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  • Summary: Rail Simulator is the new train simulation game from Kuju Entertainment. Published by Electronic Arts, the world's largest publisher of computer and video games, Rail Simulator brings the railways to life for everyone from the casual train fan to the dedicated enthusiast. [Kuju Entertainment]
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  1. Positive: 6 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. Rail Simulator will immerse you in a world that, if allowed, has the potential to convince even the most hardened outdoor 'trainspotter' to fire up their PC rather than head down to their local station.
  2. Really, though -- you do not need to be a train enthusiast to get something out of this package -- you just have to have an open mind and be willing to try out something new.
  3. More of a step forward than a revolution, Rail Simulator is still undoubtedly improvement over the previous generation of train simulation.
  4. Ultimately, there's just not enough of a game here for most players. Rail enthusiasts, with the time and patience to tinker with the editor, will adore it; everyone else are likely to be bored with minutes.
  5. 70
    Rail Simulator is a piece of software that seems to accomplish what it set out to do. It doesn't do it with much panache, graphical or otherwise, but it gets it done.
  6. Atmospheric, pretty and convincing but short of activities. [Christmas 2007, p.95]
  7. It definitely simulates railways, for better, but mainly for worse. [Christmas 2007, p.68]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 6
  2. Negative: 1 out of 6
  1. TrevorN.
    Jan 3, 2008
    10
    I bought Rail Simulator and played it over Christmas. After reading some other user comments I only had moderate expectations for it. I am pleased to say though that in my opinion some of the negative comments from other users to me seem unjustified. Not only is Rail Simulator extremely enjoyable to play, with wonderful graphics and beautifully detailed routes, but to my surprise after visiting RailSimualtor.com I found that I could download loads of new updates for free. There were some free engines and carriages and even a couple of new scenarios as well as a whole new version of the editor! All in all I think Rail Simulator is great value for money and it has only just started. Expand
  2. MarkT.
    Nov 6, 2007
    10
    Not really a train fan, but thought I'd give it a try. This game rocks! It even looks great for a simulator. The game has a very cool editor built in which lets you edit the world, and even create you own levels from scratch. Great sandbox gaming. Expand
  3. TrevorN.
    Jan 3, 2008
    10
    I bought Rail Simulator and played it over Christmas. After reading some other user comments I only had moderate expectations for it. I am pleased to say though that in my opinion some of the negative comments from other users to me seem unjustified. Not only is Rail Simulator extremely enjoyable to play, with wonderful graphics and beautifully detailed routes, but to my surprise after visiting RailSimualtor.com I found that I could download loads of new updates for free. There were some free engines and carriages and even a couple of new scenarios as well as a whole new version of the editor! All in all I think Rail Simulator is great value for money and it has only just started. Expand
  4. SidT.
    Oct 13, 2007
    9
    By far best graphics in a rail simulator.
  5. MylesT.
    Oct 28, 2007
    6
    While not a terrible sim, it does not offer alot more than the original train sim, but DOES introduce new bugs.... Also, for a game these days not to support 1440x900 resolution is appalling. Expand
  6. MikeL
    Jan 1, 2008
    3
    Started good Just Got appalling.Controls poor
    Bugs nearly every area .An early Beta test is 1000% better than this effort.
    BTW NO Patches
    on the EA Site For anything
    Am Playing the Old Train Simulator thats Buggy but acceptable I waited all year for this, and got Let Down Badly This would be recall materai if it was a Physical Item.
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