Off to the next round! Experience a new omnibus simulator with OMSI 2 and start discovering Spandau while driving the omnibus. OMSI 2 is the successor of the well-known and awarded omnibus simulator "OMSI - The Bus Simulator".
User reviews: Mostly Positive (667 reviews)
Release Date: Dec 11, 2013
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Off to the next round! Experience a new omnibus simulator with OMSI 2 and start discovering Spandau while driving the omnibus. OMSI 2 is the successor of the well-known and awarded omnibus simulator "OMSI - The Bus Simulator". OMSI 2 not only offers the routes and buses you already know from OMSI, but adds lots of exciting new features. In OMSI 2 you can drive the first ever articulated bus in the OMSI history, the MAN NG272. Explore the new omnibus line 5 covering a total distance of 12 km from the subway station Ruhleben to the psychiatric clinic Spandau. Thanks to the newly added chronology function you´ll not only be able to drive through Spandau in 1986, but also to relive the changes taking place in Spandau between 1986 and 1994.

Enjoy the charm of the 80s and 90s and find out how the period after the fall of the Berlin Wall was. And this all at wheel of a double-decker or articulated bus.

New features in OMSI 2:



  • The articulated bus MAN NG272 with the exact physical and visual recreation of the joint kinematics as well as corresponding sounds and systems (bending protection).
  • The MAN NL202 as well as reworked and added models of the known types SD200 and SD202 (more years of production, emergency door openers, destination boards, sound variations depending on vehicle number).
  • The Spandau omnibus line 5 from the subway station Ruhleben to the psychiatric clinic Spandau covering a total distance of 12 km, several new buildings, a squeezed timetable and a tight 5 minute rhythm with various bus termini and assignments for diverse and long lasting driving pleasure.
  • Replication of original timetables and tour plans for omnibus lines 5 and 92.
  • Chronology function: Relive the change taking place in Spandau between 1986 and 1994! OMSI 2 now replicates the exciting years following the German reunification and all the innovations and route expansions (line 137 to Falkensee) that came along with it. This function also allows temporary changes to maps or routes caused by construction sites or special buses.
  • Advanced and improved AI traffic (better road- and steering behaviour, railway- and subway traffic)
  • System damage model including different malfunctions which take time to fix
  • OMSI 2 supports a world coordinate system so it is possible to import a DEM (Digital Elevation Model) with the help of a DLL you can even program yourself.
  • Animated real vertical profile on the Spandau map
  • New script functions such as full matrix view, advanced access to system variables.
  • New editor functions: automatic import of aerial imagery, terrain adapts to run of the road, improved spline connection algorithm, rotation of objects around all axes. Intersections can easily be equipped with individual vertical profiles.
  • Saving optimized loading of maps which allows considerably larger maps

Additional features:



  • The classic versions of the MAN double-decker buses SD200 and SD202 are included
  • Realistic and intelligent traffic and detailed landscape
  • Realistic and controllable weather and seasonal effects
  • Realistic day and night effects
  • Many animations and animated objects
  • Fully functional IBIS (integrated on-board information system)
  • Four different views: driver sight, passenger sight, exterior view or free view
  • Script engine to influence the handling characteristics and functions of the bus
  • Easy to use, map-based track editorInsert your own vehicles
  • Compatible with TrackIR 5

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP/Vista/7/8
    • Processor: 2.6 GHz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GeForce or comparable AMD with minimum 512 MB
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows XP/Vista/7/8
    • Processor: Dual core processor with 2.8 GHz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GeForce or comparable AMD with 1024 MB
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
Helpful customer reviews
8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
283.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 10
This is not a game; it is a simulator in the purest sense. Unlike Euro Truck Simulator 2 and similar, there is no aspect of gameplay at all.

As such, if you don't really, really want to drive a bus, then I can't reccommend OMSI for you.

On the other hand, if, like me, buses are your thing, then this is the best - no two ways about it. The driving physics are excellent, the sounds are just superb, every individual switch in the cab works and attention to detail has been layered upon the vehicles you'll drive. The defualt maps are OK, and the default buses are excellent - but this simulator is all about the mods. There are dozens upon dozens of amazing freeware buses and maps out there, and a few excellent officially endorsed payware items (I highly reccomend the O305 and Three Generations bus packs).

In case none of the maps available meet your taste, the game includes a map editor which allows you absolute freedom to build your own maps, even if the controls take a little getting used to and the editor itself is really well hidden (google how to run it). With a little patience, you can learn to create assets for the game without too much difficulty in Blender and Sketchup, or, in my case, Gmax, via a very circuitous import route.

There are limitations - the game only really supports right-hand traffic, for instance. There are left-traffic routes and buses available, but there are issues with passengers walking through the bus. You'd also better get used to selling tickets in German.

There are flaws as well - you need a fast processor to run this game at all (multiple cores don't help), and an SSD, while not absolutely necessary, will significantly boost performance, as the game is constantly loading items as they come within range. Back when it was released, the game was not stable at all. This seems to be fixed for most people now, but you should be aware of it nonetheless. The physics can be jumpy occasionally, and I've had a few weird bugs like the back end of an articulated bus falling off. This kind of thing has been few and far between for me, though the game becomes less stable the more mods you have (clean up the ones you aren't using). Play with the settings until you get something that seems to be stable.

All in all, if you like buses, this is simply a must-have. Yes, there are bugs, but they're outweighed by the sounds, the driving physics, the wholly interactive dashboards and the endless customization.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
22.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 17
Very very extreamly great game!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
198.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 16
Firstly,this game is buggy and quite laggy(on my PC,which isn't the best).That's all the bad things taken care of.

This game defines "Realistic Bus Simulator".Even as standard,you get competitve realsim and(thanks to the editor)the ability to create your own maps,buses and more.Each switch,sound,wheel and everything else does what it should.The physics are amazing and it captures the sensation of driving buses.I reccomend this game to people who want a good simulator in general(hint,hint,nudge,nudge,wink,wink(TML Bus sims)) and who just want the experience of driving a bus in the comfort of their homes.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
104.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 22
nice bus
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
31.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 2
Hi Folks,

this was awful to learn all that controls to be able to play, and especially for unpatient 8year old son, but it payed all back. This is incredibly realistic game and also good lesson for the 8 year old.. to learn to be paitent to understand that complicated things are hard to learn, but satisfy you much more after that. Now he understands that driving bus is not just turning steerign wheel as most simulators do.

Well done developers, keep going wish to see maps of Prague one day.

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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
4.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 18
Good simulator
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3 of 6 people (50%) found this review helpful
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 2
The first OMSI was buggy, poorly optimized, but playable. This version was extremely buggy, unoptimized and crashed all the time when it came out. At the time of this writing (November 2014) nothing has changed. A disaster. I want my money back.
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1 of 3 people (33%) found this review helpful
3.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 20
When compared to Train Simulator or Eurotruck Simulator this game is just too hardcore for my taste, sorry.
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0 of 2 people (0%) found this review helpful
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 2
i bought this game because i had a really good experience with the original OMSI and wanted to try the articulated and single decker lowfloor buses if i could get my money back i would the game crashes freezes glitches all in the middle of runs i can go from 20+fps to a crash in the blink of an eye for no reason the game just pops up with a fatal error and closes or just freezes and i have to force close it through task manager and everything says i should be able to run it just fine with my machine yet i have all these problems ive tried changing settings everything nothing helps it constantly even though i tell it not to reloads the ai and the map constantly causing even worse frame rate so in all i cant reccomend this game to anyone i have better luck with the original so i wasted $35 on this game money that could have gone towards other games and or dlc for now i guess ill just uninstall it on my pc oh well
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37.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 5
Great but it`s quite laggy but then again, my PC isn`t the best out there. realistic gameplay and graphics but steering with a gamepad is terrible but mouse or keyboard steering is good. so overall i would recommend this game to anyone who enjoys simulators like i do.
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38.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 22
this game is amazing, ok i wont lie i play this on laptop bus some times jumps about but any way its still a good game:)
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46.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 10
Absolutly AMAZING Best Game ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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321.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 11
OMSI 2 is pretty much what a bus simulator should be.

Everything about the game is fairly nice, and the physics engine is superb. Of course, there are the occasional bugs and glitches, which may sometimes be annoying. I think that the best thing about OMSI 2 is the community. There are a ton of maps, buses, and mods for OMSI 2, and it enhances your gaming experience quite a bit. (I recommend getting the Three Generations bus pack)

One of the things that just sold me to OMSI 2 was the fact that you can use real-time weather and set up real-time weather for wherever you are! I also enjoyed the amount of detail that the developers put into OMSI 2, as it really shows off.

If you are thinking of picking up an accurate bus simulator and are a huge bus fanatic or love accurate simulators in general, then OMSI 2 is for you.
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235.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 15
OMSI comes with a total of 15 buses, all made by M.A.N and were used in Berlin in the 1980s/90s. Currently, there are 3 DLCs on Steam, Vienna, Hamburg and Stadtbus o305. This game also comes with 2 maps (Grundorf and Spandau, Berlin) and are pretty well detailed. This OMSI is cirtainly one of THE BEST bus simulators out there, even though it is very buggy and unfinished. The DLCs are also highly detailed, and are at very competative prices when compared with DLC for Dovetail Games' RailWorks.

In OMSI, on the Berlin map, it is your job, as a BVG driver on lines 92/137, 5/130, E(522), and 13N/N33 to transport the German people from their work, in the City Centre to their homes on the Outskirts safly and comfortably. Remember that the passengers will complain about:
Delays,
Temprature (Depends on wheather)
Bad driving,
Too little or too much change,
Incorrect tickets,
and passengers WILL leave the bus if you crash into terrain or other vehicles, saying that your driving is really bad, even when the crash is not your fault (which is about 95% of crashes, the AI traffic is that bad). So I recommend that you turn crash physics off.

You may notice that (when you boot the game for the first time) no passengers will buy any tickets, this is not a glitch/bug, you need to change your settings by:
1. Press "p", this will pause the game. Esc. also works to pause the simulation, but the time still passes, press p first
2. Press Esc.
3. Find "Options"
4. This will open a new window, find "Ticket Selling"
5. Open the Drop-Down Menu.
6. Select "Easy" or "Advanced"
7. Click "ok"
8. Press Esc.
9. Press "p"
10. Continue driving :-)

I like this Simulator and I highly Recommend OMSI and it's DLC to anyone looking for a decent bus simulator, remember, it is very buggy and unfinished.
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39 of 47 people (83%) found this review helpful
151.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 19
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
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20 of 27 people (74%) found this review helpful
399.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 30
This is still the best bus simulator. It is a good improvement on OMSI 1.

MAPS/VEHICLES: The Spandau map is much extended with a new chronology function where you can see the routes/fares and most importantly the Berlin reunification/fall of the Berlin wall between 1986 and 1994. Two maps are included the fictional test map Grundorf (one route, the 76) and Berlin Spandau (routes 92 (137), 5 (130) and also two night routes. Two new buses come with this game the articulated (bendy) bus MAN NG272 (GN92) and the MAN NL202 (EN92). The two double deckers from OMSI 1 are improved and the MAN SD202 has two new variants; the D90 and the D91. There are new AI cars including ambulances with working sirens. There is also much more trains in OMSI 2.

PERFORMANCE: As with OMSI 1, you will need a pretty good PC to run OMSI 2. FPS is improved from OMSI 1 but lag can be experienced frequently in busy areas of maps.
I have an Intel Core i3, 6GB RAM and 2GB graphics card. Here is my FPS on the Hamburg addon map.
Suburb areas: 30 - 60 FPS.
Inner City areas: 20 - 25 FPS.
City Centre areas: 12 - 20 FPS.

UI: The user interface is completely changed from OMSI 1. The new UI looks much smoother and is easier to use.

BUGS: When this game was first released it was almost unplayable. It had clearly been released too early, as there were very frequent bugs and crashes. At this stage (version 2.1, the game is a lot better and crashes are rare. I have played the Hamburg and Vienna maps for the past few days with no crashes. Unfortunately crashes do occasionally still occur and there are still some minor bugs, although these do not normally affect gameplay experience.

ADDONS/COMPATIBILITY: Many freeware and payware addons exist for OMSI 2. The OMSI 1 addons Vienna LU 200, Citybus O305 and Hamburg Day & Night have all been patched for OMSI 2. Most OMSI 1 buses work in OMSI 2, but the majority of maps will not work in OMSI 2 without adjustments. Many map creators have released new versions of their maps for OMSI 2. A huge range of mods, repaints, vehicles and maps are available on the OMSI forum and other OMSI related websites.

DRIVING EXPERIENCE/FUNCTIONS: OMSI unlike most (if not all) other bus sims recreates the bus functions and driving physics as close as possible. Over 90% of buttons are pressable and have a function. For example you can set the destination using the IBIS computer, spray the windscreen, adjust the heating (involves many switches, not just one button!), lights and door controls. The bus sounds are excellent. All have been recorded off the real-life buses. Particularly with the bendy bus, you can feel the weight of the bus you are driving. This is enhanced with a steering wheel.

GAME CONTROLLERS: Buses can be controlled with the mouse or keyboard, but for a much more realistic experience a steering wheel is the best. The best realism can be achieved in OMSI 2 with a 900 degree, force feedback steering wheel. The one often preferred is the Logitech G27, but as this is very expensive other good wheels include the Logitech Driving Force GT. TrackIR 6 can be used with this game for added realism of the camera views.

TUTORIALS/DOCUMENTATION: As well as a detailed manual, new to OMSI 2 are tutorials. I strongly recommend users who have not played OMSI 1 previously to do these tutorials as learning how to operate the buses can be tricky at first.

Overall this is an excellent bus simulator (now that most bugs are gone anyway). Remember if you purchased OMSI 1 you can get OMSI 2 at a discounted price at the publisher's website.
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17 of 24 people (71%) found this review helpful
2,013.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 26
I upgraded to omsi 2 from OMSI 1 in December 2013 on the date of release and I have to say that there has been some major issues with the game from the start but M&R Software have taken the views and bug reports from the people who matter the end user and have even set-up a special bug reporting email address so that the users can report bugs to them and there have been many updates to OMSI 2 since its release in December 2013.

Now it is June 2014 and it is on version 2.1.004 which is a millions times better than the version released in December 2013 but it is not perfect yet but with more updates in the future it will get there. In it current state I would recommend this game as it is more than playable and hours of fun can be had with the right maps and buses.
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
607.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 12
Takes some while getting used to, but with all the buses,DLC, and freeware content, you are bound to have fun. One can recreate their own town or create a fictional in the Editor. An lots of forums to go with this game. I recommend this especially if you like buses or trains!
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
342.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 20
Bugs Squashed, A Great Simulator

I held off reviewing OMSI 2 for a while - when it first came out it quickly picked up a reputation of being buggy and unreliable. I had faith that M-R would be able to fix it, and they have. New releases from small developers frequently have problems which take some time to fix.

Since the last few updates, I've had no crashes, hangs or freezes. It works fine.

OMSI is a reputable bus simulator whose main focus is on the core simulation. The main focus of attention is where you want it - in the bus. The outside world looks dated, but the buses themselves are beautifully recreated, and their operation is perfect. The sound system is the best I've heard in a game - sounds are generated dynamically, rather than soundfile x being played when condition a is met.

Hardcore simmers will appreciate how few 'gaming' elements are here - no cheaty UI, no dialogs, nothing. You have to actually learn how to drive and operate a bus rather than just jamming W and hitting checkpoints. Keyboard or mouse control is acceptable, but OMSI allows gamepad, joystick and steering wheel input (the latter is highly recommended). It also supports TrackIR, which is amazingly immersive.

If you are not a hardcore simmer, or take an interest in buses, then maybe TML's series is for you. OMSI has a steep learning curve and is more about the simulation of operating a bus realistically than beautiful rendered cities.

As you can see, I've plenty of hours logged in OMSI. A lot of these come from the Map Editor, which although unwelcoming, is very powerful and lets you create some engaging and entertaining routes to drive.

Overall, I'd rate this 9/10. It lacks a modern graphics engine (and the tiling system is dated and clunky), but this is a simulator, not a game. If M-R could borrow SCS's graphics engine, they'd have the perfect simulator.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
42.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 30
Very Realistic, one thing. The bus bounves when in view First Person and you must be in 3rd view to not make it bouce and does bad sound. Other then that everything is realistic, the ticket machine, engine sounds, keys, streets, Maybe next time focus on the bus more and later on the perfect design.
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