Although the simulation aspect is pretty thin in comparison with other games in the genre, Train Life: A Railway Simulator makes up for it by allowing players to manage and grow their transportation business by upgrading each of the cities included.
You can only adjust the speed and use the breaks in the game, but you’ll have to pay attention to the rail signals and driving instructions and adapt for rail switches. You also have to be careful how you use your breaks when you pull into the station and open and close the doors for your passengers.
Since the game has just been released in Early Access, it only routes between more than a dozen major German cities. However, the next big update will bring a new region that will add more routes in Western Europe (Belgium, France, Luxemburg, Netherlands, and London).
In Train Life: A Railway Simulator, you can hire drivers, buy new trains and take on contracts that will give you the resources to expand your business. The final version of the game is supposed to feature 10,000 km (6,200 miles) of track across Europe, as well as some legendary trains.
Even though content is a bit on the slim side at launch, the game’s great bang for your buck considering the upcoming updates will add a ton of new features. According to developers, at least four other major updates will be made available before the game’s release next year.
Upcoming updates will also add voiceovers, additional events, in-game cutscenes and multiple scenarios sets. Obviously, each major update to be released in the coming months will add new trains, regions and routes.
Currently, Train Life: A Railway Simulator is set for release on PC in Q1 2022. If you’re just looking to drive the iconic Orient Express train, you’ll have to wait until the game’s official release though.