Picture shudder still apparent in Trainz a New Era.


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Look at the shiny wheels of the train in the dark. They like they are shaking rapidly back and forth like shaking a frying pan to keep food from sticking. It's a rapid slide show on wheels. Paint mixer syndrome.

Is it the nature of the game engine or software itself? This shudder in the motion picture of the game is more apparent in night scenes than in daylight play. I see no need to buy expensive computer hardware for Trainz unless animation will be glassy smooth as if it were a real-word train shot with a Hollywood movie camera line side. Fiddling with game settings as shadows and anti-aliasing make no difference. Even with the frame rate at 59-60, the train still shudders along the tracks. Other game sims like American Truck Simulator have much more fluid motion even on my mid-grade GPU.

How slick is the animation quality on newer than TANE editions of Trainz? Is each and every hint of the infamous Trainz slide-show effect gone on 2019 and newer? I call it "fish-bite-itis".

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I'll ask some basic stuff.
What is your hardware specs, CPU/GPU/RAM/drive/etc. ?
What are the settings you have in the game?
I'll ask some basic stuff.
What is your hardware specs, CPU/GPU/RAM/drive/etc. ?
What are the settings you have in the game?


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