Percentile Rank

Railway Empire is ranked in the 63rd percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 26 critic reviews
Strong Man

OpenCritic Rating

75

Top Critic Average

48%

Critics Recommend

Based on 26 critic reviews

Score Distribution

Unscored Reviews

Rock, Paper, Shotgun
Unscored
Unscored
Feb 13, 2018

Railway Empire should be so much better.

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Scored Reviews

Digitally Downloaded
Jan 29, 2018

The game plays beautifully, is perfectly comfortable with a controller, is expansive, and is both enjoyable and illuminating. Everything that a good simulation game should be, really.

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Pixelophobia
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Feb 14, 2018

Railway Empire is one of the best economic simulators I've ever played. The complexity of the game can be adjusted so that everyone can enjoy the game to the fullest. This game will keep you awake at night. One more scenario?

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GamePro
83 / 100
83 / 100
Jan 26, 2018

Solid railway game in the style of Ascaron economic simulations.

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Life is Xbox
8.2 / 10.0
8.2 / 10.0
Feb 18, 2018

While not as complicated as some titles in the genre, this game can keep you occupied for a very long time. Trainiacs should not hesitate to get on board with this game. If you’re not big on trains or this specific setting, I would probably still recommend it if you are in Tycoon type games.

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Video Chums
8.2 / 10.0
8.2 / 10.0
Jan 26, 2018

Railway Empire is simply one of the best real-time strategy experiences that I've ever played on a console and juggling its many rewarding tasks in order to succeed in building a nation is nothing short of satisfying.

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Areajugones
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Jan 26, 2018

Railway Empire is not for every player because it doesn't know how to introduce them to its complex mechanics but, despite that, it is an amazing strategic game that any fan of the genre will surely like. googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display('div-gpt-ad-ldb4'); });

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TheXboxHub
Feb 5, 2018

This game will only be of true interest to sim fans – railway sim fans in particular. It is maybe too expensive for the newcomer to take a punt on, but should it hit a sale, I wouldn’t hesitate in recommending it.

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GamePitt
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Jan 26, 2018

Railway Empire is a really fun and challenging tycoon simulator on modern consoles. It adjusts itself for both beginners and advanced players by giving you the choice of how you wish to play with no penalty or punishment for choosing the easy route. Some people may find certain aspects like the research tree a bit overwhelming and may get confused with some of the controls, but if you stick at it then you will see that it isn't that difficult once you have played it for a while.

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Invision Community
8 / 10
8 / 10
May 9, 2018

Needless to say, Railway Empire is a delight. It may not be perfect, with some clunky UI navigation and a mildly underworked first-person perspective, but on the whole the game is everything that it promises to be. It makes a visible attempt to cater to every kind of player that might come its way, from train enthusiasts to avid strategy and tycoon gaming fans.

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Gamerheadquarters
7.8 / 10.0
7.8 / 10.0
Jan 27, 2018

I enjoy trains and for the most part Railway Empire delivered a fun way to handle this type of simulation.

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IGN Spain
7.7 / 10.0
7.7 / 10.0
Jan 26, 2018

An awesome way to enjoy the traing infraestructures building, to learn hoy to expand an authentic industrial "empire" and also a good way to learn how the transporting world works. Long, deep and interesting for fans of the management.

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Wccftech
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Feb 1, 2018

Railway Empire is a strong but shallow entry into the railway management style of games that has gone long ignored. With a few slight downfalls, primarily as a result of the game only offering limited maps and time periods to operate in, it can go by a little too quick and become repetitive. However, the journey to get to that stage can be enthralling as it offers a high level of tactical thinking as you interlink your network of rails. Strategic purchases of businesses lets you get a leg up over opposition businesses in a race to become the dominant company. Railway Empire is a very good game in its genre, without a shadow of a doubt. It could become a great game, should Gaming Minds Studios open it up that little bit more.

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NoobFeed
75 / 100
75 / 100
Feb 17, 2018

Railway Empire possesses the strategy, complexity and choice of any good resource management or tycoon game.

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GaminGuardian
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Jan 29, 2018

An interesting game for those who love trains and strategy, in which you will enjoy beautiful landscapes.

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Generación Xbox
7.5 / 10.0
Generación Xbox
J.M. Subirosky

Top Critic

7.5 / 10.0
Jan 30, 2018

Railway Empire offers a challenge to all lovers of strategy and a delightful experience for those who are fascinated by the world of trains and its fantastic history.

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cublikefoot
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Mar 1, 2018

Maintains a certain degree of complexity while also being simple enough for newcomers to enjoy the experience. It does suffer from a bad UI and a general lack of sound, but still enjoyable regardless.

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NEOsite
7.5 / 10.0
NEOsite
aysnel

Top Critic

7.5 / 10.0
Feb 1, 2018

A tycoon about building railways in 19th-century America. Railway Empire is a great addition to the genre, although badly designed controls make the experience a little worse.

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GameWatcher
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Jan 26, 2018

A passionate and capable title with some pretty egregious flaws.

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Gameblog
7 / 10
7 / 10
Jan 26, 2018

Railway Empire is a good management game, interesting,deep and complex. But it is clearly not for beginners despite its presence on PS4 and Xbox One. The tutorial is too frail and we often end up going around in circles before finding the solution which make a run extremely time-consuming and artificially long. Despite that, this title has many interesting game mechanics, in particular the economy system which is a perfect representation of modern capitalism and what the history of the American railway might have been.

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The Digital Fix
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Jan 26, 2018

Despite slightly unintuitive controls, Railway Empire offers just enough depth and detail to make it worth a play. We can't help wishing for a much more encompassing railway management sim though.

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SomHráč.sk
70%
70%
Feb 27, 2018

On the first glance, Railway Empire is an interesting addition to the tycoon genre. However, a closer look reveals plenty of issues that make it hard to recommend at retail price. It could definitely find its fans, though.

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Windows Central
Feb 13, 2018

Overall, Railway Empire is a good game which should appeal to newcomers more than seasoned veterans of the genre.

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Game Debate
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Feb 3, 2018

The core of the game is sound, it just needs to be more upfront with the player about what it's doing. It's really frustrating for me because I keep booting it up and I keep playing it, but eventually tangled web of systems gets the better of me and I've got to close it in a rage.

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Gaming Nexus
6.5 / 10.0
6.5 / 10.0
Feb 12, 2018

Railway Empire is a game that has a lot of promise, plenty of substance, and can be enjoyable to those who have 20ft train sets in their basements. However, most will find this game poorly designed, easily finished, and a tedious use of their time. Suddenly doing laundry sounds like a good idea.

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Saving Content
Jan 29, 2018

Railway Empire is a good game held back by its own design and general bugginess. They certainly don’t make them like they used to, but this is a close facsimile of what those games were like. It’s a game that has enough depth to keep you going, but not enough to losing a whole night to it. Railway Empire comes close to greatness, but settles for just being good in the simulation and management.

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