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Bus Simulator is a surprisingly pleasant diversion

Bus Simulator just launched this week on PS4 and Xbox One. After firing it up and playing a few routes, my first impressions are unexpectedly positive.

To be quite honest, I expected that I would loathe Bus Simulator. This is a game about driving and picking up passengers on a mass transit bus, after all. What exactly is exciting about that?

Well, it’s actually the lack of excitement that is kind of nice. In its own way, Bus Simulator can be relaxing. A good bus driver is methodical and plodding. Your goal is efficiency.

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Unlike a racing game, you’re not speeding at 200 miles per hour, barreling around corners and driving like a maniac. In that sense, it’s the change of pace that is most welcome.

As you can see from the ten-minute gameplay clip below, the game is relatively simple. You pick up and drop off passengers, dispense tickets, and follow the rules of the road in order to turn a profit at the end of the day.

Bus Simulator knows what it is, and it does it relatively well. What more can you ask from a game?

I’m still early on in the game, so I cannot definitively say whether I would recommend it or not. To be sure, there are some issues, including an unfriendly user interface and generic-looking graphics. Overall, though, I have to say that it’s a pretty decent experience. Check back in the next few days for my full review!