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 2 (2006)

Rakushō! Pachi-Slot Sengen 4 is one of the many releases in Tecmo and NET's pachi-slot simulation series. It features digital...

PlayStation 2 (2007)

Rakushō! Pachi-Slot Sengen 5 is one of the many releases in Tecmo and NET's pachi-slot simulation series. It features a...

PlayStation 2 (2009)

Rakushō! Pachi-Slot Sengen 6 is the sixth and final PS2 release in Tecmo and NET's pachi-slot simulation series. It features...

Rally Championship: The X-Miles add-on Windows Front Cover

Windows (1997)

Rally Championship: The X-Miles add-on is an add-on to Europress' Rally Championship. It provides 10 new tracks which once installed...

Rally Championship Xtreme Windows Front Cover

Windows (2001)

Rally Championship Xtreme is Actualize's following up to Rally Championship. It features 28 new tracks with numerous licenced cars also...

Rally Driver Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1988), ZX Spectrum (1984) and Amstrad CPC (1986)

Rather than creating a pure arcade game, Five Ways aimed at creating a true simulation of rallying that also had...

Rally Trophy Windows Front Cover

Windows (2001)

Rally-drive your way through 5 countries and 42 stages in your choice of 11 vintage cars such as Mini Coopers...

Ralph Bosson's High Seas DOS Front Cover

DOS (1988), Commodore 64 (1987) and Apple II (1987)

From the days of fighting sail comes this game of combat on the high seas.Although produced very early in the...

DOS (1985)

RAM! is a simulation of combat using Triremes. Triremes were the war ships used in ancient Greece. The game takes...

Randevu s neznakomkoy 2 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2001)

Randevu s neznakomkoy 2 (translated as Rendezvous with a Stranger Girl 2) is the sequel to Rendezvous with a Stranger...

ranTrainer DOS Front Cover

DOS (1994) and Amiga (1994)

ranTrainer is an economic simulation were the player coaches a soccer team from the Bundesliga, the highest German soccer league....

DOS (1996)

ranTrainer 2 is an economic simulation were the player coaches a soccer team from the Bundesliga, the highest German soccer...

Windows (2006)

This game casts the player into the role of a Japanese sex maniac. He is a young man from a...

Arcade (1997)

A water river rafting simulation game. The player must operate the orr to paddle and steer the raft, while negotiating...

Commodore 64 (1983) and Commodore PET/CBM (1979)

Ratrun is a maze game in which the player must escape from a maze in first person perspective. The player...

R.B.I. Baseball '93 Genesis Front Cover

Genesis (1993)

Continuing the R.B.I. series, the 1993 entry updates the rosters, adding two new teams (Colorado and Florida), bringing the total...

SEGA 32X (1995)

This version is an updated follow-up to the R.B.I. series. Many of the same features from other baseball games are...

RC Helicopter PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (2000), PSP (2010), PlayStation 3 (2010) and PS Vita (2012)

Your Dad just got you an RC Helicopter. Play with it, or take it outside to complete various missions for...

Windows (2001), PlayStation 2 (2003) and Xbox (2002)

RC Helicopter Indoor Adventure is a RC helicopter flight simulation. You have to navigate your way through rooms, hallways and...

R/C Stunt Copter PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1999)

R/C Stunt Copter is described by developer Shiny as more of a "software toy" than a video game. It's an...

Reach for the Skies DOS Front Cover

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

Reach for the Skies is a combat flight sim focused on WWII's famous "Battle of Britain", splitting the battle into...

Real Airports Windows Front Cover

Windows (2001)

Real Airports is an add-on for Microsoft Flight Simulator 2000.It provides the player with detailed recreations of the following airports:London...

Windows (1999)

This handy Sim allows you to Crash and bash your model planes to your hearts content. A very handy learning...

Real Heroes: Firefighter Windows Front Cover

Windows (2012), Wii (2009) and Nintendo 3DS (2012)

Real Heroes: Firefighter is a novel firefighting simulator geared towards family audiences. The player takes control of a rookie firefighter...

Windows (2010)

Real Kanojo ("Real Girlfriend") is a game that simulates physical seduction and sex. There are three scenarios in the game,...

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