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Trainz Railway Simulator 2004 PC CD-ROM

Published by Mastertronic
Developed by Auran
Release Date: Out Now
Price: £9.99

We were impressed with Microsoft Train Simulator and eagerly awaiting its sequel (which was eventually cancelled) when Trainz Railway Simulator 2004 dropped through our letterbox. We were surprised to find that Trainz Railway Simulator 2004 was a more complete simulator in just about everyway possible.

One of the great strengths of TRS2004 is that you can opt for the full simulation and take advantage of the games attention to detail or you can choose to drive the trains in a simplistic fashion which essentially means anyone can enjoy the game without having to spend time learning the controls. There are over 50 different steam, diesel and electric trains for you to drive including legends such as the Mallard and the Flying Scotsman. The game comes with scenarios for you to undertake and there's even a sophisticated editor for you to make your own routes if you want to. The game claims to have 15,000 different routes with scenery objects and rolling stock galore.

The real strength of TRS2004 though is its game engine. Not only do the graphics look better than those in Microsoft Train Simulator but the game engine is also a lot smoother and better performing on lower end systems. Deaf gamers are well catered for although there aren't any captions for the horn noises but in every other respect the game is fine as all other details are shown in text. In short then, if you're looking for a train simulator this is quite simply the best you can buy.


Overall Game Rating: 5.0/5

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The best Train Simulator you can buy.