Sean Bean Is Aboard Train Simulator 2014

Sean “Eddard Stark of Winterfell, Richard Sharpe, Emperor Martin Septim, Boromir, Alec Trevelyan” Bean wants you to be as excited about Train Simulator 2014 as he is. Are you one of the “many” train fans he he speaks of?

Testify, Sean.

Now you’re either tooting the USB steam whistle that your gran bought you for Christmas, or you’re a little bit baffled. There is no middle line when it come to train simulators. But is Sean’s flowery language and forthright train love justified? Just what is it about September 26th’s 2013 release of TS2014 that’s gotten him so wobbly lipped? As my girlfriend likes to point out, I’m no Tim Stone, but I’ve dug up a few interesting upgrades that are heading down the track.

Alongside the graphical bump you expect from yearly updates, TS2014 is going to simplify the front-end to give new players an easier route into playing with the giant train set. Quick Drive will allow you to combine routes and trains more easily, so you’re never far from the driver’s seat. Those who want to get deeper into it will be rewarded with XP and skill bumps in the career mode.

But it’s the editor that holds the most potential: Train Sim’s DLC packs are legendarily numerous, and the cost of owning all the official content is huge. Steam Workshop integration should help people boost the track content without worrying about their wallets. More here.


Top comments

  1. Keyrock says:

    One does not simply walk into Mordor. One rides a train into Mordor.
  2. DrScuttles says:

    We are Sean Bean fans and we demand Sean Bean Simulator 2014.
    Or at the very least I wouldn't mind pottering along the Hertford Loop pretending I'm Captain-General Boromir, High Warden of the White Tower, Steward Prince of Gondor, Driver of Trains.
  3. Jake says:

    I was expecting a death scene
  1. Keyrock says:

    One does not simply walk into Mordor. One rides a train into Mordor.

    • Gap Gen says:

      Holy crap the Top Comment box is grand. HAVE SOME RED, SIR/MADAM/SIRMADAM/MADAMSIR/PROFESSOR.

    • the wub says:

      Mordor on the Orient Express?

  2. Ultra Superior says:

    Spoken like a rail fan.

  3. DrScuttles says:

    We are Sean Bean fans and we demand Sean Bean Simulator 2014.
    Or at the very least I wouldn’t mind pottering along the Hertford Loop pretending I’m Captain-General Boromir, High Warden of the White Tower, Steward Prince of Gondor, Driver of Trains.

  4. Drake Sigar says:

    Tonight I slip into my Sean Bean pyjamas, climb under my Sean Bean limited edition duvet, and smile sleepily towards my Sean Bean bobblehead shrine, as I think about owning what will no doubt be a transport simulation masterpiece.

    Gods I love Sean Bean.

    • shagohad says:

      I started watching GoT for Sean Bean, needless to say that didnt last long so I switched to the books

  5. AngusPrune says:

    I play Yorkshire simulator now, the way simulators used to be.

  6. Jake says:

    I was expecting a death scene

    • Henson says:

      Trains can be pretty dangerous. It would be a shame if something were to…happen to him.

      • Gap Gen says:

        Crushed by the refreshments trolley. Drowned by a defective tap in the toilet cubicle. Smothered by the overweight person in the seat next to him. Stabbed by the leaves on the line.

  7. Renato Costa says:

    Is Dark Souls the Sean Bean Simulator?

  8. lomaxgnome says:

    For all the grief Train Simulator gets about all the dlc, they are one of the few companies that updates their game each year and brings all previous purchasers along with the updates. The sports game industry could take a few lessons from them when it comes to customer service.

  9. altum videtur says:

    Isn’t Sean Bean that famous domestic abuser?
    It’s like being a fan of Radovan Karacic. Okay, not quite. Still weird.

    • Isair says:

      Are you sure you’re not thinking of Sean Penn?

      • Lacero says:

        They’re thinking of Cheryl Cole. You’re thinking of Chris Brown.

        I’m thinking of the controller of the trains on tramadol nights.

      • aleander says:

        Actually, now I googled it and yes, Sean Bean was accused (plausibly) of physical domestic abuse.

        People caring about this kind of stuff is one of the reasons I always read the comments section here. People making me aware of more and more depressing shit is why I never read the comments section here.

        • airmikee99 says:

          “] On 9 May 2012, Bean was arrested over claims he made harassing phone calls and sent abusive text messages to Sutcliffe and was later released on bail.[46][47] All charges were subsequently dropped.[48]”

          That’s all that Wikipedia mentions about POSSIBLE abuse, but since all charges were dropped, I’d say his actions did not even approach the level of abuse, and with three footnotes, I’d have a hard time questioning the claim.

          Where did you find anything about physical domestic abuse, because Google isn’t finding anything for me.

          • aleander says:

            On the same wikipedia page: “Amid allegations that Bean physically abused Sutcliffe in 2009 blah blah blah”.

            Unfortunately most of cases like that get dropped because of reasons rather horrible.

          • airmikee99 says:

            Yeah, I saw that, but since the footnote isn’t an actual link to any outside source I immediately dismissed it as bullshit nonsense. Don’t get me wrong, I like Wikipedia, but if I can’t independently verify a claim, it gets dismissed as bullshit nonsense.

  10. Didden says:

    I think somebody in their marketing department had a Jerry McGuire moment at 3am…

  11. Low Life says:

    But does TS 2014 still have train drifting?

  12. FurryLippedSquid says:

    I loved one of the comments under the Eurogamer article, simply:

    For England, Trains?


  13. SanguineAngel says:

    That was truly lovely.

  14. Optimaximal says:

    Makes the fact I got 2013 in a bundle for 75p last week even sweeter!

    My 3-year old loved role-playing an engine driver over the weekend.


    • airmikee99 says:

      Ha, that’s awesome.. I’ve been considering picking up a copy of TS2013 for my dad. :)

    • kobadow says:

      I wonder if my 2.5 year old would ‘get’ a game like this? He’s pretty handy with iOS devices already, but this is perhaps a little different.

  15. nemryn says:

    Whenever I see that name, I always want to pronounce it ‘Seen Bawn’.

  16. Sharlie Shaplin says:

    Railfans?! Basteds!

  17. Noseybonk says:

    How wonderful.
    What is it about trains that pushes the nostalgia engine into overdrive? Like this.

  18. Mr Ogs says:

    Be more dog, play a train simulator.

  19. bstard says:

    In the end Sean dies, due to DLC ODing.

  20. Koozer says:

    Don’t forget Sean “Partridge” Bean! (Not that one, the other Partirdge)

  21. Solidstate89 says:

    Eddard! NOOOOOOOOOO!

    Great, now you’ve made me relive the horror for a second time.

  22. Kerbal_Rocketry says:

    As somebody who owns and plays the games, i’d say the updates are great. It’s not like anybody can complain when the yearly upgrade is free!
    In fact i recently received a bunch of steam-coupons for the games DLC, which is nice.

    The main reason they do the free update, i believe, is to avoid having to make add-ons backward compatible, so that anyone who owns the game can buy the addons.

  23. foop says:

    I had a quick squizz at the update yesterday. The new menu system looks much better, although I imagine it would be difficult to make one much worse than the old one.

    Graphically, I can’t say I noticed much in the way of changes. And load times are still huge, worse even than TW: Shogun 2.