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RailWorks 3: Train Simulator 2012 is an updated version of RailWorks 2: Train Simulator. For owners of previous Railworks games it was made available as a free download. The basics of the game are the same. The player gets to drive a number of different trains (both steam, diesel and electric ones are available) across different routes (nine in total; same as in RailWorks 2). The routes can be played in a free roaming mode but also in relation to scenarios where the player has to follow different objectives. There is also a career mode which consists of scenarios where the player can measure his performance against a set of criterias. The player can then share and compare his results with those of others. Factors that could impact the result negatively include over speed, excessive fuel usage and late arrivals.

The trains can be driven with both simple and expert controls. In the simple mode much is automatized and the player can focus on three commands: speed up, slow down and change direction. The expert mode is more complex but also offers greater flexibility. Here the player has to increase or decrease the throttle, reverser and brakes. The controls options remain the same as in RailWorks 2. The player can either use keyboard commands, the graphical interface or interact directly with the controls in the cab.

The main difference in RailWorks 3 is the new graphics engine. The new engine offers extended draw distances, new weather and sky effects (including rain and snow) and shadows and water reflections. Users with older computers can choose to disable the new engine and run in a legacy mode which is less demanding. Also the game's physics have been improved.

Two new trains have been added to the game: a Super Express Concept train and a F7 Warbonnet.


RailWorks 3: Train Simulator 2012 Windows Unloading passengers
RailWorks 3: Train Simulator 2012 Windows DB V200 leaving the station
RailWorks 3: Train Simulator 2012 Windows Inside Class 55
RailWorks 3: Train Simulator 2012 Windows Shadows and water is also improved

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Critic Reviews Dec 02, 2011 85 out of 100 85
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PC Gamer Nov 26, 2011 76 out of 100 76
ZTGameDomain Sep 30, 2011 7 out of 10 70
Gaming Nexus Nov 15, 2011 B- 67
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Darkstation Oct 10, 2011 5 out of 10 50
Gamernode Sep 26, 2011 2 out of 5 40


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Kabushi (243826) added RailWorks 3: Train Simulator 2012 (Windows) on Dec 28, 2011