I was so excited to get my hands on Bus Simulator 18, however that excitement was short lived, as playing this game is an exercise in frustration and disappointment. While the game itself is solid enough, featuring above average bus driving mechanics and a system that I immersed myself in, there are so many bugs and technical issues. From the beginning of the game, you are given a tutorial designed to instruct new drivers on how to operate a bus properly.
Once you are given free range, the fun of driving a bus can be downright difficult to keep up with after a while. Getting from one bus stop to the next if timed by a clock on the screen that counts down as you drive, which at first added a bit of urgency to the game, but other cars A.I. is so dreadfully bad that it’s nearly impossible to make it to the next stop in time. Whilst you won’t fail the game for this, it does take away from potential profits earned for that route. That would be fine if the system is populated with smart and adaptive artificial intelligence. As it is, cars stop in the middle of junctions for no reason, and the most annoying AI bug, is pedestrians will randomly walk into the middle of a crossing, giving you no chance to stop – and if you hit a pedestrian expect a huge fine.
The driving mechanics in Bus Simulator 18 are really the games biggest saving grace, at least when the title is running correctly. There’s a detailed but not unpleasant learning curve to how the bus operates, what prerequisites need to be met before the bus can be moved, and how to use each of the bus’s functions to ensure maximum time saved and money earned. It’s here where a good game starts to bleed through and that the title lives up to its simulator promising name, it’s just simply not enough to make up for the bugs and with the Playstation – the fact that the game saves data corrupts and you lose everything.
Bus Simulator 18 is a highly flawed simulator game loaded with technical problems, buggy A.I., and a lack of fun. The driving itself and its sense of immersion are both big positives, but they’re never quite enough to overcome the flaws. Still, for super fans of the series who desperately need their fix of Bus Simulator, it might be enough for them to overlook the bad. For everyone else…. This is a ride that’s simply not worth the ticket price.
Since the release, several updates have been released which have fixed the game save data becoming corrupt, but to begin with, I lost a massive amount of game data. I haven’t played the game since the updates have come through, so I can’t confirm if these have been resolved, however being a member of the Bus Simulator community, it does seem that these issues have been resolved, and the developers are planning on bringing out more updates, including DLC’s.
Bus Simulator 18
Simulation games have come into my life and took over, I can easily spend hours upon hours playing these games. Games like Train Sim World, or Car Mechanic Simulator have fully immersed me and captivated me into providing weeks and weeks of my time with simulated roles. Now, my ultimate childhood dream of becoming a bus driver became a virtual reality with Bus Simulator 18 on the Playstation 4 and Xbox One.
- The driving mechanics are fantastic
- The sense of immersion within the game
- Detailed scenery whilst driving around
- Massive bugs within the game
- Buggy A.I.
- Lack of fun
- Graphics 0
- Gameplay 0
- Narrative 0
- Audio 0
- Technical 0