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Train Simulator 2019

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Train Simulator fully immerses you in a World of trains, transporting you to a place where you decide what to do, where and when. Experience the challenge of mastering a wide variety of different locos and learning the routes in every direction. Unlock your creative potential using powerful tools to create your very own routes and scenarios and enjoy your collection from the perspective of the driver, passenger or railfan. Whatever you love about trains, Train Simulator has it covered. Streak out of the historic city of Frankfurt and through the heart of Hesse in Deutsche Bahn’s vision of high speed travel. Featuring the largest freight yard in Europe at Mannheim and inter-regional and inter-city traffic. Delivering dramatic and challenging Denver & Rio Grande Western and Amtrak action across the rugged Wasatch Range of the Rocky Mountains, Soldier Summit & Salt Lake City brings a truly captivating and memorable experience for every railfan.
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Game Discussion

Review by Anonymous
Review from Steam

I have had the trains since 2012 and just passed 1000 hours of travel which speaks for itself. Adding to my collection over he years has made the hobby more enjoyable as time goes on I am approaching 83 years of age and keep hoping that a Newcastle to Carlisle will arrive as I was born at a village on that line and it will also complete a circuit via Glasgow and Edinburgh and Newcastle.

Review from Steam

---{ Graphics }---
☐ You forget what reality is
☐ Beautiful
☐ Good
☑ Decent
☐ Bad
☐ Don‘t look too long at it
☐ MS-DOS
---{ Gameplay }---
☐ Very good
☑ Good
☐ It's just gameplay
☐ Mehh
☐ Watch paint dry instead
☐ Just don't
---{ Audio }---
☐ Eargasm
☐ Very good
☐ Good
☑ Not too bad
☐ Bad
☐ I'm now deaf
---{ Audience }---
☑ Kids
☑ Teens
☑ Adults
☑ Grandma
---{ PC Requirements }---
☐ Check if you can run paint
☐ Potato
☑ Decent
☐ Fast
☐ Rich boi
☐ Ask NASA if they have a spare computer
---{ Difficulty }---
☐ Just press 'W'
☐ Easy
☑ Easy to learn / Hard to master
☐ Significant brain usage
☐ Difficult
☐ Dark Souls
---{ Grind }---
☑ Nothing to grind
☐ Only if u care about leaderboards/ranks
☐ Isn't necessary to progress
☐ Average grind level
☐ Too much grind
☐ You'll need a second life for grinding
---{ Story }---
☐ No Story
☑ Some lore
☐ Average
☐ Good
☐ Lovely
☐ It'll replace your life
---{ Game Time }---
☐ Long enough for a cup of coffee
☐ Short
☐ Average
☐ Long
☑ To infinity and beyond
---{ Price }---
☐ It's free!
☐ Worth the price
☑ If it's on sale
☐ If u have some spare money left
☐ Not recommended
☐ You could also just burn your money
---{ Bugs }---
☐ Never heard of
☐ Minor bugs
☑ Can get annoying
☐ ARK: Survival Evolved
☐ The game itself is a big terrarium for bugs
---{ ? / 10 }---
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☐ 10

Review from Steam

Look, it's Dovetail, it's Train Simulator, you know the deal. Some bugginess, a hellish menu interface, some hit and miss over whether broken routes will ever be fixed to satisfaction. People with zero interest in playing it complaining that there's a lot of content. Allow me to let you in on a secret - that €10k of content? You aren't forced to buy it all to have a complete experience. In fact, I think it's physically impossible in one lifetime to fully explore the entire extent of routes and scenarios that have been created for TS. Here's another secret - there's actually even more content for sale here than what is available on Steam. Completism and trophy hunting have led people to believe they would have to acquire all of this to see the 'full' game, which is just not true.
The way to approach this is to view it as something of a model trainset. You buy the basic foundation and stick what you want on that. If you're not a hardcore railfan or simmer just want to dip in and out of various routes, you'll be fine with one of the packs that come out each year. Go back and find an old version on a reseller store if you don't want this year's version. If you're more interested in train travel and sims, you'll probably already have a specific interest in one area, so you'll concentrate on acquiring routes like that. US freight, British passenger transport, Austrian mountain routes - there's a rich amount of content in all these areas, and with third party improvements such as those from Armstrong Powerhouse it's quite clear why there's still life in this, 12 years after its first incarnation. So much, in fact, that as I write this simulator is above its supposed successor, Train Sim World 2, in current players on Steam.
TS is an easy target for cheap jokes, and there is an infuriating habit among the modding community (though many do sterling work for free) of utilising obscure and useless DLC packs in their mods (hello BR Blue pack, hello long-deleted 101 Pack), but for every official release of a train without working headlights or essential safety systems, there's impressive content made with care and attention. Bossman's Welsh Marches, Dovetail's own Semmeringbahn and GTrax's criminally underrated Suisun Bay route are 3 examples of the best of these, and then there's the devs making incredibly complex simulations that Dovetail would never have the freedom to attempt. That's one reason this game has lasted so long - to their credit Dovetail made modding and route-building accessible, meaning third parties work on everything from fun content like Story of Forest Rail to those full simulations, allowing DTG themselves to concentrate on the big crowd pleasers.
In short, don't blame Dovetail for simply adding a number each year and rarely significantly improving the product itself. Blame those of us who have looked a bit deeper and found almost everything we could want from a train sim, and in spite of ancient graphics and out of memory errors, are quite happy where we are, thanks. It's a nice community too, one of the more helpful around - you're very welcome.

Review from Steam

great sim.... unfortunately starting to show its age now

Review from Steam

It's a train simulator. If you want to drive trains around real-world locations, you'll like this game. If you don't, you won't. There's not much else to say.

Review from Steam

TSXX is a great game... but!
This game is the same every year the only changes is UI and base routes.
The game is also a bit of an odd runner, i have 32BG RAM at 4600Mhz yet i get memory crashes when it only uses 3GB.
This games inbuilt route builder is in DIRE need of an upgrade but if you try you can get used to it.
THE UK BASE ROUTE HAS ALREADY BEE RELEASED SO WHATS THE POINT!!!
Dovechair games also likes to *colonise* your wallet (couch £25 for a rushed made route)
oh and chairdove games PLEASE update the way how train AI works, i want to be able to make a train reoppeat its timetable and also fix the silly errors that occur when everything is fine!
Good things:
Its got amazing realism when it comes to driving (when u get 3rd party content).
The graphics look good for a decade old game (with 3rd party content)
Therte are very realistic trains to drive (if 3rd party content).
There are good routes (no actually the routes aint that bad if your blind or u can have 3RD PARTY VCONTENT)
yes this game is only alive today because of third party content. and what really bugs me is they dont add 3rd party permissions to TSW2 like brUH your just limiting us, and i know its because of money but imagine how much more popular the game would be if AP made trains for TSW2.
I would only recommend if you are a big rail fan and that you have many timne to spend.
Tbf us rail fans are really deprived of a pure rail game that has nice graphics for 2022 and has a 3rd party community... oh wait that reminds me of a game, its called TSW2. WAIT nvm i forgot armchair bird games say "NO" and their games gonna die like TSW2020 lol
in the end do i recommend: welll yes and no
im very helpful arent I :)

Review from Steam

I'd Rate TS20XX a 7.5/10.
it's enjoyable if you enjoy trains but if you don't you'll thinks its rubbish.
Pro's:
It has a wide variety of routes and trains
it has an editor
it runs (somewhat) well on older machines.
etc
Cons:
The price of all the addons is quite outrageous.
the community can be quite toxic
The British Train community is fine with DTG releasing a poor quality addon for 11.99 and then a 3rd party dev 's like AP charging an extra 11.99 or even more cough electrostar EP cough to fix it.
other than that its a pretty enjoyable game

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