The new routes provide a wide range of challenges and the new trains, particularly the ICE T, will please many train fans. Load times are long, so if you have a SSD install it on there.
It's a standard update with better graphics ad an academy for newcomers but few improvements.
Train Simulator 2015 was an interesting experience. It reignited a childhood spark for a brief amount of time, as well as brought into context that while the life on the rails is simple in movement it is not simply pushing the throttle forward and waiting.
All of which is to say that just by looking at the name Train Simulator, you should know whether this game is for you. If you’ve ever had any curiosity about riding the rails, get this game. If you’ve had a burning ambition to be a locomotive engineer but somehow missed your career calling, get this game. If you have no interest in trains, then a game about driving one down the tracks and coupling together cars is not for you. For those the game is aimed at, it’s a competently packaged game that will scratch a very specific itch, but it does so without frills or top tier polish.
Train Simulator 2015 left me hugely unfulfilled. It's still the same great train simulation that we all know, but the new additions just aren't enough to celebrate. The new Academy feature is brilliant, yes, but after about five years of the series being around, it's way too late to make any big splash in terms of drawing in a new crowd. It's a neat little update, but Train Simulator 2015 is nowhere near as much an improvement as its predecessor.