Top PC Simulation Games of All Time

Simulation games are bizarrely popular. Truck Simulator, Garbage Truck Simulator, Train Simulator, Rock Simulator, Police Simulator… Goat Simulator. The appeal of some of these games is hard to understand, especially when many of them are simply virtual versions of real life jobs. At least Goat Simulator doesn’t take itself seriously.

Oh, Goat Simulator, how glorious you are. This goat isn’t going to take any messing around, butting anything that gets in his way, launching himself into the air, crashing down to the ground with a thumb, and generally being a badass. This one-time joke went on to become a massive hit, in part thanks to the game’s popularity on YouTube. It’s a game that’s fun to mess about it, and a stark departure from the other simulators on the market - because it’s not really much of a sim at all.

When you sacrifice people to the got gods, you know you’re playing something special. Here are the best PC simulation games of all time.

  • 30.


    If you are a huge Sims fan, this simple 'town in your pocket' might hold some worth for you, but if you are looking for something with a little more depth then it will likely be a disappointment. Collected together, the Sim titles from the past two decades make for one of... more

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  • 29.

    Silent Hunter III

    Silent Hunter III proves that simulations can be fun, but suffers from an imbalance between accessibility and historical accuracy. There's a long running argument in videogames journalism about what... more

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  • 28.

    Black & White 2

    God does move in mysterious ways. He can even make a flawed game into an entertaining one. "Play good, play bad, play god," the tagline on the back of the game box... more

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  • 27.

    FIFA Manager 06

    A thoroughly enjoyable and engrossing experience, that offers a great deal of depth should you want to explore. I have to confess that I haven't played a football management game since... more

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  • 26.

    The Sims 2 Open for Business

    Open for Business really does the business, with plenty of new items and content. Worthy of recruiting into your empire. My favourite Bushism is the immortal "The problem with the French is that... more

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  • 25.

    Premier Manager 2006-2007

    Premier Manager doesn't pretend to be something it's not. It's is a fun introduction to management, and, as a smaller, friendlier version of the royalty it once was, it stands up quite well. Way back in the summer of 1992 when I was all but a glimmer of the... more

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  • 24.

    The Settlers II 10th Anniversary

    For all its undeniable charm and nostalgic worth, The Settlers II is never really more than a retro retread that will probably only appeal to those who remember the series fondly. One thing you will learn from playing The Settlers II is what men will... more

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  • 23.

    Sid Meier's Railroads

    Sid Meier's Railroads is a game that comes frustratingly close to excellence without ever justifying such a tag. Let me get one obvious misconception out of the way: Sid Meier's Railroads... more

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  • 22.

    Championship Manager 2010 Review

    Championship Manager 2010

    Championship Manager 2010 is the most disappointing entry in the series we've ever played, but it's also the best in years. Ever since the Championship Manager series changed hands to Beautiful Game... more

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  • 21.

    The Sims 3 Review

    The Sims 3

    The franchise has successfully managed to spread itself across multiple platforms, but it seems as though the 3DS takes more away from it than it adds. It's a beautiful day over at the office. The sun is shining,... more

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  • 20.

    Kitty Powers' Love Life review

    Kitty Powers' Matchmaker

    Kitty Powers is back, and she's giving you a lot to grab onto. Love Life isn't paced quite as well as Matchmaker, but organising the entire relationship of a town full of couples is a great challenge. Kitty always leaves you wanting more.  In Love Life, as in real life, relationships only grow more complicated with... more

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  • 19.

    Evil Genius

    One of the freshest management games in years, Evil Genius provides a neat twist on the genre and is great fun too. It's often said that bad guys have all the fun. Being one of the nicest... more

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  • 18.

    Football Manager 2006

    Football Manager Handheld is a perfect example of how to port a franchise to a handheld without sacrificing what made the game so great in the first place. Who'd be a manager? Well, a lot of people I would imagine. While sat at home... more

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  • 17.

    The Movies: Stunts & Effects

    Could The Movies live without Stunts & Effects? Probably, but it's more entertaining thanks to the additions found in the expansion. Can you imagine films without special effects? Would The Matrix have been... more

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  • 16.

    Spore: Creature Creator Review

    Spore: Creature Creator

    Little problems aside, Spore: Creature Creator is something everyone with a capable PC or Mac should try out. Spore: Creature Creator tells me a few things: creating new species is great... more

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  • 15.

    Battlestations: Pacific Review

    Battlestations: Pacific

    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. Battlestations Midway was a rather unusual hybrid of a game, a mix of... more

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  • 14.

    The Sims 4 Review

    The Sims 4

    The feature list is bare, but the Sims themselves are incredible. Pools, like garden flamingos, are an almost iconic part of The Sims... more

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  • 13.

    Football Manager 2015 Review

    Football Manager 2015

    Whether you’re scrawling tactics onto a board or on the training pitch in a tracksuit, Sports Interactive has crafted another great Football Manager experience for you. The sense of helplessness felt by managers at times of strife can be... more

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  • 12.

    Football Manager 2016 Review

    Football Manager 2016

    Football Manager 2016 is complete misery, heartache, and bouts of pure anger – directed at a bunch of numbers. But I love it. It's amazing how a game can make you care about a group of people who I had... more

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  • 11.

    Prison Architect Review

    Prison Architect

    Prison Architect is a full-on sim that will eat your time. If you fancy a dark look inside the running of a prison, look no further. Prison Architect isn't a nice game. Don't let the basic, twee appearance of... more

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  • 10.

    Farming Simulator 17 Review (toddler edition)

    Farming Simulator 17

    Lots of tractors. Hens. Trailers. People driving tractors. Combine harvesters. No train on train track. A video review with Tom and his three-year-old son, Jacob. Usually we'd have... more

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  • 9.

    The Movies

    The Movies is ambitious, but Peter Molyneux and his team at Lionhead have pulled it off. There's no doubt that The Movies is one of the most entertaining PC games of the year. Anyone with a creative bone in their body has at one time or another thought... more

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  • 8.

    Football Manager 2007

    Fans of last year's console title will be thrilled by the new control scheme, making the game even more of a social life risk than before. You'll be playing this until FM 2008. Some things simply get better over time, and the Football Manager series is... more

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  • 7.

    Football Manager 2008

    We expect fans of the series and newcomers alike to be wholly satisfied with Football Manager 2008. Time to lock the door, order some pizza and unscrew the coke. Football football football. Does it ever end? If you're not a football... more

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  • 6.

    Viva Piñata Review

    Viva Piñata

    Viva Piñata: Pocket Paradise might not be the perfect handheld game for kids and the whole family but it's pretty close. The premise of Viva Piñata is exceedingly simple: create a garden and... more

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  • 5.

    Football Manager 2009 Review

    Football Manager 2009

    If you want fancy yourself as the next Alex Ferguson, Football Manager 2009 might be the only game you'll need until this time next year. The ups and downs of football management are like nothing else. Following an... more

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  • 4.

    Flower Review


    Conventional it may not be, but Flower possesses the kind of creative beauty that rarely surfaces in full-budget games - let alone a £6.29 PSN title. A lonely flower sits on a table in a dilapidated flat, somewhere deep in the... more

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  • 3.

    Football Manager 2010 Review

    Football Manager 2010

    Sports Interactive has produced the best version of FM yet, so it's easy to recommend FM 2010 to anyone with an interest in taking their team to league and cup glory. I used to spend most of my waking hours in front of Football Manager,... more

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  • 2.

    Football Manager 2011 Review

    Football Manager 2011

    This year Sports Interactive has made a game that feels like the most essential for a very long time. Being a manager has never been so realistic or as much fun. It's time for another entry in the Football Manager series. Usually these... more

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  • 1.

    Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition Review


    4J Studios has played its part in one of gaming's grandest success story with affable competence, allowing console owners to grab their tools and build something in Mojang's intricate world Minecraft is only limited by your imagination. The limit of my imagination,... more

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