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Simulation Video Games

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.

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Farming Simulator 19
Farming Simulator 19

Simulation 20 November 2018

Farming Simulator 19 is a new installment of the popular series of farming simulators. This time, the authors decided to make a big step forward by introducing a completely new graphic engine, as well as three large open world locations.

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).

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.

World of Tanks
World of Tanks

Simulation 12 August 2010

A hugely popular MMO game developed and managed by Belarus team of Wargaming.net studio. World of Tanks focuses on thrilling battles against live players controlling tanks.

Spintires: MudRunner
Spintires: MudRunner

Simulation 31 October 2017

An advanced off-road truck simulator – Spintires: MadRunner is an enhanced version of Spintires. The game has been published by Focus Home Interactive and allows the player to drive various vehicles designed for extreme road conditions. Throughout the game, one can modify the available machines (the MadRunner edition features 13 new vehicles) and install new parts. The game delivers several large open maps located across Siberia, waiting for the player to explore. Moreover, one can complete numerous assignments (e.g. loading and transporting a timber to a specified destination within a predefined time limit) either on his own or via the online cooperative mode with up to three other players. The difficulty of these assignments lies in the fact that the terrain one has to traverse is subjected to real-time deformations – one’s vehicle can easily get stuck in the mud or fall off a cliff. In such case, a player has to use the automatic hoisting winch.

Paralives
Paralives

Simulation TBA

Paralives is a simulator of life with an extensive editor, which gives a number of possibilities to change colors, textures, sizes and shapes of objects.

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.

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.

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.

SnowRunner
SnowRunner

Simulation 28 April 2020

Continuation of an advanced simulator of heavy off-road vehicles from Saber Interactive studio. MudRunner 2 develops the ideas of its predecessor, again focusing on working with heavy equipment in extreme conditions.

Green Hell
Green Hell

Simulation 05 September 2019

A survival game, in which you find yourself stranded in the Amazon Jungle. To survive, you have not only to gather food and water, but also learn to light bonfires, hunt, craft useful equipment, and build shelters.

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.

House Flipper
House Flipper

Simulation 17 May 2018

A unique investing and building construction simulation game by Empyrean. You play as a businessman, who buys housings in need of renovation. As such property often features many nasty surprises, you have to refurbish, clean and furnish the flat, so that you can sell it for profit. This involves tearing down unnecessary walls, getting rid of any pests or fixing damaged wiring. In House Flipper you use various tools, including an irreplaceable hammer. Furnishing the housing involves buying furniture and decorations, which you then have to put in proper places.

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.

Amazing Cultivation Simulator
Amazing Cultivation Simulator

Simulation 25 November 2020

A simulation game about creating your own sect, which mixes elements of survival, RPG and strategy. Amazing Cultivation Simulator has gained great popularity in China, and its creators were inspired by such games as Dwarf Fortress and Rimworld.

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.

My Summer Car
My Summer Car

Simulation TBA

A simulation game developed by independent Finnish developer who uses nickname Royal John Love. The title enables the player to repair old and wrecked cars as a fan of 90s cars, who one beautiful summer decides to fix his old sports car. When the game starts, the player has only a tractor and a van useful when transporting larger parts. The pieces ordered by mail must be installed while focusing on details like selection of proper tools and correct combination of all engine parts. The player can also improve the car’s performance and even install a modern audio system. Complete vehicle can be used to travel through the open world of the game that recreates many aspects of the hobby, including irresponsible ones like drinking beer while driving.

Microsoft Flight Simulator
Microsoft Flight Simulator

Simulation 18 August 2020

A realistic civil aircraft simulator. Microsoft Flight Simulator faithfully recreates a rich set of licensed machines and an area of the entire globe, using satellite data, artificial intelligence processing power and the Azure data cloud.

Firefighting Simulator: The Squad
Firefighting Simulator: The Squad

Simulation 17 November 2020

Firefighting Simulator is another game from Astragon Entertainment, a studio that specializes in simulations. This time, we take the role of a firefighter and take part in various rescue operations where we have to put out fires and take care of the aftermath of other calamities. Action is presented from a first-person perspective. We do our job in many various locations: detached houses, mansions, public buildings, and factories. Firefighting Simulator was created in cooperation with Rosenbauer Group, one of the leading manufacturers of firefighting equipment. Thanks to that, we use the same equipment as the real firefighters, including the Rosenbauer TP3 Pumper firetruck. The game uses Unreal Engine 4 which makes its visuals truly stunning.

Star Citizen
Star Citizen

Simulation TBA

A space simulator created by Chris Roberts and the Cloud Imperium Games developer team. The plot of Star Citizen is set in the 30th century. Humanity, united under the banner of United Earth Empire, has begun the colonization of the universe, encountering many alien races in its course. It is a unique opportunity for adventurous pilots to gain fame and wealth, as well as the treasured status of an intergalactic empire citizen. The gameplay combines elements of spaceship simulator, shooter, cRPG, as well as economic strategy. The game offers two modes. Squadron 42 is an offline campaign, in which the player-controlled character joins an elite squadron of star fighters. For MMO aficionados, the developers have created the Galaxy Mode, allowing them to play with thousands of others. Spectacular visuals of Star Citizen are generated by the CryEngine 3 engine.

Car Mechanic Simulator 2018
Car Mechanic Simulator 2018

Simulation 28 July 2017

The third installment of a unique simulation series that begun in 2014, developed by Polish studio PlayWay. The player assumes the role of a car mechanic who attempts to promote themselves with a number of high-profile jobs. Our task is simple – find the issue, remove the individual parts to get access to the faulty part and finally replace it with a brand new element. The title is characteristic for its detailed, simulation-like gameplay. The authors introduced various helpful features, such as highlights for individual elements. Moreover, each vehicle can be taken for a test drive and repainted. The game is characteristic for its decent visuals, with faithfully-recreated models of over forty vehicles and an impressively detailed workshop.

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.

The Sims 4: Snowy Escape
The Sims 4: Snowy Escape

Simulation 13 November 2020

The Sims 4: Snowy Escape is another add-on to the popular life simulator. The DLC introduces, among others, Japan-inspired mountain village Mt. Komorebi and new mechanics influencing the behaviour of the Sims - lifestyle and feelings.

Farming Simulator 19: Alpine Farming Expansion
Farming Simulator 19: Alpine Farming Expansion

Simulation 12 November 2020

Alpine Farming Expansion is an expansion to the Farming Simulator 19. The add-on introduces a new mountain map - Erlengrat - and over 30 models of agricultural machinery. GIANTS Software is again responsible for the DLC.

Raft
Raft

Simulation 2021

A survival game, in which you're drifting at sea on the eponymous raft. Your task is mostly gathering resources and food, improving your raft, and crafting useful tools, which is often made more difficult by marine predators.

VTOL VR
VTOL VR

Simulation 03 August 2020

A flight simulation game by Boundless Dynamics, developed for VR gear and motion controllers. The game is set in the near future, and you play as the pilot of the eponymous VTOL (vertical take-off and landing) aircraft. During the game, you have many missions to complete, including e.g. transporting land units, escorting and protecting other planes, and fighting enemies. Combat may take place in the air or involve bombing ground facilities. The game utilizes a first-person perspective, and you can look around the cockpit by moving your head. By using motion controllers you move the pilot's hands, controlling the throttle and various levers and switches in the cockpit. The 3D visuals are average in quality, although the cockpit of the VTOL aircraft is very detailed.