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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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F-15 Strike Eagle III DOS Front Cover

DOS (1992)

Take the F-15 Strike Eagle and join the conflict in Iraq (Desert Storm), North Korea, and Panama, with full map...

F-15 Strike Eagle II: Operation Desert Storm Scenario Disk DOS Front Cover

DOS (1992), PC-98 (1992) and Sharp X68000 (1992)

Add-on disk for F-15 Strike Eagle II, capitalizing on the Persian Gulf war. The disk includes 8 all-new missions and...

F-16 Aggressor Windows Front Cover

Windows (1998)

F-16 simulator which uses a mercenary-squadron concept a la Strike Commander (though in here your earnings are merely for ranking).The...

F-16 Combat Pilot DOS Front Cover

DOS (1989), Amiga (1989), Atari ST (1989), Commodore 64 (1990), ZX Spectrum (1991) and Amstrad CPC (1991)

True to the aircraft’s flexibility, you pilot the F-16 in assignments as diverse as dogfights, bombing raids or reconnaissance missions....

F16 Fighting Falcon SEGA Master System Front Cover

SEGA Master System (1986) and MSX (1984)

In this game, you are flying the F-16 Fighting Falcon, the most advanced jet fighter in the world. In this...

F-16 Multirole Fighter Windows Front Cover

Windows (1998)

F-16 Multirole Fighter was developed with John A. Fergione, who is the chief F-16 test pilot for Lockheed Martin, and...

F-16 Multirole Fighter + MiG-29 Fulcrum Windows Front Cover

Windows (2000)

Compilation including the following both flight-simulations from NovaLogic: MiG-29 Fulcrum F-16 Multirole Fighter

Commodore 64 (1988) and Atari 7800 (1988)

F-18 Hornet is a one-player fighter simulator in which the player pilots a Navy F-18/A Jet through a series of...

F-19 Stealth Fighter DOS Front Cover

DOS (1988), Amiga (1990), Atari ST (1990), Commodore 64 (1987), ZX Spectrum (1990) and PC-98 (1992)

Rule the night! Take the pride of American Stealth technology and take on the best the Warsaw pact technology can...

F1 Career Challenge Windows Front Cover

Windows (2003), PlayStation 2 (2003), Xbox (2003) and GameCube (2003)

F1 Challenge '99-'02 spans four entire championship seasons and features accurate team, vehicle, and driver data for each.Across the four...

F1 Challenge SEGA Saturn Front Cover

SEGA Saturn (1995)

F1 Challenge was the only Formula One title released on the SEGA Saturn, giving the player the opportunity to control...

Amiga (1989), Atari ST (1990) and Commodore 64 (1989)

In this game the player manages a Formula 1 team, starting with a certain budget of around $6,000,000. The gameplay...

F1 Manager DOS Front Cover

DOS (1996)

Manage your team through the 1996 championship and beyond. Choose to go for glory right away or build your team...

DOS (1997)

F1 Manager Professional is the successor of F1 Manager, keeps its main structure and offers subtle changes in the game...

SNES (1992)

This Formula 1 racing game features 3 game modes and 16 tracks to race on. The game modes included are...

Game Boy (1992)

F1 Pole Position is a Formula One racing video game released for the Game Boy by Ubisoft. The game is...

F1 Pole Position 64 Nintendo 64 Front Cover

Nintendo 64 (1997)

A Formula 1 racing game, officially acknowledged by the FIA F1 World Championship, containing the 16 World championship circuits of...

F1 Racing Championship Windows Front Cover

Windows (2001), PlayStation (2000), PlayStation 2 (2001), Dreamcast (2000) and Nintendo 64 (2000)

F1 Racing Championship is the third Ubi Soft F1 racing simulation game, published with the FIA license by Video System....

Game Boy Color (2000)

F1 Racing Championship is a a Formula One racing game. Like its counterpart on the PC and consoles the game...

TurboGrafx CD (1992)

Project F is a managerial simulation that puts the player in the role of the owner of a Formula 1...

Genesis (1991) and TurboGrafx-16 (1989)

Fastest 1 is a Formula One racing game. The game doesn't have an official FIA license, but much like Human's...

F-1 World Grand Prix Nintendo 64 Front Cover

Nintendo 64 (1998)

The 1997 Formula One World Championship, won by Canadian Jacques Villeneuve in dramatic fashion after a final-race collision with Germany's...

Game Boy Color (1999)

F-1 World Grand Prix is a Formula 1 racing game for the Game Boy Color, based on the Nintendo 64...

F1 World Grand Prix PlayStation Front Cover

Windows (2000) and PlayStation (1999)

The sequel to Official Formula One Racing, this game features improved interface, AI that can actually avoid a collision, arcade...

F1 World Grand Prix 2000 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2001) and PlayStation (2001)

Another official licensed title published by Eidos, this tiome developed by Eutechnyx, featuring 2 distinct racing modes, arcade and simulation....

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