Top Simulation Games of All Time
Simulation and games are are odd couple. Gaming if often about escapism, yet simulation attempts to bring real world activities to life in a virtual world. Often a simulation can give the user the opportunity to do something impossible in real life, like flying a plane or becoming a goat.
Sims aren't all occupation based, with the some focussing on managing the lives of people either in minute detail or from above as a kind of overlord.
The Sims franchise is one of the most successful PC titles of all time, offering players the ability to not only create, but also watch how these virtual people interact in the world, becoming more complete personalities over time.
SimCity is simulation on the opposite end of the spectrum with big picture decisions affecting those going about their business. Then there's the multitude of occupation simulations, such driving cars, trains and planes, but also operating farming and construction site equipment. If you can think it, the chances are that you can sim it.
One of the freshest management games in years, Evil Genius provides a neat twist on the genre and is great fun too.
Could The Movies live without Stunts & Effects? Probably, but it's more entertaining thanks to the additions found in the expansion.
The depth and balance in SimCity DS is a rare treat for DS owners, and is astounding considering the genuine pick-up-and-play qualities the game has.
Anno 1701 offers engrossing escapism and a refreshing alternative to more aggressive gaming themes. It's a great little title that deserves a huge chunk of your time.
Trauma Center is right up there with the best the Wii has to offer, delivering solid controls and a thoroughly entertaining single-player storyline.
There's no getting away from the fact that Stuntman: Ignition is an infuriating game, but that doesn't automatically make it a bad one. Perseverance will reveal a highly rewarding experience.
Little problems aside, Spore: Creature Creator is something everyone with a capable PC or Mac should try out.
Although more of the same, newcomers will find this a lot of fun, while veterans are likely to find it hard to resist once again crossing with animals in their town.
New Blood is incredibly difficult and frustrating in places, but it's still a recommended purchase if the idea of carving up skin, lasering tumours and drawing five-point stars floats your boat.
If you're prepared to push through its choppier moments, you'll find a rich and highly enjoyable game that should keep you occupied for months.