Railroad Tycoon 3
|a game by||Gathering|
|Editor Rating:||8/10, based on 1 review|
|User Rating:||9.3/10 - 3 votes|
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Fans of the 'tycoon' style of games can point back to Railroad Tycoon as the original, and perhaps most hallowed, game of its genre. Now, after a solid performance by a sequel, software developer Gathering looks to extend the life of this great franchise with Railroad Tycoon 3. But will this title live up to expectations, or will it be as disappointing to this author as was Sim City 3000?
First let's look at the nuts and bolts: RT3's graphics are absolutely fantastic. Whether scrolled out in world view or in nice and tight near the moving trains, detail is crisp and well executed. Especially well liked is the nature of the zooming view, where terrain details come into view as you scroll. Audio effects are also excellent, as is in game music and cut scene sounds.
The complexity comes into effect in the gameplay. While controls are rather easy to manage and are set into a mouse driven interface, the true complexity of the game becomes more apparent as you play. Building tracks, trains, and the infrastructure to maintain them are only a small aspect of this title. Learning logistics, issuing stocks and bonds, and even dabbling in other industries connected with the railroads are all important aspects of this game, and are very well realized in the available scenarios.
A few small issues need to be addressed. Most people new to this game are going to need the tutorial, which I found to be a bit buggy and somewhat unhelpful. The complex nature of this game will probably scare off the less enthusiastic tycooners out there, which can be a downside.
However, even though the game is complex and can be somewhat daunting, great rewards are available to those who persevere. Railroad Tycoon 3 is a rich, immersive strategy title sure to please most dyed in the wool simulation and strategy fans. Highly Recommended to all, even those who may need more of a learning curve.