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About this product
- Product InformationMicrosoft Train Simulator is intended to provide the same kind of engrossing and authentic experience for railroad aficionados that the successful line of Microsoft Flight Simulators has created for aviation enthusiasts. Gamers can choose to take the role of engineer on one of several finely detailed recreations of actual trains from the past and present. Speed steadily ahead, working to complete challenging scenario objectives or simply appreciating the sense of control over hundreds of tons of steel moving at speeds of 60 miles per hour.<br><br>There's also the option to take the more casual role of a sightseeing passenger, enjoying the faithfully recreated scenery along one of six internationally famous routes like the modern U.S. Northeast Corridor, the busy urban Odakyu Electric Railway, or the intriguing Orient Express of the 1930s. In addition to the realistic scenery, the game also features authentic engine and railway sounds to provide a more complete sensory experience.<br><br>The Microsoft Train Simulator is designed to present a relatively hard-core simulation of the true function, feel, and flavor of trains and railroads throughout history. Like the successful Microsoft Flight Simulator games, Microsoft Train Simulator was designed with an open-ended structure to allow enthusiasts and other game development companies to create new trains, landscapes, and scenarios that can be easily incorporated into the game.
- GameMicrosoft Train Simulator
- ESRB RatingE - Everyone
- Control ElementsKeyboard,Mouse
- Number of Players1
- Release Year2001
- Game Special Features<li>Drive nine locomotives including steam, diesel, and electric<br/><br/><li>Weather effects including rain and snow<br/><br/><li>Customize trains and create new routes<br/><br/>
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- jerriemarieSep 13, 2014by
I am not a fan of Steam. To me it seems like a way to put more advertising in front of the consumer, which I personally just don't need. I also think our trend of less ownership of products by those who buy them, versus keeping things on someone's server is a bad idea. I didn't see any wording on this product that this was a Steam product. I wouldn't have bought it if I had. It's slow to load and puts the same ads up each time it loads. It also has fewer tracks than in the old MSTS. Overall, the only thing I see that's better is the graphics.
- robofbarnesSep 27, 2010by
Shows its age but still a classic game
This dates back to 2001. The graphics were topline then, but are now rather blocky & long in the tooth. MS were developing a Mk 2 version, but scrapped it in Jan 2009 as it neared release date. Shame. Later rivals like Trainz are far prettier, but I still think MSTS stands up well on sheer depth of play. Start with simple controls (forward/reverse, fast/slow) then build up to using every footplate control. Fight to bring Flying Scotsman over the Settle & Carlisle through a snowstorm... hard to beat for atmosphere & fun. There's a built in editor to change the routes and a huge range of rolling stock to download - generally free or fairly cheap. To conclude: be aware of its age and limitations, but still give it a try. It's unlikely to cost you much & it won't demand a new graphics card either. Read full review
- 8763peteOct 30, 2013by
Had tons of fun with the japanese and amtrak trains.
Great game by Microsoft, even though it's 12 years old. I'd like to see the company make a new one, because the computers of yesterday couldn't handle the graphics, unless you purchased all high end gaming equipment. Now we have 8GB, 16GB, and 32GB computers that will play these types of games without any problem. I know, I have a 32GB upgradeable computer. So I'm sad to see that now that the technology has advanced, that Microsoft closed the pc game marketplace, and there hasn't been any newly made game of this type. With all of the hobbyist in the trainworld, I'm sure an updated version would be appreciated.
- arcticarticlesOct 04, 2007by
Dont forget about good 'ol railroad transportation
It is a great sim software, you can really do alot of multitasking in it able to control your train consist and perform work orders of various types. It is a good insight for those who would consider an engineer position on any railroad to detirmine if the individual has what it takes in patience and indurance with the operation of the locomotive. The sim also makes notes of any CFR laws you broke as well. I am glad to see saftey implemented into a good "gaming" stratagey. Go and take a gander and try it out, I have been on it for the enjoyment, maybe you will too.
- atseaelecJun 06, 2007by
I think this is a good simulator.
I bought this simulator for my grandson who loves anything about trains. I like this simulator because it has a simplified mode that allows a 6 year old, that is computer savey, to control the trains. The controls are by default realistic and there is a learning curve in the default mode. I like the different train routes available as well as the choice between electric, diesel and steam locomotives and cars. The realism extends to the physical laws the train has to overcome such as the number of cars and the steepness of the grades and the time it takes to speed up and slow down due to the variable power of the locomotives and the weight of the train. One con is the lack of different viewpoints available for viewing the traim; there are several but it would be much better if there were more. Another con is in some of the diesel locomotives - to be realistic, the locomotive cabs and exteriors are dirty and rough looking but becomes a little tiresome to look at. It would be nice to have pristine versions of these locomotives. Ron in Tampa Read full review