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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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Airborne Ranger DOS Front Cover

DOS (1988), Amiga (1989), Atari ST (1989), Commodore 64 (1987), ZX Spectrum (1988) and Amstrad CPC (1988)

In this action/simulation game by Microprose the player takes the role of an U.S. Army airborne ranger. These Airborne rangers...

Air Bucks DOS Front Cover

DOS (1992), Amiga (1992) and Atari ST (1992)

Air Bucks is a business simulation game which tries to capture the ins and outs of the airline industry without...

Windows (1999)

Airbus 2000 is a add-on for Microsoft Flight Simulator 98 that gives the player over fifty combinations of Airbus variants...

Windows (2000)

Airbus 2000 is a add-on for Microsoft Flight Simulator 2000 that gives you a great collection of Airbus airplanes to...

Windows (1998)

Airbus 98 is an add-on for Microsoft Flight Simulator 95 and/or Microsoft Flight Simulator 98.It makes the following Airbus variants...

Airbus Collection Windows Front Cover

Windows (2006)

Airbus Collection is an add-on for Microsoft Flight Simulator 2004: A Century of Flight. There's also an update available for...

Air Combat PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1995)

One of the first 3rd party games for the PlayStation.You play as a freelance mercenary hired by world governments to...

PC-98 (1991)

Air Combat 2 is a first-person flight and air combat simulation. The player can choose between eight missions of various...

PC-98 (1991)

This add-on to Air Combat 2 introduces aircraft types MI-C.A.D.O.III, F-20, A-7, A-10, T-4, FSX, and B-2 in addition to...

PC-98 (1992)

The second add-on to Air Combat 2 introduces aircraft types MiG-25, Su-27K, Su-37, Shinden, F-86, MiG-15, F-4, MiG-21, Mirage III...

FM Towns (1993)

This compilation contains: Air Combat 2 (base game) Air Combat 2: Tsuika Scenario Vol. 1 (add-on) Air Combat 2: Tsuika...

PC-98 (1989) and Sharp X68000 (1990)

Yūgekiō is a 3D flight and air combat simulation seen from a cockpit first-person perspective. The player can choose between...

Windows (2001)

Air Command 3.0 is an air traffic controlling simulation. The player has to take care of the incoming and outgoing...

Windows (2001)

This is an add-on for Air Command 3.0 and adds 34 airports from all over the world, e.g Bahamas, Berlin...

Air Conflicts: Aces of World War II PSP Front Cover

PSP (2009)

Air Conflicts: Aces of World War II is the Sony PSP port of the Windows game Air Conflicts: Air Battles...

Air Conflicts: Air Battles of World War II Windows Front Cover

Windows (2006)

Air Conflicts: Air Battles of World War II is an arcade simulator featuring airplanes from WWII. The player can join...

Air Conflicts: Pacific Carriers Linux Front Cover

Windows (2012), Xbox 360 (2012), Macintosh (2013) and PlayStation 3 (2012)

Air Conflicts: Pacific Carriers is an arcade flight simulator and the successor to Air Conflicts: Secret Wars. Players choose to...

Air Conflicts: Secret Wars Windows Front Cover

Windows (2011), Xbox 360 (2011) and PlayStation 3 (2011)

You are Dee Dee, a skilled female pilot who starts by smuggling whiskey to desperate allied forces and after few...

Aircraft Collector's Edition Windows Front Cover

Windows (2007)

Aircraft Collector's Edition is an add on for the Microsoft Flight Simulator 2004, Microsoft Flight Simulator X.The collection contains twenty...

Aircraft PowerPack Windows Front Cover

Windows (2006)

Aircraft PowerPack is a compilation of two unofficial add-ons for Microsoft Flight Simulator X, Microsoft Flight Simulator 2004: A Century...

Air Duel: 80 Years of Dogfighting DOS Front Cover

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

As the name suggests, this flight simulation gives you a chance to fly most of the famous fighter models from...

Airfield Windows Front Cover

Windows (1997)

Airfield is an add-on for Microsoft Flight Simulator 98 which can also be used in conjunction with Microsoft Flight Simulator...

AirForce Delta Dreamcast Front Cover

Dreamcast (1999)

As a mercenary jet fighter pilot flying during a middle-eastern conflict of some sort, you'll take to the skies in...

Air Havoc Controller Windows 3.x Front Cover

Windows 3.x (1994)

Essentially an airport traffic control tower simulator. Your mission here is to manage the aircrafts in Phoenix Sky Harbor International...

Amiga (1992)

A collection of three simulations: 688 Attack Sub F/A-18 Interceptor Indianapolis 500: The Simulation

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