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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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PSP (2008)

Football Manager Handheld 2009 is the second Football Manager game released for the PSP. FMH is a slimmed down version...

Football Manager II: Expansion Kit Atari ST Front Cover

DOS (1989), Atari ST (1990), Commodore 64 (1989), ZX Spectrum (1989) and Amstrad CPC (1989)

This expansion kit for Kevin Tom's Football Manager II allows you to create and modify your own saved Football Manager...

Windows (2009) and Macintosh (2009)

Football Manager Live is a online-only managerial soccer simulation where the player is responsible for the financial and athletic success...

Football Masters 96/97 DOS Front Cover

DOS (1996)

Football Masters 96/97 is a soccer management simulation and the first game in a football manager ESP Software series. The...

Amiga (1994)

Football Masters (Version 5) is a managerial soccer simulation in which the player takes control over a team of the...

Football Mogul 2003 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2002)

Football Mogul 2003 is the football equivalent of Baseball Mogul 2003. The player can build their own team, from changing...

Football Mogul 2007 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2006)

The 2007 iteration of the Football Mogul series. Football Mogul 2007 is a text-based simulation of running an NFL team....

Football World Manager Windows Front Cover

Windows (1998)

Football World Manager is a soccer management game. Instead of focusing on one league or country like most soccer management...

Windows (2000)

Football World Manager 2000 is a football (soccer) management game similar to the earlier Football World Manager released in 1998...

DOS (1995)

You have just been accepted manager in a new European Super League to a team of your choice. There are...

Forbes Corporate Warrior Windows Front Cover

Windows (1997)

Forbes Corporate Warrior uses the first person shooter genre as a metaphor for the cutthroat business world. The premise is...

Windows (1997)

Forced Alliance is a space combat simulation. In the game, you play a pilot who is a member of a...

Ford Racing Windows Front Cover

Windows (1999), PlayStation (2001), PSP (2009) and PlayStation 3 (2009)

Ford Racing is similar gameplay-wise to Need 4 Speed: Porsche Unleashed, with the obvious difference of controlling Ford cars instead...

DOS (1994)

A greatly updated version of the classic Ford Simulator with the newest Ford models.You can see the Tech Specifications or...

Ford Simulator II DOS Front Cover

DOS (1990)

The second installment in the series represents the advertisement of the Ford's 1990 product line and consists of five sections.DRIVING...

DOS (1992)

The third installment of Ford Motor Company advertisement of their 1992 product line. You can examine each model, price for...

DOS (1987)

The Ford Simulator is an advertisement for Ford. It presents their 1987 model line and gives you a chance to...

Commodore PET/CBM (1980)

In Forest the player assumes the role of a forest ranger and must determine the amount of diseased trees in...

ZX Spectrum (1983)

The Forest is an orienteering simulation that recreates 37 kilometres of forest. A map of the area is supplied, with...

Windows (2004)

Forgotten Battles: Aces Campaigns is an unofficial campaign add-on for the IL-2 Sturmovik: Forgotten Battles flight simulator. The add-on has...

Fork Truck Challenge Linux Front Cover

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

Fork Truck Challenge is a forklift simulator with four different levels and physics and collision emulation. Your goal is to...

Amiga (1991)

Unlike its C64 relative, Formula 1 3D: F.1 Manager II, this game is a pure first-person driver simulator.Selecting one of...

Commodore 64 (1991)

The second version of F.1 Manager is an improved installment with two languages support (English/Italian), additional graphics and features, but...

Amiga (1996)

You can try your hand at managing a Formula 1 team of your choice in this simulation. First of all...

Formula 1 Simulator Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1985), ZX Spectrum (1984), MSX (1985), Amstrad CPC (1985) and Commodore 16, Plus/4 (1985)

In this simulation you can race ten international circuits (only one for the C16), including traditional favourites such as Monza,...

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