Train Sim World®: CSX Heavy Haul
We wonder what would happen if Sheldon Cooper had ever seen this game. Maybe he would put anything aside and get lost in it. And if you love trains even much less than Sheldon does, you’ll definitely appreciate this.
As for PC game released in 2017, the size is rather moderate; about 9 GB. But the joy it brings is much greater. The trains, first of all. The cabin looks like the real modern one.
Everything is realistic. Trains and rails, natural environment and weather conditions, day and night, and especially the view from the cabin. All the control arms and displays are where they should be. They do what they are supposed to do and show what they are supposed to show.
The design seems too practical and utilitarian sometimes. But it only helps you concentrate on driving the train and minding the mission and the environment. And in the next updates graphics will certainly will be remade smoother and more detailed.
You are the train driver, and you have the heaviest, strongest, the most actual trains to drive up and down the road. The train should deliver its load in time, and that’s your greatest mission. The rest is details, but details are what makes the most of impression.
For now, the game only offers three railroads: in Germany, USA, and England. On each segment, you drive its unique trains and complete its special missions. For example, in America, you need to drive the iconic EMD GP38-2 down Sand Patch Grade. The tutorial has all the info on it and tells you how to control it.
You may notice that the physical part is quite simplified. You can’t get off the track even doing the riskiest tricks like running turns at full speed.
The developers have done a lot of work over controls. As it happens with many console games, you’ll have to deal with the keyboard a lot. And, as your basic movements are bound to the traditional WASD, in fact, you’ll have to apply many keys plus a mouse to get the total experience. Or an Xbox controller, if you own one. We’d recommend the latter, as it gives more driving vibes (though you may disagree).
Thanks to the publisher for having a special tutorial for each track. If you prefer reading before practicing, you may find the controls list in the manual.
Replay Value: 4.5
As for Train Simulator, the game TSW is to replace, its replayability was special. For more than a decade, the developers offered new add-ons, so you could ride the train down a new railroad, explore new models, enjoy new graphical solutions.
The plans for TSW are the same. The game will certainly get a lot of updates with new trains, new railroads, new countries and new missions.
The Railroad King is here. Maybe in several years, its today’s looks will seem awkward and half-baked, but so far it’s the most convincing railroad simulator. It may lack more trains and roads, but time and work will cure this.
- Graphics 5
- Gameplay 5
- Controls 4.5
- Replay Value 4.5
Real railroads and trains
Xbox controller supported
The game lacks various content yet (though there certainly will be expansions, probably all paid)