The Top 5 Simulations Games on PC

Sometimes in life, we all need a little break from reality, and I for one don’t think there’s a better way to spend that break by playing a video game that simulates reality. This seems a bit crazy, right? Well, simulation games have come a long way since their original inception. Recently the industry saw a huge rise in the number of simulation games.

Some of those games might have been a bit on the jokey side, but for all the laughs, it helped the industry grow and now more and more simulation games are being made.

Over the years there have been some excellent simulation titles that have innovated and pushed the boundaries of the genre. Today we’re looking into some of our favorites both past and present.

Get in touch and let us know if you agree with our list and what 5 games you would include in your Top 5 Simulation Games.

The Sims 4

The Sims 4 (our review) had something of a troubled start to its life. Shortly after its release, the results didn’t look great, but after a few patches and changes, I’m happy to say that this is probably the best Sim game yet.

We could have included a whole bunch of Sim’s games on our list, but that would be cheating. Instead, we’ve gone with The Sims 4 due to its graphical upgrades and improved building and living mechanics. Cooking and the other learning mechanics have also been improved and there’s a load of different recipes for your Sims to learn.

The Sims 4 allows a level of free roaming with the Sim world. There are multiple towns or locations for you home to choose from, along with a plenty of jobs to make a career from.

The quirkiness that made us fall in love with Sims in the first place is still here and it’s better than ever. Designing and building your house is easy than ever, but more than anything else, it’s fun.

Be prepared to lose countless hours living your life in this world, instead of doing it in the real world.

Flight Simulator X

The chances are that when someone mentions a simulator game you think of one or two games; The Sims and Flight Simulator. Microsoft’s latest take off is Flight Simulator X, a culmination of everything they have learned from previous titles, streamlined and refined.

It’s rare to have a simulation game that seems to encompass everything gamers want. Flight Simulator X is unique in that it appeals to both the casual and the more hardcore market. Want to fly fighter jets under bridges? Go ahead. Want to grab your flight stick and test your professionalism in a commercial aircraft? That’s also fine.

Flight Simulator X is no one trick pony - it’s detailed and it’s fun. Mod support is massive for this title and you can add some truly amazing things in the game pretty easily. New maps and planes are there waiting for you to experience.

Buckle your seat belts and grab some refreshments as you take to the sky in the ultimate plane simulation experience.

Rollercoaster Tycoon 2

I have no idea how many hours I’ve spent playing this game, but I could hazard a guess that it’s a lot. There’s nothing quite like building insane Rollercoaster’s whilst trying to manage the clean up of passengers sick post ride.

Rollercoaster Tycoon 2 had everything you’d want in a park simulation games. Creating custom Rollercoaster’s and then naming them something ridiculous was not only fun, but it also gave you a sense of ownership. You could spend hours and even days creating the park, a maze of crazy and wild rides that only the bravest pixels would dare to tackle.

Rollercoaster Tycoon 2 opened developer’s eyes to what a simulation game can and should be. The genre owes a lot to masterful games like Rollercoaster Tycoon 2 as not only was the bar set for what makes a great game, but it also pushed others to go better.

That said, park simulation games have not been the same since around this time and the market is crying out for something to fill that gap. Here’s hoping for Rollercoaster Tycoon 3 in 2018.

Surgeon Simulator 2013

Having surgery would be a completely different story if the real world was anything like Surgeon Simulator 2013. Despite the title, this game does not lean on the tag of being a realistic simulation, but that’s not the point of this game.

Surgeon Simulator 2013 is part of a sub-genre of comedy-esq simulation games. It’s rise to popularity can be largely attributed to a long list of YouTubers providing laughs and quite terrifying let’s play videos.

We’ve all had the question “how easy would it be to perform open heart surgery?” or is that just me? Well in this game you can. Spend your Friday nights removing a spleen instead of drinking.

Players have the option to really make a mess of things in Surgeon Simulator 2013, but it’s part of the fun. If you don’t believe me, there are plenty of YouTube videos out there that show just how fun this game can be.

Kerbal Space Program

Kerbal Space Program is a cute looking game, but with an incredible amount of details. It’s a physics based simulator that has players design and constructs a would be spacecraft and then launching it into the final frontier.

This game is deep and that not just because of its impressive physics system. It’s also one of the most addictive games I’ve played in a long time. There’s something mesmerizing about tweaking your creation ever so slightly and then seeing it blast off at near perfect precision.

There’s a degree of great difficulty in this game, but when something goes right it’s so satisfying. There are plenty of online guides and tips to help you along the way, so don’t feel like you’re alone if you’re struggling.

Kerbal Space Program may not be the most realistic simulator, but given that space exploration itself is one of man’s greatest endeavors, I think they did a pretty good job.

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Constantly threatening to write a book, but always with a story to tell. Tom has a typical northern English soul. He may sound as mundane as Jon Snow, but at least he tries to articulate. Lover of video games, comics, geek pop culture and wishing he could play Dungeons & Dragons.