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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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Eurofighter Typhoon Windows Front Cover

Windows (2001)

Eurofighter Typhoon is the successor to Total Air War.In a near feature,and in a surprising move, Russia quickly invades the...

Eurofighter Typhoon Windows Front Cover

Windows (2007)

Eurofighter Typhoon is an aircraft add-on to Microsoft Flight Simulator X and Microsoft Flight Simulator 2004: A Century of Flight....

Eurofighter Typhoon and Eurocopter Tiger Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008)

Eurofighter Typhoon and Eurocopter Tiger is an aircraft add-on for Microsoft Flight Simulator X and Microsoft Flight Simulator 2004: A...

Eurofighter Typhoon: Operation Icebreaker Windows Front Cover

Windows (2002)

Eurofighter Typhoon: Operation Icebreaker is an extended version of Eurofighter Typhoon. Besides all the original content it includes the new...

Euro League Football Windows Front Cover

Windows (2000)

A football manager simulation game, Euro League's gameplay is a stat-crunching affair were you deal with every aspect of your...

Europa Universalis: Crown of the North Windows Front Cover

Windows (2003)

A real beer and pretzels game. This is a re-awaking of the Swedish 3-year-old game, Svea Rike III.Translated to English,...

Europa Universalis IV Linux Front Cover

Linux (2013), Windows (2013) and Macintosh (2013)

The empire building game Europa Universalis IV is the fourth installment in the Europa Universalis series. The game gives players...

Europe Ablaze Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1985) and Apple II (1985)

Europe Ablaze puts hundreds of planes at your command to send out over the deadly skies of Britain, France, and...

European 5-A-Side Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1988), ZX Spectrum (1988) and Amstrad CPC (1988)

Five a side football is played indoors, in a walled arena which causes the ball to rebound at an angle...

European Air War Windows Front Cover

Windows (1998)

European Air War is an action based flight-sim which features 20 flyable aircraft: On the American side, P-51 (B, D),...

European Champions DOS Front Cover

DOS (1993), Amiga (1993) and Atari ST (1994)

This football game aims for a higher level of realism than most of its contemporaries. The game can be viewed...

DOS (1991), Amiga (1990), ZX Spectrum (1991) and Amstrad CPC (1991)

European Superleague is a managerial soccer simulation which is about an fictional European league featuring eight of the most successful...

Europe in Flames Windows Front Cover

Windows (2000)

This is a compilation of many of Talonsoft's Campaign Series of turn-based wargames. The collection includes: West Front West Front...

Europe I: Scenery Enhancement for Microsoft Flight Simulator DOS Front Cover

DOS (1994)

This unofficial Scenery Disk for the MS Flight Simulator (at least Version 5.0 required) adds the flight areas of Germany,...

Eurotour Cycling Windows Front Cover

Windows (2001)

Eurotour Cycling is a cycling manager where the player is responsible for the athletic success of its team. This mode...

Euro Truck Simulator 2 Linux Front Cover

Linux (2013), Windows (2013) and Macintosh (2015)

Euro Truck Simulator 2 is the follow-up to the 2008 truck simulation game of the same name. Situated across UK...

Euro Truck Simulator: Gold Edition Windows Front Cover

Windows (2009)

This gold edition is an updated re-release of the original Euro Truck Simulator. The new content includes UK scenery with...

Evasive Action DOS Front Cover

DOS (1993)

An interesting flight sim that takes you through four world wars. This sim allows you to flight historically accurate planes...

Commodore 64 (1987), ZX Spectrum (1987), Amstrad CPC (1987), BBC Micro (1987) and Electron (1987)

Evening Star is basically an enhanced Southern Belle - a steam engine simulator - with the route changed to early...

EVE Online Windows Front Cover

Linux (2007), Windows (2003) and Macintosh (2007)

EVE Online is an online RPG which is set in a futuristic galaxy. The main focus of the game is...

Everblue 2 PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2002)

Leonardo (Professional Salvager / Diver) and his partner Zucco wash up on a Caribbean island after sailing into a storm....

Everest Windows Front Cover

Windows (2000)

EVEREST. Dangerous, ominous, and totally unpredictable. Ascend the greatest, most dangerous mountain on earth with Ed Viesturs as your virtual...

Evergreen Avenue PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (2001)

This is a world where spirits and magic exist, but have slowly been disappearing. Long ago, relations were cut between...

Every day the same dream Browser Front Cover

Windows (2009), Macintosh (2009) and Browser (2009)

Every day the same dream is a grim game about the tedious life of an office worker. Every day he...

Browser (2008)

Everyone Wins Bingo is a browser game adaptation of the American bingo, with some slight modifications. As in normal bingo...

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