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Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault)
If nothing steams your boiler like an afternoon chugging through the Allegheny Mountains, then Train Simulator 2012 is the best you can buy. Even those who are starting for the first time need not fear the intimidation that the word “simulation” often entails. Train Simulator 2012 welcomes you with open arms! If you get hooked and find that what you have just isn’t enough, Rail Simulation has an impressive catalog of DLC.
RailWorks 3: Train Simulator 2012 has a lot to offer those that have a diehard passion for trains of all types. It definitely adds some new features to the series that they will appreciate. I enjoyed it in the sense that it resparked a little bit of my childhood but it isn’t something that I can find myself playing long term. If you are a fan of trains or model trains and want to experience a virtual adaptation of one of America's most enduring hobbies then I absolutely recommend Train Simulator 2012, one of the most detailed simulators that I’ve ever seen on PC.
Lastly, and most importantly, this game is decent for the most part, but you MUST be into simulation games or into trains. I know that seems like a given, but Mr. Call of Duty will not just pick this up on a whim and enjoy it. This game was made for a target audience in mind, and it does well for the target audience. If you think you’d be into simulation games, particularly train simulators, you won’t be able to find a better one than this.
Train Simulator 2012 is good at what it does but unfortunately that will appeal to a very narrow audience. Diehard train enthusiasts will love the incredible details and depth of gameplay but it will be lost on everyone else. Hardcore hobbyists need only apply.
Clearly for enthusiasts only, but more engaging than you might expect.
Train Simulator 2012 has its audience that will appreciate everything the game has to offer. Train enthusiasts will be able to look past the graphics and solely focus on the fact that this game offers an unrivaled simulation. However, every other player that either casually likes trains or is unenthused by locomotives will find Train Simulator 2012 to be an interesting concept that is easy to get into, but is often too complicated and dry to offer up more than a few hours of meaningful gameplay.
Overall, Train Simulator 2012 has not convinced me to live a life on the rails. Its boring presentation and terrible load times had me looking for something else to keep my attention. If I were someone genuinely interested in experiencing what it means to drive a locomotive, I’m sure I would have a much deeper appreciation, but as something for a casual, passing interest, this is definitely something to skip.