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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 (2004)

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Traffic Giant Windows Front Cover

Windows (2000)

In this business simulation the player has to manage the whole traffic network from a little village in the beginning...

Traffic X Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008)

Traffic X is an expansion for Microsoft Flight Simulator X in the Traffic series of add-ons that has been running...

Commodore 64 (1982), VIC-20 (1980) and Commodore PET/CBM (1980)

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Windows (2003)

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The Train: Escape to Normandy DOS Front Cover

DOS (1988), Commodore 64 (1987), ZX Spectrum (1988) and Amstrad CPC (1988)

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Windows (2010)

The Train Giant is the ninth main entry in the long-running A-Train series. It is an economical simulation in which...

Train Sim Activity Pack Windows Front Cover

Windows (2001)

Train Sim Activity Pack is an expansion pack for Microsoft Train Simulator.This expansion pack does not give the player any...

Train Simulator + Densha de Go!: Tokyu Line PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2003)

This game is part of the Japanese Train Simulator series by Ongakun and features videos shot from the cab of...

Windows (2003)

Train Tracking is a game about one of Britain's more bizarre pasttimes, Trainspotting. You start the game with only an...

Windows (2008)

Trainz 2007 Deluxe Edition is a compilation of the following games: Trainz Railroad Simulator 2007 (German version) Trainz 2007 Expansion...

Windows (2008)

Trainz 2007 Expansion Pack is an expansion pack for the German version of Trainz Railroad Simulator 2007. The game comes...

Windows (2008)

Trainz Classics 3 is a sequel to Trainz Railwayz and add-on for Trainz Railroad Simulator 2006. It comes with the...

Trainz: Driver Edition Windows Front Cover

Windows (2006)

Trainz: Driver Edition is a compact version of Trainz Railroad Simulator 2006 where you can have the same driving experience...

Windows (2002)

Trainz: Paint Shed is cosmetic add-on to Trainz: Virtual Railroading on your PC. It allows repainting of the train models...

Trainz Railroad Simulator 2004 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2003)

In this 3D railroad simulator, you can operate locomotives from the golden age of steam to the modern present in...

Windows (2004)

The deluxe edition of TRS2004 comes with the Steam Service Pack 4 and the Passenger Service Pack 2 by default....

Trainz Railroad Simulator 2006 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2005)

Trainz Railroad Simulator 2006 is a 3D railroad simulator. The game comes with a series of ingame workshops to teach...

Windows (2007)

Trainz Railroad Simulator 2007 is a railroad simulation game in the Trainz series. Like previous games you are placed in...

Trainz Railroad Simulator 2007 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2006)

Trainz Railroad Simulator 2007 is a re-release of Trainz Railroad Simulator 2006 which includes all patches and additional content up...

Windows (2004)

Trainz Railway Simulator 2004: Passenger Edition is an enhanced version of Trainz Railway Simulator 2004. This version of the game...

Trainz Railway Simulator: The Collector's Edition Windows Front Cover

Windows (2011)

Trainz Railway Simulator: The Collector's Edition is a compilation of the following games: Trainz Railroad Simulator 2006 Trainz Routes 4...

Trainz Railwayz Windows Front Cover

Windows (2007)

Trainz Railwayz is really three products in one package. You get two new games... Harlem Line Edition and Metropolis Edition...

Windows (2006)

Trainz Routes 4 Pack is a compilation of the following add-on packs for Trainz Railroad Simulator 2006: Trainz Routes Volume...

Windows (2006)

Trainz Routes Volume 1 is an add-on package for Trainz Railroad Simulator 2006. It features five new fictional routes to...

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