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".
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Release Date: Dec 11, 2013

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March 14

Citybus O405

Build between 1987 and 2001 it’s one of the last generation of high-floor busses. The 12 m standard variant and the 18 m articulated bus models both feature original 3D models and real-world’s recorded sounds. Another highlight is the high detailed recreated dashboard and interior. Unique in the OMNI universe is the “dynamic rain” on the windshield that is being accumulated and disseminates naturally.

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March 14

Citybus 305G – Available now!

Welcome to the 80s – The „Citybus 305G“ add-on builds a virtual monument for the articulated pusher busses of the first generation. The highlights of the add-on, that contains two variants of the articulated pusher bus, are the authentic pollution model and the different starting behavior affected by weather conditions. Both busses can be used on the OMSI 2 standard maps “Berlin-Spandau” and “Grundorf” and have the distinctive, manually changeable rolling band display of the 80s.

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About This Game

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
15 of 17 people (88%) found this review helpful
104.9 hrs on record
Posted: February 18
Rating: Conditionally recommended

An extremely deep simulation that, for better or worse, still has no competition. On one hand, this is the best and most accurate bus simulator available on the market. Almost every aspect of the buses are modeled to the last detail and are functional.
On the other hand, this game, our only choice on the market, is an unstable and poorly optimized offering. Do tweak the memory settings and and use the 4 GB patch to alleviate some of the crashes. I rarely experience them after doing so.
You should also be prepared to read the manual a lot and/or watching videos on YouTube to figure everything out, as the in-game tutorial does little to teach you the ropes.

The base game doesn't have a lot in terms of content, but the official DLC bring a lot of variation and there are lots and lots of community created maps and vehicles available online for free.
The price is fine considering the depth of the simulation, but I would have expected a more polished product by now. If you get all the DLC it'll get quite costly, especially considering the game almost never appears on sales.

Get this only if you're sure you like deep vehicle simulations, but prepare for some frustration due to instability.

I rate this game:
Essential
Recommended
Conditionally recommended
Not recommended
Avoid
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13 of 17 people (76%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
765.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 25, 2015
Omsi 2 is very realistic. Real weather connected internet countries gives realism. Real time play ensures you try to meet your schedules. Fully controlable vehicles, everything from lowering the step to adjusting the sun blind.

The AI vehicles act realistic, like indicating one direction and going the other. They try to cut you up & cross lanes just in front of you. Go through red lights. Try & beat you at getting somewhere first. This is a real challenge with collisions turned on. However, buggy AI vehicles 'ghost' through themselves & tend to collide with you. So its probably best to keep collisions off ATM.

Theres no company bosses to answer to. You just get in a bus, select a timetable & away you go!!! Or, if your like me, play a freelance driver. Set a destination, head that way & pickup or drop off whoever you come across. Theres no company bosses to answer to. This is only to mention a few things. Its practically a 'digital job' !!

Flip side of that is its very slow for updates & bug fixing. I understand theres been internal issues going on causing these long delays. Still buggy a bit as mentioned and theres been an ongoing problem for many with Multithreading. Turned on makes the game more stable but at the cost of performance.

Final notes:
It is worth owning. Ive played many hours when been in the mood to 'work' this way.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
462.3 hrs on record
Posted: March 19
Though there is the odd freeze and FPS drop here and there, the character this game has is just so amazing you just can't help but to not let these freezes stand in your way of buying this really detailed and complex game. There also is a massive modding community as well, meaning you can expand the already quite big selection of buses and you can have new maps to play as well.

I do recommend toning down the settings a bit, as this game isn't optimised well. I also recommend having at least an i5 to play this game effectively (this game relies on your single core. There is a multi-core option, but it destabilises the game).

Overall, I give it a 92/137 (you'll get the pun once you play the game)
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7 of 10 people (70%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
203.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 29, 2015
In Summary

OMSI 2 is quirky and has its issues. It makes no secret about that, and honestly that's what makes it endearing. It's a product of that most wonderful human emotion; Nostalgia. With some simple fixes and additions it could be an amazing game, but as it is OMSI 2 is a worthwhile investment. You won't get this level of detail anywhere else and I see no reason why people shouldn't at least give it the benefit of the doubt, especially since the community is so dedicated to producing quality content to expand your gameplay.

Expect:
High levels of realism, lots of buttons and switches, to consult the manual to figure out said buttons and switches, passengers, german stuff, lateness, complaints about your driving, tons of addons (both official and third party), creepy kids.

Do NOT Expect:
A blockbuster thriller, Speed (movie or rate of movement), triple-A graphics, good AI, an easy time using keyboard, huge variety of anything without add-ons.

LONG VERSION:

OMSI is one of those games that is hard to describe to your friends. "So what do you actually do?" they ask, contorting their faces with confusion. The only answer that I can possibly suggest you give is the truth, plain and simple. "Drive buses." Because there is no one simple explanation which accurately conveys the catharsis of taking some virtual German people around Berlin while they do their day-to-day stuff (which for them means getting on other busses). It seems strange to be sat here recommending this. Even as a fan of truck and train simulators.

From the outset OMSI can appear daunting. Even setting yourself up for a simple route can seem very complex at first glance when you are plonked into a very faithfully recreated 1980's MAN bus with a vast array of buttons and switches set out before you. I myself, refusing to give in to the apparently unmasculine urge to consult the relevant instructions, set about spending a good hour just flicking switches and turning things until, to my fervored surprise, the engine rattled to life.

Success!" I thought, this being the most progress I had made since I had first booted the game. It was a laughably simple step in the grand scheme of things, but represented the most progress I had ever made. After a few bumps and scratches as I lurched around attempting to wrest control of this double-decker behemoth, I decided that it was time for me to unleash my new-found driving prowess upon the unsuspecting folk of this quaint German village. And that's when I hit the next obstacle. Simply shouting "Get on the damn bus!!!" and honking the horn incessantly as the passengers stood, all gazing in the same direction with their arms half-out as if trying to take flight, didn't seem to do the trick. Nor did it help that when they did move, it was straight past me to the bus now parked behind. It occured to me I might need help. So off to the game manual I went, and after some practice runs I was doing the rounds on the historic Berlin-Spandau lines.

Long story short, you will need to either consult the manual or any of the many kindly YouTube folk who offer tutorials on setting up your bus and carrying out timetables. It is complicated, but it all makes sense in the end.

The base game comes with a number of routes around the Berlin-Spandau area, mostly during the 1980's. Seems very esoteric, but the developers rode the busses in this era frequently and recall it fondly. For me, that kind of passion is always going to create a game that will make me feel something, even if it doesn't have a story, it still speaks to me in a way that no cookie-cutter FPS can. On the face of it, the graphics engine is shocking, but the scale and detail in parts is beyond impressive. I've never even visited Berlin, but the recreation impressed me and the busses simply look fantastic... or as fantastic as you can make a bus look. Even the simple things like the wear-and-tear on the pedals and buttons that give the bus that lived-in feeling - makes them look like they are used day in and day out and not like they've just rolled off the production line. This is where I feel that other sims like Train Simulator and Euro Truck Simulator are lacking - the vehicles permanantly look new, they don't look like they've seen the years of service they are meant to. By your 20th job on ETS2, your seats really ought to be stained and peppered with sausage roll pastry flakes.

Button Bashing
As I have mentioned before, nearly everything in the bus is usable. Nearly all the dashboard switches, even if they have no in-game use, toggle and even have visible effects (such as the bus suspension lowering for disabled passengers and prams, even though there aren't any.) Even the ticket selling is there, the little paddles on the coin racks dispensing the respective amounts into the change rack, giving a little challenge. On top of staying on-time, you must give the correct tickets and change so the passenger can sit down and you can move on.

Seat Fillers
Unfortunately the immersion is ruined quite quickly. The passengers are one of the two biggest let downs in this game (the second being the AI, which I will mention shortly). Unlike train simulators, you actually see the passengers get on your bus, even ask to buy tickets, but their animations are quite shocking, and their still poses even more so. Passengers stood at bus stops have their arms out from their sides and sitting passengers look like they are holding a beach ball between their hands. Passengers can often get in each other's way if they decide after they've walked halfway down the bus that they want to buy a ticket and queue-cut. Add to that the 5 or 6 variants, and you'll soon be sick of the sight of them.

Artificial Unintelligence
Now, onto the AI. Any game that deals with driving needs to pay special attention. Simply populating the streets with cars is not enough by itself. The traffic needs to display awareness, not only of the rules of the road, but also awareness of other road users. OMSI traffic has neither. I will only say this once; Do NOT turn on traffic collisions. You will regret it immediately as the traffic is clueless. Unless your bus is directly obstructing them they will carry on regardless of if you are indicating or merging or just using a roundabout when YOU have right of way. Nearly all accidents will be their fault and you will be the one penalised. Yes, you get penalties. You have to notify the police and that will lose you valuable time making you irrevicably late for the rest of the day.

In Control
The controls for OMSI are a mixed bag at best. Playing keyboard only has been my MO since I learned how to play, and frankly I can live without precision steering. You can use the mouse to steer, but the constant toggling between using the mouse to steer and to use the dashboard is tiresome. I have been led to believe that a wheel is the best way to drive OMSI, but I neither have the time nor money for that kind of set-up.

Not all doom and gloom
If you can see past all the quirks and niggles you will be rewarded with an enjoyable experience. The true value of OMSI lies in the third party content. There are a host of new maps, busses and other mods to expand your driving experience and add hundreds of hours worth of play time.

If your wallet will forgive you, there are many official add-ons too, but don't expect any of it to be discounted. OMSI 2 is never involved in Steam sales and it will never drop in price. You have been warned!!!
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10 of 16 people (63%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
315.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 20, 2015
Even though it has a few bugs, it is still one of the best bus sims out.
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