242 people found this review helpful 4 people found this review funny
1,340.3 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.
33 people found this review helpful 1 person found this review funny
335.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 27, 2017
OMSI is a deeply odd and divisive creation, it is at once both an abysmally dire example of horrendous software design, while also one of the profoundest delights available to those with a passion for buses.
Learning the many arcane processes for getting this simulation to work is no small feat. Don't bother trying to suck-it-and-see - there is no realistic chance of you fully getting to grips with OMSI inside the 2-hour limit for refunds - it requires an enormous commitment of time and energy to achieve a working understanding of OMSI. (In that respect, I suspect it's not unlike actually learning to drive a real bus).
Nothing about OMSI comes naturally, and when it calls itself a simulation, it really means this - the casual bus spotter need not apply - OMSI is for the most ardent bus enthusiasts. This shows in the small details - your bus will, for example, become progressively dirtier as the day goes on. It's an odd badge of pride for the dedicated OMSI bus driver to wear - a filthy bus speaks to a degree of devotion, of many hours spent plying your trade on the streets of Berlin.
Casual players may direct themselves to other laughably titled "Bus Simulator" games for something a little more arcadey. The level of detail the simulation goes to is far in excess of any other product currently on the market, but this does mean that you're going to have to really want to play OMSI. It takes effort just to get a bus in place to start driving, and that's before you've contrived to get the bus itself underway.
It's worth noting at this point that you shouldn't come into OMSI thinking that your experience of casually running freight around Europe in Euro Truck Simulator has prepared you for this game. It hasn't. Your opinion of SCS software will improve immeasurably when you play OMSI, as you realise what a deft piece of work ETS2 really is compared to the lumbering interfaces that OMSI provides.
If you've read this far, you may reasonably assume that I was in jest with my opening paragraph - you might surmise that I hate OMSI and wish nothing but ill upon those who created it. And sometimes that is true - when OMSI is behaving badly (which it does with alarming regularity) it is a hugely frustrating experience. Sitting in your bus while it bounces around madly, evidently experiencing one of OMSI's extremely localised seismic events, is the cause of considerable and frequent vexation (sadly I am not making this up - when things get a bit too much for OMSI to handle, the bus begins bouncing on the spot, with violence sufficient to launch it on a trip to the lower stratosphere if you don't act quickly to settle it by - oddly - switching to an external viewpoint).
All of that said though, when the planets align, and OMSI actually plays ball with you, it is a sublime experience. The graphics may be deeply primitive in this age of high-definition photorealism, but this ceases to matter far more swiftly than you would think. You'll be so preoccupied with the vast array of switches, toggles, rockers, buttons and levers that festoon the cab of each vehicle that you will scarcely have time to take in the scenery while you're stationary. Once underway, the mammoth task of carefully guiding your beige behemoth up to a perfect alignment with the kerb to take on passengers will further distract you from the cheerfully 1990s level of graphical complexity.
With every facet of the vehicles modelled so fully, you will spend an entirely unreasonable amount of time adjusting the many aspects of the heating and ventilation system to get the temperature of the bus to hover at the 20C that German bus users evidently consider ideal. If you think this sounds like a living hell, don't be deceived - it's paradise. No amount of bouncing, lagginess or stuttering (which all abound in OMSI, alongside other depressing failings) can alter the unparalleled joy of guiding your bus out of the gates of Spandau Bus Garage and onto the open road for a day of shuttling Berliners between the U-Bahn Station at Ruhleben and the Spandau Loony Bin.
OMSI is hard work, but if you put in the time to get to know it, it is also intensely rewarding. If you bring a deep interest in buses and a willingness to engage with the simulation and put in the hours, OMSI will become a great friend to you. But that friendship is hard-won and not to be taken casually - this is most assuredly a product for the hardcore. Treat it as such.
This game is already a bit old and definitely it looks old. If you don't care about graphics that much it's the best bus simulator out there.
I was a bus driver myself and I must admit this game feels very realistic. In my life I was lucky to be able to pilot a plane and drive a train but I think this game gives the best feel of all transport simulator available. We also have realistic traffic (which is sometimes unfortunately a bit bugged) which is so essential to every city simulation game. What I really like to do is to learn a route and then drive it like in real life for whole day. There are no limitations - we can take out a bus early from the yard, drive it whole day according to the schedule and then take it back. Of course we can save the game and don't have to do it in one try. If we get bored we can instantly jump to another bus on another route or put a new bus into any place ourselves.
There are lot's of freeware add-ons both in terms of routes and busses. Therefore we can drive Solaris, MAN, Ikarus and many different models. There are great freeware routes (many of them are better than payware) both realistic and fictional so plenty to chose from.
The game has some limitations. The pedestrains sometimes behave weird, sometimes a car will bump into you without your fault but in general when we get to know these things we can start to ignore them. Good steering wheel is highly recommended for this game. Remember it's a simulator not a simple arcade. We really need a good feel of the wheel to fit these large busses into sharp corners. Still if you don't own a wheel, mouse playing is pretty effective. I do it often myself on the laptop when I don't want to take a wheel with me :) I don't recommend steering by keyboard.
To summarise - it's a great simulator with a lot's of routes and buses to chose from. But it lacks modern graphics and sometimes traffic doesn't work as intended.
50 people found this review helpful 2 people found this review funny
105.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 12, 2017
Its a good game and it runs pritty smoothly and is a realistic simulator , just what i was looking for in the game 9 out of 10 because there are some minor issues but in general it is a fantastic game ; if you like buses you will like this game . There are pleanty of addons for it that you can download aswell
82 people found this review helpful 19 people found this review funny
1,305.7 hrs on record
Posted: March 24, 2015
Yes, it will crash and freeze on occasion. Yes, it is difficult to master at first and will take time to figure out. Yes, you have to read the manual and instalation of addons can be a pain.
But still, there is absolutely NOTHING like it. It is hands down the best transport sim there is - most detailed, most realistic representation of driving a public transport vehicle, period. I own them all - and nothing else comes close.
The busses (the included ones and most 3rd party addons too) are infinitely detailed, with nearly all functions working and represented. Deep scripting allows for modders and 3rd party developers to represent nearly any of a bus' systems faithfully; and basic scripting it is not difficult to understand, so if you don't like something - you can put the time in and change it. The sounds are superb, best and most detailed of any sim. There is interaction with the passengers, they're not just props. There is an infinite ammount of freeware addons (I don't remember when I last played the default map or one of the default busses), some of which are not only as good as payware addons - many they surpass the payware addons. There are huge maps with 20 different routes and small maps with one or two routes. There are city maps and interurban maps. Busy maps and quiet, pastoral maps. And most of the maps coming out nowdays are detailed and pretty.
Of course, OMSI is also deeply flawed. You have to take that into account, especially if you're used to sims and games built by large companies with teams of developers. It has all the classic limitations of a game built in the living room by two passionate guys - a crappy engine (performance can suffer on large maps even on the best of systems), occasional crashes and errors, underdevelopment in many areas (the AI of cars can be infuriating, they are dumb as hell and never leave their paths, which can create gridlock sometimes). But the core of the simulation is so good that you get used to the flaws and learn to work around them. And yes, it is worth it.
Never had there been a sim on which I've logged so many hours. Big thumbs up.
61 people found this review helpful 6 people found this review funny
33.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 20, 2015
Okay, this game is poorly optimized, the graphics aren't great, the textures are bad, but that's not what OMSI 2 is about. This simulator is for people who don't need high frames (you won't get above 60 fps regardless of your specs) or photorealistic graphics, this is for simulator people.
The base game comes with two maps, one large reconstruction of 1980's Berlin and a smaller, fictional, training map. It includes four different busses, one bendy-bus, one single-decker, and two double-deckers. This isn't a lot of content for upwards of £20, but there is a strong modding community which can add a whole new feel and look to the game, so dont worry about this when you first play.
For people who like to pick up a game and play it without much of a learning curve, OMSI 2 is not for you. I personally spent at least an hour, configuring settings for my Logitech G25 Racing Wheel, and learning all the different buttons on the bus dashboard. Once you know what to do, this game is alot of fun, but until then, I found it quite frustrating. Look at the forums for Input Configuration for different racing wheels and controllers, someone has already configured them and you can just paste those into the directory.
Performance, don't expect much. This is one of the cons of this game, it is very badly optimised. I reach anywhere from 20-60 frames, and experience frequent micro-stutters during gameplay, however I purchased this game knowing this would be the case.
Actually driving the bus feels fantastic, the physics (force feedback adds lots of realism) and feel of the busses is very well executed. I've never driven a real bus, but I think this could be considered close. The sound engine for this game is phenominal, and is really engaging. This is one of the most polished features.
For those who really want to drive a realistic feeling bus, while configuring routes and lines on the IBIS stystem, worrying about temperatures, and sticking to a strict schedule, buy this game. The price is quite high, but if you're one of those people, you will definitely get your money's worth.
If you've played ETS 2, or City Bus Driving, and think "hey I like simulators", be warned, this game is much more complex. You may still enjoy it, however if you're expecting an easy time I wouldn't recommend it.
> Realistic Physics > Realistic Sounds > Plenty of mods > Feels like you're driving a bus > Excellent replayability (different lines/routes and maps)
> Poor Optimisation > Poor Graphics > Rather Expensive > Complex to configure and learn
25 people found this review helpful 1 person found this review funny
244.8 hrs on record
Posted: April 13, 2017
It's great as a bus simulator. Terrible as a program.
There's an undeniable amount of detail invested into the busses - and there are dlc's that add more detailed and up-to-date AI cars if you want, however if you're a fan of the classic '80's Volkswagen's, Citroen's and Mercedes' like me, then you won't bother. This comes onto my next point - the bus sim is set in a particular era that covers roughly a 10 year timeframe in Germany, from 1986 to about 1994 (give or take a couple of years).
The games chosen era touches lightly on the relatively small, yet significant ramifications of the Cold War, from a bus drivers perspective. Travel to one edge of the map (Heerstr. Stadtgrenze) and you're met with the Berlin Wall. Load a map set in the late 80's and you'll find that wall has no way through it. Later versions of the map then load up a control point along the road to allow access to Falkensee Bahnhof. Information on the bus operations around that area is included within the game when choosing your preferred map versions, which provides a sense of education.
Despite being someone who doesn't particularly indulge in the fantasies that bus enthusiasts seem to, I still found it somewhat interesting. I mean, I only bought it because I was taking driving tests at the time and have always wanted to drive larger vehicles such as busses and HGV's. Yet I found it somewhat obscurely compelling. Truth is, I don't much care for stopping every 5 minutes for passengers so I just drive around normally, only occassionally completing routes.
However, that can still be intresting on its own. Learning how to change the display both on a rollsign and a matrix display system. Learning how to use an IBIS machine and even admiring the effort put into the detailing.
As a game, it's surprisingly good from a non-enthusiasts point of view, and as a computer program, it's terrible.
You really don't need to be a technician or in the IT business to realise fairly early on that the stability issues that the game faces are detremental to its overall delivery.
Constant lagging, erratic glitching of cars, jumping busses cars falling through the map, buildings falling through the map, map dissapearing from underneath you leaving you driving on thin air until it magically re-appears again. All of this is something you will eventually come to expect when it comes to OMSI 2.
The problem is, it feels like not a lot of structuring effort has been invested by the developers. It has a large fanbase with plenty of mod contributers who share their own bus models with eachother, but sometimes you feel like those fans put more effort into their work than the developers do into theirs.
New dlc's come out regularly and when I first bought it, there weren't any available because it had only just been released. So it's not like it has been abandonned - you'd imagine they'd sort their existing issues out before releasing more DLC's that only bring a new load of bugs to endure.
That being said, the bugs can provide humour at times, however with the standard demographic of OMSI fans being slightly older obsessive bus enthusiasts, those bugs have a higher chance of evoking aggression.
So to round up - yes, I would recommend OMSI, just have Google ready so you can troubleshoot whatever obscure error it screams at you in German. The good news is that there's plenty of help available out there, given the colossal amount of bugs people have endured for god-knows-how-long.
20 people found this review helpful 4 people found this review funny
254.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 20, 2017
This game is old and the optimization is questionable at best. You will have the game crash at random times and sometimes even a NASA computer will yield only 2 FPS. But this is also the most fun, engaging, enraging, realistic, challenging bus simulator that you can get your hands on. I spent many hundreds hours in this game. It made me laugh, cry, and cuss. But at the end of the day there is just nothing that beats the feeling you have when you drive your bus back to the depot after you just transported hundreds of virtual people to wherever they needed to go, to do whatever they do in their virtual little lifes.
37 people found this review helpful 6 people found this review funny
458.2 hrs on record
Posted: April 25, 2016
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.
36 people found this review helpful 2 people found this review funny
1,254.4 hrs on record
Posted: February 12, 2014
It has no jaw-dropping special effects, it has no super exciting missions, not even a fancy 3D menu. But it can offer realism you've never seen before in heavy vehicle simulators, open modability, there's a huge community with tons of free high quality mods, and once you learn to use it, it becomes one of the most user friendly simulators on the market.