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    #16
    I'm back dabbling with TSW3. I'm very much intrigued by UK and German rail, so it's nice to have the option of jumping in while still enjoying my time in Run 8.

    That said, the reviews for the latest DLC, the MML, aren't flattering (actually hugely negative as of last evening). I was having a shufti and found this fellow's video- he's done one on the 158 as well- and I'm stretching out on a limb here and will say I enjoyed both videos- he does offer some criticism as well as some praise. I've watched a couple more of his videos on TSW3, including a 37 run and a class 66. Fair warning to those not liking the small 'face-in-the-video', Richard does (like a lot of ToobYubers these days) do that. Also as an FYI he is a current freight train driver in SE England, and a former passenger train driver.

    Avidly simming on the rails:
    Currently operating Run 8 and TSW3

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      #17
      Midland Main Line is not very good; I actually cancelled and refunded my Steam order based on the initial reports from the console buyers and think that is borne out by all the posts at the DTG forum since. Route is lacking in detail and suffers from various problems as does the stock, though the 158 would appear to be just about passable. The biggest issue apparently the very scant timetable which makes the route feel very empty. It's also short, should have carried on through to Sheffield.

      Someone from Skyhook Games has popped up the DTG forum to say they are noting the complaints but given previous releases from that developer remain bugged and DTG's own fire and forget attitude to DLC anyway, don't hold your breath.

      As regards the video blogger mentioned above, I find his touting for sponsorship and donations a little insidious - unlike the ads on Don Coffey's channel where the money raised goes to The Samaritans. I think he may also be on the "inside" as a beta tester so while I'm sure it doesn't affect the stated views you are not going to risk losing your early access if you get my drift. I remember in the run up to Rail Simulator in 2007, commenting it looked a bit Trainz like and cartoony and that put paid to any further exclusives from Kuju.
      Vern.

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        #18
        I'm not a DTG fanboi by any stretch and there are a few things I don't like about their products, which varies at times from DLC to DLC. That said, and despite my dislikes, I tend to support them from time-to-time, although less so over the past couple of years.

        So far, after running the HST a couple of times on the MML I've enjoyed the game. The scenery looks quite nice (although I understand that it's not very accurate in some places that would be glaringly obvious to anyone actually living there or taking the train for real along the line which would be off-putting) and there is a bit of AI train traffic on the line but only enough to give it that 'Sunday- Everyone's at Church Except Me' feel. To me, a far away member of the Commonwealth, it's still pretty cool I can immerse in UK train culture and enjoy it.

        One thing the vlogger mentioned was the upset over the cost of the DLC's, making a couple of passive aggressive mumblings towards those of us not liking the idea of shelling out loads for supposedly premium content (I'd hate to see what 'discount' content would be...17 miles of track, one loco...oh wait), which I thought was rather rich considering I've yet to watch one of his videos where he's actually purchased the DLC rather than getting a free key etc. That's my nitpick. Anyway lol.
        Avidly simming on the rails:
        Currently operating Run 8 and TSW3

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          #19
          One thing the vlogger mentioned was the upset over the cost of the DLC's, making a couple of passive aggressive mumblings towards those of us not liking the idea of shelling out loads for supposedly premium content
          As I said, although I don't think this guy is an official DTG "ambassador", he's not going to jeopardise his ready flow of freebies or the people lining up to "donate" money on his stream (which is hopefully being declared as additional earnings to the UK income tax man).
          Vern.

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