Simulation games have always been hugely popular, ever since PCs and consoles have the ability to power them. Simulation games are even often used to test real-life scenarios and situations. But it’s not something to stress about.
The fascination with simulation games is mainly due to the fact that they allow people to find themselves in situations that they would not normally encounter. Want to fly a plane? Maybe a spaceship? Maybe you want to be the mayor of a city. The possibilities are vast depending on your preferences.
Simulation games have come a long way, but most of them are still only on PC. Here are 6 of the best simulation games you need to try.
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#6 The Sims 4
Available on: PC, PS4, Xbox One
The Sims is a classic simulation game series that has been around for almost 20 years. The Sims 4 is the latest release that lets you play the same life simulation and more. Create your character, start a family, start a career, and live a life you can’t live in the real world.
The Sims 4 also has the ability to grow your character from baby to teen to adult and old age, allowing you to live a life full of character. The Sims 4 also has plenty of replayability so you can run through multiple scenarios.
#5 Weapon 3
Available on: PC
Arma 3 is a military simulation game that can also be an open-world shooter. The game lets you create multiple scenarios in their multiplayer sandbox. Many players have created situations such as the US army infiltrating the Taliban and many similar scenarios.
Arma 3 is much harder than regular FPS games. Since it emulates the real world army, you should exercise extreme caution and play your games as if you were a real soldier.
Arma 3 has a huge modding community and custom content. PUBG, one of the most famous Battle Royale games today, was born as a mod in Arma 3.
#4 Two Point Hospital
Available on: PC, coming to Xbox One, PS4 and Nintendo Switch on February 25, 2020
Two Point Hospital is a lightweight hospital management simulation game that is widely considered the spiritual successor to a similar game Theme Hospital (1997). You have to manage the hospital business and grow as much as possible in the fictional setting.
The game includes running the business, building rooms, ensuring patients are fed and treated properly, and managing resources appropriately. It gained popularity even soon after its release and it is well deserved. Two Point Hospital has earned its place among the best simulation games due to its lightness and management stress.
#4 Kerbal Space Program
Available on: PC, PS4, Xbox One
If you love space and space travel, Kerbal Space Program is the game for you. In this game, you control an alien race called the Kerbals and you have to build spaceships for exploration. The game uses realistic aerodynamics and orbital physics which also applies to your spaceship/rocket.
You can also control and manage a crew while exploring the vastness of the cosmos. The game is a slightly simpler version of No Man’s Sky, except it uses much more realistic physics and engineering principles.
Kerbal Space Program 2 has also been announced and is expected to release in 2020.
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#2 City Skylines
Available on: PC, PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch
Cities Skylines is a city builder and simulation where you have to build a city from scratch on a chosen terrain. You have to manage residential areas, commercial areas, special economic zones, electricity, water, roads and much more.
Cities Skylines places you as the mayor of the city you are building and you must keep your citizens happy or they will leave. If this happens, it can snowball very hard. The game gives you a budget that you need to manage and advance your city. You can build the city of your dreams as you see fit.
Cities Skylines offers much more than the old SimCity had to offer. The complexity and mechanics of the game make it one of the best simulation games.
#1 Euro Truck Simulator 2
Available on: PC
Who would have thought that driving a truck through a graphically rendered version of Europe would be one of the best simulation games? Euro Truck Simulator 2 is more than that and beyond.
The objective of the game is simple, you just need to deliver goods between different European cities, which are modeled after their real life counterparts. You can also expand your business by hiring other truckers and buying trucks.
There have been several expansions that unlock new territories and cities in Europe. One of the best parts of the game is the “radio” feature which not only offers great songs but also lets you play your own selection of songs.
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