Simulation Video Games

Video Games Encyclopedia by Gamepressure.com

A list of Released Simulation video games sorted by popularity among gamers.

Simulation games. These titles put emphasis on simulating authentic (or fictional) actions in the most realistic manner possible. They allow the player e.g. to control civil (digger, crane, bus) or military vehicles (plane, tank, warship). Life simulation games (especially The Sims series) are very specific example of titles in this category, because they can simulate almost infinite number of aspects of human lives.

Released Games 1000
Genre: Simulation
Themes
PlayStation
Sony PlayStation 415Sony PlayStation 317Sony PlayStation 229PlayStation Portable16PlayStation Vita7
Xbox
Microsoft XBOX ONE11Microsoft Xbox 36024Microsoft Xbox7
Mobile
Android OS29Apple iOS35Windows Phone7
Nintendo
Nintendo Switch
Nintendo Wii32Nintendo DS61Nintendo Wii U3Nintendo 3DS20Game Boy Advance10Nintendo GameCube4
Euro Truck Simulator 2
Euro Truck Simulator 2

Simulation 19 October 2012

A sequel to the popular truck simulation game. Just like its predecessor from 2008, the game was developed by Czech developer SCS Software. Euro Truck Simulator 2 lets you play as a truck driver and owner of a delivery company. The core gameplay has you transport cargo between towns and cities. The game’s map comprises of a large part of Europe, and features a significant number of cities you can visit. The money you earn doing jobs lets you purchase new trucks or customize the ones you already own. Euro Truck Simulator 2 sports attractive visuals and realistic driving model, which takes into account not only well-researched real-life physics, but also the current road conditions.

The Sims 4
The Sims 4

Simulation 02 September 2014

The fourth installment in the best-selling life simulation series – The Sims. The Sims 4 was developed by Maxis Studios, also known for SimCity and Spore. The player, once again, controls the lifes of a virtual family. Character editor lets you set not only alter the physical appearance of each Sim, but also define their personality, character, and goals. Your main task is to provide for the needs of your Sims – starting with a place to sleep and regular meals and including their intellectual development as well as professional career. As compared to previous games in the franchise, The Sims 4 offers much more developed social options, letting you interact with other players (e.g. share houses and throw parties together).

Farming Simulator 17
Farming Simulator 17

Simulation 25 October 2016

Farming Simulator 17 is another installment in the series of simulators of farm. This time, the game was published by Focus Home Interactive, but the development was still carried out by GIANTS Software, known from the previous parts of this series. The mechanics remain unchanged - the players become farmers, who need to take good care of their establishment. During the game, much attention has to be paid to the economic side of the management - the right equipment needs to be purchased, used for sawing, gathering crops, and moving the goods around. Traditionally, the player can control many different machines, all with official licenses from real manufacturers, and personally take care of various tasks in the field. The new installment obviously introduces some changes and novelties. Contrary to previous games, Farming Simulator 17 was released on PC, XONE and PS4 simultaneously.

World of Tanks
World of Tanks

Simulation 12 August 2010

A massively popular MMO game, created and administered by Russian developer Wargaming.net. World of Tanks lets players control tanks and take part in exciting battles against living opponents. The game offers over 150 carefully recreated models of tanks and other armored vehicles (including self-propelled guns and tank destroyers) used in armies of several countries since the 1930’s till the Korean War (1950-1953). The gameplay in World of Tanks combines elements of simulation, action shooter, strategy, and social features that let players join clans and communicate with others. The game is based on a free-to-play distribution model with microtransactions.

The Sims 3
The Sims 3

Simulation 02 June 2009

The third major installment in a life simulation game series, The Sims. The title was developed by The Sims Studio in cooperation with Maxis and Electronic Arts. As per usual, The Sims 3 lets you take control of a life of a virtual character from the cradle to the grave. Your job is to provide for the needs of your family of Sims when it comes to their social interactions, family matters, and career. The Sims 3 introduces two significant novelties to the game: lifetime wishes and a personality system that attributes 5 dominant character features to each Sim. As compared with previous installments in the franchise, the game’s 3D visuals were significantly improved.

Farming Simulator 15
Farming Simulator 15

Simulation 30 October 2014

The sixth major installment in the popular farming simulation game series. The franchise makes a comeback to key gaming platforms after a year off, when only smartphone and portable editions were released. The developer, GIANTS Software, prepared another portion of innovations to enhance gameplay. The game lets you play in a new environment (Scandinavian), characterized by different landscape, weather conditions, and vast forests. This time players can cut down trees using specially designed, licensed machines. There is also a car wash, allowing you to keep your vehicles clean. Overall, the gameplay mechanics remained unchanged; as usual, your task is to manage a farm and expand it using the money earned from breeding animals and cultivating land. The sixth installment introduced the series to the eight generation consoles, bringing about significant visual improvements.

Euro Truck Simulator 2: Going East!
Euro Truck Simulator 2: Going East!

Simulation 19 September 2013

The first big expansion to the highly-popular simulation game, Euro Truck Simulator 2. The add-on has been prepared by Bohemian studio SCS Software in answer to community’s request. Euro Truck Simulator 2: Going East! adds new locations to the basic game, the Middle Europe countries: Poland, Czech Republic, Hungary, and Slovakia. The developers made sure to include faithfully recreate topography of each town (including landmark buildings like the Palace of Culture and Science in Warsaw or the Buda Castle in Budapest), as well as realistically depicted, dense network of national roads between them. Small changes we also introduced in the visuals, especially in landscapes along routes.

Spintires
Spintires

Simulation 13 June 2014

A realistic heavy vehicles off-road simulation game, developed by the British studio Oovee Games. Spintires lets the players try their skills as a professional driver, transporting cargo across Russian wilderness. Virtual truckers can sit behind the wheels of carefully designed models of several Soviet off-road vehicles and trucks (including the legendary MAZ-7310), as well as modern models. The job requires from the players much more than just spinning the wheel and putting pedal to the metal. Each course has to be carefully planned, e.g. as to the amount of fuel needed. Successful runs are rewarded with cash, needed for buying truck modifications or new vehicles. Spintires stands out with detailed graphics and advanced driving model based on Havok Physics.

Farming Simulator 2013
Farming Simulator 2013

Simulation 25 October 2012

Another installment in a popular simulation game series, developed by Switzerland studio Giants Software. The game puts you in the boots of a professional farmer, who needs to properly manage and develop his farm. This requires you to cultivate land and breed stock, spending the money you earn on new, more efficient machines. The new edition traditionally brings about a score of innovations and improvements. The game features over 20 licensed machines, also new animals and plants were added, as well as details like wilting and rotting of plants. Since the game world is much more expansive than in the last game, you can now purchase land and raise additional buildings. All this comes in improved graphics. The game supports fan-created modifications.

American Truck Simulator
American Truck Simulator

Simulation 02 February 2016

The next installment in the popular truck simulation game series with an additional economic layer. The product was created by Czech studio SCS Software, who previously created its sister game - Euro Truck Simulator - and the 18 Wheels of Steel franchise. The game lets you play as a driver of a mighty 18-wheeler, whose career takes him from being an ordinary full-time corporation worker to an owner of a prosperous transport company. Gameplay mechanics is close to the previous games from SCS Software, except this time you get to traverse the key highways of the United States and Canada. The authors not only took care to faithfully recreate the American road map and its landmarks, but also implemented a wide selection of the most popular trucks on the continent.

The Sims 2
The Sims 2

Simulation 17 September 2004

A sequel to the bestselling human life simulation game – The Sims (2000). The Sims 2 was developed by Maxis Studio (SimCity, EA Land, and others) in cooperation with the Electronic Arts company. Players again take care of virtual characters leading them through their entire lives – from early childhood till elderly age. The main goal is to achieve as high Life Score as possible, which stands for how well a sim leads his/her life. When compared with its predecessor, The Sims 2 offers much more complex character creator and a wider array of available objects. A new, more efficient game engine allowed for presenting the life of the sims in fully 3D graphics.

X-Plane 11
X-Plane 11

Simulation 30 March 2017

Another edition of one of the most advanced flight simulation games in development since the 90s by Laminar Research, a studio connected to NASA. X-Plane 11 does not deviate from the standards of the series in any way and offers its players the possibility of piloting a wide variety of civilian and military aircraft — starting from light planes, through giant passenger planes, and ending with helicopters. Traditionally, the game is characterized by impressive realism both in terms of the accurate recreation of available machines and flight physics. Compared to its predecessors, the production offers a revamped user interface, enhanced avionics, and even more detailed, fully functional 3D cockpits. Moreover, the title features new buildings and roads that better recreate the characteristics of Europe as well as airports that teem with life. There, we can see all kinds of vehicles, including maintenance and other AI-controlled machines.

Spore
Spore

Simulation 03 September 2008

An unusual simulator, in which your objective is to bring to life a perfectly functioning species of organisms, starting from the lowest step on the evolution ladder. The game is developed by the legendary studio Maxis, led by Will Wright – the man responsible for such cult series as SimCity and The Sims. Mechanics combine elements of many game genres and each stage of your organism’s evolution offers a bit different quests and altered gameplay. Starting with the cell cycle and ending with a whole community, the game offers enormous scope of modification in regard to the appearance and other traits of your species. In later stages of evolution, the primitive organism gets a mouth, limbs, and other attributes that influence its ability to adapt and cope in various external conditions. With the game's progress, elements of competition with other species emerge and our, initially small, village becomes a huge metropolis with the newest technology.

War Thunder
War Thunder

Simulation 29 November 2013

A free-to-play MMO flight simulator. It was developed by Gajin Entertainment, a Russian studio which previously created such titles as Wings of Prey, Birds of Steel, and Apache: Air Assault. The players assume the role of fighter pilots and can pilot hundreds of carefully recreated World War II aircrafts. The developers made sure that battlefield reality is faithfully reflected not only in the air, but also on the land (artillery, infantry) and at sea (navy). Progress allows us to upgrade our planes, buy new kinds of weapons as well as learn new piloting skills. War Thunder stands out from its competitors thanks to its high-quality visuals and realistic flight physics.

EVE Online
EVE Online

Simulation 06 May 2003

Set in science fiction realities, an MMO simulator developed by Crowd Control Productions from Iceland. The action of EVE Online takes place in a universe called New Eden, which consists of over 5,000 star systems. On the beginning of the adventure you create your own hero by choosing his/her e.g. face, past, and origin. At first you get just a small spaceship and some credits. Your mission is to explore remote places of the universe in order to complete various story missions given by NPCs. These independent characters represent a broad spectrum of factions in which you gradually build up your position. With progress, you successively develop your avatar by acquiring new skills. The game also features ship customization. You can also upgrade vessels with new modules that influence performance, weaponry, and armor. There is no idleness in space, as creators constantly add new missions and challenges.

Elite: Dangerous
Elite: Dangerous

Simulation 16 December 2014

The fourth installment in the Elite series. The game is a space simulator created again by David Braben and the Frontier studio. Elite: Dangerous is set in the far future; after humanity had colonized countless star systems, the Universe is dominated by three superpowers: the Empire, the Federation, and the Alliance. Brave pilots seek easy money working beyond the territories controlled by these entities. The open-world game structure offers the players large amounts of freedom when it comes to exploration, trading or completing military assignments. Instead of the classic division into the solo and multiplayer modes, the creators of Elite: Dangerous allow the player to join their friends or return to single-player experience at any time.

Silent Hunter III
Silent Hunter III

Simulation 15 March 2005

Euro Truck Simulator 2: Scandinavian Expansion
Euro Truck Simulator 2: Scandinavian Expansion

Simulation 07 May 2015

The second large expansion to a popular economic game simulating truck driving, created by Czech studio SCS Software. As the title suggests, the add-on expands the game’s map by three Scandinavian countries: Denmark, Norway, and Sweden, and their respective road networks. During your career as a virtual driver you can visit such cities as Copenhagen, Oslo, Bergen, Malmo, and Karlskrona. The locations were recreated based on authentic maps and photos. There are many other landmarks, including the headquarters of the famous car manufacturers Scania and Volvo. The game also introduces new types of roads and crossroads, and since most of Scandinavian trade is moved by sea, you will be visiting several well-known harbors. Finally, you get to admire the beautiful mountain landscapes and have to deal with tough weather conditions typical of this part of the continent.

Who's Your Daddy
Who's Your Daddy

Simulation 13 May 2016

A simulation game developed by independent developer Joe Williams backed by Kickstarter users. The game depicts the hardships of taking care of a baby. In Who’s Your Daddy the players can become the child, in that case their task is to cause trouble and hurt themselves by performing various forbidden actions, or the father trying to properly take care of the child and keep it out of harm's way by putting special locks on furniture, keeping it away from the cooker and checking its temperature when it is sick. The gameplay is diversified with side missions, completing which is awarded with handy bonuses that make completion of the main objective much easier. The game focuses on multiplayer mode for two players. One player becomes the child while the other one acts as the parent. The action is shown in first-person perspective, featuring simple, three-dimensional graphics.

Microsoft Flight Simulator X
Microsoft Flight Simulator X

Simulation 13 October 2006

A new installment in the most famous civil aircraft simulator from Microsoft. The new edition stands apart with its improved visuals and support for DirectX10 multimedia libraries, enabling the developers to introduce spectacular weather effects and accurate aircraft models. The world of Microsoft Flight Simulator X is built from over 24 thousand airfields from all around the world. The players can choose from numerous authentic aircraft, from commercial airliners (including Boeing 787 and Airbus A321), through stunt planes and helicopters, and up to hydroplanes (Grumman G-21 Goose). Moreover, we are also given a Learning Center, an extensive training mode, and a number of basic missions and challenges that offer a number of hidden rewards when completed. The game contains a multiplayer component, with LAN as well as online modes. Microsoft Flight Simulator X also introduces the ability to use all of the add-ons released for the previous installments of the series.

Fernbus Simulator
Fernbus Simulator

Simulation 25 August 2016

Ready for Take off: A320 Simulator
Ready for Take off: A320 Simulator

Simulation 13 April 2017

Car Mechanic Simulator 2015
Car Mechanic Simulator 2015

Simulation 02 April 2015

A sequel to the unique simulation game developed by Polish studio Red Dot Games, whose first edition, released for PC and mobile devices, proved to be a big commercial success. Once again, we assume the role of an owner of car workshop, and our task is to build a good reputation by repairing customers’ machines. Unlike the previous installment, this game offers randomly generated missions, and limits the amount of time we are given to complete them. 16 car models are available in the game, each of them consisting of more than 200 interactive parts that need to be checked to identify the fault. In addition to the typical repair jobs, we can also carry out tasks encompassing visual and mechanical tuning, as well as - a new addition to the series - renovation. The cars we acquire on special auctions can be restored and either sold for profit, or kept for our own use, thus building our own unique collection of vehicles.

World of Warships
World of Warships

Simulation 17 September 2015

After World of Tanks and World of Warplanes, Wargaming.net (the company also known for strategy games like Massive Assault, Galactic Assault, and Order of War) brings us yet another MMO. Similarly to its predecessors, the game allows us to participate in the various armed conflicts of the twentieth-century; this time, commanding our own warship. The authors reproduced an impressive number of actual vessels with great attention to detail, taking into account not only their appearance but also firepower and numerous technical parameters. Furthermore, in order to diversify the gameplay, the creators introduced an option that enables ship modifications, adding a strategic aspect to the game. The mechanics focus around proven patterns, typical of online games and aimed primarily at competition and cooperation between players in one of several game modes available. It’s also possible to set up clans and player rankings. The in-game economy system is shared between all games in the series.