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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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A-10 Tank Killer DOS Front Cover

DOS (1989) and Amiga (1991)

This simulation puts you in the cockpit of the A-10 Thunderbolt II, which is also known as the "Warthog". As...

Amiga (1995)

This double pack includes version 1.5 of A-10 Tank Killer and the Campaign Set 2 add-on. In total this makes...

Atari ST (1989) and Amstrad CPC (1988)

You've parked your car near the entrance of airport terminal. The day looks good. Your flight is in a few...

A320 Airbus: Edition Europa Amiga Front Cover

DOS (1992), Amiga (1991) and Atari ST (1991)

If you want to fly a modern passenger jet then this is the sort of game for you. This is...

A320 Airbus: Edition USA DOS Front Cover

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

A320 Airbus (Edition USA) is the successor to A320 Airbus (Edition Europa) which focuses on a realistic simulation of flying....

A320 Airbus Vol. 2 Amiga Front Cover

Amiga (1995)

A320 Airbus Vol. 2 is the second main game in the Airbus series following the first two that were split...

A320 Professional Windows Front Cover

Windows (2002)

A320 Professional is an add-on product for Microsoft Flight Simulator 2002.This add on makes the following planes and liveries available...

Aaron vs. Ruth: Battle of the Big Bats Windows Front Cover

Windows (1997)

Aaron vs. Ruth: Battle of the Big Bats brings baseball's all time greatest players to life. You can battle against...

ABC Sports College Football: Heroes of the Gridiron Windows Front Cover

Windows (1997)

ABC Sports College Football: Heroes of the Gridiron is a sports simulation of college football. It features the rosters from...

Windows (1996)

ABC Sports Monday Night Football simulates live-action football in the National Football League (NFL). Using the official 1996-97 rosters, all...

Abrams Battle Tank DOS Front Cover

DOS (1989) and Genesis (1991)

Take the most powerful NATO tank, the M-1 Abrams, in 8 difficult missions against the Warsaw Pact forces. The four...

Absolute Pinball DOS Front Cover

DOS (1996)

Absolute Pinball is a pinball game which features four tables with different themes: Desert Run (car tour from Paris to...

Academagia Windows Front Cover

Windows (2010)

Academagia is a simulator of a life of a first-year student that combines both elements of choose-your-adventure text games as...

Windows (2007)

_Access is a humorous pseudohacking game where you play as a gamer who has to apply his hacking skills to...

PlayStation 2 (2008), Xbox 360 (2008), PlayStation 3 (2008) and Wii (2008)

This is a special limited edition of AC/DC Live: Rock Band - Track Pack which includes the game along with...

AC/DC Live: Rock Band - Track Pack Xbox 360 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2008), Xbox 360 (2008), PlayStation 3 (2008) and Wii (2008)

This is a track pack for the Rock Band games and in the United States it was only available at...

ACE 2 DOS Front Cover

DOS (1987), Commodore 64 (1987), ZX Spectrum (1987), Amstrad CPC (1987) and Commodore 16, Plus/4 (1987)

A follow-up to ACE. Similar to its predecessor, ACE 2 is an oldie head-to-head air combat flight sim set in...

ACE: Air Combat Emulator DOS Front Cover

DOS (1986), Commodore 64 (1985), ZX Spectrum (1986), VIC-20 (1985), Amstrad CPC (1986), Commodore 16, Plus/4 (1985) and Amstrad PCW (1987)

A huge enemy fleet has invaded the southern shore of the U.S. Dozens of tanks and helicopter gun-ships are rolling...

Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2009)

After returning from a business trip overseas, prosecutor Miles Edgeworth enters his office to discover that something has been stolen......

Ace Combat 04: Shattered Skies PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2001)

The continent of Usea was struck by an asteroid, causing the death of half a million people. The neighboring Erusea...

Ace Combat 2 PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1997)

Ace Combat 2 is the sequel to Namco's PSX combat flight simulator Air Combat. Ace Combat 2 puts you back...

Ace Combat 3: Electrosphere PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1999)

In Ace Combat 3: Electrosphere the player takes the place of an ace fighter pilot who works for an organization...

Ace Combat 5: The Unsung War PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2004)

Fifteen years ago, the Belkan Federation began a war of conquest, invading nearby territories. To stop them, a military alliance...

Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2007)

Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation is a first-person air combat and flight simulator. Its story campaign contains 15 missions...

Xbox 360 (2011) and PlayStation 3 (2011)

Unlike many previous Ace Combat titles, Assault Horizon does not set the story in the fictional world, but on a...

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