About the Product
- Feel what it's like to put your hands on the controls of powerful locomotives as they power through towns, cities and rolling countryside.
- Design and Build your own railroads with the versatile Surveyor editing tool and access hundreds of thousands of user-create assets from the Trainz Download Station.
- Share your enthusiasm with other rail fans as your combine your efforts to operate a working rail line in the new Trainz Multiplayer.
- Zoom all the way out to the altitude of a satellite to see more of your railroad.
- Backward compatible with TS2010 content.
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Build and Operate the Railroad of Your Dreams... With Your Friends!
Trainz Simulator 12 includes the most exciting new feature in the history of Trainz. You guys asked for it, and now we have delivered! Players from all over the world can build, play and operate railroads together in this new and exciting experience!
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The game itself can be divided into two sections, the game engine and content. The game engine is the part made by N3V/Auran (a smallish Australian company) and consists of two sections also, the simulator and the layout creator. In the simulator you have the option of running the railroad engines as either a model railroad (DCC) or as prototype where you have the actual controls in an in cab view with realistic physics. (It will take a mile or two to stop.) In the layout creator (Surveyor)you can create your own layouts (Routes) and AI driven operations (Sessions). The Surveyor is one of the most powerful landscaping engines I've come across but is fairly easy to get your feet wet in. Following the manual (sort of) I had an operating railroad within minutes.
Content is both the greatest strength and the weakest link of Trainz12 and why I debated the number of stars to give it. Trainz12 comes with several layouts covering almost every continent and many countries. America, the UK, Germany, China, Russia, it is amazing. But... all these are created by Trainz users and, while good, there are some frustrating flaws. N3V tests these and they are really quite good but... What is really amazing is the amount of user created stuff. One hundred and ninety thousand plus items (193504 as of this writing)! You can create anything from horse drawn trams through steam engines (wood, coal, or oil fired) through electric (third rail, trolley, or catenary) through diesel to maglev.Read more ›
TS 12 is not a game.
Why the emphasis on simulator - because that is what this software product does and does superbly; simulate the operation of a train.
If one knows little to nothing about trains and how they operate, the details about how to move them safely from one point to another and nothing about how to actually drive a modern disel locomotive, a not so modern diesel locomotive or a classic steam locomotive and one wants to know one will after diving into this software. TS12 is a simulator.
Getting tired of hearing that TS12 is a simulator yet? Good! Because if you are a gamer and want to jump in and drive a train from somewhere to somewhere else and get a reward for it or points for completing a mission or become a hero engineer then forget it because that is not what TS12 is about. You can hop into a train and go sight seeing if you wish and that can be a fun to a relaxing exercise. Yep - what every gamer is looking for.
TS12 is a simulator and a darn good one.
That said TS12 has issues. Graphics are dated - 2010 quality at best. In a town, in a large train yard with minimal activity and even a high end graphics card can get bogged down by a gamer's standards. SD texture vegetation are interlocked planes and those planes show and are ugly.
Auran brags on its 242 page enhanced manual. They shouldn't. There's not a lot of information in it. You'll get most of what you learn about operating a train from 4 very well put together and downright interesting and fun tutorials. Too bad the rest of TS12 content doesn't meet the same standard. The rest of the manual covers how to build routes and create sessions.Read more ›
I was in trainsimming since 2001, when Microsoft Train Simulator was released. I not just played it, but also developed 3D models of locomotives and other rolling stock, scenery objects, trees, etc.
In Trainz 12 you can do everything - build scenery, layout tracks, run trains, and develop some dispatcher's activities. So, the game may cater to very different categories of the users - those, who enjoying to build virtual railroads, those who like to drive trains using realistic cab controls, and those who dreams to be a train dispatcher in the control tower, to give orders to trains and drivers.
Driving trains in Trainz 12 could be very realistic, with scripted locomotive models, which allows every lever , button and switch in the cab to be operated. Scripting allows to model builders make every little things in the rolling stock to be animated: doors, windows, fans, wipers, whatever. Also, it is possible to build locomotive with full interior , to walk inside, using free camera, and manipulate various switches and control boards.
Some users with programming skills, could extend the game to impossible levels of realism, using embedded programming language TrainzScript (which syntax is similar to Java and/or C++)
The only drawback is performance with certain routes: huge routes with detailed scenery and lot of objects, could be slow to load.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A simulation tempting reward but disappointing in the end. I'm not talking about running the locomotive here folks. Read morePublished 2 months ago by BassandDrumNY
I purchased this game so my son could play with the "Thomas the train" add-ons. It took a few hours to get everything up and running (details below), but once I got past... Read morePublished 6 months ago by IT Guy
I've had this simulator before and loved it. It's amazing what all you can put into your layout. There is literally no limit to how big or long you want to make it. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
It looks like it might be cool IF you learn how to use it... We tried going on the website to get some easier instructions and nothing. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Julie A. Nelson
Downloaded and game never had the promised routes and capabilities. Terrible graphics and terrible all together. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Ricky teteris