October 19, 2010 | Comments Off on Railworks 2 free updates and a 50% off Sale

Railworks has been upgraded. The new upgrade (Railworks 2) is free for existing owners of previous versions. Steam will automatically download and install the update.

If you have not owned Railworks, Steam is offering a 50% off sale. For a limited time only, RailWorks 2 Train Simulator is available for just $19.99.

I did give it a run last night and i like the new changes that come with this version.
When you launch Railworks 2, you are presented with a new option screen where you can choose which route or which locomotive (arranged by Steam, Diesel and Electric) to drive. This helps you to quickly navigate and find the loco you want to drive.

Another big plus is the new RS Cab Control interface which allows simple, intuitive control via the mouse and provides driving information and alerts. This interface could be hidden so you could use the locomotive controls to drive but i found that the scrolling display in the new interface, giving advanced warning of speed limits and signals, a big help. The older version had these feedback tools in tabs and you were constantly clicking them to check the gradients and speed limits. Putting all this in one area saves us a lot of clicking and allows us to concentrate on driving. Again, this feature will appeal to newer users but expert drivers could hide this away.

For more info on these new controls check out the Quick Start Guide (PDF link)

James Woodcock interviewed the team behind Railworks who showed the newer screens and features.

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