Xbox Game Pass is loaded with amazing content, and the service has a lot of simulation games. These types of games generally try to mimic real-life activities and situations in a way that allows players to explore them on a deeper level. They often provide some sort of puzzle to solve or require strategies to complete them successfully.
The large number of simulation games in this subscription service should be enough to make you consider signing up. Some of the games are limited to a specific device, but the others on Xbox Game Pass are enough to be worth it.
PC Prison Architect (PC)
If you wanted to design your own prison, look no further than Prison Architect PC, especially when there are a few tips and tricks to help you out. You must not only build the prison, but also staff it.
Prison Architect PC even offers different modes in which you can try to escape your own prison or go online to test another player’s prison. Although it comes with a bit of a learning curve, this simulation offers a lot of depth and content.
Cities: Skylines (PC and console)
Growing a city is a difficult process, but it’s a process you can undertake in Cities: Skylines. This game tasks you with adding buildings, creating roads, and improving the lives of your citizens.
You can even add other forms of transportation such as buses and subways, or create policies to restrict actions in certain areas. There’s even an After Dark mode where you have to deal with the needs of a city’s nightlife, along with other purchasable DLCs to expand the gameplay.
Microsoft Flight Simulator: Standard (PC)
Those who have always dreamed of flying a multitude of planes should download a game called Microsoft Flight Simulator: Standard. You can take your plane anywhere in the world and choose from a variety of planes.
It even has realistic weather conditions to show what it’s like to be in the cockpit when Mother Nature decides to throw a curve ball. There are some pretty hilarious sights to see, so step into your own cockpit and explore the world from a whole new perspective.
Endless Legend (PC)
Endless Legend tasks you with building an empire from the ground up with a turn-based twist. You can choose from 14 factions and then use them to collect resources to help your empire grow.
Players must also raise armies to expand, and you can form alliances with other factions along the way. It’s driven by a main story, but the strategy involved is what sets it apart from other simulation games.
Survive Mars (PC and Console)
Mars is the planet the world thinks will be the next colonized, and this game puts you in control. Some tips are that you need to gather supplies and find out its secrets, but the most important goal is just to survive.
Surviving Mars gives you the opportunity to do things like grow your own food and build new structures, but beware of challenges that may arise along the way.
VA-11 Hall-A: Cyberpunk Bartender (PC)
VA-11 Hall-A: Cyberpunk Bartender may seem a bit odd at first glance, but it’s worth it. You work as a bartender in a world populated by humans infected with nanomachines. It’s not your standard pretend game in a way, although the drinks you make for your customers will determine the outcome of the story.
Two-point hospital (PC and console)
It takes years of training to become a hospital administrator, but now you can skip schooling and jump straight into this career at Two Point Hospital. You have to build a variety of rooms that diagnose and cure various illnesses of patients. Two Point Hospital is a hidden gem on PS4 that many gamers missed in 2020.
Unfortunately, not all patients will succeed, but that is the price to pay for creating a chain of hospitals. The diseases are strange and the staff need to be trained, although you will end up having the best hospitals in the whole area.
Plebby Quest: The Crusades (PC)
The Crusades were a tumultuous time in European history, and now you can experience it in this simulation game. You will be in charge of a kingdom and it’s up to you to keep it standing, rather than being reduced to ashes in a war.
Plebby Quest: The Crusades takes the game to a whole new level as you also participate in meetings with other leaders and your tactical decisions will change the fate of their choices.
Rise Of Nations: Extended Edition (PC)
Rise Of Nations: Extended Edition is a combination of a simulation and strategy game all in one. You can choose to lead any of the 24 nations and command military units to launch strategic attacks. There are plenty of cards to play, as well as an online multiplayer mode so you can challenge others online and see who made the best nation.
Five nights at Freddy’s (PC and console)
If horror is more your thing, then you should play Five Nights at Freddy’s. You will play as a security guard for a pizzeria where Freddy is an animatronic bear who becomes evil at night. The power only lasts a very long time each night and it’s up to you to protect yourself in order to survive the five nights, even if you are helpless.
Five Nights at Freddy’s is certainly more of a traditional horror game than a simulation, but it does provide a (terrifying) glimpse into the life of a security guard.
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