You might remember my review for Train Simulator 2018 from late last year, as I felt it was a slow but fun ride for train buffs out there on PC. Well it looks like Dovetail Games didn’t want the train service to stop there, as now they’ve brought a taste of the railroad life home to console gamers (while still on PC as well) in Train Sim World. Those looking for their train fix in front of the TV will find plenty to do here before ever reaching the end of the line.
Taking some of their routes from it’s PC counterpart, this title features three: the Great Western Railway that goes through Paddington in London and more, the German S-Bahn that has you making your way through the city of Leipzig, and lastly the Northeast Corridor in New York which has its own beautiful sights. As with the other train simulator, you’re given a small group of trains to play around with and each have their own unique style of controlling them.
From charging up the brakes on one model, to flicking switches and making sure all systems are go on another, it’s easy to get overwhelmed by these trains at first glance. Thankfully there’s a step-by-step set of tutorials that will have you up and running in no time. Once you’ve learned the basics and know your master switch from your throttle, you’re off to run various missions and routes, such as covering for another engineer that has you catching a train to a station to drive their train.
Or there’s another where you arrive at a station where you get to choose which route you want to cover. Whatever the case is, there’s enough scenarios to keep you busy for quite awhile, especially since every train route you take is in real time. That’s right, if tells you to get to the train and leave by 3pm and you get there at 2:45pm, you’ll have to wait fifteen minutes before you can start. It’s also the same while you’re driving a train, as you’ll be speeding up and slowing down on rides that can take anywhere from fifteen minutes to 45 to complete. If you want to mix things up, you can also choose to be a passenger and ride trains along their routes as well.
At least the graphics and sounds are nice and will keep you in the spirit of things. The trains are highly detailed and look just like their real-life counterparts, though some of the scenery isn’t as detailed as it could be. I guess it doesn’t matter much since you’ll be too busy speeding by to notice it much. There were a few issues I had while playing such as framerate dips and stutters here and there, along with some occasional glitching where the tracks would disappear.
How much you’ll enjoy this game depends on how much you really love trains. Some may wish they had some of the old locomotives here where fuel and coal come into play, and others may find this to get dull and boring after awhile, but I enjoyed my time with Train Sim World. If you’re all about trains and have always wanted to drive them, then it’s all aboard this express title to funsville.