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i was thinking to myself "there must be more to it than that, surely there must be, what am i missing here?"
to be fair though it's probably still better than black & white
works either way though
I have tried other simulations: Tricycle Simulator, Bicycle with Adjustable Stabiliser Simulator - advancing eventually to Unaided Bicycle Simulator - but Bus Simulator really hits the spot.
First of all, it is best to leave your toilet unflushed for a week with the bathroom door open. This adds to the atmosphere perfectly, as if you are in a real city bus!
You can select difficulty levels from novice to professional driver. Be prepared though, in professional mode you will be taking on the virtual bus route, the burger fries and coke balancing task, mobile phone calls to the bookies and partaking in some very constructive conversation with your Kappa cladded girlfriend as she remains constantly by your side throughout the entire route.
Functionality has also been thoroughly researched. The heating only works in summer and the air conditioning in winter...just like real life!
There is also the option of passenger mode, where you can:
Sit innocently by a choice of window seats and receive half a brick through the bus window before implanting itself in your skull. The shattering glass sound files are spot-on. When a later voice shouted 'Gerrit up ye!' I could have really sworn that the offending gentleman was right next to me.
Sit by an aisle seat and receive a fatal or non-fatal stabbing (optional) by someone who did not like the way you glimpsed at them as they boarded the bus. As you lie on the bus floor bleeding to death, you will be amazed by the high resolution lino' floor textures and take a moment to see the finer details, such as the masses of chewing gum and nasal residue pressed firmly under the seats.
There's also 'three-bus-formation-mode' where you and your fellow drivers can eventually decide to turn up at a bus stop together to pick-up a handfull of passengers because the majority of the other waiting passengers gave up the will to live - a long time ago.
The mirrors work too! You can actually see the frantic mother, her shopping and her children being dragged whilst she is running for the bus-stop that you have just that second pulled away from - causing other traffic to brake and swerve - and she is trying so desperately to get your attention to stop. But you can't stop. Your girlfriend needs to get her next door neighbour's DVD player to Cash Converters quick because she's low on phone credit and scratch-cards.
I can't wait for Bus Simulator 2 to come out. I hear that there are extra night-shift options with additional bonus A&E routes.
I'll use this every day until my usb steering wheel doesn't work anymore. I'll probably buy train simulator then.
It is so real...a must for anyone who remembers why they bought a car.
There's a hole with no bottom...