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  • Summary: A fully realised 3D gaming world scaling from eye in the sky views of entire continents down to incredibly detailed close-ups of beautifully modelled locomotives, buildings and landscapes. As well as the 25 challenging scenarios to recreate magnificent feats of railroading history, players can pick from over 40 locomotives over 35 different cargoes and in excess of 150 buildings ? all to be used in a dynamic, fluid economy. Railroad Tycoon 3 defines the essence of tycoon simulations with incredible attention to detail in a living, breathing world, built around a truly amazing game! All aboard. [Gathering of Developers] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 19
  2. Negative: 2 out of 19
  1. A rich, immersive strategy title sure to please most dyed in the wool simulation and strategy fans. Highly Recommended to all, even those who may need more of a learning curve.
  2. I'm a big believer in the theory a great game always has that "just one more game" feeling, and Railroad Tycoon 3 delivers that in spades.
  3. 88
    Most of my negative comments center around the AI, or misguided attempts at realism: the inability to erect support structures inside stations, the removal of storage buildings and managers, the hard-to-identify industries.
  4. An outstanding game that promises absorbing gameplay and a nice break from other strategy games that either focus purely on combat or economic simulators that are too complex to be enjoyed by anyone other than a select few.
  5. I can almost guarantee that you’ll like this game if you liked the previous Railroad Tycoon games, or if you’re in the market for a modern game of railroad management.
  6. 80
    This is a simple, laid-back game, but you'll be surprised at just how rewarding it is to create railroads and watch towns grow.
  7. There's simply not a sound gameplay model at work here. [Feb 2004, p.70]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 19
  2. Negative: 4 out of 19
  1. Jun 18, 2012
    10
    Despite its age, new maps and scenarios are still popping up on line. Most scenarios are easy, but some can be really challenging (according to my critics). I must admit, however, that I fell in love with RT 2 when the 1st train pulled out of the station in the Tutorial, while I hated RT 3 until I was in the 2nd Tutorial scenario and that it took the 1.05 patch to make the game a 10. If you try to play this game out of the box in Vista or higher, it might not work, but a patch is availble at http://hawkdawg.com/rrt/rrt3/rrt3.htm

    There's also new scenarios and help availble at that sitealong with a 1.06 user patch and lots of really neat railroad cars to replace the generic ones that come with the game.
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  2. [Anonymous]
    Oct 28, 2003
    10
    If you liked the past Railroad Tycoon series, you'll love this one even more!
  3. Feb 11, 2011
    9
    Actually, this game isnt just for trainspotters. Well, not quite but the graphics are excellent even now to an extent and the management abilities are incredible. I played this after being a big fan of rollercoaster tycoon games and although you cant spend hours killing guests, it maintains the economic side and has more missions than you would ever believe. Also, its actually possible to make money, a stunning achievement comparitively. Expand
  4. RichC.
    Mar 4, 2006
    8
    Great way to waste a week of (sleepless) nights. Economic model is confusing, and could use a little guidance, but otherwise a fine product.
  5. Dec 2, 2013
    7
    Nice graphics but this game is too easy.
    Can be fun at beginning, but after you'll learn now to play...it's even easier than RT2.

    Best
    thing in this game is...window mode.
    This is allowing me to play poker during game :D
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  6. BarryD.
    Jun 3, 2007
    6
    Although much improved feature-wise over its predecessors, there is a lack of focus on railways. It is quite simple to gain a boatload of money by buying industries and not laying any tracks except to complete the goal. Otherwise, a good game, especially with the more realistic economy. Expand
  7. TimothyG.
    Oct 30, 2003
    0
    While the game does have good graphics, the gameplay is is down right awful. The trains do not even slow down on steep grades, I had one of the first trains go right up a 15% grade without even slowing down. Also the train zoom by even at 40 MPH. Cargo automaticly gets move to the nearest city, so you do not need to bring it in, to me a big part of the 2nd game. But the biggest letdown was the lack of option when starting a endless game, and the size of the maps, there is NO U.S. map just part of the U.S. all taking together the only good thing about Railroad Tycoon 3 is the Graphics. Expand

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