Trainz Railroad Simulator 2006: Hawes Junction 2.5
Drive a train across the country
Trainz Railroad Simulator 2006: Hawes Junction gives you the opportunity to get behind the wheel of a train and go up and down the country, admiring the landscapes in between. Whether you are a train enthusiast that knows everything there is to know about locomotives and carriages, or you are just curious about how it feels to ride the tracks, the game can satisfy your every need.
Moreover, there is also a manager mode, in which you have to take care of an entire railroad system by yourself. Beside the fact that you have to coordinate train routes, you also have to issue orders to the other drivers and make sure that every carriage has commodities assigned to it, as well as couple or decouple wagons whenever you need to do so.
Realistic physics simulation and detailed graphics
To provide you with an authentic atmosphere, the game features a highly realistic physics engine, which assures you that the experience is as close to reality as possible. Hence, wheels can now slip and lose traction in certain conditions and you can also observe the effects of coupler breakage. Moreover, every locomotive is designed after its real counterpart, especially when it comes to the mechanical specifications.
The graphic engine is powerful enough to do a good job at rendering both the trains and the environment, although the latter is rather lacking in content, at least on some maps. Thus, although the trains might be very detailed and the landscape textures pretty convincing, there are sometimes very few objects scattered around the railroad to make a difference, since it is mostly plain fields.
An altogether addictive simulator
Due to the fact that it features an advanced driving mode specially designed for experienced players, Trainz Railroad Simulator 2006: Hawes Junction contains every element needed in order to provide you with countless hours of fun. In addition, since the game is highly customizable, there are thousands of mods that can be downloaded from the online community.
Reviewed by Alexandru Dulcianu on October 13th, 2014
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Game descriptionTrainz Railroad Simulator 2006: Hawes Junction features a rich game world and a very realistic physics engine, wh...