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Not looking to spend too much money, and besides I tend to only play old games and indie games for a few hours (before returning to Dragon Age or Fallout hehe), so I'd like your advice on which of Sid Meier's three Railroad games to buy.

According to the wikipedia article on the series, the newest one (Railroads!) is less focused on economics and industry... is that a good thing or a bad thing? I don't want to get bogged down with the dull minutiae of running a railroad, but at the same time if you take out the economics you might as well go back to shooting things eh?
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railworks from steam has always intrigued me, but at the same time costs ALOT.

sid meyeres railroads i'd imagine would be worth a shot.
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Not looking to spend too much money, and besides I tend to only play old games and indie games for a few hours (before returning to Dragon Age or Fallout hehe), so I'd like your advice on which of Sid Meier's three Railroad games to buy.

According to the wikipedia article on the series, the newest one (Railroads!) is less focused on economics and industry... is that a good thing or a bad thing? I don't want to get bogged down with the dull minutiae of running a railroad, but at the same time if you take out the economics you might as well go back to shooting things eh?
Get the latest Trainz Railroad Simulator. It has decent graphics (but rather poor sound, I'd say), and the industry is optional. You can ignore it totally or you can follow it to the letter.

Only downside is that there are no official addons; only community-made content on their website. Further downside is that if you don't pay for premium download access (Like $10 for a month), your download speeds are capped at 4kpbs and your limit is 200mbs a day.

Another option would be Railworks, but the base game is rather short on locos, rolling stock, and layouts, but it has a MASSIVE collection of official addons. Again, downside is that they're all paid addons, further downside is that they're ridiculously expensive (The Mallard addon is like $25).

Other than that, there's not much other choice.

Sid Meyer's Railroads is very much Like Railroad Tycoon; it's more focused on building a rail network that connects cities and achieves set goals, although the latest one, RT3, is not hard, as you can pretty much set your trains to pick up any waiting profitable cargo and then turn your brain off.
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Nothing beats Railroad Tycoon 2 Platinum Edition. Pure classic.
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Railroads is ok, picked it up on steam when it was on sale for $2.99 It keeps me occupied, though I've always wanted to try out the RTycoon's but sadly they won't run on Win7...
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Railroads is ok, picked it up on steam when it was on sale for $2.99 It keeps me occupied, though I've always wanted to try out the RTycoon's but sadly they won't run on Win7...
RT3 does... I think what you do is install the 1.04 patch, then install the 1.03 patch over that and run in XP mode.
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RT3 does... I think what you do is install the 1.04 patch, then install the 1.03 patch over that and run in XP mode.
Haha I love simple solutions like that!
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Nothing beats Railroad Tycoon 2 Platinum Edition. Pure classic.
This. No really, this.

RT2 Platinum Edition is the strongest high note of the game series, with RT3 being more or less the same game with some graphical improvements, it lacks some of the finer details with routing that one can do in RT2.

Sid's Railroads! is "ok", in fact the multi-player for its time was quite strong, but not many people playing it, and I figure its pretty dead now... I did have issues with some of the over simplification of the core game mechanics and in that its not the deep meaty game that the prior RT's have been. In that, its not really a Tycoon game, simply a Tron motorcycle game that happens to use railroads.
 
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Nothing beats Railroad Tycoon 2 Platinum Edition. Pure classic.
this.

it might be old but it is immensely fun (something that didn't carry over to 3 i think) and has a LOT of scenarios, which is, from what i hear, Railroads' main flaw

probably one of my most played games.
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They have the complete deal on Steam I think. Check it out.
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