Train Sim World: Founders Edition
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Experience life as a train driver or passenger with inexplicably mundane real-time railway journeys.
Train Sim World is a relaxing game where you operate a variety of trains as you travel to specified destinations. There is a nice selection of trains, helpful tutorials, and 17 scenarios to play through. The game isn't the most exciting experience, and sometimes leans towards monotonous and boring. If you love simulation games and trains, this might be right up your alley.
Train Sim World Founders Edition is an extensive, detailed simulator that will teach you many aspects of the process of driving trains and managing a schedule.
It delivers what it promises – a depressingly-realistic simulation of utterly boring inter-urban train transportation
Games like Train Sim World will always benefit from a greater array of content: more trains, more routes, and more services. That said, learning how each of the trains in this title work and mastering the three main disciplines will take you hours at a time, and while it's very much an acquired taste, we derived a mixture of satisfaction and relaxation from our new role as a railway operator.
This is a strange beast. It's devoted fan base might already be satisfied by the PC release, while the console crowd may need a little more help familiarising themselves with the conventions of train operation. There's a good chance that many a player will quickly be bored to the extreme by the gameplay, but for those of us looking for an alternative to intensity and drama,
When all is said and done, the handful of people sitting in the middle of the Venn diagram marked "doesn't own a PC" and "wants a hardcore train simulation" still deserve a game that isn't buggy, runs well, respects their time as a user, and one that provides more for their money than this one does. On the upside, the trains are so detailed here that if anything happens to the driver on my local route during my commute, I'm pretty confident that I could take over and nobody would be late for work. I can't promise strudel, though.
Train Sim World is an average game on PC and bad one on consoles. It has the great advantage of occupying a "niche" genre that is free of competition. Its qualities could satisfy the amateurs of railway simulation, but all the others remain at the station. It's a shame, because by modifying some elements of form and scenario it could have made the exercise attractive for a wider audience. Maybe future updates will improve it ? Unfortunately Dovetail's habit is rather to offer many expensive DLCs. We hope this will change ...
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Despite the bugs, Train Sim World is an meticulously detailed and uncompromisingly accurate railroad simulator that will provide train aficionados endless hours of enjoyment.
Reincarnation of Train Simulator is trying to appeal fans by a nice presentation, but lack of content is killing the whole game.
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