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Simulation

Description

Simulation games are created with the goal of putting the player in control of a certain activity while attempting to make it as realistic as possible.

In the strictest sense of the word, all electronic games are simulations, since they cannot exist without simulating aspects of real life. However, simulation genre only includes games that focus (entirely or mostly) on imitating real-life activities. That does not mean that simulation games must be completely realistic; for example, space combat simulation games simulate an activity that is (yet) unknown to human beings. The distinguishing feature of simulation games is their emphasis on realism and detail comparable to those encountered in real life.

Most simulation games are not story-driven, since they concentrate on describing general activities, not concrete situations. Among notable exceptions are Wing Commander games, which combine space combat simulation with a continuous narrative.

Simulation themes vary greatly; theoretically, they are limited only by the amount of activities known to human beings. Simulation themes include, for example, traffic networks, medical care, romance, music, and many others.

Simulation games can be roughly divided into five main groups:
  • Managerial simulations put the player in a position of a manager or a similar role.
  • Construction simulations primarily involve building, for example cities.
  • Life simulations may deal with human life or life in general.
  • Professional / Social simulations are dedicated to specific social activities and professions.
  • Vehicle simulations allow the player direct control of a vehicle with a certain sense of realism, for example plane, space ship, tank, etc.
Simulation can also be used as a modifier for other genres, for example Strategy (realistic re-creation of historical battles), Racing / Driving (particularly realistic vehicle-handling, tuning, repair, etc.), or Sports (team management, training, trading, etc.).
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Ace Combat 3: Electrosphere PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1999)

In Ace Combat 3: Electrosphere the player takes the place of an ace fighter pilot who works for an organization...

Ace Combat 5: The Unsung War PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2004)

Fifteen years ago, the Belkan Federation began a war of conquest, invading nearby territories. To stop them, a military alliance...

Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2007)

Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation is a first-person air combat and flight simulator. Its story campaign contains 15 missions...

Ace Combat: Assault Horizon PlayStation 3 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2011) and PlayStation 3 (2011)

Unlike many previous Ace Combat titles, Assault Horizon does not set the story in the fictional world, but on a...

Ace Combat: Assault Horizon - A-10A "Happy Holidays" PlayStation 3 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2011) and PlayStation 3 (2011)

A-10A "Happy Holidays" is DLC for Ace Combat: Assault Horizon. It includes a skin for an A-10A aircraft with a...

Ace Combat: Assault Horizon - A-10A "Warthog" PlayStation 3 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2011) and PlayStation 3 (2011)

A-10A "Warthog" is DLC for Ace Combat: Assault Horizon. It adds an aircraft skin based on an A-10A "Warthog" aircraft....

Ace Combat: Assault Horizon - AH-64D "Leopard Pattern" PlayStation 3 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2011) and PlayStation 3 (2011)

AH-64D "Leopard Pattern" is DLC for Ace Combat: Assault Horizon. It is a helicopter skin for the AH-64D helicopter featuring...

Ace Combat: Assault Horizon - ASF-X Shinden II PlayStation 3 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2011) and PlayStation 3 (2011)

ASF-X Shinden II is a downloadable content which adds a next-gen ASF-X Shinden II aircraft for Ace Combat: Assault Horizon...

Ace Combat: Assault Horizon - Boost and Turn PlayStation 3 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2011) and PlayStation 3 (2011)

Boost and Turn is DLC for Ace Combat: Assault Horizon. It adds a skill which increases the throttle and turning...

Ace Combat: Assault Horizon - Compatibility Pack 1 PlayStation 3 Front Cover

PlayStation 3 (2011)

Compatibility Pack 1 is free DLC for Ace Combat: Assault Horizon which contains data necessary to use downloadable content from...

Ace Combat: Assault Horizon - Compatibility Pack 2 PlayStation 3 Front Cover

PlayStation 3 (2011)

Compatibility Pack 2 is free DLC for Ace Combat: Assault Horizon which contains data necessary to use downloadable content from...

Ace Combat: Assault Horizon - Compatibility Pack 3 PlayStation 3 Front Cover

PlayStation 3 (2011)

Compatibility Pack 3 is free DLC for Ace Combat: Assault Horizon which contains data necessary to use downloadable content from...

Ace Combat: Assault Horizon - Compatibility Pack 4 PlayStation 3 Front Cover

PlayStation 3 (2011)

Compatibility Pack 4 is free DLC for Ace Combat: Assault Horizon which contains data necessary to use downloadable content from...

Ace Combat: Assault Horizon - Compatibility Pack 5 PlayStation 3 Front Cover

PlayStation 3 (2011)

Compatibility Pack 5 is free DLC for Ace Combat: Assault Horizon which contains data necessary to use downloadable content from...

Ace Combat: Assault Horizon - Compatibility Pack 6 PlayStation 3 Front Cover

PlayStation 3 (2011)

Compatibility Pack 6 is free DLC for Ace Combat: Assault Horizon which contains data necessary to use downloadable content from...

Ace Combat: Assault Horizon - Compatibility Pack 7 PlayStation 3 Front Cover

PlayStation 3 (2012)

Compatibility Pack 7 is free DLC for Ace Combat: Assault Horizon which contains data necessary to use downloadable content from...

Ace Combat: Assault Horizon - Compatibility Pack 8 PlayStation 3 Front Cover

PlayStation 3 (2012)

Compatibility Pack 8 is free DLC for Ace Combat: Assault Horizon which contains data necessary to use downloadable content from...

Ace Combat: Assault Horizon - Defender PlayStation 3 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2011) and PlayStation 3 (2011)

Ace Combat: Assault Horizon - Defender is DLC for Ace Combat: Assault Horizon. It increases your plane's durability and ECR...

Ace Combat: Assault Horizon - Enhanced ASM+ PlayStation 3 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2011) and PlayStation 3 (2011)

Enhanced ASM+ is DLC for Ace Combat: Assault Horizon. It enhances your ASM (Air Strike Mode), but decreases your DFM...

Ace Combat: Assault Horizon - Enhanced Bombs+ PlayStation 3 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2011) and PlayStation 3 (2011)

Enhanced Bombs+ is DLC for Ace Combat: Assault Horizon. It adds a skill that makes your bomb more destructive, but...

Ace Combat: Assault Horizon - Enhanced DFM+ PlayStation 3 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2011) and PlayStation 3 (2011)

Enhanced DFM+ is DLC for Ace Combat: Assault Horizon. It enables you easier initialization of a DFM (Dogfight Mode), but...

Ace Combat: Assault Horizon - Enhanced Edition Windows Front Cover

Windows (2013)

Ace Combat: Assault Horizon - Enhanced Edition is the PC version of Ace Combat: Assault Horizon. Besides the main game,...

Ace Combat: Assault Horizon - F-117A "Stars and Stripes" PlayStation 3 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2011) and PlayStation 3 (2011)

F-117A "Stars and Stripes" is DLC for Ace Combat: Assault Horizon. It is an aircraft skin for the F-117A aircraft,...

Ace Combat: Assault Horizon - F-117A "The Idolm@ster" Skin Set PlayStation 3 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2012) and PlayStation 3 (2012)

F-117A "The Idolm@ster" Skin Set is a DLC for Ace Combat: Assault Horizon containing two skins for F-117A aircraft, featuring...

Ace Combat: Assault Horizon - F-14D "Halloween Pumpkin" PlayStation 3 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2011) and PlayStation 3 (2011)

F-14D "Halloween Pumpkin" is a downloadable skin for the F-14D aircraft for Ace Combat: Assault Horizon based on the Halloween...

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