Subsequent cease: Smiletown. Inhabitants: Me.
Of the numerous video games I performed at PAX East 2019, I did not anticipate Bus Simulator could be considered one of my favorites, however but, right here we’re.
Beforehand out there solely to PC players, Bus Simulator involves consoles later this yr, and I had an opportunity to attempt it out right here in Boston. I’ve performed different simulator video games like Farming Simulator and Prepare Simulator, so I had an inkling of what to anticipate.
In the event you’re unfamiliar, Bus Simulator is precisely what its title guarantees, however much more in-depth that it will lead you to imagine. Sure, you drive busses. The truth is, there are dozens of real-life, formally licensed bus fashions to drive, but it surely’s extra than simply driving from cease to cease.
There is a story right here: the fictional metropolis wherein Bus Simulator is ready would not have good public transportation. It is as much as you to assist rebuild the infrastructure for a thriving public transportation system by–you guessed it–driving busses.
I performed by the primary situation. Each a part of driving a bus is right here. This is not a GTA fashion driving expertise: you do not simply hit triangle to leap in and begin cruising the town streets. It’s a must to indivdually activate the lights, each inside and outside, and switch the ignition, sign as you pull out into visitors, the listing goes on. On paper it would not sound significantly compelling, however in follow I discovered myself riveted.
Efficiently utilizing your sign rewards you with a pleasant message congratulating you for efficiently utilizing a flip sign. I’ve by no means in my life been extra delighted to make use of a flip sign. Stopping and opening the doorways as your passengers enter and exit the bus at stops is pure delight. Even making change for a passenger introduced a smile to my face.
I am probably not doing justice to only how enjoyable and satisfying the expertise was. The menu system works nice with the controller, popping up nested menus for varied duties which are an ease to navigate. Banter along with your passengers is nice and pleasant. You get an encouraging message once you do an excellent job opening and shutting the bus doorways. It is greater than Bus Simulator, it is Being Good Simulator, and I loved the hell out of it. I got here away from my demo with an enormous smile.
Bus Simulator is coming to Xbox One and PS4 later this yr. In the event you’re a PC gamer, you can begin having fun with it proper now.
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Seth Macy is IGN’s tech and commerce editor and simply desires to be your bus driver. You’ll find him on Twitter @sethmacy.