Conclusion: It's difficult to judge a game when your first see it. In this case it's more difficult. The first impresion couldn't be worse. Graphics are awful. They'd be bad even if they were PS2 graphics. Moreover, the menus on the screen can also drive you mad because of their complexity. So, why does this game deserve a 4 star rating?. This question have a simple answer: his endless possibilities.
Conclusion: What happened here then?! This sim is awful.Maybe a train enthusiast would pick this up and get tucked right in but we all here were confused as the game threw us into the deepend with no buttons working for easy access instead everything is activated via the LB button into which everything gets even more confusing. So out of the box there is no training mode to get you accustomed to everything so we turn to the manual where it doesnt get any better unfortunately.
Conclusion: Ive completed all the 360 games, my gamerscore is now 45,000, but this is one of the most addictive games i have played. I was put off at first because i couldn't get my head around a lot of it, but its basically Sim City, in 3D.... with trains : ), now i control a huge city with an extensive rail network, skyscrapers, stadiums, shopping centres, the works and i just want to keep making it bigger and better with the profits geting better.
Conclusion: Irritating and confusing at first thanks to the poor manual and agreed - the graphics aren't amazing but they are clear. But bear with it and you'll find a very decent city/ transport management sim in there. Top tips: play the stock market first and rack up a few billion $$$ ( buy low/sell high!) or you'll soon run out of funds (game over!) and use the 'cutaway' function to build your underground tracks & stations (big cities love tube stations) .
Conclusion: Put simply this is a thinkers game its not about graphics, or anything like building a train-set. If thats what you want then sorry it not for you. As for other reviews stating it is junk well sorry you feel that way. Stay away from gray matter games if you dont want to push your minds. I remember people saying the same about CIV but what a game that turned out to be once you mastered it. It not going to everyone cup of tea but its not junk.
Conclusion: Onces you understand how the game works (it can take awhile) it's just fantastic. It's a combination of a simplified Sim City and a standard railroad tycoon. You can create the most complex railroad network in the world but it needs skill to get everything running on shedule without blocking trains. Next you see cities rising from to ground or build your own city with schools, parks, temples, shops, appartments, skycrapers, airport ,... .