Posted: January 31
I got this in the Steam sale when it was 85% off, but don't be tempted by the low price like I was. There is very little game here, it has a couple of freight and passenger trains and a couple of tracks to run them on but, you're constantly being bombarded with advertisments for the DLC when you open the game and when it's loading (which takes a very long time!) The loading and title screen music are particulary dreary and depressing. The DLC is very expensive, I paid £6.00 for the whole game, so why would I buy one piece of DLC that costs £17.00!? Buying all the DLC will cost over £1000 and if there is a train you like, you have to buy both the track and the train before you can drive it. Bit of a scam.
The game just dosen't run at all well on my PC. I can't get it to run above 30FPS even if I change all the settings and sometimes it dips to 15fps and stays there. The graphics aren't that amazing or demanding and I can run Skyrim and Bioshock Infinite smoothly at high settings with no slowdown.
I bought this when it was Train Simulator 2014 and the game had some nice weather effects, particulary rain but they've been ramoved in this 2015 version for some reason. The game itself is a pretty good simulator and you feel like you're in a train, but it has a steep learning curve and very poor and unhelpfull tutorials. A lot of the time it's all trial and error to get the train to move. Once you have managed to complete a scenario, you're given no score for no reason and you're just scrating your head wondering what you did wrong. I couldn't even finish one scenario as the train kept randomly derailing and I found the freight missions particulary dull. Often you're just keeping the train at a constant very slow speed and waiting for the scenario to end, which can take hours.
The environments are pretty bland and the passengers all look lifeless and have little to no animation. The animation walk cycles for the passengers are particulary awful. The humans are rigged very poorly. They flail their arms and legs widly as they walk along the platform. I don' t think the animator who animated the passesngers has ever seen a person walk before.
Next time this game is in the Steam sale, don't be tempted by the low price. It's buggy, broken, badly made, badly optomized and it's just not a quality finished product and certainly isn't value for money even with the 85% discount.