Simulation video games or SIM games come
in many forms. The most notable forms are world or nation building
games, dating simulations, hybrid games, various business simulators
and historical war simulations. The basic premise of SIM video games is
that they simulate some part of life, even if that part of life does
not yet exist or has not existed for a very long time.
With that in mind, here are a few simulation video games reviewed for
passionate gamers to
showcase the genre and expand your gamer knowledge.
1) The SIMS Medieval
The latest iteration of the SIMS simulation video games franchise as of
the year 2011 takes place in the middle ages. This edition of the game
includes a few never before used concepts in the SIMS franchise. A
developed quest system, as well as an overarching kingdom motivation
The game progresses in the normal SIMS manner for large
portions of it. However, on occasion quests pop up that need to be
completed. Some of these quests include preparations for a royal
wedding or defeating an evil sorcerer that threatens the kingdom.
This departure from the primary life-building concept of the SIMS
provides greater depth to the world via the kingdom management system
and the aforementioned quests. Initially it will release on the PC and
the MAC, however it is not likely that console versions of the game
will take long to arrive afterward.
2) Harvest Moon 3D: The Tale of Two
This delightful tale of two farming towns that begins on friendly terms
then become bitter rivals is the latest iteration of the world famous
Harvest Moon line of games. The entire premise of this franchise of
simulation video games is farming with a side order of love just like
the other games in the series. However, the addition of
three-dimensional visuals and the rivalry aspect of the game make it
quite interesting. Passionate gamers that are well acquainted with the
may find that the new visuals, music, and storyline will draw them back
to the old tool shed to sharpen their hoes and fill their water cans.
There is farming to do people!
Gamers that are new to the franchise might want to consider the
subtlety of game play. The Harvest Moon franchise is where the farming
game craze began. Many games have tried to copy it, including
well-known facebook apps such as farmville. The difference is that with
Harvest Moon 3D: The Tale of Two Towns, you control the ultimate
destiny of your little farming world.
3) The Sims 3: Pets
The Sims genre may have calmed a bit over the years, there is still a
demand for more Sims games. An example is The Sims 3: Pets that boasts
the amazing customisation that you have come to expect from the series,
while adding enough new content to keep long time fans happy.
The best thing about the Sims series is that you can play the game the
way you want and create your own unique characters. Want to be nice and
friendly? Then go ahead and do it. Want to play like a jerk? Well
the game has you covered there as well. As this is called The Sims 3:
Pets you would expect that there to be some kind of animal element.
Lastly, this video game is a ton of fun. The amount of tools at your
disposal to create your ultimate pet is quite staggering. You can
create a nice and loving dog who likes to help his owner solve
you can create a creepy looking cat that looks like he is after world
domination. The world is really yours to do as you wish in The Sims 3:
These charming little simulation video games follow the pattern of the
dating SIM game. However, charming might not be the appropriate term
for this video game. The titular character is part of a love triangle
that includes the main character and his long time girl friend. The
main character in this treacherous love triangle has to deal with his
commitment issues as well as the night of drunken debauchery he
embarked on with the aforementioned Catherine. The game is available on
both the PS3 and the Xbox 360. Few dating SIMS make their way to
American shores due to the nature of those products and SIM game
reviews for them are few and far between at present. With that in mind,
consider whether or not you are the kind of person that is itching to
play the part of a man who is stuck in a love triangle while dealing
with the 'horrors of love'. If a break from zombie hunting or farming
is in order, then give Catherine a try.
These simulation video games setting combines simulation and puzzle
game concepts to help showcase the confusion the main character feels.
The puzzles range from sheep men nightmares to climbing a puzzle tower.
The rest of the video game is a story driven concept wherein the main
character has to deal with people around him.
There are many types of simulation video games on the market. One of
the best genres of SIM games to come out in recent years is the music
genre. Over time, this genre developed to the point that people began
to try and develop ways to use real instruments with these games.
was not until the advent of the game Rocksmith that a true plug-in play
system for learning the guitar existed in a dynamic attention-grabbing
manner. While other simulation video games in the genre such as
Rockband 3 have a pro mode or use a midi input for learning to play the
guitar, they also used specialized guitars for that purpose. With
Rocksmith videogames, any electric guitar can be plugged in and used to
play or master the guitar.
Rocksmith is both a game and a guitar tutorial that allows players to
actively learn the basics of playing the guitar with a real instrument.
When the player steps away from SIM videogames of this type, they will
have developed actual instrumental skills. The variable difficulty
settings allow passionate gamers to use the video game to learn
anything from the
basics of fingering and frets to playing some truly awesome songs.
Music on the play list varies, but some of the notable talent includes
David Bowie, Nirvana, and The Rolling Stones.
One of the best features of simulation video games such as this is the
ability to learn real skills. With Rocksmith, the game play learning
functions are taken a step farther so that the player can learn to play
without looking at the television or computer screen.
6) X-Com Enemy Unknown
Truth is that X-Com Enemy Unknown could be in the war video games genre
section for the story does center on fighting off an alien invasion,
but that is doing the game a huge disservice as X-Com Enemy Unknown is
far more than that. Therefore is part of the simulation video games
A reboot of a classic game on the PC and original Playstation, X-Com
Enemy Unknown will set you up in the role of a secret organisation to
fight off an alien threat threatening to destroy the whole world. How
you do this is what sets this game apart.
Yes X-Com is full of action, but the simulation aspects make it a great
game. You are in full control of the X-Com unit. You manage everything
about it ranging from incoming attacks to dealing with countries to
negotiate funding to buy and develop new weapons. It is important that
you budget your resources and make crucial decisions on money spent.
You will find with X-Com Enemy Unknown that every little decisions
matters. Managing your time has to be balanced with making very tough
choices. If you like your Sims games to have a little action and sci-fi
feel plus a challenge, then this is the game for you.
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