Superb simulation but with some bugs. Yes, they are a bit irritating but the gameplay is so good that I don't care about it. The game has an huge community (mostly german but there are also enough english speakers) with an large database of FREE mods like: new busses, new maps/routes, bus modifications, reskins etc.
It's also very easy to mod it by yourself. DRIVING:(Please note: I'm using a steering wheel with force feedback as controller, this adds more driving pleasure to the game. It might be different when using a mouse or keyboard as controller)
I start off with the most important thing of the game, driving!
When you get in your bus for the first time, it could be a bit overwelding. The amount of buttons and switches are enormous. It isn't an easy to pick up game. If you want the full experience out of the game, you need to invest some time in it to learn how it works (the errors and the AI behaviour is a bit odd so in the beginning this can be quite frustrating but after some time you know how they respond so you can change your way of driving on it), and of course how to drive the damn thing ;-).
If you get the hang of it you will see that it's quite fun and challenging to drive a bus. You have 12 meters behind you to keep an eye on and a schedule. You also need to take care of your passengers that want to be comfortable and on time at their destination.PERFORMANCE
Omsi doesn't run on a fancy big graphic engine. Even the fastest PC can have some lag in this game. Omsi hasn't got a stable frame rate because the scenery is on any place different. But I can give you some predictions of what frame rate you will get:
Low-end PC: 10-18 FPS
Mid-end PC: 20-40 PFS
High-end PC: 30-60 PFS
I know 18 FPS doesn't sounds much but there isn't really much fast action so it's acceptable and playable.MODDING
Omsi is a great game to mod! It has an open folder structure so you basically don't need to install any tools to get going. It takes time to know how to mod but an experienced modder shouldn't have any problems with it.
Installing mods is as easy as extracting an archive file. And the good news is, they are all free!
But when you want to instal a new map for the first time, you will find yourself getting loads of errors due to missing files. For many maps you need to download a whole list of other objects or maps to get going. But once you've installed a couple maps, you don't get many errors any more because most maps use the same objects.CONCLUSION
+ Realistic driving physics and controls
+ Huge amount of detail
+ Fun to drive
+ Large amount of free available mods
+ Easy to mod
+ Best (bus) driving simulator
- Crashes sometimes
- Some bugs
- not easy to pick up (you need to invest some time to learn how the game works)
- Not suited for everyone
I would definitely recommend this game if you like simulators. It's one of the best driving sims out there (yes, it beats Euro Truck Simulator 2 on the driving experience). If you can ignore the bugs and you are open to spend some time on learning the game and read some tutorials that you would have hours of fun with this game!
Greetings from the Netherlands =D