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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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....

F-1 World Grand Prix II Nintendo 64 Front Cover

Nintendo 64 (1999)

The second F1 experience from Paradigm, the direct sequel to F-1 World Grand Prix, has more of the same high...

F1 World Grand Prix II Dreamcast Front Cover

Dreamcast (2000)

F1 World Grand Prix II is a game for the Dreamcast. Unlike its namesake for the Nintendo 64 it features...

Game Boy Color (2000)

F1 World Grand Prix II is a formula one racing game for the Game Boy Color. Unlike the Nintendo 64...

F22 Air Dominance Fighter Windows Front Cover

Windows (1997)

In F-22 Air Dominance Fighter, the successor to DID's EF2000, players get the chance to fly the advanced fighter from...

F22 Air Dominance Fighter: Red Sea Operations Windows Front Cover

Windows (1998)

This is an expansion to F22 Air Dominance Fighter, and includes 30 new missions in the Red Sea operational area....

F-22 Interceptor Genesis Front Cover

Genesis (1991)

This simulation puts you in the cockpit of the F-22. You can choose from 3 difficulty settings and fly strike...

F-22 Lightning 3 Windows Front Cover

Windows (1999)

Take to the skies with NovaLogic's latest version of their best-selling flight sim F-22 Lightning 3. Connect and play with...

F-22 Lightning II DOS Front Cover

DOS (1996) and Windows (1996)

Yet another simulation of the yet to enter service F-22, probably the most advanced fighter of the world. As with...

F-22 Raptor Windows Front Cover

Windows (1997)

F-22 is another sim-lite game, as it was made for non-simmers. The game lets you fly missions in various areas...

F29 Retaliator DOS Front Cover

DOS (1990), Amiga (1989), Atari ST (1989), PC-98 (1992) and FM Towns (1993)

This flight simulator puts you in the cockpit of either the F-22 or the fictional F-29.Choose from four campaigns with...

F355 Challenge: Passione Rossa PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2002), Dreamcast (2000) and Arcade (1999)

Get behind the wheel of one of the most worlds most prestigious cars, the F355 Ferrari, in this conversion of...

F-4F Phantom: Ultimate Edition Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008)

F-4F Phantom: Ultimate Edition is an add-on to Microsoft Flight Simulator 2004 and Microsoft Flight Simulator X. It is modeled...

F/A-18E Super Hornet Windows Front Cover

Windows (2000)

Take the F/A-18E Super Hornet to the skies in this detailed carrier aircraft simulation. Fully clickable cockpit, accurate avionics suite,...

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