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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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Fighter Wing DOS Front Cover

DOS (1995)

Fighter Wing is a flight simulator that instead of concentrating on a single type of aircraft, covers a wide array...

Fighting Steel: World War II Surface Combat 1939-1942 Windows Front Cover

Windows (1999)

Fighting Steel is a World War II Naval Surface Combat Simulator/Tactical Wargame covering the Atlantic and Pacific Theaters and recreating...

Fight Night Round 3 PSP Front Cover

PSP (2006)

Fight Night Round 3 is the third installment of the EA boxing (sports) franchise and the first boxing game to...

Windows (2011)

A technological Russian roulette of sorts, this "game" follows in the footsteps of lose/lose, randomly selecting 20 files from the...

Atari 2600 (1982)

You are an air traffic controller at an international airport. You must guide planes in to landing safely.Your first screen...

Final Assault DOS Front Cover

DOS (1988), Amiga (1987), Atari ST (1988), Commodore 64 (1988), ZX Spectrum (1988), Apple IIgs (1988), Amstrad CPC (1987), Thomson TO (1987) and Thomson MO (1987)

Final Assault is a mountain climbing action/simulation game. The object of the game is to climb to the peak of...

Windows (2002)

Final Duel 2 is a fast action multiplayer space shoot'em up game with 3D hardware accelerated graphics and CD-quality sound...

Final Fantasy: Crystal Chronicles - My Life as a King Wii Front Cover

Wii (2008)

My Life as a King takes place after the GameCube's Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles and it is the third game...

The Final Frontier Apple II Front Cover

Apple II (1982)

In the Final Frontier, the player pilots an advanced version of the original NASA shuttle. The shuttle has been upgraded...

Final Legacy Atari 8-bit Front Cover

Atari ST (1988) and Atari 8-bit (1987)

This is a battle on three fronts. You are the captain of the ship Legacy. Your ultimate goal is to...

Final Stretch: Horse Racing Sim Windows Front Cover

Windows (2003) and Macintosh (2005)

Be the jockey, the stable owner or just bet on your favorite horse in this horse racing simulator. The game...

PSP (2006)

Finder Love: Aki Hoshino is one of the three Finder Love games that were released simultaneously, each of them starring...

Windows (1997)

Fin Fin is a virtual pet similar to Tamagotchi. The special feature of the simulation is speech recognition with a...

Firefighters 2014: The Simulation Game Windows Front Cover

Windows (2014)

Firefighters 2014 is a game that simulates the life of firefighters. The main campaign consists of a number of days...

FireFly Studios' Stronghold Windows Front Cover

Windows (2001) and Macintosh (2002)

FireFly Studios' Stronghold is a combination of a building simulation (like SimCity) and a real-time strategy game. The player can...

FireFly Studios' Stronghold 2 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2005)

The sequel to Firefly Studios' acclaimed castle building and management sim offers 3D graphics and many new gameplay elements. It...

FireFly Studios' Stronghold 2 Deluxe Windows Front Cover

Windows (2005)

Besides the original Stronghold 2 game already patched to version 1.2, this release also contains: A new game mode in...

FireFly Studios' Stronghold Crusader Windows Front Cover

Windows (2002)

Firefly Studios' Stronghold Crusader is the standalone expansion pack to the 2001 Stronghold. In Stronghold Crusader the player can play...

FireFly Studios' Stronghold Deluxe Windows Front Cover

Windows (2002)

Firefly Studios' Stronghold Deluxe is a re-release of Stronghold that comes pre-patched to version 1.2. It also includes additional maps...

FireFly Studios' Stronghold Warchest Windows Front Cover

Windows (2003)

Firefly Studios' Stronghold Warchest is the two-for-one release of Stronghold and Stronghold Crusader. Paper manuals are not bundled in the...

FirePower Windows Front Cover

Windows (2004)

FirePower is an add-on to Microsoft Combat Flight Simulator 3.0 that adds 18 brand new aircraft, weapons, special effects, sounds,...

Fire Pro Wrestling D Dreamcast Front Cover

Dreamcast (2001)

Fire ProWrestling D is a wrestling simulation game featuring over 200 wrestlers from many well known North America and Japanese...

Fire Pro Wrestling Returns PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2005)

Fire ProWrestling Returns is a 2D-graphic based wrestling simulation game. The game has a north-south/east-west-axis movement system. This allows for...

Fire ProWrestling Z PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2003)

Fire ProWrestling Z is the direct follow-up to Fire Pro Wrestling D, intended as the series' swan song and final...

DOS (1995)

As its subtitle states, Firestorm is a forest fire simulation -- the first in a series of similar games by...

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