User Review: Wolfenstein 3D by id Software (1992)

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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Executive Windows Front Cover

Windows (2000)

Executive is an add-on for Microsoft Flight Simulator 2000.This pack allows the the player to pilot two executive jet aircrafts...

Executive Suite PC Booter Front Cover

PC Booter (1982)

After a short job interview, you get hired to Mighty Microcomputer Corporation. You have only one goal in your mind:...

Windows (1999)

Expert Pool is a billiards simulation game that recreates the look, feel and atmosphere of a live pool game by...

Exploration DOS Front Cover

DOS (1994) and Amiga (1994)

Exploration is a strategy-simulation game set during the Age of Sail. From the time of Vasco da Gama and Columbus...

Explorer Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1987), ZX Spectrum (1986) and Amstrad CPC (1987)

After attempting to simulate orienteering with The Forest, Graham Relph takes things a step further by creating a game-world with...

Extreme Angler Windows Front Cover

Windows (1998)

A fishing simulator that lets you customize your rod and reel. You can select your lures, fishing spots and hooks....

Extreme Bullrider Windows Front Cover

Windows (1999)

In this simulation, you get to participate in the exciting sport of bull riding, and you also get the chance...

Windows (1999)

Competitive mountain bike game that lets you race with a variety of different bikers on a variety of different bikes...

Eye of the Storm DOS Front Cover

DOS (1993) and Amiga (1993)

It is 2124, and alien life has been found in our own solar system. The location of this life is...

EyeToy: Play PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2003)

Eye Toy: Play is a set of games for your Eye Toy camera. 12 games are included, each one unique....

EyeToy: Play 2 PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2004)

EyeToy: Play 2 is the sequel to the first EyeToy: Play game and includes 12 new mini-games to play using...

F-117A Nighthawk Stealth Fighter 2.0 DOS Front Cover

Linux (2014), DOS (1991), Amiga (1993), Macintosh (1994) and PC-98 (1994)

The sequel to F-19 Stealth Fighter - take America's premiere stealth fighter out for a spin in several battle areas,...

NES (1992)

F-117A Stealth Fighter is a flight simulator where the player is in the cockpit of the game's eponymous jet fighter....

F-117 Night Storm Genesis Front Cover

Genesis (1993)

This game allows the player to take control of an F-117A Stealth Fighter. The game is broken down into either...

F1 2000 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2000) and PlayStation (2000)

F1 2000 was the last Visual Sciences' F1 racing game to appear on the PlayStation. With an official FIA Formula...

F1 2001 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2001), PlayStation 2 (2001) and Xbox (2001)

Officially licensed Formula 1 racer for the 2001 GP season featuring every car, driver, and track featured in the real...

F1 2002 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2002), PlayStation 2 (2002), Xbox (2002) and GameCube (2002)

Every track, driver, team and pit crew from the official F1 2002 competition are included in this, the '02 version...

F-14 Fleet Defender Gold Windows 3.x Front Cover

Windows 3.x (1995)

This compilation contains: Fleet Defender (main game) Fleet Defender: Scenario (expansion) A multimedia presentation of the game, which includes interactive...

F-14 Tomcat DOS Front Cover

DOS (1990)

F-14 Tomcat is a flight simulator / action game. You get to fly an F-14 in a variety of combat...

Game Boy Advance (2001)

One of the Game Boy Advance's launch titles from Majesco (alongside Boxing Fever and Iridion 3D), F-14 Tomcat is essentially...

F-14 Tomcat Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1988)

F-14 Tomcat is a simulation of the U.S. Navy's carrier-based air superiority fighter.The game offers a quick mode, in which...

F-15 Strike Eagle PC Booter Front Cover

PC Booter (1985), Game Boy (1993), NES (1992), Atari ST (1985), Game Gear (1992), Commodore 64 (1985), Apple II (1985), Atari 8-bit (1984), ZX Spectrum (1986), MSX (1987), Amstrad CPC (1987), PC-98 (1989) and Thomson TO (1987)

The seven missions featured in this simulation of F-15 flight are all real-life missions the plane was originally used in....

F-15 Strike Eagle II DOS Front Cover

DOS (1989), Genesis (1993), Amiga (1991), Atari ST (1991), PC-98 (1990) and Sharp X68000 (1991)

The second in the series features campaigns in Lybia, the Persian Gulf, The Middle East and Vietnam, making for a...

F-15 Strike Eagle II (Deluxe Edition) DOS Front Cover

DOS (1992)

A compilation of the original F-15 Strike Eagle II, and the Operation Desert Storm Scenario Disk.

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...

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