Sep 28, 2013Exactly the same game. The only noticable thing they've added is XP, but even it does not work properly. Also some officail scenarios are crashing after 2013->2014 update, and all achievments you've earned were removed. I'm really pissed off by the nonsense they've done.
Oct 16, 20132 for the effort of the previous versions, like super elevation and shaders upgrade.
0 for the current one. Because it has been years since the first release of Train Simulator(Rail Simulator, then Railworks Don't confuse with Microsoft Train Simulator or MSTS released in 2001 ish) and we still don't have bugs fixed on the most basic things.
1 for The best DLC released to date are for Train Simulator: Isle of Wight and London to Brighton. But only Isle of Wight was done properly and included everything needed. London to Brighton misses the most common rollingstocks, but at least the general feel of the route is there.
- No TrackIR support(community made plugin is not supported in this version and it doesn't work, author has yet to crack the new code to implement it)
- No multimonitor support
- No Gauge export
- No data export(Speed, Rpm, Fuel, Air pressure and etc)
- No complex gauge programing
The AI is attorcious, having a timetable or trying to replicate one from real life will not work. Because of pathing and signalling issues, you might even get booted out of the game because 2 AI trains collided.
Scenarios doesn't work for most DLC(Those released 5 months before the TS2014 upgrade) and countless bugs on them. A few minor but huge bugs on DLC's released from 2 months to a few days or after each major upgrade(like 2014 and Great Eastern Main Line).
The price per DLC is very expensive for what they offer, $40 for a route that has the most important parts missing, and only 1 rolling stock that may not even represent most of the trains used on that route. That is, the rolling stock or train will have half of its features missing, from cab lights, to proper gauge use, to information needed to drive the train. Some display N/A blatantly on the screen, others just a picture of an OS.
The simulation aspect is also lacking, the physics for wheel slip, to temperature, to engine management, to anything else is missing.
Sounds: A train carrying tons of cargo or passengers, made of steel, aluminium or wagons made of wood, you would expect to sound loud and not be quieter than a household cat walking around!
PS: CAreful with missing DLC's, or DLC's that they suddenly decided to release a V2.0 with a minor upgrade and splitting the already made skins(or part of the bundle before the 2.0 version which was cheaper) and selling each one of them separately for $20.
So, unless they put their heads together and sort these issues, I can not recommend this "game to anyone.… Expand
Oct 2, 2013Smoother graphics performance, running smooth on maxed settings. The new routes are highly enjoyable but the feature I've most enjoyed is being able to use the Google Maps API to add an overlay in the Editor, this has made it much easier to be able to create a real world route to a much better degree of accuracy.
Oct 17, 2013Pretty to look at but a nightmare to use seriously.. If you wan to run pretty overpriced DLC models around rather generic looking routes this is for you.. If you expect remotely prototypical signalling, the sense of weight in your train or any sense of physics avoid like the plague.. Support is non existent every year it gets relaunched whilst bugs from year one still remain glaring you in the face.. Every single DLC comes complete with bugs and broken scenarios..… Expand
Nov 5, 2013Having played MSTS for a number of years i was a bit skeptical about buying this game having heard mixed opinions about it, the other day there was a flash sale so i thought "why not".
Long story short, I'm really enjoying this game, i have bought a few add ons and while some are better than others i would say that overall this is a more than worthy successor to the aging MSTS.
I can understand what the other people have said regarding certain issues and some lack of realism but overall i think the good outweighs the bad and with yearly upgrades, it can only get better!… Expand
Nov 8, 2013Game has potential, but needs a lot of work. Very expensive, with devs that offer little help. The developers focus on pushing out new products/add ons, reselling third party developer products, and not on improving past products. Much of the older DLC, which goes for the same price as the stuff just released, have many issues. Such as the NEC and Acela, a big disappointment. Their support system is faulty, they ask you to email them back when they respond (to that email) and you usually never get a response. If you want to invest into this game, expect to pay a lot, and get little in support. Almost everything is half done, and will probably never be properly fixed nor completed.
Takeaway: Don't buy this game. Does it work? Yes, but it leaves a lot to be desired, and the DLC is way too expensive, with prices that never drop with time.… Expand
Nov 20, 2013I’ve said it many times before but I’ll say it again… In order for simulation to be interesting it has to be fun and although contain the fundamentals of realism it needs to have some element of wackiness to be interesting! Think about it, driving a simulated train for hours on end for one route is a boring waste of time! “Theme Hospital” was a whacky cartoony simulation that contained thetained the realism of a hospital but mixed with great humour! However these style simulators are just incredibly boring video games; this could only appeal to someone who absolutely loves trains and is willing to spend a fortune on new routes and trains!… Expand
Nov 23, 2013Buen potencial, mecánica de juego entretenida, bueno para descubrir el mundo de los trenes, pero demasiados bugs, algunos muy graves, que afectan gravemente a la jugabilidad.
Hubiera jugado muchas mas horas si el juego hubiese estado más pulido. Eso es dinero perdido.
Dec 7, 2013I've played every train simulation game ever since Microsoft Train Simulator in 2001. What can I say about this game? Well, it looks nice and some of the sounds are great, but not all of them. Many of the horns, bells, and other sounds are heavily recycled into various locomotives (Both default and DLC) which is unrealistic and shows the developers are slacking. The train cars are way too quiet, but 3rd party developers have fixed that. There are many unrealistic physics in the game regarding controlling the train over grades and the slacking between the cars, but some of the routes are very scenic and enjoyable. The nice graphics and scenery come at a price, though. I have a good PC that runs most of the current-gen racing games at maximum settings and 70-80FPS with minimal demands on my PC, but this game just hogs all your computer's resources just to have medium-low end settings and 35 FPS at best. A train game should be less demanding than a game where a car is going 200 mph down city streets. This is poor programming on their part.
The scenarios are a joke! None of them follow realistic train operations (At least the North American route DLCs) which I think is unfair for the North American users of the game. Many of the scenarios do not even cover the entire route and recycle the same rolling stock over and over again which takes away the authentic feeling of the railroad your running on. The DLC is way too expensive and the route editing tools are neat, but way too complicated compared to Trainz Simulator's easy surveyor mode. It's the same game re-released every year with different enhancements that are no more than a glorified patch and these updates "break" older content both paid DLC and user-created content.
I'm giving this game a 5 because the game looks nice and has some good moments, but the scenarios do not simulate the actual railroad's operations (at least for the US routes) and there are glitches in certain parts of the game that have never been fixed ever since the first installment was released (Rail Simulator back in 2008). The DLC is too expensive for the amount of recycled content and sounds they include. It costs too much money to get what you really want out of this game when the other train sims out there have 1000s of free 3rd party content items to create your own railroading experience.
This game is good for if you want to run one of the default routes to pass some time, but my suggestion, if you like trains (like me) and you have money, your better off spending your money to build a your own model railroad. It's much more rewarding and fun than this sim is.
If you want a really realistic railroad sim (With multiplayer), Run 8 is a much better train simulator defiantly worth checking out over this!… Expand
Dec 6, 2013Ok so i admit i am a secret Train fan, so this simulator is is something i was interested in. I Bought the original Railworks way back in time, so have gone through the motions of Steam Updating the game every year. This money making game is far from perfect, the game is prone to bugs and random crashes. Customer support from Railsimulator and third party developers is non existant. The new features to add your own created content is advised against, as i have seen and heard reports that third party developers will try and threaten you with legal action if your creation in any way resembles there product.
The Community is probably the worst i have come across for any game i have been involved with. Say something critical and expect a backlash from the community threatening you and anyone else they can find who know you. I gave the game a 1 rating because it has so much potential if the developers drop the greed attitude and focused on customers. But at the moment i would suggest to stay well clear of this game, not only because of the high DLC price but also due to the attitude of the community.
To give you some idea of how greedy this game has become, the main modding website that promotes freeware is subscription based!. And everyone from the age of 12 expects to be paid for there work.… Expand
Nov 4, 2013This “game,” if it can really be called that, is a niche one. It will only appeal to a very select few train enthusiasts and so for those folks I’d recommend this as a nice entry into the world of train conducting. For everyone else save yourself some time, money and frustration and just say no.
Oct 25, 2013Train Simulator 2014 is the best at what it does, and those familiar with the series will find enough here to go back for more. Newcomers, though, will find the price of admission unusually high both in the sheer volume of expensive DLC that the game will try to sell to you at every possible moment, and the investment of time the user needs before they can really begin to appreciate what this software has to offer.