developer: Dovetail Games/Rail Simulator Developments
publisher: Dovetail Games/Rail Simulator Developments
Game mode: single player
game language: English
game release date for PC:
Train Simulator 2017 is another installment in a popular series of railway-themed simulation games from Dovetail Games. The game was released on PC in several editions. Owners of the previous games got a free update to the 2017 edition, however, this did not include new routes – these have been added to the Standard Edition of Train Simulator 2017 or the limited Pioneers Edition (which also granted access to Train Sim World: CSX Heavy Haul beta). Moreover, those who had previously purchased content included in Train Simulator 2017 (e.g. a route or two), get a corresponding discount for the Standard or Pioneers Edition.
Gameplay mechanics in Train Simulator 2017 are not so different from those in the previous installments. This is an advanced simulation game, in which you take control over various types of trains, and transport passengers to different locations all around the world. Innovations are mostly about routes – the game offers four new railroads. Players can drive across Germany between Lubeka and Hamburg in DB BR 218 locomotive. In North America you can speed in the modern NJ TRANSIT ALP-45DP all the way from New York to New Jersey. In France you drive between Marseille to Avignon in TGV Duplex, while in The Great Britain you drive Arriva Trains Wales Class 175 between Bristol and Cardiff.
Of course, this is just the beginning, since the series is known from letting the players expand the content with various add-ons. The biggest fans can spend extra money for new routes, trains, and scenarios.
Train Simulator 2017 on PC is based on the same technology as Train Simulator 2016, hence there is no difference in the graphics between the two games. On the other hand, the new edition features Steam Workshop support, where we can find missions and routes prepared by other players using the official editor.
Game score 8.1 / 10 calculated out of 114 players' votes.
PC / Windows
Minimum: Dual Core 2.5 GHz, 4 GB RAM, graphic card 1 GB GeForce GTX 560 or better, 40 GB HDD, Windows 7 64-bit