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Rail Simulator

Platform(s): PC
Genre: Simulation
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Developer: Kuju

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'Rail Simulator' - Update #1 Available NOW

by Rainier on Feb. 10, 2008 @ 5:51 a.m. PST

Rail Simulator will offer the opportunity for players to take charge of steam, diesel and electric trains on real routes in the UK and Germany. Challenging and fun gameplay will even enable players to design their own ideal journey routes.

Get the Rail Simulator Update #1 off WP (61mb)

This Upgrade brings all Rail Simulator copies up to the same level, adding all the work completed between European and US releases. With ongoing support for Rail Simulator, Kuju will enhance further areas in future upgrades.

Here are some highlights of what Upgrade Mk1 brings:

  • The ability to select from the 5 available languages, in the initial options screen
  • The ability to delete unwanted routes and scenarios from the front end menu system
  • Better functionality on the 2D Map for picking destinations and tracking the player train
  • Reduction of minimum curve radius to encompass narrow gauge railways
  • Signalling now recognises when a train is split or joined within a block
  • The ability to include assets from outside your own or the default Rail Simulator folder structure
  • Uncoupled rolling stock now coasts to a halt rather than stopping dead
  • The ability to force open manual junctions rather than derailing
  • Many Dispatcher enhancements to reduce collisions outside the players influence

Upgrade Mk1 includes many more enhancements, improvements and fixes for issues people have been experiencing, with the full list viewable in the release notes upon installation.

Rail Simulator is the next step in railway simulation. It allows the player to take on the role of a train driver and guide a number of contemporary and historical trains through several meticulously recreated routes in the UK and Germany.

The player is made responsible for everything involved in getting an electric, diesel or steam train started and to keep it rolling; from observing the track signals and keeping within the speed limits, to keeping an eye on the steam pressure and making sure to remain on track through treacherous winding routes.

The game offers unprecedented graphics and attention to detail for the genre, with the trains realistically modeled down to individual, fully functional, gauges, buttons and levers. Rail Simulator also incorporates a full physics simulation, as well as having accurate signaling systems throughout all the routes.

Players can create new routes through a powerful and easy-to-use game editor, and exchange them online with other players. Recreate your local commute or create new routes from scratch, with a point-and-click editor and a huge amount of adjustable in-game assets.

Key Features

  • The most realistic train driving simulation ever
  • Travel over 1900km of track on four faithfully reproduced UK and continental routes
  • Choose between eight accurately modeled modern and historical locomotives - electric, diesel and steam-powered
  • A powerful world and track editor – create new routes and content and exchange them with other players online.
  • Learn to drive different kinds of trains; using fully functional controls, levers and gauges
  • Varying driving modes, from Easy to Simulation difficulty
  • An outstanding physics engine that provide new levels of realism to the simulation
  • Third-party expansion packs will add new routes and content throughout the game’s lifetime, significantly expanding on the core offering
  • Access historical and technical information on routes and trains as you drive

In 2001 Kuju created Microsoft Train Simulator (MSTS), the game that launched the railway simulation genre and which sold over 900,000 copies world-wide. Based on this, the studio has a very strong following amongst the core train sim fan base, and Rail Simulator is the most anticipated game coming out in the category in 2007.


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