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Train Life: A Railway Simulator

Platform(s): Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X
Genre: Simulation
Publisher: NACON
Developer: Simteract
Release Date: Aug. 25, 2022

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'Train Life: A Railway Simulator' Early Access update Adds More Tracks/Environments, New Locomotive And More - Trailer

by Rainier on Jan. 26, 2022 @ 12:00 a.m. PST

Train Life: A Railway Simulator is a train and management game that puts you at the head of a railway company.

For the first time in a game of this type, you develop your business to become the biggest rail company in Europe: hire drivers, buy new trains and achieve your contractual objectives! Play as both the driver and company director! Take the controls of your locomotives and grow your railway empire by negotiating deals and developing your network.

Take the controls of your train…
…and travel across Europe with passengers and merchandise. In the Early Access version, drive through Germany, riding in the cab of several different locomotives. Each of these locomotives has its unique characteristics (power, braking, etc.) that you need to fully master to be as effective as possible. Take your passengers through astonishingly beautiful lands, including both town and country, forest and mountains.

You not only have to drive the trains, but you also have to grow your company by optimizing your Passenger and Freight activities. Choose a name, a logo, purchase locomotives, and hire drivers, giving them new contracts and exploring new tracks. You must also maintain your locomotives to prevent breakdowns and handle emergency repairs. You are free to accept or refuse contracts: make the right choices, earn money and develop your company!

Next stop: the second update for Train Life: A Railway Simulator! Five months after its Early Access launch, development studio Simteract is continuing to add new content for Train Life.

With this new update, Train Life now serves parts of Eastern Europe. You can now travel across the German border and around the Czech Republic and Poland to explore new environments.

A new electric locomotive also makes its debut: the Lechner-Koch DP2500. Several scenarios have been added, which provide unique challenges for train drivers and managers.

The Service Center has been updated to provide greater clarity on purchasing and customizing locomotives. The various elements to this part of the gameplay – appearance, available upgrades, performance comparisons, parts compatibility, and more – will all delight the most detail-orientated fans.

Finally, there have also been various fixes added to improve the game's stability, smoothness and realism.

Train Life : A Railway Simulator is now available in early access through Steam and the Epic Games Store.

Train Life involves demanding gameplay based on real-world behavior. You have to respect the rail signals and driving instructions, adapt for rail switches, and manage speed. Make sure you keep an eye on braking distance when you pull into the station and open and close the doors for your passengers. There are also unforeseen situations to manage, such as fallen trees, stalled cars, and trains rolling on your track.

The dynamic weather and day/night cycle mean you have to adapt the way you drive to avoid accidents and damage to the tracks.

This unique management aspect is supported by the game’s detailed trains and driving system. NACON and Simteract have paid special attention to modeling the trains to ensure the game is both fun and authentic.

Train Life: A Railway Simulator is in development for PC, scheduled for full release in June 2022.

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