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Best Simulation Games Rated PEGI 18 and Older on PlayStation 4

Simulation video games aim to create play around closely simulated real-world activities. This could be a battlefield, landscape, motor racing, farming, flying or just a kitchen.

The novelty is that you are not only playing a game but interacting with complex systems modelling the real-world in some way. This opens the door for creative and inventive approaches to succeeding in the game. It also provides the player with an open-world in which to spend time simply experiencing the simulation.

Almost any game can offer a simulation experience as this can combine with most genres to skew gameplay in a more realistic and open direction. This can mean that players enjoy a particular game not because of the shooting or racing but because it's a chance to spend time in a simulated world or system they enjoy.

From an educational and experiential perspective, a simulation game offers an entirely new way to learn and understand the world. Rather than a cold or external understanding of how things work, this offers an embodied experience of a system as the player moves and interacts with the simulation from within.

DetailsGenre Details

Era: 2000 - 2024
Total Games: 32
Total Likes: 448
 

 

Alien: Isolation

Release Date: 06/10/2014, updated in 2019

Out Now: Android, Mac, PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS

Skill Rating: 14+ year-olds

Components: 3D First-Person

Alien: Isolation is an adventure horror game set in space, remastered in 2019 from the 2014 game due to its popularity. You play Amanda who is trying to find out the truth behind her mother's disappearance. You explore Sevastopol, a decommissioned...

The Forest

Release Date: 30/05/2014

Out Now: PC and PS4

Skill Rating: 14+ year-olds

Components: 3D First-Person, Day and Night and Open World

The Forest is a survival horror game where you are the only passenger to live after a plane crash. You explore a mysterious forest to find food, shelter and safety but soon have to battle strange cannibalistic people.

Kingdoms of Amalur: Re-Reckoning

Release Date: 10/02/2012, updated in 2020

Out Now: PC, PS3, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox 360 and Xbox One

Components: 3D First-Person and Open World

Kingdoms of Amalur: Re-Reckoning is an adventure where you set out from the vibrant city of Rathir to rescue a world torn apart by a vicious war. Along with its huge scale, the game offers nuanced character development and a political system where you...

Conan Exiles

Release Date: 30/01/2017

Out Now: PC, PS4, Xbox One and Xbox X|S

Components: 3D Third-Person, Day and Night, Open World and Persistant World

Conan Exiles is an online survival game, set in the lands of Conan the Barbarian. Similar to games like Ark or Green Hell, you start with nothing and must use resources you find in the open-world sandbox. On your own or with friends, you build a base...

Darkwood

Release Date: 17/08/2017, updated in 2022

Out Now: Mac, PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox X|S

Skill Rating: 14+ year-olds

Components: 2D Overhead, Day and Night, Open World and Pixels

Darkwood is a survival horror role-play where you must scavenge the forest to fortify your cabin ready for the strange and disturbing attacks of each night. You play by exploring the grotesque open world that changes each day then get back to hunker...

Red Faction (Series)

Release Date: 22/05/2001, updated in 2018

Out Now: PC, PS3, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox 360 and Xbox One

Components: 3D First-Person, 3D Third-Person, Day and Night and Open World

Red Faction is a series of shooting and sabotage games. Although the games differ in terms of player perspective, they all share the ability to destroy anything in the environment. The novelty is how believably building collapse. Bring down a wall or...

Terror of Hemasaurus

Release Date: 17/10/2022, updated in 2022

Out Now: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Skill Rating: 11+ year-olds

Components: 2D Side-On and Pixels

Terror of Hemasaurus is a retro fighting game where you smash up a destructible city as a giant monster. Play is like the classic Rampage arcade game, here though you can use the game's physics to inflict greater damage, chain reactions and combos. It's...

Assassin's Creed Odyssey

Release Date: 05/10/2018

Out Now: PC, PS4, Stadia and Xbox One

Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds

Components: 3D Third-Person, Day and Night and Open World

Assassin's Creed Odyssey is an action role-playing game set in the years 431–422 BCE during a mythological history of the Peloponnesian War between Athens and Sparta. You play as a male or female mercenary fighting on both sides and attempting to...

This War Of Mine

Release Date: 14/11/2014, updated in 2016

Out Now: Android, Mac, PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox One, Xbox X|S and iOS

Skill Rating: 13+ year-olds

Components: 2D Side-On and Day and Night

This War Of Mine is a narrative strategy game inspired by the 1992–96 Siege of Sarajevo, this is a war game where you play the civilian trying to survive during the fighting. You face tough decisions on how to spend time and resources each day to...

Assassin's Creed Origins

Release Date: 26/10/2017

Out Now: PC, PS4, Stadia, Xbox One and Xbox X|S

Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds

Components: 3D Third-Person and Open World

Assassin's Creed Origins is an adventure set in Ancient Egypt near the end of the Ptolemaic period (49–44 BC). This game in the series goes back to the start of the centuries-long conflict between the Assassins (who fight for peace by promoting...

Dead by Daylight

Release Date: 14/06/2016, updated in 2020

Out Now: Android, PS4, Stadia, Switch, Xbox One, Xbox X|S and iOS

Skill Rating: 16+ year-olds

Components: 3D Third-Person

Dead by Daylight is a survival horror game where one player takes on the role of a killer and another other four try and work together to survive. It's unusual because of this asynchronous play and its cross-over with different franchise-inspired themes.

The Elder Scrolls (Series)

Release Date: 11/11/2011, updated in 2017

Out Now: PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Components: 3D Third-Person, Day and Night and Open World

The Elder Scrolls is a series of action role-playing games that take you to detailed open worlds with free-form gameplay. The series has sold more than 58 million copies.

Assassin's Creed IV Black Flag

Release Date: 29/10/2013

Out Now: PS3, PS4, Switch, Wii U, Xbox 360 and Xbox One

Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds

Components: 3D Third-Person, Day and Night, Open World and Weather

Assassin's Creed IV Black Flag is an action-adventure game set in a fictional telling of real-world events around the 18th Century Caribbean during the Golden Age of Piracy. You run, jump, climb, explore and fight as a notorious Welsh pirate Edward...

Green Hell

Release Date: 05/09/2019, updated in 2021

Out Now: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Skill Rating: 16+ year-olds

Components: 3D First-Person, Day and Night and Open World

Green Hell is an intentionally hard open-world survival game. You are abandoned in the Amazonian rain forest with no equipment or food, just your wits. In order to survive, you must utilise real-world survival technics to build your shelter; start...

Watch Dogs Legion

Release Date: 29/10/2020

Out Now: PC, PS4, PS5, Stadia, Xbox One and Xbox X|S

Components: 3D Third-Person, Day and Night and Open World

Watch Dogs Legion is an adventure game, the third instalment in the Watch Dogs series. It's set in a fictionalised future dystopian London. You play hackers in the group DedSec seeking to clear their name for bombings in the city.

Hitman (Series)

Release Date: 01/01/2000, updated in 2023

Out Now: Mac, PC, PS4, PS5, Stadia, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox X|S

Skill Rating: 14+ year-olds

Components: 3D Third-Person and Open World

Hitman 3 is a stealth game where you take on assassination missions and then figure out how to execute them. The dynamic situations you enter unfold as you play and you can try different approaches.

Mafia Definitive Edition

Release Date: 29/08/2002, updated in 2020

Out Now: Mac, PC, PS4, PS5 and Xbox One

Components: 3D Third-Person, Day and Night and Open World

Mafia Definitive Edition is a series of action/adventure games about being in the Mafia. You play Tommy Angelo, a poor hard-working cab driver who gets caught up in a fight between two crime families. You explore a large open city taking on criminal...

DayZ

Release Date: 03/07/2019

Out Now: PC, PS4 and Xbox One

Skill Rating: 14+ year-olds

Components: 3D Third-Person, Day and Night, Open World, Persistant World and Weather

DayZis a post-apocalyptic open-world survival game. The population are infected with an unknown virus and you play as one of the few who are immune. You fight other survivors for limited resources and weapons. However, If you die there are no extra...

Far Cry 6 (Series)

Release Date: 07/10/2021

Out Now: PC, PS4, PS5, Stadia, Xbox One and Xbox X|S

Components: 3D First-Person, Day and Night and Open World

Far Cry 6 is the sixth in the series of shooting games. Set on a fictional Caribbean island ruled as a dictatorship, you are guerrilla fighter Dani Rojas aiming to topple the regime. You explore the world and work to liberate the people you find - with...

Dishonored (Series)

Release Date: 09/10/2012, updated in 2017

Out Now: PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One

Skill Rating: 14+ year-olds

Components: 3D First-Person

Dishonored is an adventure game series set in the fictional, plague-ridden industrial city of Dunwall. You play Corvo Attano, bodyguard to the Empress of the Isles. But you are framed for her murder and forced to become an assassin.

Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor (Series)

Release Date: 30/09/2014, updated in 2017

Out Now: PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One

Components: 3D Third-Person and Open World

Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor and Middle-earth: Shadow of War is an adventure series set in Tolkein's fictional work, between The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. You play Talion, a Ranger who sets out to avenge the deaths of his loved one. The...

Back 4 Blood

Release Date: 12/10/2021

Out Now: PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One and Xbox X|S

Components: 3D Third-Person

Back 4 Blood is a multiplayer shooting game where a team of four players work together to survive zombie-infested areas.

Hunt: Showdown

Release Date: 20/09/2019

Out Now: PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One and Xbox X|S

Components: 3D First-Person

Hunt: Showdown is a high stakes shooting game set in the 1895 swamps of Louisiana, where you are hunting savage, nightmarish monsters. Either alone or in teams you search for clues to find and defeat the target before other players. You are then...

Pay Day 2 (Series)

Release Date: 13/08/2013, updated in 2021

Out Now: PC, PS3, PS4, Switch, Xbox 360 and Xbox One

Components: 3D First-Person

Pay Day 2 is a shooting adventure game. You are part of a criminal gang who do various heists such as bank and jewellery store robberies, as well as contract work and drug deals. It stands out for the thrill of breaking the law, committing violent...

The Signifier

Release Date: 15/10/2020

Out Now: Mac, PC, PS4 and Xbox One

Components: 3D First-Person

The Signifier is a horror adventure game where you explore a murder victim's memories to discover how they were killed. As the memories you visit disintegrate you pass between the real and the badly remembered to piece together a narrative that is...

Days Gone

Release Date: 26/04/2019, updated in 2021

Out Now: PC and PS4

Skill Rating: 15+ year-olds

Components: 3D Third-Person, Day and Night, Open World and Weather

Days Gone is a survival adventure game set in a post-pandemic Oregon. You roam an open world pulsing with life (and zombies). It's unusual for its scale and sheer number of enemies. Add to that the changing light and weather and Days Gone creates a...

Ghostrunner

Release Date: 27/10/2020, updated in 2021

Out Now: PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox X|S

Components: 3D First-Person

Ghostrunner is a challenging, fast-paced fighting game with a puzzle solving element. Played from a first-person perspective, you navigate the world using parkour-like skills, running on walls, sliding through gaps or jumping and swinging over them...

Skull and Bones

Release Date: 08/11/2022, updated in 2024

Out Now: PC, PS4, PS5, Stadia, Xbox One and Xbox X|S

Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds

Components: 3D First-Person, Day and Night, Open World, Persistant World and Weather

Skull and Bones is an action game where you play a pirate captain in the 17th century Indian Ocean. You complete missions alone or with other players and grow your fleet on a quest to become the most infamous on the seven seas. It's the way it combines...

Hyenas

Release Date: Coming soon

Coming Soon: PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One and Xbox X|S

Skill Rating: 13+ year-olds

Components: 3D First-Person

Hyenas is a shooting game with a gravitational twist, where you explore a vast spaceship in search of collectables while facing off against opposing teams. You use weapons and abilities to block corridors, create bridges, and generally foil opponents...

Ravenous Devils

Release Date: 29/04/2022

Out Now: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Skill Rating: 16+ year-olds

Components: 2D Overhead

Ravenous Devils is a strategy game where you manage a tailor shop with a dark and sadistic secret, they kill clients and serve the bodies in their pub. Drawing on Sweeney Todd themes, you play Percival and Hildred who manage the stomach turning shop...

The Texas Chain Saw Massacre

Release Date: 18/08/2023

Out Now: PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One and Xbox X|S

Skill Rating: 14+ year-olds

Components: 3D Third-Person

The Texas Chain Saw Massacre is an online stealth action based on the film of the same name. In detailed arenas based on locations from the film, you play either the notorious Slaughter family hunting down victims, or an innocent trying to escape.

Doki Doki Literature Club

Release Date: 22/09/2017, updated in 2021

Out Now: Mac, PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox X|S

Components: 2D Side-On

Doki Doki Literature Club (DDLC) is a psychological horror game in the form of a high school dating simulator. You attend your school's literature club and try to win over the girls there. But with little warning, it takes a drastic turn that results in...

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