Train Sim World is out now on PS4, Xbox One and PC.
As the name suggests, Dovetail’s train simulator gives players an authentic look at the way trains run in different parts of the world, be it as a driver or a passenger.
After the release of the scaled down Founders Edition earlier this year, the full Train Sim World package is finally available to buy, and on consoles no less.
Is it a case of better freight than never for Train Sim World? Is it full steam ahead for Dovetail’s new release? How many train puns can we fit in to one review? Read on for the inside track on Train Sim World for PS4.
Train Sim World lets you take control of various trains in the UK, New York and Germany.
You can see what it’s like to drive passenger and freight trains in New York’s Northeast Corridor, ferry passengers along the S-Bahn in a Rapid Transit train, or cruise along the Great Western Main Line out of Paddington Station.
As a regular Great Western Express commuter, I did get a kick out of visiting some of the locations on my route home, and was actually disappointed to discover that Train Sim World doesn’t feature my stop.
Locational limitations aside, Train Sim World’s dedication to authenticity is admirable, even if it is sometimes to its detriment.
Journeys that last an hour in real life are expected to take the same time in Train Sim World, assuming you can remember the function of each button, knob and lever.
Learning the inner workings of each train is part of its appeal, of course, and it becomes a real source of pride if you manage to reach your destination on time.
Less appealing is when you have to wait at stations for minutes on end, or if you choose to play as a passenger.
You see, as with most simulations, Train Sim World can be incredibly dull, unless you’re loco about trains.
Because it’s such a niche offering, you’ve probably already got a fair idea about whether or not Train Sim World is for you.
Despite extensive tutorials and a novel scenario mode, Train Sim World does nothing to appeal to the casual crowd, but then that’s probably for the best.
If you love trains and have been waiting a lifetime for a simulator on consoles, then you should definitely choo choo choose Train Sim World. Everyone else should probably just mind the gap (that one doesn’t even make sense, but you know what I mean).