"She'll be coming
around the mountain when she comes!" There can never be too many
games about trains and needless to say, I'm sure all kids at one
time or another had train sets and this is what Trainz Driver is
all about. With that said, Trainz Driver is classified as a train
simulation that transforms you into the role of a engineer/driver.
Once Trainz Driver
has been installed onto your computer, the player is treated with a
well made menu system that allows you access the variety of hidden
nooks and crannies within the gaming world that also gives you
statistical information about the trains and also a rather in-depth
Although the main crux of the game is to control a train in a
realistic 3D gaming environment, the developers have ensured that
the inexperience driver is not thrown into the deep end by allowing
them to have an introductory route from one city to the next where you must control all facets of train driving such as
throttle and brakes (dynamic/train) while following the speed limits
in an attempt to maintain your schedule.
Call me old fashioned but
blowing the train horn did bring a smile to this old gamer and
really made me relive my youth with my model train. However, unlike
model trains, this is as close as a person will get to controlling a
fully fledged train.
The developers have ensured that front cab or "train cockpit" has
been realistically modelled with a plethora of controls available to
the player with the mouse and keyboard being used in conjunction to
navigate the control system. The tricky aspect of Trainz Driver is
keeping an eye on all the controls and also your outside environment
via your mouse which does become a tad frustrating as your progress
through the game.
With a rather adept control system, even the most inexperience gamer
will be able to pick this title up in no time, although it may take
a few days or weeks to truly master the control system. As the title
is a simulator, don't expect too much excitement on your train
routes for this title is all about enjoying the way you get from A
to B without derailing your train and making sure that you arrive on
time which is easy said than done.
Driver is a rather impressive looking title that features high
resolution graphics, realistically modeled trains and a rather
detailed background environment that is sometimes a little too
sparse. As with the graphics, the sound effects are extremely
realistic and feature all your whistles, horns and sounds of trains
going along railroad tracks and if you have the right sound setup
for computer, the neighbors may even think that a train is coming
towards their house.
In conclusion, Trainz Driver is a very entertaining and enriching
train simulation that is as close as you can get to driving a real
train. With realistic graphics and gameplay, there's nothing more
enjoyable than a quick trip to the next station. Recommended to
those that love the simulation genre and more specifically, train
fanatics. Great stuff!