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: Assault Horizon - PAK-FA "Akula" PlayStation 3 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2012) and PlayStation 3 (2012)

PAK-FA "Akula" is a downlodable aircraft skin for Ace Combat: Assault Horizon based on the enemy ace pilot from the...

Ace Combat: Assault Horizon - Quick Assault+ PlayStation 3 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2011) and PlayStation 3 (2011)

Quick Assault+ is DLC for Ace Combat: Assault Horizon. It adds a skill which reduces the assault circle charge time...

Ace Combat: Assault Horizon - Quick Respawn+ PlayStation 3 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2011) and PlayStation 3 (2011)

Quick Respawn+ is DLC for Ace Combat: Assault Horizon. It contains a skill which reduces your respawn time.

Ace Combat: Assault Horizon - RafaleM "Tiger Pattern" PlayStation 3 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2011) and PlayStation 3 (2011)

RafaleM "Tiger Pattern" is DLC for Ace Combat: Assault Horizon. It adds an aircraft skin based on tiger's stripes.

Ace Combat: Assault Horizon - Sharp Shooter PlayStation 3 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2011) and PlayStation 3 (2011)

Sharp Shooter is DLC for Ace Combat: Assault Horizon. It contains a skill which boosts the chance of your machine...

Ace Combat: Assault Horizon - Su-33 "The Idolm@ster" Skin Set PlayStation 3 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2011) and PlayStation 3 (2011)

Su-33 "The Idolm@ster" Skin Set is a DLC for Ace Combat: Assault Horizon containing two aircraft skins for Su-33 aircraft,...

Ace Combat: Assault Horizon - Su-34 "Tekken Alisa & Xiaoyu" PlayStation 3 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2012) and PlayStation 3 (2012)

Su-34 "Tekken Alisa & Xiaoyu" is a DLC for Ace Combat: Assault Horizon featuring an aircraft skin for Su-34 aircraft...

Ace Combat: Assault Horizon - Su-35 "Tekken" Skin Set PlayStation 3 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2011) and PlayStation 3 (2011)

Su-35 "Tekken" Skin Set is a DLC for Ace Combat: Assault Horizon consisting of two aircraft skins for Su-35 aircraft....

Ace Combat: Assault Horizon - Su-37 Terminator PlayStation 3 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2011) and PlayStation 3 (2011)

Su-37 Terminator is DLC for Ace Combat: Assault Horizon. It adds the Su-37 Termintor aircraft to be used in the...

Ace Combat: Assault Horizon - Tornado GR.4 PlayStation 3 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2013) and PlayStation 3 (2011)

Tornado GR.4 is DLC for Ace Combat: Assault Horizon. It adds theTornado GR.4 aircraft to the game.

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

Xbox 360 (2012) and PlayStation 3 (2012)

Typhoon "The Idolm@ster" Skin Set is a DLC for Ace Combat: Assault Horizon consisting of two skins for Typhoon aircraft,...

Ace Combat: Assault Horizon - YF-23 Black Widow II PlayStation 3 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2012) and PlayStation 3 (2012)

YF-23 Black Widow II is DLC for Ace Combat: Assault Horizon. It adds the YF-23 Black Widow II aircraft for...

Ace Combat: Joint Assault PSP Front Cover PSN (SEN) release

PSP (2010)

Ace Combat: Joint Assault leaves the fictional worlds of previous Ace Combat installments and enters the real world. The missions...

Ace Combat X: Skies of Deception PSP Front Cover

PSP (2006)

Skies of Deception is the second game in the action flight series to appear on the PSP. The player commands...

Ace Combat Zero: The Belkan War PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2006)

This sixth installment in the Ace Combat series is a prequel to Ace Combat 5 that tells about the Belkan...

Ace of Aces DOS Front Cover

DOS (1987), SEGA Master System (1991), Commodore 64 (1986), Atari 7800 (1988), Atari 8-bit (1987), ZX Spectrum (1987), MSX (1986) and Amstrad CPC (1986)

Ace of Aces is a 1st person, 2D flight simulation. You're onboard a British RAF Mosquito, maverick fighter bomber. Your...

Windows (2000)

Aces High is a multiplayer game in which three teams fight over domination of the map. The success is measured...

Aces of the Air PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (2002)

Aces of the Air attempts to simulate combat aviation using planes from around the World War II era.Missions involve destroying...

Aces of the Deep DOS Front Cover

DOS (1994)

Take command of one of seven German U-Boats during WWII and hunt down and destroy allied convoys. This is never...

Aces of the Deep DOS Front Cover

DOS (1994) and Windows (1995)

This is a re-release of the 1994 DOS game Aces of the Deep. While the gameplay is unchanged it adds...

Aces of the Deep: Expansion Disk DOS Front Cover

DOS (1995)

An expansion package for either the floppy or CD versions of Aces of the Deep adds brand new missions, areas...

Aces of the Pacific DOS Front Cover

DOS (1992)

Dynamix/Sierra's answer to the Lawrence Holland Air Combat Trilogy. This game includes an incredible amount of aircraft and ships. In...

Aces of the Pacific: Expansion Disk - WWII: 1946 DOS Front Cover

DOS (1992)

This expansion set to Aces of the Pacific is premised on what might have happened in the pacific theater if...

Aces of War PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2004)

Aces of War is a historical flight combat sim set in the Pacific Theater of World War II which presents...

Aces Over Europe DOS Front Cover

DOS (1993)

A WorldWar II simulation, you can fly different airplanes both on the Allied and the German side. The missions differ...

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