Massive Update just released (Jan 2016)! Trainz: A New Era has just received a massive update - after more than six months development, and many thousands of hours Beta Testing by our core Trainz community, the new "Service Pack 1" update delivers improved performance and stability and plenty of bug fixes and enhancements...
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Mixed (12 reviews) - 58% of the 12 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
Mostly Positive (821 reviews) - 77% of the 821 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: May 14, 2015

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June 22

Latest Update for Trainz A New Era now Live

In our quest for continual improvement to Trainz A New Era, we have just released the latest version (known elsewhere as Service Pack 1 Hotfix 3).

This update has a range of enhancements including:

  • Dynamic Shadow updates
  • Speedtreee leaf shadow updates
  • New Picklist feature in Content Manager and Surveyor
  • You can now toggle Nav Point visibility
  • External Camera now remembers last zoom length, direction and FOV setting
  • Increased the polygon detail of the skybox (no seams showing)
  • Save in Surveyor no longer stops sounds from playing
  • Rulers now follow terrain when it is modified
  • Crossing labels now have their own toggle on minimap
  • Can now zoom in much closer in dedicated minimap mode
  • Routes Menu now correctly scrolls to selected route in long lists
  • All engine specs can now be replaced using Surveyor Properties
  • Previously selected item in Surveyor now remembered for each object listing
  • Disabled content will not show in the routes or sessions menu
  • Unknown Assets in CM now have "Copy" command enabled
  • Game no longer resets AI train priority on game save
  • List Asset versions now available for 'unknown' assets
  • Keyboard hotkeys updated in Content Manager
  • Shadows on meshes which are attached to "non-cabs" disabled by default

    For new users, please note that you will need a DX11 capable graphics card, and that upon first start-up there is a delay of 5-10 minutes while various game elements are built.

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May 18

TANE SP1 HF3 Beta Now Available

As part of our ongoing updates to "TANE" we have released a new Beta version for our Steam users with a range of changes including Speedtree leaf shadows, a new Picklist feature, several sounds issue fixes and much more.

If you would like to take a look at the latest update, follow these steps:

* Right Click on Trainz A New Era
* Select Properties
* Select the Beta Tab
* Enter the access code: TANESP1HF3Beta
* Click Check Code
* In the drop down box above, select TANE SP1 HF3 Beta
* Your build will now update (50MB patch only)

If you have any bugs you would like to report, please visit our support page at:

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About This Game

Massive Update just released (Jan 2016)!

Trainz: A New Era has just received a massive update - after more than six months development, and many thousands of hours Beta Testing by our core Trainz community, the new "Service Pack 1" update delivers improved performance and stability and plenty of bug fixes and enhancements across the board.

Trainz: A New Era completely revamps the Trainz series, and takes the train simulation genre to new heights. The all-new graphics engine brings historic and modern routes to life in eye-watering realism. Operate famous locomotives, explore fascinating routes and unleash your creative side designing and building your own routes and Driver Sessions!

Trainz: A New Era provides train-fans with hundreds of hours gameplay in single and multiplayer as well as countless hours creating your own rail masterpiece using the world-renowned "Surveyor" editing tools.

Share and enjoy your creations with our huge community or use the Download Station to access 250.000+ DLC items created by other Trainz fans worldwide.

Key Features

All-new graphics engine with full world shadows and per-pixel lighting


Share your enthusiasm with other rail fans and combine your efforts with others to operate a working rail line!

Our most accurate simulation yet with real time world physics and editing tools!

Calculated at 30 times a second, our physics use a variety of configurable inputs such as engine powers, train weight and rolling resistance whilst taking into account factors like track gradient, curve resistance and track adhesion for each train car when accelerating or decelerating. The brand new real time physics editing tools allow players to tune physics 'on-the-fly' to take their simulation's performance even further.

Brand-new Real-time Physics Editing tools enable users to enter known specifications to accurately monitor all the forces at work. Things like tractive effort, drawbar pull or brake pipe pressure can be monitored at a specific point along the train and input values adjusted "on-the-fly". By analysing and tuning performance without leaving the simulation, real-world train characteristics can be matched perfectly. (It's a bit like running a virtual dynamometer car).

If physics aren't your thing, don't worry. You can leave the fine-tuning of your favourite locomotive's performance to the experts whilst still having the choice between 'Realistic Mode' or 'Easy Mode' driving options.

Procedurally animated spline junctions

An updated set of track laying tools are provided in Surveyor to automatically adds frogs/vee, blades, and checkrails in the correct place on the tracks when making a switch, turnout or junction. The blades then animate as the junction direction is changed.

Realistic cab sway and external train motion

Using a new suspension modelling system and additional track and traincar parameters, cab sway and "car rocking" from both internal and external perspective provide more realistic train motion visuals. When running on rough track, cars will wobble and shake independently.

Smoke and weather affected by world objects

New particle effects and collision systems will prevent rain penetrating a tunnel, smoke will billow out from the underside of a bridge or the top of a tunnel and all particle effects will change velocity, direction and flow more naturally.

Tons of Extra Content

  • Access to over 250,000+ free DLC items via The Download Station
  • In-game downloadable content system for both payware and freeware options
  • Create your own routes with powerful in-game level editing tools
  • Configurable control schemes
  • Our most expansive soundtrack yet
  • Never lose your way with the in-game navigation system
  • Open multiple windows to view and compare items in Preview Mode while creating your world in another window
  • Incl. 250 page digital user manual - a digital PDF providing detailed information on every aspect of Trainz

Brand new Routes and Sessions

Trainz: A New Era provides a variety of high quality routes - both built-in to the core edition or available as Downloadable Content.

Kickstarter County

Based upon the famous Highland Valley route from the early days of Trainz, Kickstarter County has received a huge upgrade with new content, new track, new industries, and new high definition assets.

Chesapeake & Ohio RR, Hinton Division - (United States, 1950)

Hinton Division, one of the major coal producing areas for the C&O, starts just west of Thurmond, WV through to Hinton, WV and includes 4 subdivisions. Laurel Creek, Piney Creek, Rend, and Loup Creek.

ECML Kings Cross - Edinburgh (UK, 1976)

This edition delivers the full route from London Kings Cross Station all the way to Edinburgh in Scotland - a 393 mile drive! With significant updates to almost every feature, this route will transport you back in time to 1976.

Healesville - (Australia, 1910's)

A faithful recreation of the towns, stations, bridges and rural countryside of 1915 Australia. The line includes several notable features, including the 1.6 mile long timber trestle bridge over the Yarra River and flood plains between Yering and Yarra Glen and one of the very few tunnels on the Victorian Railways.

Avery - Drexel - (United States, 1970's) - Deluxe Edition

The Milwaukee Road route runs from the end of the electrification in Avery, across the Bitterroot Mountains via the St Paul Pass, and through to the crew-change point in Alberton. It features Little Joe EF4 electrics and a huge range of seasonal rolling stock.

Warwick to Wallangarra - (Australia 1990's) - Deluxe Edition

Follow the QR Southern railway line through the Darling Downs and into Granite country, right to the border with New South Wales.

Season Town Northern Rail Road – (East or Middle West USA) - Deluxe Edition

The Season Town Northern Rail Road (STNRR) is based in fictional 'Season Town' situated somewhere in the East or Middle West of the USA. The aptly named Season Town supports season change functionality. Control the weather and see how the route responds to the snow! The layout provides a short mainline section as well as a 6 mile branch line connecting a limestone mine with a cement plant, as well as a streetcar network consisting of four branches.

The BiDye Traction Railroad – (Someone's Garage) - Deluxe Edition

The BiDye Traction Railroad shows off the versatility of Trainz: A New Era by creating a virtual model railroad for you to explore. Built in a large virtual garage in much less time and a fraction of the costs of a traditional model railroad, BiDye highlights how Trainz can be used by model train fans as well as prototypical fans alike.

Set up as a short line electric traction railroad serving several inter-dependent industries, the industries served by the railroad include lumber mill, furniture factory, grain mill, commercial bakery, paint and solvent factory, metal can and container factory, and a coal fired electricity plant.

System Requirements

Mac OS X
    • OS: Windows 7 64bit
    • Processor: Intel 'i' series/AMD K10 series introduced 2009 onwards. 2 physical cores, 2Ghz 64 bit
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GT 430 or better/ AMD ATI 5550 or better
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 30 GB available space
    • OS: Windows 8.1 64bit
    • Processor: Intel i5 3330/AMD FX 8350 or better, Quad physical core, 64 bit, 2.3Ghz or better
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GTX 660 or better/ AMD HD 6950 or better
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 30 GB available space
    • OS: 10.9
    • Processor: i5 2 Ghz
    • Memory: 6 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Intel Iris Pro with 1GB VRAM supporting OpenGL 3.3
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 30 GB available space
    • Sound Card: Yes
    • OS: 10.9
    • Processor: i5 2.3 Ghz
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Dedicated Graphics card with 1 GB VRAM supporting OpenGL 3.3
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 30 GB available space
    • Sound Card: Yes
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Thyrus Tide
25.2 hrs
Posted: August 21
I have over 170 hrs on Train Sim 2016 plus dlc I decided to buy Trainz ANE because it seemed to give a diffrent aspect to a Train Sim.So my review is not to compare the two but how i feel about TANE.
Firstly after looking at good or negative reviews and youtube vids i decided to buy the Deluxe Edition.
My P.C. GTX980 Ti. i7Skylake CPU. 16GB Ripjaw.Acer Predator 32 inch Monitor ran the Game at 3840x2160.
Put the settings on Ultra and High did the 9 Tutorials very enjoyable indeed no problems at all.( Tut 8 may have a bug so if you do it remember at the end reaching the Station/Yard 2 small red lights hold you up go in to free mode right click to the other end of the Station/past the Passenger Train find Switch 49636 and switch it over, lights than go on green and you can finish the Tut 8 many thanks to the player that worked that out )Did my first run Edinburgh to London and it takes hours in real time thought it was excellent.Finished 2 more same thoughts.
I am realy happy that i bought this game and play Train 16 and Trainz ANE in equal measure.The New patch SP1 seems to have sorted most things out.On my experiance of the game a big thumbs up,if you buy it hope it goes as well for you,its allways sad to see fellow gamers having bad problems but we all have it.May peace be with you my fellow gamers.
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31.8 hrs
Posted: August 17
This is a great game
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48.5 hrs
Posted: August 15
THIS GAME IS AWSOME!!! But... when I start the game it lags a little bit. But when I let it load for 1 min or so lag dissepears. Overall AMAZING GAME
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9.1 hrs
Posted: August 12
This Game sucks , i will denounce you ♥♥♥♥ing idiots auran , i cant give the game back because of 7 game hours , but those 7 hours are the waiting at the main menu where it says please wait ♥♥♥♥ ♥♥♥♥ you just a waste of money ♥♥♥♥ing idiots go to the jail
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16.8 hrs
Posted: August 7
I am not one for bashing games, but how this has got a "Very Positive" rating is incomprehensible. It's an ugly, ugly, mess - even with a high end PC, post processing, and assuming you are willing to pay $40 for the new routes... which just MIGHT have the kind of quality the adverts suggest. This king has no clothes, and he's fat, and outdated. Avoid this game. Enough said.
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189.0 hrs
Posted: August 4
Great Game love the performence.
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1.8 hrs
Posted: August 1
First buy the game with minimal content. Then pay for the 1st class ticket each month to download content at high speed.
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110.1 hrs
Posted: July 26
Product received for free
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83.0 hrs
Posted: July 19
The game is a massavive sucsses! I absoulutly loved the healsville route. But the C&O dovision was laggy :(
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73.4 hrs
Posted: July 18
Product received for free
Great game. Lots of DLC i bought from JR. Its good when you dont have crappy freeware ;)
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10 of 13 people (77%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 1
First buy the game with minimal content. Then pay for the 1st class ticket each month to download content at high speed.
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179 of 198 people (90%) found this review helpful
14 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
22.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 27, 2015
Be sure you have a higher-end computer that can run this simulator

This is a pretty decent train simulation program but...I DO NOT LIKE their modding community structure. If you like to download mods, you will have to PAY for a 1st class ticket to remove the download caps from their proprietary Download Station (subscription is $10 for 1 month, $15 for 3 month, or $35 for 1 year). Bloody Blokes! And I'm pretty certain the modders are not receiving any of those funds. If you do not have a 1st class ticket, your number of downloads are limited each month and the download speed is HEAVILY capped (my speed is around 4.80 KB/sec; that's slower than dial-up speed folks; you'll have babies, watch them graduate from college, and have children of their own before anything downloads via the Trainz content manager). Also, as long as the Trainz content manager is downloading something, Steam says you are in-game. As a result, you will not be able to play any other game in your Steam library while Trainz is taking 3 hours to download a tiny file. Both the Trainz Download Station and Content Manager are absolutely horrible in comparison to the Steam Workshop. I will change my review to a thumbs up if they remove the capped download speeds without paying for a subscription. Aside from that, this simulator is great and a must have for anyone who loves trains and doesn't care about mods.
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169 of 204 people (83%) found this review helpful
9 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 15, 2015
Like many others I bought this game for a few reasons:

First, I enjoyed Trainz 12, it was the best train simulator I had ever played.
Second, Trainz: A New Era was tested by thousands of players for a full year.
Third, I ignored all of the bad reviews about this game before I bought it.

The third was a huge mistake. I am not going to repeat the hundreds of bad comments people made about the game, but I will say that I agree with almost all of them. At the very least, to avoid wasting your money, wait until the game is fixed and optimizable.
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107 of 125 people (86%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
34.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 17, 2015
Conclusion: Loads of features but only glimpses of a game to be seen.

For all of you who have not played any Trainz version before, be aware you are buying a pre-BETA train sim engine that is just declared 'release ready'. This must be developer speak for 'most feature we wanted to put in at this time and mostly working'. Don't be fooled, you are not buying a complete game with content. It's more like a game engine + some demo levels in various states of completion.

Also, do not buy unless you have a good internet connection.. every new iteration comes in at 8Gb or so and I am expecting a few to come. There's no smart updating.

Further, be aware that the Trainz developers are seemingly not interested in any element of normal convention in games. Easy to learn, hard to master... proper feedback (you'll get points added or deducted without explanation).. gentle on mistakes: you will find non of that.

Pass a red signal by a hair and after having played for 3 hours... the session will end - a subtle fade to black and that's it. Sorry you should have saved... which deducts points from your session, so you can't get to that 5 star rating. But don't worry there's a DLC coming with proper sessions!!!

I found the same attitude in buying a first class ticket. You pay and you will not get an email to say we will activate this in 5 minutes or 10 hours... just give the money and they'll do their best... presumably.

For those that know Trainz like myself off and on since TRS2004.. This is no new era... it's same old, same old. You'll know what you're in for, except I think community development has slowed down.On the positive, it looks a bit better and I like the new guidance for sessions and what to do, where to stop, .. but it needs refining. I got completely stuck a couple of times, with no chance of recovery.

The best bit I found is the enormously impressive 400 or something miles London - Edinburgh line... which wasn't really done by the dev team anyway. It lacks a bit in sessions and rolling stock through it.. but if the game was finished, had a bit more gentle gameplay and more play-tested content .. it could be a massive showcase. It also basks England in an almost Queensland (Australia) like spring-summer hot weather haze that is just beautiful. It runs very decent on my GTX970 at 2560x1024.

The trains also seem to break and accelerate very realistically and it's pretty cool to moderate your speed so you loose the least amount of time being behind a slower train in front. However issues with such as the AWS not always switching off and many niggles throw dirt on this feast. Zoom in map does not work when coming from cabin view, floating repeating houses in scenarios. the cabin and HUD disappearing / restarting... and lots of irritating ALPHA-BETA kind of stuff. A letdown and a really I think just unwise communication of the team to declare the game release ready. The engine may now be getting there, the game is certainly far from being a game.

In the end, I think this team is mostly let down by poor setting of expectations (Look at Dirt Rally to see what BETA means!!), lack of content, and a lack of focus on gameplay... with as a result that I think it misses the mark for many. This is disappointing for all of us wanting a great realistic train sim that we can actually ENJOY. The reactions surely will also be a disappointing lack of love for all the effort put in by the devs. Features just don't make a great game. Let's hope we'll see lot's of improvement in polish, gameplay and a dose of realism in the team's communication.
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164 of 210 people (78%) found this review helpful
16 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
379.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 15, 2015
Hey, are you kidding me ? A "New Era" was promised, but what you get is million miles away from the standard, which is TS 2015 setting. Yes, i am one of the backpackers who financed this project, but it is a big disappointment not to say disaster. First look at the whole design, the menus - nothing new. Is the whole thing made for children only? it looks like. ex. how could you choose a train from the free driver menu. the display is simply awful. No change compared to the app. the drivers cabins are looking still terrible a.s.o
Guess, the whole thing needs a complete makeover, which I expected while announcing in big words "A NEW ERA".
Even the game graphics are still worse and buckling and are not to compare with TS 2015, which I discovered in the meantime. This is the real deal !!!
If I coudl I would claim my money back for this so called "NEW ERA".
Very disappointed!!!!!!
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69 of 83 people (83%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 18
After getting a refund on the game before SP1 update, and repurchasing it again after SP1 update thinking they fixed the issues.

Problems still continue to exist.
Startup takes ages, Sometimes doesn't even work/run
Random Crashes
Wierd menu screen issues

When i manage to actually get into the game, the performance issues still haven't changed, Poor FPS on Low to Ultra Settings, Poor Optimization, even with features switched off the performance was still bad.

I cant recommend the game due to other factors like content in the game is also massivly less then Trainz 12.

If you have Train Simulator or / and Trainz 12 just play those games, this isnt worth it.

I'm Currently waiting on my refund
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68 of 83 people (82%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
408.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 16, 2015
This is one of the poorest versions of Trainz ever released. Despite the much hyped new graphics engine it's necessary to turn off virtually all shadows and water effects to get even a half decent performance (and then it's still sluggish). Without the extra effects it looks no better than its prececessor (TS12) but manages to run worse.

Under the hood it's still just the same old Trainz with a few enhancements, such as track which draws points with proper switches and frogs (MSTS had those in 2001) plus superelevation (Railworks-TS20xx had that some years ago). Buy the standard version and you get a route which is virtually unplayable (Hinton) due to lag, a reasonable Aussie route, the behemoth Kings Cross to Edinburgh which despite the scope of the venture came ten years too late and looks state of the art for 2004 (but still runs like a slug on the N3V graphics engine). That leaves Kickstarter County, effectively a small demo layout but compared to the plethora of routes from previous versions is very paltry selection. Word is, N3V didn't want to pay content builders to supply routes or assets and it shows.

Although there is supposed to be advance despatcher functions in the pipeline, operations are pretty much as in all previous versions. Except for pre-scripted scenarios which seem to be in the purview of a select few who now how to script them, you just plonk your train down and do glorified free roam. Nothing approximating the MSTS activity editor or RW-TS scenario tools.

Don't even think about trying to run this on a laptop. I just had mine perform a thermal shut down while working on a small test route. Okay it's only an I3 but it can run the RW-TS editor (or MSTS) for an extended period and nothing like that has ever happened - heck even TS12 didn't nearly set it on fire.

A disappointing end to what promised to be a genuine breath of fresh air on the train sim scene. The Dovetail TS20xx has nothing to worry about from this competition unless N3V can set to over the next few months, get some new coding talent in and turn this poorly optimised mess into something resembling what they promised and for which many KS backers (not me, I was a bit more savvy and saw this coming) many AUS$1000's. If the Dovies can push on and release their UE4 sim in a couple of years, Trainz will be dead and buried.
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43 of 49 people (88%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
17.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 29, 2015
Wow. Talk about lipstick on a pig. This "New era" they're talking about is identical to the old era, with a tiny improvement in graphics and a huge decrease in performance. Pretty scammy, if you ask me.

The cab sway (finally!) is nice, as are the other physics improvements. That's pretty much the only good thing I can say. But I won't be playing this. Even the somewhat lacking Dovetail TS2015 is miles ahead of this poor sim. The only reason I had Trainz 12 still installed was for some bit of community-created content I liked (the moscow metro lines, mostly), and that doesn't work with this version anymore.

If you were hoping for a ground-up overhaul, like I was, save your money. This isn't it.

P.S - For full disclosure I will state that I did not play the game for 17 hous, like steam says. It's just that this stupid thing took forever to download and install content so I left it overnight... and it counted it as hours played. I spent at most three or four hours on it... yes, it is that bad.
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51 of 65 people (78%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 13
***Disappointing*** - I expected a lot when I heard that the SP1 patch had been released, game fails to live up to expectations

- Graphics are frankly awful, flat, bright colours with very basic lighting and poor 3d modelling, routes are sparsely populated with objects, textures are bright and basic-looking.

- Included content is pretty barebones, I was looking forward to driving the full ECML route London - Edinburgh but find tehre are only a couple of scenarios available, if I want an all stops (or more than one stop!) scenario I have to go about creating it myself, time consuming when all I want to do is drive a train in a sim, not become a game developer!

- Content management is ridiculously convoluted, the download station doesn't work in the Trainz portal for the Steam version of the game, and searching from within the T:ENA launcher is time-consuming. God help you should you want to import resources from previous versions!

Very disappointing, if you have a few hours to learn how to edit routes and create new scenarios then possibly the game might liven up, as it is it promises a lot but fails to deliver to those of us who just want to drive a train and follow a scenario.
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137 of 215 people (64%) found this review helpful
10 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
13.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 19, 2014
For now it isn't even close to graphics level, shown in trailer. It's worse than in previous part of the game. And something tells me two month aren't enough to fix it. It's TOTALLY the same game as Trainz Simulator 12! Now i think that 2006 looks better! New engine? Where? There is no any NEW ERA. But there are: big troubles with the optimization, endless time of loading of session or appearing of launch window, shocking texture quality and a lot of bugs. I didn't see anything in common with the trailer video on Kickstrater. Nothing! Oh, I'm sorry. It's true, all objects have a shadow now. If to be honest I was very disapointed. It looks like they sell us the old game second time. It's all about beta. But it's only two month before release. I don't belive in miracles. Think twice before buy.
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