developer: Dovetail Games/Rail Simulator Developments
publisher: Dovetail Games/Rail Simulator Developments
Game mode: single player
game language: English
game release date for PC:
Developed by Dovetail Games, Train Simulator 2018 allows players to control diverse locomotives and complete diverse tracks while making sure the journey is safe and on schedule. Those who own the previous installment can update it to the 2018 version; however, they will not find the exclusive content featuring (among others) new trains (including DB BR 442 “Talent 2”, ÖBB 2016, Caltrain MPI MP36PH-3C, Pacific Electro-Motive GP38-2, Arriva Trains Wales Class 175, as well as Class 158 and Class 221). Train Simulator 2018 for PC also introduces a set of new tracks - North Wales Coastal: Crewe – Llandudno & Conwy Castle, Peninsula Corridor: San Francisco – San Jose and Mittenwaldbahn: Garmisch-Partenkirchen – Innsbruck. Both new trains and tracks are unlocked after purchasing Train Simulator 2018.
The gameplay in Train Simulator 2018 practically does not differ much from the previous installments in the series. The in-game world can be observed mainly from the eyes of the virtual engine driver, nonetheless, players can change the perspective to see the outside of the train, and much more. There are several game modes to choose from, such as the career mode, Quick Drive, Free Roam, and challenges, in which the player cannot choose his machine or the track and has to complete them in unfavorable weather conditions. The tracks are diversified in terms of their length and difficulty level. After completing each one, the player can compare his or her stats to the achievements of other players.
Similarly to the previous installments, in Train Simulator 2018 players can use tools to create their own locomotives, tracks, landscapes, and missions. Virtual worlds created this way can then be shared with others. This game series is known from the fact that players continuously add new elements to it.
In terms of technology, the changes implemented in Train Simulator 2018 are mainly cosmetic. The game is based on the same engine as its successors. The visuals have not changed significantly and the biggest modifications can be seen when looking at the user’s interface. The advantage of this solution lies in the compatibility with all the DLCs that were released for the previous installments.
Game score 8.6 / 10 calculated out of 55 players' votes.
PC / Windows
Minimum: Intel Core 2 Duo 2.8 GHz, 4 GB RAM, graphic card 1 GB GeForce GTX 560 or better, 40 GB HDD, Windows 7 64-bit