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 (838 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
170 of 181 people (94%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
317.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 10, 2014
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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22 of 29 people (76%) found this review helpful
734.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 12, 2014
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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18 of 23 people (78%) found this review helpful
293.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 15, 2014
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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12 of 15 people (80%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
552.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 22, 2014
Realistic bus simulator in berlin 1986-1994
Realistic models of busses with many working features
Map of berlin and AI change during the years
Tons of free addons on the web
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10 of 12 people (83%) found this review helpful
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 26, 2014
I must say, but this game is probs the most real type of simulator that makes you feel like your a actual bus driver, but the only down side to the game is if your new to driving a real bus, then your gonna need to learn all the configs to the bus system and also deal on selling tickets and giving the correct change to the customer.

The other side to the game is if your wanting to create your own level, there is a level editor that comes with the game.

Overall: 9/10
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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
45.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 27, 2014
This is an EXTREMELY realistic game. The busses just have so much realism, its like im driving one. The other cool thing is currency in the game, when someone gives you a peice of money, I go into a scavenger hunt trying to find the right ticket and give them the proper amount of change. There is so many paint schemes for one single model of the double decker bus, I don't know which one looks better or wich one to choose. But with every great game, there are also problems, the articulated bus shakes and actually twists vilently when I stop. And just because there are problems that doesn't mean its a bad game. Every game is NOT perfect. None of my reviews or comments are meant to be hurtfull, I am a hater when people post mean things about games, it is not in my nature to do hurt somebody, I am just trying to help. I love this game so much.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
364.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 26, 2014
so for many years bus enthusiasts such as myself have wanted and wished for a simulator such as this despite its many bugs (although some have been sorted) it is definately the best one to get id highly recomend it driving through berlin with the old sd77 or new sd92 look at the ai traffic change and the route aswell :) all by changing the time date and year :)
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21 of 39 people (54%) found this review helpful
12.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 16, 2014
a good simulator that could be awesome if it would be patched up more, some sort of instruction to easier set up you're wheel buttons would be good as well,but overall a good simulator with mod ability.

EDIT:

a warning is in place, after little driving and testing i found out that, the further i got in the game the more i realised that this dam game is one of the more buggy games i bought in yrs,it's not even half done and should still be in a pre alpha stage,people are walking into eachother, when you drop them off they walk trough the bus,FPS set on 30 and its hacking like hell etc etc,and the little help you got in their forums are pretty much nada, 99% are in germany, i know i can use google translate but sometime it's just too much,there is a 2.2 patch on the way,but 2 of the devs,and obvius "bestfriends" are not best friends anymore and the longing 2.2 patch seems to be written in the stars when it shall come.....................so friends,if ya wanna buy this game, wait for a sale or at least wait for the 2.2 patch ( not certain it will good after that either ) !!

71.97 euro i payed for main game and 2 DLC..........worth maybe 1/3 of that !
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
10.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 1
Purchased while it was on sale - definitely enjoying it. Couldn't get my XBox controller setup to properly control the game, so "driving" with the mouse, which works surprisingly well. Yes, the graphics are substandard (and I'm running it on a purpose-built gaming computer), but it's a relaxing change of pace to unwind with after a full day. There are extended load times, field of distance is not very large with repeated pop ins, and even on higher setting the people look as though they're in a N64 game. If you've played Euro Truck Driver or Farming simulator, this is somewhat similar...although more limited in scope and graphical quality. In spite of all of that, I recommend getting the game to enjoy for what it is.
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
227.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 16, 2014
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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8 of 14 people (57%) found this review helpful
36.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 16
There’s something oddly wonderful about a game trying to recreate niche, and bizarre parts of history. None more than OMSI, a game which sets out to lovingly recreate buses/routes in Berlin. Not just Berlin, but more specifically the Spandau district from 1980’s – 1990’s, a very peculiar, and to most of us obscure part of history. But does it succeed?
Let’s make one thing clear, this is not ETS2. It’s not lavished with game style game play mechanics about levelling up your character, running your company, and customizing your vehicles. Nor is it all that user friendly, or really all that approachable. This is a hardcore simulation, with hardcore simulation style lack of game play. The premise is as simple as coul be, choose a bus. Choose a route. Drive..

Gameplay
The buses are very nicely recreated, with a full array of working features on the dashboard, from the usual wipers, lights, adjustable suspension (on the more modern buses) and fully functioning computers, and ticket machines. Although unless you speak German, good luck getting your head around those. Thankfully, you can set your bus up using the rather basic, but functional in game UI.

The game does have a rather steep learning curve, while it does have tutorials these are next to useless, so your pretty much on your own. Getting in to a position where you can pick up your first passengers, is rather more than just selecting a job, and pressing E to start your engine, and putting the bus in to gear and driving. Every button on the dashboard does something some of these things are more useful than others.

If your patience lasts long enough to get your head around the rather steep learning curve, you’ll quickly find the game is actually quite enjoyable in a mundane, driving a city bus kind of way. Driving your assigned route, you’ll of course be stopping at bus stops, picking up rather badly animated but very amusing robotic passengers, selling them tickets, and all the usual things expected from a bus driver. The simulation of this goes quite deep, even down to them complaining, if the bus is cold.

The actual driving of the bus feels very nice, and really the developers have managed to create the feeling of driving a very large, cumbersome heavy vehicle, turns will be taken slowly, and much care has to be taken when weaving in and out of parked cars, and other obstacles scattered around the lovingly created depiction of Berlin. Upon hitting something, the passengers, which by now you have become belligerent towards, will swear, and shout at you in German demanding to get off.

Sound:
The sound is absolutely spectacular, and a real master class in how the sound should be in these types of games, it’s incredibly atmospheric, and really transported me back to the 80s/90s as a kid travelling to school on those old double decker buses. From the whine of knackered old diesel engine, to the wind blowing in to the slightly open window, the bus rattling and banging as it chugs down the road. Its absolutely superb, and other developers of simulators should certainly take note.

Physics:
As said already, the basic driving physics are excellent, however the other world physics, are more hilarious than anything else. With vehicles catapulting about in an accident, or humping the ground, people being swallowed by the floor. It all makes for some highly amusing, if immersion breaking moments.

Control devices:
It’s a given that a game like this is best played with a wheel, rather than state the obvious, I think its best to discuss other control devices, not everyone owns a wheel.

Controller:
The mainstay of driving games, for those without a wheel at least. Unfortunately, using a controller is next to impossible. The over sensitivity of the Xbox 360 controller is not accounted for at all, no dead zones are added or able to be added. The stick simply functions as a wheel, which makes controlling the bus immensely sensitive, and next to impossible. Don’t even bother.

Keyboard:
While the keyboard is completely indispensable, with the massive array of functions, and systems, all of which you will need to control, driving with it is, really as to be expected. The game uses the numpad by default. 4 Turns left, 6 turns right, and 5 centres the steering. While its more than possible to drive using the keyboard, keyboards don’t feature any analogue devices, everything of course is either on or off, which can make for some pretty heavy accelerating and braking, which is usually met by lots of angry German swearing from the passengers.

Mouse:
This is my preferred method for controlling the game. Generally I hate mouse driving, its over sensitive, has very little feedback, or makes very little sense. But the developers of Omsi have definitely cracked it. Move the mouse up to accelerate, down to brake, and of course left and right steer. If you don’t have a wheel this is my recommended method of controlling it. The only drawback, is steering, and accelerating at the same time can be rather difficult, and tends to be a little haphazard.

The bad:
While I would like to say “The game is a triumph buy it immediately!”. That really isn’t the case. OMSI 2 is as awful as it is brilliant, an incredibly mixed bag. As already said, its not very approachable, a lot of the options, the controls list, and other things are not put together in a very user friendly or coherent way, at times it feels like it was designed by a madman! Even when trying to work out /change the controls The list seems to almost be randomly thrown together, without much regard for the poor player who has to find his/her way through it. In a game like this, which has an awful lot of controls, this really does make for frustration, and swearing.

In general the game is incredibly unpolished, mostly using simple OS ui windows to control various functions. More often than not, these windows can make little to no sense at first glance, and can take a quite some time to get used to.

Stability:
The games stability is atrocious, and really, unacceptable. The game quits to desktop on a regular basis, randomly fails to load, and throws up a lot of errors usually in German, leaving you with little idea as to what actually happened. Sounds will just stop working, and all manner strange things will happen. For a game that’s been out a year (longer if you count the original) these really are issues that should no longer be present.

Navigation:
This is done by a simple overlay with arrows pointing you in the direction and icons over the stops you need to stop at. While this sounds just basic but functional, at times, it can be incredibly confusing. You’ll get arrows pointing you off towards other routes, which have nothing to do with yours, at times it offers you absolutely no direction at all, and other times it just sends you off down side streets your not supposed to go down, or tries to send you down 1 way roads (of course the wrong way)

Content:
The base lacks a serious amount of content The map really isn’t that big, and you have a very small number of routes to drive. Simply put, I doubt it will have much lasting appeal.

Final thoughts:

This game is actually quite annoying. It’s very solid, and very well made in parts but has far too many glaring issues. While I did enjoy it, It’s certainly not something I can whole heartedly recommend. I actually find it quite annoying, the potential is vast. Should it be given ETS 2’s spit, polish, and level of content, I can’t help but feel it would actually be a superior game, capable of knocking ETS 2 off my favourite simulator spot. But in its current state, its incredibly rough around the edges, and falls very short. If you enjoy simulators, and are looking for something new, you might like this one. But don’t go in to it expecting a complete or approachable, product, it isn’t.
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42 of 81 people (52%) found this review helpful
6.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 5, 2014
This is the worlds most in depth and buggiest Bus simulator!

It's really a hit-and-miss game. Lack luster in content, as in there are only a whopping two maps to drive your Bus in, and only a handful of different buses to drive, many of them seem to be repeats. How ever, despite the two maps, one of them does have many different routes for you to take, so that's nice. From my experience, the other just has one.

This game does have a bit of a steep learning curve, and it did take me several attempts of picking it up and trying to go through the tutorials to figure out what was what, and then once I got that down, I had to try and set keys for my Logitech G27, which only added to the complexity, as you have more controls you need to be aware of for your bus then allowed on the Racing wheel's extra buttons. I'm not kidding, you literally control everything on the Bus. From doors to heating system, to interior lights to opening and closing your driver side window!

Beyond that, driving a bus, picking up and unloading passengers is actually kind of fun. If you find a route that you like, you can find yourself sinking some time into this game, if you like running around in circles, that is. Of course you have to make sure you are not late, punch tickets, print tickets, give change to passengers, etc etc.

The biggest thing that stops me from enjoying this game is that it crashes for no apparent reason with almost no indication of an update from the developers in the near future. The last update, according to steam, was in May. This really makes you wonder if the developers are doing something for this game or not, or if I've missed something..

There are mods you can download and add into this game, but I haven't dabbled to much. It might help you out, maybe fix the game crashes, but you should proceed with caution.

Despite the game crashing bugs and the hard-to-learn controls, this game is .. Tolerable. Adequate. I would love to see where the developers take this game, but as far as I know, it's a hit-or-miss situation. Should you get it? Honestly, I wouldn't, at least not right now. The bugs in this game are to much to bare to really enjoy it. Believe me, I wanted to enjoy this game, but when it crashes in the middle of a route, I find that to be a little disappointing. You might have better luck then I do, and if you want to try your luck, go for it. Otherwise, I would stay away.
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14 of 26 people (54%) found this review helpful
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 2, 2014
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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17 of 32 people (53%) found this review helpful
51.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 18, 2014
Damn, this game is full of bugs :) It is still fun, but it looks more like a beta, so I can't recommend it.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
98.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 21, 2014
i actually love this game even though its about Buses and Routes from Germany and Europe it help's me learn how to Operator Buse's and such :) i would like to see a Australian Version of this :) :)
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
36.8 hrs on record
Posted: January 19
It is a great game you can have lots and lots and lots of fun in with its epic really and just idk awesomeness but here are some cons: you need a really beast pc Its buggy but it really depends on what gear you have and if it is updated or no The ai is ahh lets say a bit nutty but ya really good game if you're pc is quick a nuff to run it then pick this game up :D
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
69.1 hrs on record
Posted: February 1
PROS: Really good game. Good graphics, busses are excellent, map is bigger. AI is improved. Articulated bus has arrived.

CONS: Quite buggy. Poorly optimised. Slow at loading busses. Hard to install maps. Crashes sometimes but their is Reduce multithreading which stops it from crashing but reducing performance. Not a big update from OMSI 1

BOTTOM LINE: Probably the best bus simulator. If you have a old computer under Intel i5, it's not recommended for you. My favourite bus simulator than CBS and EBS 2012. However if you are experiencing these problems, the developers are trying to fix these problems. But this bus simulator is great fun and gives you the best experience of what being a bus driver is like.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
25.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 25
This simulator is a rather detailed, but when the game lags, sometimes your bus might jump randomly and passengers would get annoyed with your driving (when you aren't causing it). But a bus simulator set in Communist Germany is a rather interesting topic, detailed buses, despite buses some lacking features.

Set between 1986 and 1994, this game can use more routes and more years up to present day.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
36.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 20, 2014
I recommend omsi 2 To all people who love buses or even want to learn. As me i love buses ive been riding them since i was 5 so now buses are my thing, I think omsi 2 is a great game for only little development it may not be well known over steam. But it has MAD fans unlike Team fortress 2 It has over 5 million fans but alot of them dont like it that much as they would like there real passion. This is why i think OMSI 2 Is the best simulator of them all And who knows where you can go with the modding. The posiblites are endless
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
51.1 hrs on record
Posted: February 14
great game, but crashes , and is confusing.
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