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Product: Train Simulator
Company: Microsoft
Estimated Street Price: $54.95
Review By: Julien Jay

Final Results and Overall Mark

Table Of Contents
1: Introduction
2: Game Features
3: Conclusion

Well we have reached the end of the review. Here are my final comments, notes and grades for Microsoft Train Simulator.



Final Comments

How It Grades
  GamePlay: 75%
Originality: 80%
Graphics: 75%
Reality: 75%
Sound: 80%
Manual: 85%
Overall: 78%

The first iteration of Microsoft Train Simulator is a good release! This unexpected game turns trains enthusiasts’ dreams into reality letting them drive trains as they’ve always wanted to do. The high level of detail along with the various available scenarios is exciting enough for train addicts. In fact this game is the perfect Christmas gift for trains’ lovers. However the various graphics and command bugs we have noticed are quite irritating. The built-in choice of trains is good but too limited and the non-inclusion of the French fastest train (TGV) is a drawback in my opinion.. All-in-all this game is a must have –only- for train fans.




Specs & Package
Overall Score 78%
Version Reviewed Microsoft Train Simulator
Release Date Available Now!
In the Box Two Train Simulator Discs,
Users' Guide,
Quick Reference Guide.
The Good Points Highly Realistic,
Great for Train Fans,
The Bad Points Boring?,
Few Trains Available,
Barely no european circuits,
No TGV available,
A bit buggy,
Sceneries don't feature animated characters...
Reviewers PC Setup






Pentium 4 1.7 Ghz
Intel D850GB Motherboard

Windows 2000 SP2
384 MB PC800 RDRAM w/ECC
DirectX 8
19" Sony Trinitron Monitor
Hercules 3D Prophet III 64Mb AGP 4x Graphics Card
Sound Blaster Live! Platinum 5.1
Adaptec 19160 Ultra SCSI card
Pinnacle Studio DV Plus
Pinnacle Studio PCTV USB

Microsoft TrackBall Explorer
Microsoft Natural Keyboard Pro

DVD Pioneer 105s (16/40x)
Yamaha CRW2200E

PC Required

Minimum System

Pentium II 266MHz or higher with 4MB 2D Graphics Card,
32MB of Ram for Windows 9x and 64MB for Windows 2000,
1.8GB of HD space available for full install (or 500MB for compact install),
DirectX 8.0 or higher,
4x of faster CD-Rom drive,
Super VGA, 16-bit color monitor or better supporting 800x600 resolution.


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