If you really, really dislike someone, give them a copy of this game." by: pfk3
I have edited my review here that I previously submitted on ebay 01-25-15 (by catwacker) where I had bought a new sealed copy of this game to compare or possibly replace the download from Steam that CRASHES, CRASHES, CRASHES constantly!
No change in performance from the downloaded game to the newly purchased game.
I've tried this on 2 different PCs running Windows XP Pro, 3.0 GHz Hyper-Threaded CPU, 4 GB DDR RAM, 256 MB nVidia FX5500 Vid card and on a Dell Inspiron 1521 laptop running Vista Home Premium, Athlon 64 X2 Dual Core TK-55 1.80 GHz CPU, 4 GB DDR2 PC-6400 RAM, ATI Radeon X1270 Video Adapter/ 192 MB Shared base Video Memory. (dxdiag Display tab says 1662 MB approx. Total Memory.)
Never having experienced the crashing issue on such a grand scale with any other game that requires only a 1.4 GHz CPU, and 64 MB video memory + 9.0 DirectX, I would have to say THERE IS A PROBLEM WITH THE GAME and is NOT Steam's fault.
Sid Meier's RAILROADS game has more crashes than all the world's real railroads combined. Problems with the game are well known and detailed in many places on the internet. The game suffers from not being able to use enough memory to run it.
Fixes/ patches that are supposed to rectify the problem in many cases only seem to make it worse.
Within the gameplay there will be MANY times while laying new track that existing track will disappear, and you will see your trains running on dirt. That isn't so bad except that if you wish to continue laying track to connect to existing rails in an area that has multiple lines running in a congested area, it makes it difficult to be sure you are connecting to the set of rails intended. As the game graphics become even more overloaded, (and they WILL), you will find that the terrain map will become "layered" or "jumbled", blocking the view of the actual terrain beneath it. Areas of water will appear where there should be none, further obliterating the view. Entire cities buildings will disappear, leaving only the train station visible. You CAN do a game save, escape to the desktop, and restart the game, and USUALLY most everything will be back to normal, but NOT always. Furthermore, as soon as you start laying new track again, there go the old tracks and it starts all over.
Not all scenarios cause these effects on the same plane.
The desert Mesa games seem to be the worst. Too bad. A fun game when it works right, which is not too often.
One more note: When the game reaches the year 2070, it comes to a screeching halt, and if you were playing a glitch-free episode and having fun, well..... yer fun ends bud. Oh, and did I mention the out and out and unexpected game crashes when you, as the player are sitting back just watching the action, and did NOTHING to cause them? 1 Star Rating because this was poorly developed and after 7+ years you'd think new patches would've been issued to finally fix this wreck.