For lovers of model
trains, the ultimate train game has arrived on the PC entitled "Trainz
Classics" which adds to the popular Trainz franchise. This latest
instalment once again allows gamers to not only experience the
behind the scenes by being
inside a train cab as they drive through the gaming environment but
also create their own environments such as planning routes and even
creating the environments that their trains will drive in. As
mentioned, this game basically allows you to build your ultimate
model railways in an amazing virtual world.
The gameplay of
Trainz Classics revolves around not only creating your ultimate
railway environment which is extremely entertaining, especially as
the developers have allowed you access over 60,000 free downloadable
additions from the internet but also get behind the controls of
these graceful giants. Personally, I prefer seeing the action from
overhead, rather than being the engineer... needless to say, it
depends on your preferred style of play.
The control system
of Trainz Classic uses the keyboard and mouse to interact with the
gaming environment and depending on which aspect of the game you are
involved in, one part relies more heavily on the other. With that
said, this game is suited for gamers of all experience levels and
even newbie train drivers will have little trouble mastering this
The main game view of Trainz Classics features your traditional
model railway view that has your railroad drivers listed on the left
with your main driver (current train) listed on the bottom with
several icons that are used to interact with the gaming environment.
On the top of the screen is your train controls that displays your
train speed, speed limit and current time. The cab view is slightly
different which allows you to interact with the controls of the
train. And for those that wish to be foolish on the tracks... yes...
& flashing ditch-lights
sounds, lights and boom gates
For those wishing to
go beyond the standard Trainz Experience, gamers also have the
ability to access the Download Station for free which gives gamers a
daily download limit of 100MB, however a first class ticket is also
available for unlimited access.
Amazingly enough, this Download
Station gives the user access to over 60,000 additional items for
game which includes new trains and scenery to name a few of
inclusions. These additions have been created by not only the
developers but also other members of the Traniz community so if you
wish to become immortal on the world wide web, this is definitely
the place to share your creative genius.
Classic is a 3D treat that features realistic and real-world train
models which interact perfectly with the gaming environment. The
inside of the cabs feature all the controls you would expect to find
in a real train that have been faithfully recreated with 3D controls
that almost totally immerse you into this model railway world.
Even the finer
touches within the cabs such have been added into the title to keep
it as faithful to real-life as possible. Probably the most visually
impressive feature of the title are the background environments such
as the trees, tracks, buildings and like which look amazing and
would make any model railway enthusiast proud.
Best of all, Trainz
Classics does not require the latest super computer to run with the
bare minimum being just a Pentium 4 1.5Ghz with a 128MB graphics
card, although anything more powerful will allow you to experience
even greater details.
The sound effects
have all been accurately recreated and really gives you a sense of
purpose as you drive your trains around the amazing environments.
Trainz Classics is a must have for railway enthusiasts and is the
closest you can get to create your own model railway without a huge
budget. Great gameplay, sturdy graphics and fun from start to finish
but there'll never be a finish for games such as these.
Windows 98/2000/ME/XP/Vista • P4 1.5GHz • 1GB RAM • 128Mb video card
(Geforce equiv.) Direct X 9 or higher • Direct X compatible sound
card 8X CD-ROM • 56K Modem for Internet access Installation:
Approximately 2GB of available hard disk space.
Windows 98/2000/ME/XP/Vista P4 2.0Ghz • 1GB RAM • 256Mb video card (Geforce
4 equiv.) Direct X 9 or higher • Direct X compatible sound card 8X
CD-ROM • 56K Modem for Internet access Installation: Approximately
2GB of available hard disk space.