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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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Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six 3: Black Arrow Xbox Front Cover

Xbox (2004)

Black Arrow is the Xbox sequel to the acclaimed Rainbow Six 3. Based on an improved version of the same...

Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six 3 (Gold Edition) Windows Front Cover

Windows (2003)

The Gold Edition of Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six 3 includes the following two squad-based shooters: Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six 3:...

Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six 3: Iron Wrath Windows Front Cover

Windows (2005)

Iron Wrath is the second expansion to Rainbow Six 3: Raven Shield. It was under development for two years, but...

Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six 3: Raven Shield Windows Front Cover

Windows (2003) and Macintosh (2003)

Rainbow Six: Raven Shield is a first-person tactical shooter wherein the player takes on the role of the leader of...

Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Covert Ops Essentials Windows Front Cover

Windows (2000)

Tom Clancy reveals the world of covert ops in his latest Rainbow Six creation: Covert Ops Essentials. This is an...

Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Gold Pack Edition Windows Front Cover

Windows (1998)

A compilation set including: Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Mission Pack: Eagle Watch A Prima Strategy Guide...

Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Mission Pack: Eagle Watch Windows Front Cover

Windows (1998)

An add-on for Rainbow Six offering 5 additional missions, 4 new operatives and 3 new weapons. This title also offers...

Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Rogue Spear Windows Front Cover

Windows (1999), PlayStation (2001) and Macintosh (2001)

More of the same from the Rainbow Six series. Your team is back saving the world again. This time from...

Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Rogue Spear Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2002)

More of the same from the Rainbow Six series. Your team is back saving the world again. This time from...

Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Rogue Spear Dreamcast Front Cover

Dreamcast (2001)

The Dreamcast port of the second Rainbow Six title includes both the original game and its add-on Urban Operations.

Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Rogue Spear: Black Thorn Windows Front Cover

Windows (2001)

Black Thorn is the latest terrorist group to challenge Rainbow. By recreating some of the most infamous terrorist incidents in...

Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Rogue Spear Mission Pack - Urban Operations Windows Front Cover

Windows (2000)

You are part of a highly-trained operative group assigned to respond to terrorist acts worldwide. This time, your task is...

Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Rogue Spear (Platinum Pack) Windows Front Cover

Windows (2001)

In this re-release of the sequel to Rainbow Six, you'll get bundled together Rouge Spear and the missionpack, Urban Operations....

Tom Clancy's SSN Windows Front Cover

Windows (1996)

Tom Clancy's SSN is a simulation of the 688i (i.e. Los Angeles-class) nuclear hunter/killer submarine. The player commands the USS...

Tommy Moe's Winter Extreme: Skiing & Snowboarding SNES Front Cover

SNES (1994)

In Winter Extreme, the player can partake in a series of skiing and snowboarding events including the Downhill where the...

DOS (1986)

Tommy's One-Armed Bandit is a single player slot machine and poker machine simulation.The slot machine starts the player with $100...

Nintendo DS (2009)

Tomodachi Collection is a simulation game sharing many similarities with The Sims and Animal Crossing. The featured protagonist happens to...

The Tomorrow War: Factor K Windows Front Cover

Windows (2007)

The Tomorrow War: Factor K is a stand-alone expansion to The Tomorrow War game. The game continues the story of...

The Tomorrow War Windows Front Cover

Windows (2006)

The Tomorrow War is a space simulation game based on the trilogy of novels written by a well known Russian...

Tonka Search & Rescue Macintosh Front Cover

Windows 3.x (1997) and Macintosh (1997)

From rescuing to repairing, Search & Rescue has a variety of missions and activities to choose from. You start out...

Tonka Search & Rescue 2 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2002) and Macintosh (2002)

In the sequel to Tonka Search & Rescue players assist Tonka Joe to help protect the city in four departments:...

Tony La Russa Baseball II DOS Front Cover

DOS (1993)

Play/Manage a team of either some of the greatest teams ever from 1901-1968, or the best of the best on...

DOS (1991) and Commodore 64 (1991)

This is an official add-on for Tony La Russa's Ultimate Baseball that adds some of the greatest teams from baseball's...

Top Gun DOS Front Cover

DOS (1987), Atari ST (1987), Commodore 64 (1987), ZX Spectrum (1987) and Amstrad CPC (1986)

The Tom Cruise film featured an F-14 Tomcat plane, and this licensed game recreates this. Viewed from the cockpit in...

Top Gun: Combat Zones Windows Front Cover

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

Top Gun: Combat Zones is an arcade-style flight simulator. The game features 36 different missions in locations around the world....

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