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 (719 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

    • 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
    • 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
136 of 144 people (94%) found this review helpful
297.3 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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16 of 19 people (84%) found this review helpful
351.3 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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17 of 23 people (74%) found this review helpful
670.2 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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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 26
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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10 of 14 people (71%) found this review helpful
253.7 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:
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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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
547.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 22
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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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
28.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 4
The main focus of this game is the simulation of driving the bus and not fancy graphics. It beats all the other bus simulator offerings out there at the moment and well worth buying if you like driving sims.
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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
58.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 11
Brilliant bus game, cuz it beats all the other bus simulators out there so far
Buses - 9.5/10
Enviroment 5/10
Roads textures - eh quite difficult 2 say 6/10 could b it more realistic (but the till shakes over bumpy roads brilliant feature)
Modding - pretty good i'd say 6/10
AI cars - 3/10 (they need 2 b more realistic and their detection range is very small, they will crash in2 y'all easily, which will make ya late)
AI buses 8/10 brilliant AI buses I have ever seen as well, change number when they start a new route but not when they r 'Not in service' [bit of a down side] and also they r not in service. they don't even say that (in german) just always blank.

So over all about 61% good but not worth the price.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
218.4 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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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
19.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 27
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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7 of 11 people (64%) found this review helpful
19.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 10
THIS THING IS SO WORTH TEH MONEY!!!! I love this game because it is so realistic!!!!!
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5 of 8 people (63%) 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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7 of 12 people (58%) found this review helpful
26.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 10
it is like you are driving a real bus. The looks and the sounds of the buses are good. It is easy to drive a bus on it does take a little while to get to know the controls but it is very good.
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36 of 69 people (52%) found this review helpful
6.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 5
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 ♥♥♥♥ing 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.

There are mods you can download and add into this game, but I haven't dabbled to much. Might help, might make things worse, I don't know.

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 ...
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
30.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 20
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
14.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 19
If you have a decent PC and know how to play this game, It can be pretty fun. It took me a while to figure out how to play this game because I didn't play the tutorials. The tutorials help you how to play this game. They explain how to do stuff (like driving a bus) pretty well.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
44.8 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
323.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 26
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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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
60.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 15
This is an interesting game. It is both brilliant and terrible. Let me break it down for you, the gameplay is amazing, it is very realistic driving (even with the mouse and keyboard), but it had some issues too. The game is not really optimised, so you will not be having the highest frame rates, but since not much is going on, it is not much of a problem. Additionaly, alot of things (errors messages, some tutorials, and other things as of this time) are in German, so you might have some issues there, though it is constantly getting better in English so I do not see this as a problem. My last complaint is that the menus are not very good, and it is confusing to learn how to get around them. Now on to the good stuff. The driving is excelent, and it is just a very good game if you are willing to put in the time to learn how to use it properly. I would definatly recommend this to anyone who likes simulators, and has the money (as it is $35). I would not recommend this game to anyone who already have OMSI 1 (as there are not many changes), or who is not that into this type of simulator, there are many others out there to make sure you like it first. In conclusion, this is an advanced simulator for people who have the time any money, and really like simulators.
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
70.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 17
Very very extreamly great game!
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