Generally favorable reviews - based on 16 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
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  1. There are some nice stretches of track to travel on and plenty of things to do along the way, but several of the activities are downright dull, while others are marred by questionable design decisions such as lengthy stops and the excessive use of temporary speed limits in the most boring parts of a track.
  2. If trains are your bag, this is your program. There are other train simulators out there, but this is bar none the most polished, most complete, and with a company like Microsoft backing it up, likely to be the best supported of them all.
  3. This game rocks along the rails, providing a very close experience to the actual experience of riding or working for a railroad. From traversing the mountain passes to rolling along scenic coastlines, this is a wonderful outing.
  4. Clearly aimed at locomotive enthusiasts and hardcore simmers. If you fall into those two categories, you’ll not be disappointed.
  5. A finely crafted, meticulous, and often beautiful re-creation of some very colorful trains and railways, with depth to satisfy a hard-core player and simplicity that lets you just enjoy the ride.
  6. 81
    On one hand, the simulator will wow train fanatics and will probably give them all they want. On the other hand, casual gamers would most likely be bored to tears.
  7. 80
    The game is pretty cool but a little low on the excitement side, at least for my tastes...People who are nuts about trains -- you know who you are -- will find Train Sim to be the most in-depth and enjoyable train simulator on the market.
  8. The physics model of Train Simulator is quite simply dead-on. Your biggest enemy is derailment. There are all sorts of ways to derail a train when you drive it badly.
  9. One of the best things about Train Simulator is that like its flying cousin, this is basically an open-source graphics and physics engine that anyone can expand on and add objects, trains, routes, and activities to.
  10. 90
    MTS will provide hours of deeply immersive entertainment. Those not seeking that experience are gently urged to look elsewhere.
  11. Even though the product has a complicated editor, a huge install size, and an absence of depicted passengers, its impressive graphics, sound effects, and realism make up for its shortcomings.
  12. An accurate, immersive, and extensible simulation of conducting a train that train fans and general sim fans will find simply irresistible-although it might not do much for the gamers not enthused about trains.
  13. The great graphics and sound enhance the realism already set forth in the engine (no pun intended). If you like trains at all, pick up Train Simulator.
  14. For those looking for a challenging and strangely-addictive diversion that's considerably different than the majority of computer game offerings out there, MTS is an excellent pick for ages 8 to 108.
  15. Not for everyone, but rail buffs will absolutely love it. Where other train simulations have attempted to recreate a model railroading experience, this one is designed to give you a taste of the real thing.
  16. GamePower
    I don't care how it was done, but the results are simply breathtaking.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 21 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. Jan 6, 2013
    This review contains spoilers, click full review link to view. This is the best Train simulator, a very good game. This is full of cool trains and coaches. Scenarios are really fantastic and full of breathtaking views. Full Review »
  2. AnthonyM.
    May 3, 2006
    Need's to show the people geting on and off the train. Need's more train's to play with.
  3. BRIANS.
    Aug 13, 2005
    As a ex Britsh Railways Fireman,I think driving these trains in simulators ,fantastic.