Train Sim World 2020 Review

Dev: Dovetail Games
Pub: Dovetail Games
Released: 15/08/19
Players: 1
Size: 20.98 GB
Price: £24.99/$29.99/€29.99
Xbox One X Enhanced: No

Train Sim World 2020 is an updated version of Dovetail’s Train Sim World, featuring an overhauled XP system called action points. Rewarding players for keeping to speed limits and timetables. This update is available for free for existing players, and will replace the old version for new players, including the bundled routes, which are now Long Island Rail Road, Main Spessart Bahn and Northern Trans-Pennine.

Released at the same time as the update is a new route, Peninsula Corridor, that features the Caltrain Transit System in California. Bringing the usual additions of new scenarios and locomotives, those being the Gallery Cab Car CT97, F40PH-2CAT CT97 and GP38-2 UP Providing a mix of passenger and freight services for players to get their teeth into.

Switching back to the update, and right off the bat the game looks better. with changes made to the main menu, including streamlining and colour changes, which make it more appealing. The changes to the XP system are also quite welcomed, now called Action Points, you’ll have the chance to see what points you’re being rewarded with as you play each route, with a brief pop up in the top left of the screen, describing what you did and what points you’ve been awarded.

When completing a job, aside the XP accumulation and timetable stops, you now get a stop accuracy rating and a graph that shows Speed limit performance, giving a bit more insight into how well you did and where you can improve.

The new Journeys mode is currently only available for a select few routes, though in reality it is just an amalgamation of tutorials and scenarios in one area allowing you to continue on the same route instead of heading back to the main menu and selecting a new one.

While nothing has been said officially (that I can find) about the visuals they do seem to be updated. there’s definitely better colour saturation, and the game does seem to perform better, though I did experience some asset load issues on Xbox One S, yet not as bad as the previous version of the game. Those that have followed any of my previous coverage of TSW will know that horn sounds were one of my biggest bugbears, the good news is they now appear to have been fixed, and no longer bug-out.

A copy of the game was provided for this review by the developer/publisher

Gameplay 8
Graphics 8.4
Audio 8.4
Replay Value 7
Value for Money 8
Train Sim World 2020

Free updates are always welcome, and Dovetail has delivered an impressive one here. If you've sat on the fence about TSW then now is the time to get it. It's better all round and is now bundled with some of the best routes. Veterans will be pleased with the updated Action Points system.

  • It's a free update for those that already own TSW
  • Audio and visual improvements
  • Still no zoom function for console

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