator: West Rhine: Cologne - Koblenz Route Add-On

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June 1

Train Simulator Update 51.6a Open Beta

Today we have released an update for Train Simulator 2015 into open beta.

This update includes the addition of a random Quick Drive generation button, Fixing of the white effect obscuring distant scenery and a number of UI improvements.

The open beta will run for a week and allow players to provide feedback about the update before it is released. You will need to own Train Simulator 2015 to take part.

Please see click here for information on how to take part and what is included in the update - http://dtg.link/4Vrb

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May 29

Gatwick Express Class 442 'Wessex' Out Now

29/05/2015

http://store.steampowered.com/app/277773/

The World’s fastest electric multiple unit speeds into Train Simulator, perfect for recreating Gatwick Express services on the London-Brighton route.

The Class 442 ‘Wessex Electric’ (or 5WES) electric multiple unit (EMU) was introduced in 1988 on the South Western main line between London Waterloo and Weymouth. Their introduction coincided with the completion of the electrification from Bournemouth to Weymouth.

The units were initially used solely on the Weymouth line, but through the 1990s began to be used on the London Waterloo to Portsmouth direct line. Upon privatisation, the whole fleet passed to the South West Trains franchise, and then to Southern.

In 2008, Southern began a refurbishment programme that saw all Class 442 units pass on to Gatwick Express services between London Victoria and Gatwick Airport, and at peak times to Brighton.

Dedicated services between the UK capital and the country’s second busiest airport began in May 1984 with air-conditioned InterCity Mk3 coaches operated by British Rail. In 2008, Gatwick Express ceased to exist as a separate franchise, being merged into the Southern franchise.

Despite their popularity on Gatwick Express services, all 24 trainsets are due to be replaced by Class 387 units in 2016 with the 5WES’s future still to be determined.
The 442 currently holds the world speed record for a third-rail electric multiple unit on conventional rails with 108mph (174 km/h) attained in April 1988, although the designed operational top speed of the units is 100mph (161 km/h).

The BR Class 442 for Train Simulator reproduces the Gatwick Express service as it operated for Southern from 2008. The five-car units comprise of Driving Trailer Standard (DTS), Trailer Standard (TSO), Motor Luggage Composite (MLC), Trailer Standard Wheelchair (TSW) and Driver Trailer Standard (DTS).

The train is also Quick Drive compatible, giving you the freedom to drive the Gatwick Express Class 442 ‘Wessex’ on any Quick Drive enabled route for Train Simulator, such as those available through Steam. Also included are scenarios specifically for the London-Brighton route (available separately and required to play these scenarios).

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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
37 of 39 people (95%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
202.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 3
Train Simulator gets many things right, but too many things wrong. I still continue to play it, but that doesn't mean I'd recommend it.

First, what does it get right?
+ Lots of DLC which means a huge amount of content to play with
+ Fairly easy to understand and get into
+ Steam workshop expands the playtime hugely

So what does it get wrong?
- Crap optimisation. Framerate dips below 20 sometimes. Probably due to lack of multi-core support.
- Tile loading system. This means the game micro-freezes each time it loads a new tile.
- Sounds are often inaccurate and poor quality.
- Way too many bugs that they won't fix.
- DLC is overpriced. Where do they get these prices from?
- Graphics are OKAY in areas, but horrid in others.
- Level of quality is inconsistent.
- Customer support just ignores you.

Could go on for a while. It's a game that has a lot of potential, but the devs are too busy concentrating on new DLC rather than patching the game, and fixing existing DLC.
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36 of 50 people (72%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
284.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 22, 2014
Where to start with this?

Railworks 2 was the first game I ever bought, and I loved every minute of it. It was the game that caused me to get the gaming bug.

Fast forward to now.

Train SImulator 2015 has to be one of the worst games I have ever played. Despite being an IT engineer myself, and knowing how to get a computer set up, despite spending 1000's of pounds on a gaming rig with an Ultra M.2 SSD, overclocked i7 4790k, and a GTX Titan Black, this game is still laggy and doesn't play properly.

It's old. It's out of date. It's expensive (apart from in the sales), and DTG spend more time creating more and more DLC, rather than sorting out the abomination that the base game has become.

DTG claim that next year the game will be using the Unreal engine. 'Great' I hear you cry, until you then realise that the hundreds, if not thousands of pounds of DLC you have already bought won't be compatible with it. So guess what? You're going to have to buy it again.

having been a loyal fan of this game for a few years now, I feel like I've been bent over and well and truly shafted by the developers with a substandard product. I understand they are a commercial business that are out to make money, but to make money, you need to keep your customer base happy, and if you look at these reviews, you can see that more and more loyal customers of DTG are fed up with them.

If you want a game that seems incomplete, substandard and frustrating as hell, (not in a good way) then part with your hard earned for it.

If you want a game with an excellent game engine, superb graphics, realism, and is reliable - then look elsewhere because you ain't going to get it from this.
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24 of 31 people (77%) found this review helpful
38.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 9, 2014
This is a game that could have been so good, a game that really should have been so good. And I really wanted to love it, I tried as hard as I could to ignore the negative reviews and the harsh criticism in the forum. Unfortunately they all proved to be true.

There are plenty of bugs and the graphics are outdated. Instead of fixing existing bugs, they keep producing more overpriced DLC, with even more bugs that most likely won't be fixed. And a game this CPU, RAM and GPU intensive that isn't 64bit in 2014 is almost embarassing. My new high end computer can barely handle some DLC, due to the fact that the game can't use the resources available.

The worst part however is not the bugs or that the game isn't updated to make use of newer and better technology, the worst part is the developer's apparent lack of will to fix the problems and their awkward and sometimes outright negative attitude towards the community. A community with such a love for the game; or rather for what the game could have been. A community increasingly frustrated with the lack of support from the developer.

Do I regret buying it? No, not really. Would I reccommend it? No, I can't.

Call it stupid, call it naïve, but I really want to believe that there is a brighter future for this game. I really want to believe that this game one day will become what it has potential to be. Right now however, even though there is talk about them working with a new game engine for next year's release, nothing indicates that that will come true.

Though I sincerely hope that I will have to rewrite this review one day.
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17 of 23 people (74%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
72.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 7
This is a 2015 release of a PC simulator game, and you can't even rebind the keys.

Wait, let me go back a bit.

A bit of background on me: I used to play Microsoft Train Simulator religiously back in the mid 2000s. I was a member on UKTS and a proper modoholic. I bought several addon CDs (yes, CDs. Remember those?) with routes because it was the only practical way to distribute them at that time.

Then Rail Simulator came out, I can't even remember when, and it pretty much killed my interest in the genre. That sounds a little over-dramatic, I know. But the thing was, there was all this content for MSTS (Microsoft Train Simulator), but the graphics and physics were awful and the game engine was really struggling even with contemporary hardware. Then there was Rail Simulator, which had pretty (for the day) graphics, but no user made content. Each one spoiled the other for me. So I stopped playing, and vowed to come back once the community had matured. I wasn't good at content creation myself, so I thought I could be a bit selfish like that and get away with it, and the developers were promising to work with the community and provide all these tools and so on and so forth.

When was that, 2007? I'm writing this in 2015 and all I see is overpriced DLC and what is, essentially, the same game as Rail Simulator. In fact, some of the content is even *exactly* the same. Those god awful sounds for the HST? Those are from 8 years ago, and they were well below par back then, too. I mean, I know that this has essentially been a rolling update, from Rail Simulator to Railworks to Train Simulator, 2011, 2013, 2014 and so on, but this is pretty sad.

I don't know what happened to the community in the years I was away, but it seems to have died a death. All I know is from reading other reviews. They're talking about the developers refusing to engage with the community, except as a cash cow. I don't know how true the former is, but the latter is obviously true.

Go and look at all the DLC available, then look at the price. OK, got that? Well, maybe if you end up using this content a lot, like maybe the buses in OMSI, then it might be worth it, right? Now look at the scenarios included with the DLC. That's all you're going to get, dear. There is no way to set up a timetable and just drive it with AI traffic. You either go free roam, or the 4 or 5 pre-packaged scenarios (which may also rely on other DLC, watch out for that), or the same scenarios but with a score logged at the end. Thanks for the £25, good bye, don't let the door hit you on the way out. You know how in a game like OMSI you can just get in there and drive at any time of the day you want, with the weather you want, on the line you want, and the game just makes everything else up for you and you can have a happy bus-filled extravaganza of mid-80s German-ness? Yeah, that's not what you get here. You will exhaust these scenarios, and then you will be done.

But wait! What about Steam Workshop? Good luck. Good luck finding anything that works with what ever selection of DLC you've happened to buy. In my experience, it's useless. Yes, this is something that plagued MSTS as well, but good god that game came out in 2001 and hasn't been developed since. That games gets slack. This thing has been in constant development for more than 8 years. Let that one sink in. This is 8 years worth of work, and it's still the same pre-made, finite, static content as it ever was. Oh, but there's bloom effects, so that's nice.

So, enough about the overpriced content and lack of community. What about the game engine itself, what about the environment? The content may be limited, but perhaps we can immerse ourselves in what we have, and really enjoy it for what it is.

Na. Sorry. The game engine looks ok, yes. But it's just "OK", and that's not really 8 years worth of work, is it? It still looks reminiscient of Rail Simulator back in the day, but now it has some slightly fancy lighting effects. In fact I was going to start talking more about some of the nice graphical things they've added since the original game, but I actually can't think of any off the top of my head. It just looks like it did back then but now it runs worse. Although, there is the bloom. There is always the bloom. If you smudge vaseline on the lens, that makes it look all realistic and next-gen, right?

OK, what ever, I'll stop moaning, turn on my TrackIR and-oh wait, there's no TrackIR support.

....Fine. You know what? Why do we even need TrackIR on a train sim, It's only one of the main components for immersion in first person simulator games, but I suppose I'm just looking straight ahead most of the time anyway. I'll just get my controller out and have fun with that instead. I've got some nice realistic analoge controls set up here that I can use for the throttle, brake and so on. It will be so much better than using the bizarre keyboard layout. Boo for digital controls, am I right?

My god. Why is the "controller" menu just a picture of an XBox controller? Is this a joke? Well, maybe I just rebind it in the main menu instead, it's probably just a reminder of the assignments I've already set up and... wait, there's no way to even rebind the keys?!

This is a 2015 release of a PC simulator game, and you can't even rebind the keys.

I give up. You win, Dovetail. You win. 6/5 stars, game of the year, game of the century, take my money, take my dignity, take my god knows how long I spent writing this review. Learn from my mistakes.

I'll be in the corner sobbing into my old copy of Microsoft Train Simulator like the sad, sad person that I am.
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16 of 22 people (73%) found this review helpful
6.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 6, 2014
I bought this Game os Steam sale, was quite cheap with an 85% on it. The only way I'd buy it as the price tag is quite high, so I could pick on the Steam version with some extra stuff. Well, besides the price tag, what else the game offers? not many things.

Let's start complimenting theese guys on making a visually good game. By visually good, I say it by making textures for dirty windows, rain drops on the windows, and other enviromental stuff, but, the textures on both interior and exteriors aren't that much good looking, as on a resolution of 1366x768 I can't read some of the things written in the cab controls. About controls, they have support for a controller, but you can't customize the controls, and what about the conductor to help you out?

Another down side of this game is the missions, with and EXTREMELY short timetable. A second more or less to press the load/unload command and you're already late and loosing points, not to say that you have to figure out the exact distance to start braking from the speed limit to stop wit the entire train on the station, toherwise you're loosing points too. Physics? they have some good things but bad things, but I'd say they still have some work to do.

What about the IMMENSE number os DLC's? they throw you off from playing this game, they give you a loco on the tutorial that ISN'T EVEN AVAILABLE TO PLAY!, what the heck are you doing people? Still, work to polish your engine, I'm running it on a decent and considered high end machine and it lags, that shouldn't be happening IMO.

This is my first review on a game, and it's a negative one. I gave you a chance on this, and I'm not happy with it, you lost a possible client. For everyone else up to buy it, get it on a heavy discount, it's not worth it unless it's 75% off or more, maybe don't even buy it, save for something better
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23 of 36 people (64%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
17.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 6, 2014
Not to impressed I must say. I bought this game during the Steam sale and I'm so glad I paid just a fiver for it because this game is just one great big DLC cash cow. You buy it thinking you have a full variety of trains to drive and routes to travel on but you don’t. Fairly limited really. I don’t mind DLC but this game has hundreds of it, each worth lots of money. Feel sorry for those who paid the full price. Paying thirty five pound to learn you have to pay a further twenty pound for one train or route you wish to play. And lastly, I don’t think much of the games graphics either. Basically, don't buy this game expecting a lot in return.
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16 of 23 people (70%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
16.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 15, 2014
I was looking for a replacment for Microsoft Train Simulator when I bought this. I over looked much of the quality of this game since it was all I could find. But the expencive DLC and overall lack of content and poor content I continued my search. What i have found is Open Rails and even better its free! Please check it out, it even works with MSTS addons/mods.
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18 of 28 people (64%) found this review helpful
117.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 10, 2014
I would really love to be able to give this the thumbs up.....and yet I can't. The potential is certainly there; in fact, it's not that far from being a good game. But at the end of the day you are just met with frustration.

The graphics, considering that this game is 75% about the visual experience, are nothing special though that is hardly surprising given the age of the graphics engine. The physics....well, not knowing what driving a steam engine would really feel like I cannot say that it makes me think I am. But despite these deficiencies I find it strangely compelling to drive a commuter train and there is a real sense of achievement when you have kept it to time.

Then, however, comes the frustrating part. The latest annual update made a whole mess of the game; an unwieldy and counter-intuitive menu system, scenarios which now no longer work, graphical glitches galour and achievements which can now no longer, well, be achieved. And a company which basically does not listen to its customer base but prefers to bury its head in the sand.

A new version with a brand new graphics engine is apparently in the pipeline which will then become the flagship. We are promised that support for this version will continue but I have to ask myself.....given DTG's track record is that really likely given that profits seem to be the be all and end all with customer service rather well down the list?
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12 of 17 people (71%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
16.8 hrs on record
Posted: March 19
I bought this during Xmas sale for $8 just to add to my collection and I enjoy simulators. I had heard some negative ratings, but decided to add to my library anyways. But I was pleasantly surprised with this excellent simulator!

I never realized driving a train could be so much fun!

Pros:
- Excellent Scenery and Expertly Modeled Trains
- Challenging Tutorials and Career Missions
- Perfectly designed GUI and Simulation Engine
- Very well written application, absolutely no problems found
- Learn much interesting facts about trains and their operation

Cons:
- Add-on DLC are bit overpriced
- Wish there was more free content like Microsoft Fight Simulators

I look forward to similar improvements to FSX now that Dovetail now continues its development!
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
39.3 hrs on record
Posted: April 18
Great game but the DLC is TOO expensive. I'm pleading to the Devs to sort this out as I'd happily buy up a lot of DLC if some of the DLC wasn't as expensive as a game. I realise the sales are a good time to buy but I don't want to have to wait for a sale. Devs, READ the reviews as i'm just repeating the voice of thousands more that have said the same thing.

I reccomend this game if you're happy with the current content but be ready to fork out for the DLC.

EDIT: Devs I'm now BEGGING you to sort this pricing out. You're literally killing off this sort of sim because now people just associate this game with having close to £3k worth of DLC which is INSANE. I'd even be interested in seeing combined packs which make better value for money. Devs take your heads out of the sand and sort this out please.
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32 of 56 people (57%) found this review helpful
9 people found this review funny
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 22, 2014
This game taught me I can not drive a train.
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
469.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 20, 2014
I enjoy playing the game of train simulator 2015 very much, but one thing that I find very frustrated with that when you want to edit a certin train it freezes and goes no where, or if you buy a train off market place and after it has been downloaded and you go to playit , it is in your library but when you click on it to play it its not there and all you see if you are sitting on the tracks but no train.
but othere wise it is good.
for me to recommend the game I would like to see these items fixed.
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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 22, 2014
I did not enjoy this game for very game breaking reasons. First the controls for the game are extremely glitchy! To move throttles and pull switches is a pain because the game is always freaking out with what it thinks you want to do. Just a simple pull of a brake is difficult to preform, what should have been just a simple "move your mouse up or down" was actually a strange left to right circular motion which is extremely sensitive and frustrating to use. Second, don't be fooled by the fancy trailers or cool screen shots, the graphics in this game are absolute garbage! You could say, "but isn't it about the gameplay not the game?" When the Title of your game is "TRAIN SIMULATOR 2015" and your game looks more like "TRAIN SIMULATOR 1999" there's something wrong! Not to mention that the gameplay is suppose to be a cool experience of driving a REAL LOCOMOTIVE, this should be a good looking system with at least great looking trains and with decent looking control rooms. I don't care if the outside looked like an 8-bit atari game as long as the vehicle, which i paid for to drive looks good and drives even better. Another negative is sound design. The opening credit sequence show live shots of trains at work steaming along, honking, whistling, and so on; but in the actual game, none of the sound feels real. All they had to do was get ahold of some recording from a train yard or something, but all the sounds in the game are cheap sound bites. I just had a terribly bad experience with this game and I shouldn't have had to have a bad experience for the price of this game. If Steam allowed returns, I'd returns this game without a second thought! Don't buy this game, there is no simulation in this simulation. Farming Simulator is an amazing game compared to this!
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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
36.4 hrs on record
Posted: March 10
Simulator? Hardly! Do not buy this product if you expect it to be very much like running an actual train, I have run both freight trains and passenger trains and I can assure you that there is so much more that could be added to this game to make it a really great simulator. I could type up a complete list of items that need to be rectified and/or added but I have better things to be doing. A short list would be little details like the whistle posts on the CP Mountain Sub are diamond shape, not square. Approach signals are usually staggered and display proper sequences, for example: not clear to slow then medium to stop. Train braking physics are way off as well. Do not pay full price for this game, wait for it to go on sale first. @Steam, if you read this, I am very sure there are some experienced Locomotive Engineers that are using Train Simulator that would be more than happy to give you input for improvements, I know I would offer advice.
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8 of 11 people (73%) found this review helpful
330.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 29, 2014
Ok, so first off, DLC's are priced way too high. $40 for a route!? No, just no. Secondly, they're support is useless. You contact them, it says " Well get back to you soon"...No reply. Third, They ban you from there fourms if you say anything remotely bad about there game. And last but not least, there are a ton of glitches and freezes. Like on the Amfleet cars that come with the NY To New Haven DLC,the couplers are all spread apart and messed up. Will they even attempt to fix it? Nope...Or, I'll be just driving along, then boom, my train flies into the air, or my train stops and it just says "derailment" and i'm just sittin there like "what?". Not to mention that the physics are off most locomotives. This is very unfortunate because i see a lot of potential in this game if they would just fix simple glitches! If you dont mind any of this than purchase it. Its not a terrible game when it works, just dont expect it to all of the time.
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9 of 13 people (69%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 4, 2014
Pre-Release Review
Game requires a monster pc! My gaming pc cannot even run the game without laggs. Looked like a fun game, but still havent played it..
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10 of 15 people (67%) found this review helpful
19.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 16, 2014
Although the basics of this game are quite cool, It has been stripped of a lot of content. A large number of trains and maps have to be bought seperately. For example, there are no steam engines in game. The UI is not very good either; Figuring out what everything actually does is a pain.

I was greatly dissapointed by what the game has to offer, especially considering the last version I played (~2007) offered a bigger variety of both maps and trains.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
68.2 hrs on record
Posted: February 20
i do like this game. its really good but its just the absolute lag i get. you need a good computer to run this. msts works on like every pc. and open rails makes it amazing. there's no open rails for ts2015 so i wasted 60 dollars on this game!! dlc is overpriced as ♥♥♥♥! $4,604.79. do you know where that number came from? all of your dlcs. ♥♥♥♥ing ridiculous. are you kidding me? 4 grand for all of your ♥♥♥♥? tip 1= lower prices tip2= make ur game work on more computers. tip 3=make a better game.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.4 hrs on record
Posted: March 10
I grabbed this ages ago on hefty Steam discounts... And, that's honestly where the value is.

+ 2015 version has great UI
+ Fun to drive trains
+ Interesting tutorials
+ lots of workshop content
+ started with 2013 edition, free upgrade to 2015
+ some free DLC (known as Classic Routes in the workshop)
+ career system seems interesting so far

- some tutorials need better explanations (ie: when breaking, explaining what wheel slippage is and why it happens would be nice.. or the right time to start slowing down when a speed limit is changed, etc)
- even with beefy spec'ed machine I still lagged out in certain areas
- graphics could be plenty better or at least better polish
- riddled with bugs
- insane base price
- insane DLC prices

My positive and negative bullet points basically sum it all up. It's a neat game, and there's a lot of great stuff here. But is it worth $60CAD? Heck no, not compared to so many other titles out there. Why is that? Because for AAA prices, I don't want to see "ID Not Found" when trying to create my profile. I don't want to see lag or framerate drops on my high-spec'ed machine every time I pass through a town - and all the other little bugs. This is further worsened by the DLC prices - when they are priced the same as full-version titles, and I can read about how they have the same craftsmanship (aka riddled with bugs), I'm just not going to take the chance at getting burned.

And that is disapointing, because I like sinking my teeth in detailed sims; and I'm not afraid of opening my wallet and investing considerable sums into a game to support it... But when the title is riddled with bugs, the content (such as the tutorials) need further ironing out and so on, you cannot justify these prices - no matter how niche-market the title is.

I guess I can conclude this all by saying that in the end, I am enjoying it. A) because I did get the base copy and some DLC for cheap, and B) because my base copy keeps getting updated for free; so it's hard to really feel ripped off. So I am enjoying it - but I'm disappointed because I feel like my replay value is going to be capped until I can get some more DLC for cheap; because I won't be paying their regular price that's for sure.

I wish I could say maybe on the reccomendation... but it has to come down to this: until they drop their base prices for the game and the dlc to something more fitting the quality of the game you're getting right now, my reccomendation has to be no.

tl;dr; Great Steam Sale buy if it's dirt cheap (60-70% off or more I'd say). Game is nice, but buggy. Insane DLC prices will likely hurt replay value.. but I'm still enjoying it (since I did get it cheap ages ago) so far.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
14.3 hrs on record
Posted: March 12
Still has bugs like sound effects that is missing or controls that are not preperly visualized. Don't really like how everything is comparted in DLC's. Even MSTS had Steam Trains in the main package. It's unbelievable how much you have to shell out for a single DLC.
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