TML Studios

World of Subways Vol 1: New York Underground

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World of Subways Vol 1: New York Underground
Media Format
CD-ROM
Compatibility
Windows, Stand-Alone

Editorial

This railway simulator is the first of its kind ever to create a subway line going from New York beneath the Hudson-River to Newark. This fun and interesting simulator manages to deliver amazing and unparalleled graphics to help build a fun and exciting surrounding for the game to be set in.

This game has a range of add ons which can help build and create a more fun and unique experience than that which could be imagined but i digress. The route in this game is over 50 kilometeres long and connects the states of New Jersey and New York. More than 40 percent of the route is above ground for those of you who feel as though a complete underground route would be disinteresting.

This game manages to accurately recreate the feel and function of being in an actual control room of a train with things like animated display monitors, people at stations, realistic shift service to schedule and a range of other aspects which help build an interesting and unique simulation experience which is sure to keep the player entertained throughout since they can play around with the functions to create a fun and unique experience.

The graphics in this game are very polished and appealing and manages to recreate the actual feel of what it is like to be in a trains cockpit by using things like the undergrounds lighting to make the cockpit lit one second and dim the next to give the actual feel of passing light bulbs.

The high definition sound of this game impacts it greatly by adding depth to the game and making it interesting. I would have to rate this game 10/10 since it is fun and interesting an manages to engage the player and create a unique experience for everyone who plays since they are able to adjust the functions to suit however they want to play the game.

Manufacturers Description

This brand new developed Railway Simulator introduces the worlds first ever subway line going from New York beneath the Hudson-River to Newark. The original route is almost equally split in underground and above ground sections. Coming with excellent graphics this simulator also puts a lot of emphasis on original physics of the train and wagons.

The label "World of Subways" will feature some of the most interesting Subway Routes of the world for the PC. Vol.1 kicks off with the oldest underground route, the route between New Jersey and New York City known as the PATH Route. Further planned products are the BerlinSubway, London Underground and the Paris Metro. Add-ons, such as new trains route extensions or new activities will also be available in future.

The New York Path Route, approx 50 kilometers long, connects the states of New Jersey and New York . More than 40 % of the route is above ground.

Features

  • Animated display monitors at stations.
  • Random animated persons at stations
  • Realistic shift service to schedule.
  • Incident options which can happen during shift service.
  • Intelligent and custom announcements
  • Passenger volume dependend on time if day.
  • Simulation of wear and tear caused by style of operation (can be selected via options)
  • Extensive scoring system, adding to the excitement and fun.
  • Custom setting of destination display during operations.
  • Opening doors to be seen from either inside or outside, controlled by the player
  • Doors can be openend seperately. Options are the doors on the right and left side of the train. Of course you can also open both sides at the same time.
  • Break Spark - Spaces in between the live rails can produce break sparks on the current collectors which can be seen as lightning flashes and which can also be heard. This is best to be seen in a tunnel as the tunnel walls will be lit for a split second when this happens.
  • Train vibration – as soon as the train starts moving, vibrations will take effect on the train.
  • Train swings – The train will start swinging the higher the speed. You will especially get this kind of feel in the cab. Hard braking will also produce this effect and the train will still be in a swinging motion when it has come to a full stop.
  • Configurable key commands – The player can freely configure keys to his liking. He can for instance configure the key for the brake lever wherever he wants.
  • 3D – Cockpit with rotatable camera – allowing the player to look around. By using a key stroke the view angle will be centered again.
  • Free movement inside the train – While the train is stationary at a station you will have the option to switch to an ego perspective inside the passenger car. You can move by using keyboard commands, view angles can be controlled with the mouse.
  • Free movement on the station – you can get off the train at any station and move around (ego perspective). There will also be some missions starting on the platform of a station. The player will have to walk into to the train, into the cab which is seperated from the passenger area by a door.
  • Changing of cabs at a terminus – sometimes you will have to change the cabs during a mission. You will have to do this at Hoboken at the weekends when shift operation is active. The train driver has to leave the cab, the train and then walk along the platform to the other end. He then gets into the train and cab again to prepare for departure.
  • Realistic lighting on the trains – Pixel lighting allows a correct display of the amount of light. You probably know what it looks like when thinking of a flashlight shining agains a wall. Pixel lighting allows the display of such lighting effects as can already be seen in some ego shooter games. This effect will amaze you when driving at night or through a tunnel.

The physics have been developed considering the real life physics and as used on training simulators. It also contains the vibrating of parts of the 3D cockpit and the movement of the carriage in relation to its speed and brake power. Another plus in terms of realism is the turning angle inside the cab.

Graphics

The developed simulator is based on a modern 3D- engine. It is therefor possible to calculate and use real time lighting in the tunnel systems by using the numerous lights available.

TML-Studios also use various shader – models. In the following screenshot you can see details of a track on the outside view. You can clearly see the 3 dimensional gravel which have been created through Parallax – Mapping. In addition a Specular - Map shows the realistic shining effect of the gravel.

Riding through a tunnel you will see how the lights will take effect on the cockpit. If the cockpit is at a tunnel light it will be directly lit. A few seconds later the cockpit is dark again. To get a better impression you can see three cuboids which simulate the cockpit in motion.The front one is at a tunnel light and gets a full beam from the tunnel lamp.The second cuboid is out of reach of the radius of the lighting. The third cuboid reaches another light and is set alight again.

Sound

The Subway Simulator will have a high definition 3D Sound. A special technique has been used for recording the sounds. The recording microphones were placed at the same distance as the human ear during recordings. This ensures a very realistic sound atmosphere when using earphones.

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Review

When you first install this game, you have the choice of selecting 'low-quality graphics' or 'high-quality graphics' depending on the graphical power of your PC. So if you have a modern graphics card, you should definitely go for 'high'. The graphics are superb, especially at higher resolutions. Actually, the graphics are better than 'RailWorks' which itself has good-looking graphics. The tunnel sections look great, with a lot of detail (pipes, cables, lights, electric boxes, shadowy alcoves & more), good lighting & shadow elements. In comparison, the tunnels in 'RailWorks' look black & empty with absolutely no detail. - Teddy's World

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This product was added to our catalog on Tuesday 13 December, 2011.