While many people look to games to provide out-of-this-world experiences, there are also those who enjoy getting away from their own lives even if only to complete real-world tasks. Task-based life sim titles like The Sims, Animal Crossing, and others manage to capture some essence of fun even while generally concerning player activity with what would usually be considered mundane tasks. Somewhat in that same vein we have Train Stations Renovation, a first-person take on that style of play but, unsurprisingly, focusing on the clean up and restoration of train stations… surely something on everyone’s bucket list. There’s a certain Zen rhythm to wiping off graffiti or breaking down old doors and windows, but there’s also a real clunkiness to things, especially with a controller. Precision when trying to pick up smaller objects like bottles and cans is trickier sometimes than it should be and while there’s a scanner to try to clue you in on what still needs to be completed, the overall lack of direction the game gives you for often simple tasks makes it feel sloppy in the end.
Justin Nation, Score: