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
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UpLift_Vancouver
( 288.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 6
The buses seen in this game are very realistic... almost like their real world counter parts!
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tz01
( 152.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 3
The game is really nice, but you should buy it ONLY if you like buses.
When you buy the game there are only four buses and two routes, but there are websites where you can find a lot of free buses and routes.
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CaptainCrunchie
( 132.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 1
Amazing game, thats made for modding. I have both the first version and this, both really great simulator
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rowanspurnell
( 121.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 1
ggggggggggggggggggggggg
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3mikey1
( 207.3 hrs on record )
Posted: April 25
HOLY COW! If you are a massive transportation nerd like I am and can't get enough of train simulator, and you like simulations that truly do their best to be as true to life as possible, this is the game for you.

Basically, I grew up in Chicago as a massive transit nerd, rail fan, everything and had always dreamed of operating a CTA 'L train or being a bus driver. When I stumbled across a YouTube video of someone playing the new Chicago Downtown DLC, I HAD to get this game. I have spent over 200 hours on the different maps in this game, and can guarantee that the developers have really spent a lot of time working on this wonderful game, not to mention the wonderful world of modders.

If you want to know how hard it is to drive a bus, and you want to feel a realistic simulation of it, this is the one.
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gct2236
( 32.5 hrs on record )
Posted: April 25
Why would a real life UK bus driver want to play OMSI 2? I was curious about how things were in Europe and decided to try it out. After a lot of time and patience spent learning the ropes I decided it wasn't really worth the effort.

The sim is somewhat unstable and needs a very powerful system to run it. My cheap 1 Gb AMD R7 360 graphics card gives borderline performance, but at least I can run most of the sim and DLC with it. For some reason Chicago Downtown is not playable on my system with frequent crashes after single figure framerates in the many traffic jams that are encountered.

The bus models are excellent, as are the engine sounds, although the passengers are decidedly terrible. The AI traffic is passable, although perhaps a bit too predictable. Real life bus driving is not an exact science, as the sim seems to want to portray.

What the sim does:- Tries hard to make the user believe he /she is driving a bus in service, dealing with customers and busy city traffic.

What it doesn't do:- Any of the above.

The sim is a very optimistic attempt to simulate bus driving, and the developers have to be commended for their efforts. The buses look and sound real, it's just that everything else does not.

The door controls in particular are a chore to operate, and negotiating give way junctions into moving traffic is not for the fainthearted.

I enjoy playing car racing games, but perhaps if I was a professional racing driver I would not enjoy them at all.

If you like buses and fancy something different then give this one a go. You don't need a steering wheel to manage the buses. With a little practice you can even use your built in laptop mouse to steer.

The big downer in this sim is that a bus driver needs to be able to see both rear view mirrors and the full width of the bus without having to press a button or a control device to achieve that. Sharp right turns mean that you need to change view to watch your nearside mirror as you turn so you don't mount the kerb or collide wth any street furniture at the location. Then having made the turn, you need to change back to the default forward view to proceed safely. I know this can be achieved with a POV "hat" type of controller, but it still means trying to do two things at once to achieve a safe turn.

I cannot really recommend the sim, largely due to the instability issues and the need for a high spec system to run it. There is also a fairly steep learning curve before you can get up to anywhere near service speed.
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adamleeharley
( 101.0 hrs on record )
Posted: April 25
omsi, is amazing however the bus likes to get some energy by jumping up and down. mainly at u rathuaus spandua bus stops. the main road. it will be fixed when i get a gaming computer. im quite annoyed as i want the enviro bus however its not on the steam store and only on the internet. ive downloaded it off the internet but it has no setup. please help...


yes i would recommend to others, hovever you need a good graphics card, and lots of gigram...
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Trueking HK 總經群島
( 24.9 hrs on record )
Posted: April 24
Good ideate game but too much bugs.
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pagepeter
( 1.3 hrs on record )
Posted: April 24
Crap cannot play it, DO NOT BUY THIS!!!!!!
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Jacob is cool
( 1.2 hrs on record )
Posted: April 20
it is stuepd your bus is so hard and thay say it is easy to drive it is a ripoff don't get it!
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topline730v8
( 33.8 hrs on record )
Posted: April 19
I’ve had OMSI 2 for quite a while now and I’ve done many hours (My hours shown above doesn’t Include the tons of hours I’ve logged while on offline mode). So I think it’s about time I done a review.

There are many games out there that wrongly claim to be a simulator, not this one. Without a doubt this is the most realistic bus simulator available. It’s definitely not game that you just can pick up and play and you won’t get very far without at least taking a look at the manual.

The standard game comes with two maps, a small fictional map and Spandau in Berlin set in the years 1986 to 1994 with a selection of MAN buses from that era. As well as the official payware content there is tons of map and bus mods available adding greatly to the experience. My personal favorite mods are the Bowdenham and Szczecin Maps

First off the good points. The game is extremely realistic the buses handle accurately and every switch and lever is clickable. You can control almost every aspect in operating the bus including ticket sales, destination displays, doors, lights, heating and so on. In the Berlin map, there is a chrono feature where the route and varies and ticket prices change depending on the time period selected. There is selectable weather conditions that can affect how the bus handles.

Too often, games are often let down by poor sounds but not in OMSI 2 where they are truly excellent, the buses sound just like the real thing. Almost every sound is recreated such as the suspension rattling on bumpy roads, the whine of the transmission and even dashboard button sounds.

Now to the bad points. The graphics aren’t particularly great by modern standards and the game is poorly optimized. It will take quite a bit of time tinkering around with the settings to get respectable framerates. The AI traffic is dreadful often crashing into you but thankfully AI collisions can be turned off. More casual players may find themselves a little overwhelmed by the lack of ingame help. Some may also find the price a bit steep and it’s never included in the Steam sales.

Despite these issues, it’s definitely not a bad effort considering it was made by just two guys from Germany and not some big developer with a massive budget. In a way this game is kind of like an old Italian sports car in that much of the time it won’t run properly and will completely infuriate you but the times when it does work, it’s just brilliant and sounds epic.

So to sum up, OMSI 2 may frustrate at first but give it a chance and it can become very enjoyable. You may even learn a little bit of German in the process. If you like very detailed simulators and have an interest in buses I would definitely recommend it.
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Doge Investigator
( 2.0 hrs on record )
Posted: April 19
If you like simulation games, than this is the game for you. It's a good game, good performance ( although the game looks older than it is ) and easy to play. Except for one big issue. Don't buy this game if you have a laptop / notebook without numpad, like me. You can't play the game without the numpad, without joystick, without any wheel. The bus is driven manually, without any of these accesoires, you wouldn't be able to drive the bus at all. The game works on any average PC, but with all those extra neccessairy options added, you need an expensive PC after all.

Positive: - Good game

Negative: - Difficult to drive without a steering wheel or joystick
- Tutorial takes a while
- Configuration of hotkeys is terrible
- Just like the 90's, the multiple key combination is horrifying.
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pemoz
( 100.8 hrs on record )
Posted: April 17
if you like buses like me try out this
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Liverpool fc
( 1.7 hrs on record )
Posted: April 15
♥♥♥♥ game
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ngchingkin
( 239.6 hrs on record )
Posted: April 14
Good Game
We can make map,bus...Have realtic sound,ai...
Better then bus sim 2016
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Woosag
( 155.2 hrs on record )
Posted: April 10
Nice!
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TheTrialBot
( 37.1 hrs on record )
Posted: April 10
Awesome Simulator!
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
288.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 6
The buses seen in this game are very realistic... almost like their real world counter parts!
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
37.1 hrs on record
Posted: April 10
Awesome Simulator!
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
100.8 hrs on record
Posted: April 17
if you like buses like me try out this
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
Recommended
33.8 hrs on record
Posted: April 19
I’ve had OMSI 2 for quite a while now and I’ve done many hours (My hours shown above doesn’t Include the tons of hours I’ve logged while on offline mode). So I think it’s about time I done a review.

There are many games out there that wrongly claim to be a simulator, not this one. Without a doubt this is the most realistic bus simulator available. It’s definitely not game that you just can pick up and play and you won’t get very far without at least taking a look at the manual.

The standard game comes with two maps, a small fictional map and Spandau in Berlin set in the years 1986 to 1994 with a selection of MAN buses from that era. As well as the official payware content there is tons of map and bus mods available adding greatly to the experience. My personal favorite mods are the Bowdenham and Szczecin Maps

First off the good points. The game is extremely realistic the buses handle accurately and every switch and lever is clickable. You can control almost every aspect in operating the bus including ticket sales, destination displays, doors, lights, heating and so on. In the Berlin map, there is a chrono feature where the route and varies and ticket prices change depending on the time period selected. There is selectable weather conditions that can affect how the bus handles.

Too often, games are often let down by poor sounds but not in OMSI 2 where they are truly excellent, the buses sound just like the real thing. Almost every sound is recreated such as the suspension rattling on bumpy roads, the whine of the transmission and even dashboard button sounds.

Now to the bad points. The graphics aren’t particularly great by modern standards and the game is poorly optimized. It will take quite a bit of time tinkering around with the settings to get respectable framerates. The AI traffic is dreadful often crashing into you but thankfully AI collisions can be turned off. More casual players may find themselves a little overwhelmed by the lack of ingame help. Some may also find the price a bit steep and it’s never included in the Steam sales.

Despite these issues, it’s definitely not a bad effort considering it was made by just two guys from Germany and not some big developer with a massive budget. In a way this game is kind of like an old Italian sports car in that much of the time it won’t run properly and will completely infuriate you but the times when it does work, it’s just brilliant and sounds epic.

So to sum up, OMSI 2 may frustrate at first but give it a chance and it can become very enjoyable. You may even learn a little bit of German in the process. If you like very detailed simulators and have an interest in buses I would definitely recommend it.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
32.5 hrs on record
Posted: April 25
Why would a real life UK bus driver want to play OMSI 2? I was curious about how things were in Europe and decided to try it out. After a lot of time and patience spent learning the ropes I decided it wasn't really worth the effort.

The sim is somewhat unstable and needs a very powerful system to run it. My cheap 1 Gb AMD R7 360 graphics card gives borderline performance, but at least I can run most of the sim and DLC with it. For some reason Chicago Downtown is not playable on my system with frequent crashes after single figure framerates in the many traffic jams that are encountered.

The bus models are excellent, as are the engine sounds, although the passengers are decidedly terrible. The AI traffic is passable, although perhaps a bit too predictable. Real life bus driving is not an exact science, as the sim seems to want to portray.

What the sim does:- Tries hard to make the user believe he /she is driving a bus in service, dealing with customers and busy city traffic.

What it doesn't do:- Any of the above.

The sim is a very optimistic attempt to simulate bus driving, and the developers have to be commended for their efforts. The buses look and sound real, it's just that everything else does not.

The door controls in particular are a chore to operate, and negotiating give way junctions into moving traffic is not for the fainthearted.

I enjoy playing car racing games, but perhaps if I was a professional racing driver I would not enjoy them at all.

If you like buses and fancy something different then give this one a go. You don't need a steering wheel to manage the buses. With a little practice you can even use your built in laptop mouse to steer.

The big downer in this sim is that a bus driver needs to be able to see both rear view mirrors and the full width of the bus without having to press a button or a control device to achieve that. Sharp right turns mean that you need to change view to watch your nearside mirror as you turn so you don't mount the kerb or collide wth any street furniture at the location. Then having made the turn, you need to change back to the default forward view to proceed safely. I know this can be achieved with a POV "hat" type of controller, but it still means trying to do two things at once to achieve a safe turn.

I cannot really recommend the sim, largely due to the instability issues and the need for a high spec system to run it. There is also a fairly steep learning curve before you can get up to anywhere near service speed.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 90 days
16 of 18 people (89%) found this review helpful
Recommended
106.8 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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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
Recommended
472.3 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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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
10.5 hrs on record
Posted: March 14
It may be a bit clunky or not that fancy, but this is the best bus simulator out there, mostly due to realistic bus physics and mods. Hell, I could find all real buses I like.

The only downsides are:
- Inability to walk inside or outside the bus, the driver is stuck to the bus seat.
- Passengers don't talk too much unless they have to (you can drive like crazy and they will complain)
- Collisions are not realistic, but as long as you drive well, you don't bother about it anyway
- Performance and stability issues sometimes (4 GB patch + loading the whole map helps a little)


Apart from that you won't find a better simulator.
And I would not recommend it unless you are passionate about buses. This is not a game, but rather a simulator.
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
369.4 hrs on record
Posted: February 22
Very good game but can be buggy 8/10
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
54.7 hrs on record
Posted: March 23
im a huge fan of driving simulator's, although OMSI 2 was released in 2013, the graphics and game play are pretty much on a league of there own. i own Bus and Cable Simulator as well as Europe Bus Simulator and there no match for OMSI 2. I strongly recommend it to any driving simulation fan
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
61.7 hrs on record
Posted: April 3
Great game though i cant get on any maps any more ;,(
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.2 hrs on record
Posted: February 16
It's a very fun, in-depth simulator, just very challenging to figure out. Not recommended for beginners.
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
215.8 hrs on record
Posted: February 16
OMSI 2 is the best bus simulator for bus enthusiasts who want the best expiriance. OMSI 2 is set in germany but with many other maps that are downloadable you can go to many other countrys. The DLCs are very pricy but if you buy them you will most defiantly be happy with it. There are many other buses that can be downloaded from the web and DLCS so you won't get bored. I will give it a 8/10, Maybe if it got optimised it would add 1, If the physics and textures were improved i would add 1
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
97.0 hrs on record
Posted: February 19
I have logged 70 hours, on OMSI2, and it's associated Steam Add Ons.
If your looking for SIMPLISTIC video game experiance, leave this page and try finding Flying Beavers,
being shot at by Larry Lowerli[p. If you have the patience to become a German Bus Driver. This game is for you. 70 hours later, I am still learning new things. The learning curve is very harsh. But as my Dad used to say. Anything easy is not worth, chicken poop. My biggest gripe is, as I contimue to download various addons, all the bus variants, from the previous downlaods and add ons, become non important, and trying them in a load without busses sceanario. They become unimportant and the game crashes. I see nothing wrong at all, with utilizing a City Bus Add on, City bus shalter bus, in the Berlin x10 Add On, Yet the game is a puzzed by this intervention, as it s, when you choose a Lions Bus to cummute from The Boetterich Bakery to Der Bahnhoff after these Aholes got off of Thris ♥♥♥♥. Yet none of them will board the Lions buis. And there is a total lack of being able to delete saved games. But it is fun driving a German bus. And playing hell with the passengers. You should see how browned off they get, when I utilize Advanced ticket selling
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
16.0 hrs on record
Posted: February 22
+
Sounds are great
most buttons work
Graphics are allright (not special)


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Graphics need a major update
Beginners wont understand it at all
I had to find out how to move a bus by watching youtube.
DLC's are excpensive

6/10
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
15.6 hrs on record
Posted: March 4
Honestly, this is the best bus simulation game I have ever played! If you're up for a challenge, but fun at the same time then this is the game for you. Very realistic, many buses and maps to choose from and multiple DLC's enchance the gameplay even more! Well worth the money :)
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
75.5 hrs on record
Posted: March 5
Very fun game
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
410.5 hrs on record
Posted: March 8
It been 2 years since i play it.
It the best simulator for bus.
If you want a bus game...buy it!
If not...get out of here.
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13 of 17 people (76%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
767.6 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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7 of 10 people (70%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
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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