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Railroad Tycoon 2
"For 'sim' nuts this is a great game to pick up and lose yourself in."
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Developer  Gearhead Game Type  Strategy
Distributor  Take 2 Review Date  Mar 00
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Setting the Scene:
 
      Do you remember as a kid (or in some cases, an adult) you used to spend endless hours setting up miniature scale railroad trains? Working meticulously to set up tracks so that everything flowed properly or just laying down the tracks with the intent of creating some awesome train wrecks? Finally do you remember all of the time, effort and cost that went into doing this?

Well, if you have fond memories of those times or are currently a model train enthusiast, have I got a game for you.

Railroad Tycoon 2 puts players into the role of a capitalistic entrepreneur that controls one of several budding railroad companies. You are in complete control over your company and your decisions will either make you millions or the laughing stock of the railroad industry. It is up to you to place tracks between the most prosperous cities, invest wisely, deliver the most sought after products at the best cost and most of all…be a ruthless, cut-throat son of a bitch.

So you think you got what it takes?

Sound and Vision:
 
      Imagine yourself sitting in a busy railway yard…trains go to and fro, machines loading goods onto the cars, the clickity-clack of steel wheels on track…Railroad Tycoon 2 attempts to capture these sounds and more and for the most delivers an average effort. While I thought most of the sounds to be rather hollow, they were all in there. You can hear the chung of the steam engines and the whirrrr of the electric motors at work…all of the basic ambiance of trains hard at work is captured nicely…but it's just not the same as being there to be sure.

The music is a rather relaxing, almost non-existent blend of scores that remain firmly in the background when present.

The graphics in Railroad Tycoon 2 are average and at about the same mark as other Playstation "god" simulators like Simcity. The trains are rather small and hard to tell apart until you get used to what you are looking at, but the terrain is nicely detailed with the ability to either zoom in or out of the action.

Everything appears to be sprite based with menu icons used to control most of the onscreen actions. There is really nothing to get overly excited about, but for this type of game the graphics are certainly functional and manage to create an enjoyable miniature world in which to construct your railway plans on.
 
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