Excerpt: Graphics & Sound:
The graphics in Microsoft Train Simulator are definitely more impressive than I would have thought. The world around the train tracks is rendered in exquisite detail, and it's worth using the external camera views just to get a good look at the countryside that you're running through.
Conclusion: Considering this is the first Train Simulation from Microsoft it looks remarkably polished. Train Simulator is a highly commendable locomotive simulation and one that will surely be regularly updated in the same way that the Flight Simulator series has. If you have even a passing interest in trains then this will appeal to you. As this review is written there are about 3 unofficial expansion packs available to buy and the online community is already quite large.
Conclusion: certain of level of trust that they did their jobs right. Just by carefully observing the game in action you’ll notice the cars rocking slightly as they switch tracks, the steam and smoke associated with steam engines looks like it should, and the exhaust spewing from diesel engines. The execution is very good and is complemented by a very easy to use set of menus, but without a reason to play, some kind of objective, what’s the point?
Excerpt: Let us get one thing straight from the beginning: I love trains. My family has been involved with trains and the railroads for five generations, from my third great grandfather down to my dad. That's not to say I know very much about trains, but there can be an argument made that it is in my blood. When I discovered that Microsoft had created a Train Simulator, along the lines of their successful Flight Simulator franchise, I was as giddy as a schoolgirl.
Excerpt: In the days before computers, televisions and mobile phones (and when the equivalent of a new penny was good pocket money) it behoved the younger generation to provide their own entertainment. A common occupation was train spotting having the singular advantage of being free. Even when steam engines were the norm there was a distinct thrill in seeing two huge locomotives dashing along at the head of a rake of 12 coaches, or watching a begrimed engine trying valiantly to...