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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Windows (1999)

Napoleon 1813 is a war simulation about France's campaign from 1813/1814 under Napoleon I. The player either takes the role...

Napoleon in Russia: Borodino 1812 DOS Front Cover

DOS (1988), Commodore 64 (1987) and Atari 8-bit (1987)

Borodino, just outside Moscow was hit terribly by Napoleon and the Russians fled. Once the winter hit and the Russians...

Napoleon's Campaigns: 1813 & 1815 Apple II Front Cover

Apple II (1981)

Napoleon's Campaigns: 1813 & 1815 is a strategy game simulating Napoleon's Leipzig and Waterloo campaigns. There are two scenarios to...

DOS (1989) and Amiga (1989)

Austerlitz, just as the previous title from the same authors, is a tile-based wargame played in real-time - a rare...

NASCAR 06: Total Team Control PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2005) and Xbox (2005)

NASCAR returns with some new drivers and veterans (as in Jeff Gordan, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and etc), and all the...

NASCAR 07 PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2006), Xbox (2006) and PSP (2006)

NASCAR returns with a new roster of drivers and features in NASCAR 07. The gameplay and available modes are fairly...

NASCAR '14 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2014), Xbox 360 (2014) and PlayStation 3 (2014)

NASCAR '14 is the fourth NASCAR racing game to be created by development studio Eutechnyx. The game features 23 different...

NASCAR 2000 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2000), PlayStation (1999), Nintendo 64 (1999) and Game Boy Color (2000)

This NASCAR stock car racing simulation is a sequel of sorts to NASCAR Revolution. The game features 18 real world...

NASCAR 2001 PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (2000) and PlayStation 2 (2000)

Stunning 3D graphics and visual effects, and real Nascar cars, tracks and lifestyle put you in the driver's seat. Key...

NASCAR 98 PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1997) and SEGA Saturn (1997)

With top-of-the-line racing simulation NASCAR 98 allows you to race with 24 drivers including legend Dale Earnhardt and 10 official...

NASCAR 98 (Collector's Edition) PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1997)

This collector's edition celebrates the 50th anniversary of NASCAR. The game is completely identical to NASCAR 98, except that Darlington...

NASCAR Acceleration Pack Windows Front Cover

Windows (2000)

A combo pack of NASCAR Racing 3, NASCAR Legends, and NASCAR Racing 3 Craftsman Truck Expansion Pack.

DOS (1997)

NASCAR Grand National Series Expansion Pack is an add-on to Sierra's NASCAR Racing 2. This expansion pack adds the top...

NASCAR Heat Windows Front Cover

Windows (2000) and PlayStation (2000)

NASCAR HEAT has four different modes of play to choose from, based on the 2000 NASCAR Winston Cup Season. The...

Windows (1999)

NASCAR Legends takes all the top drivers, cars, and most of the tracks from the 1970 NASCAR season. It used...

NASCAR Racing DOS Front Cover

DOS (1994) and Macintosh (1996)

In Papyrus' third racing game, the focus is moved from open-wheeled cars (IndyCar Racing) to closed-cockpit Nascar stock cars. 640x480...

NASCAR Racing PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1996)

Sierra and Papyrus bring over their NASCAR series to the Playstation.The game presents three different game modes: Arcade Race, Simulation...

NASCAR Racing 2 DOS Front Cover

DOS (1996)

The sequel to Sierra's award-winning NASCAR Racing, NASCAR Racing 2 uses a new game engine, which improves the graphics, physics,...

NASCAR Racing 2002 Season Windows Front Cover

Windows (2002) and Macintosh (2003)

NASCAR Racing 2002 Season is the licensed racing game for the 2002 NASCAR racing season. Using a 3D engine, it...

NASCAR Racing 2003 Season Windows Front Cover

Windows (2003) and Macintosh (2003)

The latest release from this series since 1999.23 real-life tracks (including the new versions of New Hampshire International Speedway and...

NASCAR Revolution Windows Front Cover

Windows (1999)

NASCAR Revolution lets you race in stock cars. It features 17 authentic tracks and all official names and brands that...

Windows (1999)

NASCAR Revolution SE puts the player in the seat of a stock car. The game has an official NASCAR license...

NASCAR SimRacing Windows Front Cover

Windows (2005)

Instead of porting the console versions, NASCAR SimRacing was independently developed with a focus on more realism. EA revamped the...

NASCAR Thunder 2002 PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2001) and Xbox (2001)

This game is the first entry in EA's NASCAR Thunder series, where players can choose from sixty different drivers including...

NASCAR Thunder 2003 PlayStation 2 Front Cover

Windows (2002), PlayStation (2002), PlayStation 2 (2002), Xbox (2002) and GameCube (2002)

NASCAR Thunder 2003 simulates the NASCAR driver experience. Dozens of locations are available, each with several alternate tracks. All the...

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