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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.
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...
Release Date: 26/10/2017
Out Now: PC, PS4, Stadia, Xbox One and Xbox X|S
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...
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.
Release Date: 29/10/2020
Out Now: PC, PS4, PS5, Stadia, Xbox One and Xbox X|S
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.
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
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.
Release Date: 07/10/2021
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...
Release Date: 08/11/2022, updated in 2024
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...
Release Date: 23/06/2020, updated in 2021
Out Now: PC, Stadia, Switch and Xbox One
Skill Rating: 11+ year-olds
Components: 3D Third-Person and Cartoon
Wave Break is an extreme sports game where you ride a miniature boat to perform tricks like you do in a skateboard game. It's a bizarre set-up made all the more peculiar by its fast-paced shooting and a Miami Vice-inspired story.