• Publisher: Oteeva
  • Release Date: Nov 2, 2003
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  • Summary: Trainz Railroad Simulator 2004 is about a lot more than driving trains -- it lets players operate their choice of Union Pacific and other locos, from the early days of steam through to modern high-speed electrics, under a variety of challenging conditions in real world scenarios. [Oteeva]
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  1. Positive: 8 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. The product retains all the pluses, ease of use and beauty noted by my colleague reviewer a few years back, and a lot more. It's all here, the authenticity, controls, the dramatic vistas, and now there're products and passengers to give more substance to the experience of learning about, driving and collecting great engines and their rolling stock.
  2. Even with its new dynamic industries, it lacks the depth to its game play to keep the attention of players expecting a challenging economic or building simulation.
  3. This may be a fine simulation, but it is not entirely realistic – for example, hapless government ministers do not meddle, passenger trains are not cancelled because drivers pull sickies and no key routes grind to a standstill because of leaves on the line.
  4. This is not an action-packed title, which will keep players on the edge of their seats, but it is a complete railroad experience. From designing routes to the intricacies of guiding a monster steam locomotive down the tracks, this title is on schedule to provide a solid simulation-gaming experience.
  5. Definitely a niche title and in this case its more of an update to last year's game than a full-blown package, and an unpolished update at that.
  6. 75
    It's just too bad that the second game in the series turns out to be a bit tarnished instead of the exemplary hobbyist tool it deserves to be.
  7. 66
    An enjoyable game but has quite a few flaws, most of which are graphical.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
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  1. EdwardW.
    Jan 9, 2004
    The Trainz story keeps getting better, TRS 2004 is a leap ahead for this multi-functional simulator!
  2. NigelHall
    Oct 22, 2005
    TRS2004 is a leap up from the previous edition of Trainz, but make sure the latest sevice pack (SP4)is installed for a near perfect rail TRS2004 is a leap up from the previous edition of Trainz, but make sure the latest sevice pack (SP4)is installed for a near perfect rail simulator experiance. With active industries tied in to each other, this game has become the ideal combination of (the brilliant) Transport Tycoon Deluxe and Rail Simulator. Expand