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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PlayStation (1997)

The first game in the Gran Turismo series of racing simulations.You can choose between the arcade version (featuring classic cars...

Gran Turismo PSP Front Cover

PSP (2009)

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Gran Turismo 2 PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1999)

Gran Turismo 2 is the second game in the Gran Turismo series of racing games exclusively for the PlayStation. The...

Gran Turismo 3 A-Spec PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2001)

This is the third game in the Gran Turismo series of racing games.The game is now an even more realistic...

Gran Turismo 4 PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2004)

Gran Turismo is back and there is a huge variety of cars, including the Model T Ford, Jay Leno's Tank...

Gran Turismo 4: "Prologue" PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2003)

Gran Turismo 4: Prologue is a lite version of the later released game Gran Turismo 4. In reality, this game,...

Gran Turismo 5 PlayStation 3 Front Cover

PlayStation 3 (2010)

Gran Turismo 5 is the sixth iteration of Sony's flagship racing franchise developed by Polyphony Digital. The game is the...

PlayStation 3 (2012)

An updated version of Gran Turismo 5.It contains: The base game Complete Pack (new cars, courses and paint schemes) Car...

Gran Turismo 5 (Collector's Edition) PlayStation 3 Front Cover

PlayStation 3 (2010)

This Collector's Edition includes: Gran Turismo 5 Exclusive limited edition Kyosho designed 1:43 scale diecast 2009 Nissan GT-R Spec V...

Gran Turismo 5: Prologue PlayStation 3 Front Cover

PlayStation 3 (2007)

Gran Turismo 5: Prologue contains a small sample of Gran Turismo 5 but was released as a stand-alone game, a...

Gran Turismo 5 (Signature Edition) PlayStation 3 Front Cover

PlayStation 3 (2010)

This Signature Edition includes:Gran Turismo 5 (Collector's Edition) Signature Edition contoured metal case in black SLS AMG 'Obsidian Black' paint...

Gran Turismo 6 PlayStation 3 Front Cover

PlayStation 3 (2013)

The sixth major game release of the Gran Turismo simulation series brings new tyre and suspension physics, offers over 30...

Gran Turismo HD Concept PlayStation 3 Front Cover

PlayStation 3 (2006)

Gran Turismo HD Concept is the first installment in the Gran Turismo released on the PlayStation 3, with HD short...

Gratuitous Space Battles: Galactic Conquest Windows Front Cover

Windows (2011) and Macintosh (2011)

Galactic Conquest is the fifth expansion for Gratuitous Space Battles and requires the original game to play. This add-on introduces...

Gratuitous Space Battles: The Nomads Windows Front Cover

Windows (2010) and Macintosh (2010)

The Nomads is the fourth expansion for Gratuitous Space Battles and requires the original game to play. It is the...

Gratuitous Space Battles: The Order Windows Front Cover

Windows (2010) and Macintosh (2010)

The Order is the second expansion for Gratuitous Space Battles and requires the original game to play. All gameplay modes...

Gratuitous Space Battles: The Parasites Windows Front Cover

Windows (2011)

The Parasites is the sixth expansion for Gratuitous Space Battles and requires the original game to play. All gameplay modes...

Gratuitous Space Battles: The Swarm Windows Front Cover

Windows (2010) and Macintosh (2010)

The Swarm is the third expansion for Gratuitous Space Battles and requires the original game to play. All gameplay modes...

Gratuitous Space Battles: The Tribe Windows Front Cover

Windows (2009) and Macintosh (2010)

The Tribe is the first expansion for Gratuitous Space Battles and requires the original game to play. All gameplay modes...

The Graveyard Macintosh Front Cover

Linux (2014), Windows (2008), Macintosh (2008), iPhone (2010) and Android (2011)

The Graveyard is a short game described by the authors as an explorable painting, an experiment in storytelling with real-time...

Atari ST (1995)

Gravon is a spiritual predecessor to Operation Flashpoint. The player controls a hovercraft on a mission to fight enemies on...

The Great Chocolate Chase: A Chocolatier Twist Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2008) and Macintosh (2008)

Evangeline Baumeister is trying something new. She has hired the inventor, Klaus Werner, to create steam-powered machines so Baumeister Confection...

Greatest Airplanes: Cardinal! Windows Front Cover

Windows (2002)

Greatest Airplanes: Cardinal! is a set of two Cessna Cardinal civilian aircraft, the C-177B and C-177RG, for Microsoft Flight Simulator...

Great Golf SEGA Master System Front Cover

SEGA Master System (1987) and Arcade (1989)

Keep your head down. Eyes on the ball. Grip the club family ... and swing. Welcome to the Sega Master's...

Great Naval Battles: North Atlantic 1939-1943 (CD-ROM) DOS Front Cover

DOS (1993)

The CD-ROM release of Great Naval Battles includes the main game and its three add-ons: Super Ships of the Atlantic...

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