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Railroad Tycoon 2 (DC)

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Developed by Tremor Entertainment and published by G.O.D. this is the Dreamcast version of the original PC game. For those who don't know, Railroad Tycoon 2 is a god game where you take control of a small railroad company and attempt to build it up in

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      25.02.2010 00:33
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      "Railroad Tycoon II" is a simulation video game. It was first released for the Sega Dreamcast in 2000 by Tremor Entertainment. In the United States, the title received a guidance rating of "E" which deemed it appropriate for all ages.

      Railroad Tycoon tells the tale of the player's journey from a small businessman to a wealthy millionaire. The only circumstances standing in his or her way are financial planning and infrastructure construction. Set in locations around the world, players may select either the "campaign" mode to solve complex issues plaguing a developed railroad, "scenario" mode which allows the player to select a certain technological era and freely build a railroad with the intention of becoming profitable, and the "sandbox" mode which allows the player to freely construct any features using unlimited resources. The title also includes a "tutorial" mode which presents the game's functions and requirements in a series of simple interactive lessons.

      On the surface, Railroad Tycoon is a title yielding to the most basic foundations of simulation titles. One must closely monitor assets in relation to income and accordingly adjust spending to further enhance their net worth. This is primarily accomplished by constructing railroads and train stations which transport passengers and cargo through the various points on the map. Players must also purchase trains to serve as transportation vessels. Each train model has a readable biography which presents its hauling capacity and other notes of interest. After purchasing, trains must then be assigned a route between any number of active train stations. Trains will then automatically execute their designated actions and players may sit back and see their profits roll in if indeed they are profitable. In a pinch, a player may raise money for his or her empire by selling bonds which repay an interest rate over time in exchange for immediate cash flow. The intricate business model presented by the video game is one which is very developed and requires a lot of thought to successfully master. Because of this, gameplay can be incredibly difficult when first starting and I experienced many failures before finally developing a slightly profitable rail network.

      The graphics are presented from a isometric view which looks down on the game in play. Similar to the computer counterpart, each action is held within a menu button at the bottom of the display whereas the player's creation is seen in action in the upper portion of the display. As this game is dependent on a mouse-like cursor for operation, players must be comfortable in using the game pad's analog joystick. I often found the joystick to be very slow when moving. The image drags along at a cumbersome pace, and while it was responsive to sudden changes I felt the sensitivity was far too low than what I would have expected. Other than this minor shortfall in animation speed, the graphics are three dimensional in their design. Trains gently tug along their specified courses and players may zoom in to observe some of the finer details of stations and other buildings. I did, however, find the maximum zoom setting to be a bit restrictive in its view. When zoomed into a building, there is a distinct "flat" appearance which is difficult to pan around in a three dimensional atmosphere. Players are able to interact with the game's environment from a zoomed out view, but being able to seamlessly observe the finer details of the objects being deployed would have been a nice touch. The soundtrack is otherwise appropriate and what I would have expected going into the video game. Train whistles blow, brakes screech, and a comforting "cha-ching" sound alerts the player as to incoming cash flow.

      Railroad Tycoon II is something which I would happily recommend to simulation enthusiasts. It is definitely a challenge which has stumped me on a several occasions, though its well refined game mechanics and numerous aspects to watch over make for a captivating gameplay experience.

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        27.05.2001 19:56
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        This has to be one of the best sims ever. I have wasted many an hour (and day though I won't admit to it!!) building my rail empire. Basically you start by choosing a scenario (usually a part of the world to start in) and then you start your company. You are given an amount of money by investors to get you started, though more can be raised by issuing bonds and stocks. You build your track and purchase engines based on the start year of the game. You get money for delivering goods and passengers, though passengers are more profitable. And so it goes on. You can modify the settings to allow you to take advantage of the surrounding industries. More and better engines become available as time goes on and more upgrades can be added to stations. Industries and cities grow and you must try and keep up. You can also add opponents, try your hand at campaigns and there is even an editor to allow you to create your own scenario or modify one of the ones already provided. This is an excellent game with superb AI for the computer oponents. It will keep you hooked for days - longer because of the editor. There are even websites where you can download scenarios created by other fans. The add on "The Second Century" allows more trains and new scenarios/campaigns - and best of all Raidroad Tycoon II and The Second Century add-on now come together for around £20. If you're into sims get this - this has to be the best of its kind.

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          08.11.2000 22:33
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          This game would fulfil some boys dream to be able to take any train you wanted, deciding where it goes and what it carries. But what makes this the best console strategy game on the market is the simplicity, yet massive depth of this work of art. To start off the graphic detail is incredible. The trains and terrain look great. Of course the scenery is made up of just trees, mountains and rivers on screen. The controls are smooth and easy and you will find no problem selecting items and laying track. Smooth as silk. The object is to create a railroad empire by connecting cities and earning money via your train system. This cash is earned through supply and demand so you must keep up to date with what your cities want. You can then invest that money in the Stock Market to grow your personel wealth. There are over 40 scenarios overall making this a very replayable game. This is an easy game to learn but a tough game to master, with a fairly difficult learning curve. If you love strategy games this is a must have.

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