[PlayStation 5] Train Sim World 4 Review

by EdEN, Owner

Train Sim World 4 from Dovetail Games and Focus Entertainment brings the railroad simulation experience to PlayStation 5. Learn more in our Train Sim World 4 review!

Train Sim World 4 from Dovetail Games and Focus Entertainment brings the railroad simulation experience to PlayStation 5. You’ll get to drive a variety of trains through railroad routes from the real world, on the East Coast Main Line with the LNER Azuma, Antelope Valley Line with the Metrolink F125, and S-Bahn Vorarlberg with the ÖBB 4024. You can also enjoy driving in free mode and can even take some photos as you travel on this journey.

If you don’t have a Dovetail Live account, you’ll need to register for one before diving into the game. It only takes a minute to complete the whole process. Once you’ve taken care of that, you’ll be able to choose the character you’ll use in-game from the available options. Enter your character’s name, and you’ll be one step closer to starting your journey through the wonderful world of trains.

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There will then be three options for you to choose from: Beginner, Standard, and Experienced. Beginner is what the game will recommend after checking out your online Dovetail Live account and confirming you have no experience with the game. Standard is also a valid option that will allow you to play and learn as you go. If you’re feeling confident, then you can choose Experienced to jump to the main menu to select what route you’ll be taking on next.

Once you choose Beginner – as you should since odds are you’re new to this type of experience – you’ll be shown the basics required to have a good sim time with Train Sim World 4. First up will be learning how to move around with the left analog stick, looking around with the right one, and interacting with the Triangle button. You’ll also have to learn about the screen when driving a train. Action Points are earned by completing objectives, and they represent your expertise with Train Sim World 4.

You’ll have to keep an eye on your current driving speed as well as the max allowed driving speed. You’ll have to know about the brakes if you want to move. The BC or Brake Cylinder needs to be at zero if you want to move. Most train controls will look the same, but some will have variations here and there, depending on the model. With all that in mind, you’ll be able to move a train and then bring it back to a complete stop.

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Trains will differ in many ways, but there will always be three elements you can count on. The reverser will be used to set the direction of the train between moving forward or backward. The brakes are used to slow or stop the train. The throttle will control how fast the train accelerates. You’ll need to control how fast you move forward and how fast you brake by considering the distance you’ll be moving over. Trains will need to take passengers from point A to point B, but you’ll first need to open the train doors to let them in. Press left on the D-Pad to get this going. Once passengers have entered the train, close the doors and start your trip.

While you ride a train as a passenger, you probably don’t notice how the train constantly changes tracks during your trip. But for Train Sim World 4, you’ll need to check the map while traveling so that you can set junctions either by walking up to them and interacting with them or by using the 2D map – which you can open up by pressing the Touchpad on the DualSense – to set junctions as needed. You’ll get to practice this during the lengthy training session that will show you how to do that, as well as other things, such as coupling and uncoupling wagons.

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Train Sim World 4 has a ton of trophies… and I do mean a ton! The base game has a Platinum trophy and a list with 5 Bronze trophies, 6 Silver trophies, and 8 Gold trophies for you to work on. The game is now Cross-Buy, so your purchase will allow you to download both the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 versions at no extra cost, and each version will have its own trophy list. Those trophies will pop for driving any locomotive for 5, 20, 50, 100, 250, and 500 miles. You’ll also have to complete four training modules, reaching driver level 2, creating a scenario, completing one of your created scenarios, capturing a photo in photo mode, and completing your first scenario in Beginner, Standard, and Expert.

And then, there are the DLC trophies, and that’s where tons of trophies sneak in. There are 24 different DLC packs for you to get for Train Sim World. Between all of those packs, there will be a ton of extra trophies for you to add to your collection – 140 Bronze trophies and 39 Silver trophies, to be precise. You’ll have to complete many training modules, complete 100 services over specific routes, complete all route tasks, successfully finish all scenarios, and more.

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Train Sim World 4 brings the railroad simulation experience to PlayStation 5. It’s a niche game aimed at a very specific audience, which means you’ll either love or hate this one. Train Sim World 4 is available as a Cross-Buy title with a $49.99 price tag. The DLC packs will add many new routes, new trains for you to drive, and new scenarios to complete, so if you like what Train Sim World 4 has to offer, there’s a lot more content for you to choose from, thanks to the 24 DLC packs you can purchase.

This Train Sim World 4 review is based on a PlayStation 5 copy provided by Focus Entertainment.

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