User review spotlight: Carmageddon (DOS). Released in 1997.

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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EA's 2010-2011 release in their NCAA Football series focuses on recreating the unique nuances of each of the 120 schools...

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PlayStation 2 (2002)

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Need for Speed: High Stakes Windows Front Cover

Windows (1999) and PlayStation (1999)

Just like its predecessors Need for Speed: High Stakes is an action racing game with a wide selection of exotic...

Need for Speed III: Hot Pursuit Windows Front Cover

Windows (1998) and PlayStation (1998)

In the third major installment of Electronic Arts' Arcade racing series, there are several modes of play available. You have...

Need for Speed II: SE Windows Front Cover

Windows (1997)

This is a special edition release of Need for Speed II which provides improved visuals in comparison to the original...

Need for Speed: SHIFT Windows Front Cover

Windows (2009), Xbox 360 (2009) and PlayStation 3 (2009)

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Xbox 360 (2009) and PlayStation 3 (2009)

This Special Edition includes: Need for Speed: SHIFT Unlockable BMW M3 GT2. The Super Race Series game mode Need for...

Need for Speed: V-Rally 2 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2000), PlayStation (1999) and Dreamcast (2000)

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Windows (1995), Windows 3.x (1991), Amiga (1993), Palm OS (2001), Macintosh (1989) and Android (2011)

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Game Gear (1996)

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PC-98 (1993)

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Neo Geo Pocket (1998) and Neo Geo Pocket Color (1999)

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J2ME (2006)

Neopets Mobile is not a standalone game, but an extension of the online community neopets.com, where you can create or...

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netKAR Pro is a racing game with a strong focus on realism. The player uses on of the five cars...

Netliga Browser Front Cover

Browser (2006)

A Massive Multi-player Online Game on which you take the role of a football (soccer) manager and compete against other...

NetMech DOS Front Cover

DOS (1996), Windows (1998) and Macintosh (1997)

With NetMech - an add-on for MechWarrior 2 - you can now have up to eight MechWarriors battle for ultimate...

Linux (1994), Windows (1996), Amiga (1993) and Macintosh (2006)

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Apple II (1980)

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New Horizons DOS Front Cover

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Windows (1997)

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Windows (2003)

New Star Soccer is the first instalment in the New Star Soccer series. In the game players take control of...

New Star Soccer 2 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2004)

New Star Soccer 2 is the second instalment in the New Star Soccer series. In the game players take control...

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