Metascore
72

Mixed or average reviews - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  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. More of a step forward than a revolution, Rail Simulator is still undoubtedly improvement over the previous generation of train simulation.
  3. 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.
  4. Like most pure-bred simulations, Rail Sim offers rewards proportional to the amount of effort you're prepared to invest.
  5. A unique and strangely satisfying venture into the realm of railways operation. It can be extremely peaceful or bustling and chaotic depending on how you choose to play.
  6. A relaxing and fun game for anyone who likes trains and casual games. Players who require more strategy may be less enthusiastic.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. Atmospheric, pretty and convincing but short of activities. [Christmas 2007, p.95]
  10. A strangely satisfying and therapeutic experience. [Jan 2008, p.86]
  11. Rail Simulator only offers a handful of structured scenarios in its four routes, and once these are complete, there's little else to do but muck around the sandbox mode or develop your own routes and content. [May 2008, p.58]
  12. The layout of the driver guide panel doesn't help matters.
  13. It definitely simulates railways, for better, but mainly for worse. [Christmas 2007, p.68]
User Score
6.9

Mixed or average reviews- based on 24 Ratings

User 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 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. Full Review »
  2. 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 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. Full Review »
  3. 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
    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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