After giving TTW a fair amount (~60 hours) of play time I had a few thoughts relating to travel between the wastelands that I thought I would share. Before I go any further, let me say that TTW is without a doubt the single greatest mod to any game I've ever used. To say that TTW is mind-blowingly good is an understatement and I appreciate the teams time and effort placed in not only making TTW but converting and supporting so many other mods and improvements on the side.
With that said, I have some serious issues with how the Train Station at Columbus Circle is presented to the player. Starting from the Capital Wasteland, it is already complex enough to find Columbus Circle and navigate to the Train Station there-in. You have to go out of your way to even know that there is a new zone and travel through several other train tunnels to get to the Mall then Columbus Circle. The fact that Columbus Circle is a wholly new area is awesome, but exploring this new area only to find that there is still a fetch quest and a group of super mutants awaiting you inside the Train Station was a huge dissapointment. If you find Columbus Circle and you make your way into the Train Station, which is beautiful by the way, you should immediately be able to go directly down to the train tracks. You have to pay caps to ride, you have to find Columbus Circle, you have to get into the Train Station, isn't that enough? Any player who goes through the effort of finding Columbus Circle is unlikely doing it randomly, they are ready to travel to the other wasteland, but currently it feels like you are penalized with an arbitrary wall preventing you from your goal for a few extra minutes.
Inside the train station, I think it would be nice to cut out some of the extra fat as well and lead directly down to the train tracks rather than those extra empty spaces between. I also noticed there were duplicated contents in a lot of the suitcases there, which all seemed to have 20 pre war money. Traveling back from Freeside is a wholly different experience, and is presented in a much more favorable way. I'm also not a fan of the respawning enemies inside the Train Station at Columbus Circle.
If the TTW is attached to the current presentation, would it be possible to at least present it as an option when installing? Provide an optional esp or version that eliminates this extra fetch quest at the Columbus Circle Train Station.
Thanks for the time to read this.