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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Age of Sail II: Privateer's Bounty Windows Front Cover

Windows (2001)

Age of Sail II: Privateer's Bounty is the second game to bear the name Age of Sail II. What started...

Agile Warrior: F-111X PlayStation Front Cover

Windows (1997) and PlayStation (1995)

Because of international conflicts and new dangers due to terrorist attacks the Air Force needed to construct a new warplane...

CD-i (1993)

A Great Day at the Races is an interactive tutorial for an aspiring gambler wanting to learn how to bet...

Agricultural Simulator 2011 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2010)

Agricultural Simulator 2011 is basically a variant of the Farming Simulator series: the player takes over a farm and tries...

Agricultural Simulator 2013 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2012)

Agricultural Simulator 2013 is a simulation about managing a farm. Over 100 original tractors and machines are available and can...

AH-3 Thunderstrike SEGA CD Front Cover

SEGA CD (1993)

AH-3 Thunderstrike is a helicopter sim/shooter. You will pilot the AH-3 over 10 operations all over the world. Each operation...

AH-64 Apache Air Assault Windows Front Cover

Windows (2003) and PlayStation 2 (2005)

In July 2001 it was discovered that an terrorist organization known as the "The Solar Martyrs", hiding in a small...

Windows (1997)

AHx-1 is a simulation of the fictional helicopter AHx-1 Viper. The player controls a member of an elite unit who...

Windows (2006)

Air Assault Task Force is a wargame that focuses on battles in which helicopters played a prominent role. The game...

Air Attack Pack Windows Front Cover

Windows (2002)

This is a compilation of 5 aircraft simulations: Comanche Gold F-16 Multirole Fighter F-22 Lightning 3 Joint Strike Fighter -...

Odyssey 2 (1985), Videopac+ G7400 (1983) and Philips VG 5000 (1984)

Air Battle is a flight simulator set in the World War I era. The player controls a biplane from an...

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...

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