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Best Simulation Games Rated ESRB MATURE 17 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 - 2023
Total Games: 43
Total Likes: 538
 

 

Alien: Isolation

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

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

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...

Sniper Elite 5 (Series)

Release Date: 26/05/2022, updated in 2022

Platforms: PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

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

Sniper Elite 5 is the latest game in the shooting simulation series that focuses on tactical third-person combat, advanced gun physics, traversal and an enhanced slow motion kill camera. With realistic environments and real-world locations, customise...

The Forest

Release Date: 30/05/2014

Platforms: PC and PS4

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

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.

Just Die Already

Release Date: 20/05/2021

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds

Components: 3D Third-Person, Cartoon and Open World

Just Die Already is a sandbox game where you play a retiree in a near future where people aren’t having any children and pensions funds are drying up. It's an intentionally absurd set-up of old people fending for themselves in a world that wants them...

Kingdoms of Amalur: Re-Reckoning (Series)

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

Platforms: PC, PS3, PS4, 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...

Sifu

Release Date: 22/02/2022, updated in 2022

Platforms: PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds

Components: 3D Third-Person and Cartoon

Sifu is a martial arts fighting game with a flowing control system and ageing protagonist. You fight with Kung-Fu combat designed with impact and authenticity in mind. The twist is, each time you die you age which means eventually you are too old to...

Frostpunk

Release Date: 29/03/2018, updated in 2019

Platforms: PC, PS4 and Xbox One

Components: 2D Overhead and Grid

Frostpunk is a city-building survival game set in an alternate 1886 with a devastating winter setting in. You are tasked with running a city by managing resources to ensure the city’s survival. Your choices can have negative and positive consequences.

Conan Exiles

Release Date: 30/01/2017

Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

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

Tharsis

Release Date: 12/01/2016, updated in 2020

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS4 and Switch

Skill Rating: 11+ year-olds

Components: 2D Overhead, Dice and Grid

Tharsis is a tough strategy-simulation game where you must survive a doomed mission to Mars. You roll dice whose outcome can either help repair the ship or make things worse by injuring crew mates or causing further damage. The dice foreground the...

Terror of Hemasaurus

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

Platforms: 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...

Red Faction (Series)

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

Platforms: 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...

Weird West

Release Date: 31/03/2022

Platforms: PC, PS4 and Xbox One

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Components: 2D Overhead and Day and Night

Weird West is a role-playing game set in the supernatural wild west, where you play five different related stories. You explore the world and talk to townsfolk, but rather than a pre-build story, it's your choices that direct how things unfold: shooting...

Elden Ring

Release Date: 25/02/2022

Platforms: PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Skill Rating: 14+ year-olds

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

Elden Ring is a role-play game set in a fictional world created by fantasy novelist George R. R. Martin, with a focus on combat similar to Demon's Souls and an open world with real time and weather like Zelda Breath of the Wild.

Assassin's Creed Odyssey

Release Date: 05/10/2018

Platforms: PC, PS4, Stadia and Xbox One

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...

Observation

Release Date: 21/05/2019, updated in 2020

Platforms: PC, PS4 and Xbox One

Components: 3D First-Person

Observation is a narrative adventure game that puts you on a space station to solve a power outage and find missing crew. However, here you play the role of the SAM, the System Administration Maintenance artificial intelligence software, rather than...

This War Of Mine

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

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S and iOS

Components: 2D Side-On and Day and Night

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 maintain health, hunger and mood levels until a...

Assassin's Creed Origins

Release Date: 26/10/2017

Platforms: PC, PS4, Stadia, Xbox One and Xbox Series 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...

Enlisted

Release Date: 10/11/2020, updated in 2021

Platforms: PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Skill Rating: 14+ year-olds

Components: 3D Third-Person and Open World

Enlisted is an online shooting game set in historically accurate World War II battle. You play a squad of soldiers and can switch between them as you take on other players doing the same in large online battles. It's unusual not only for its historical...

Outward

Release Date: 26/03/2019

Platforms: PC, PS4 and Xbox One

Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds

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

Outward is a fantasy adventure focused on an ordinary character surviving against the odds. There's a focus on realism rather than superpowers or magical abilities. You have to look after your warmth, hunger, fatigue, illness, and thirst as well as the...

The Elder Scrolls (Series)

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

Platforms: 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.

Hitman (Series)

Release Date: 01/01/2000, updated in 2021

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS4, PS5, Stadia, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

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.

Watch Dogs Legion

Release Date: 29/10/2020

Platforms: PC, PS4, PS5, Stadia, Xbox One and Xbox Series 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 group DedSec seeking to clear their name for bombings in the city.

Assassin's Creed IV Black Flag

Release Date: 29/10/2013

Platforms: PS3, PS4, Switch, Wii U, Xbox 360 and Xbox One

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

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

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...

Mafia Definitive Edition (Series)

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

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS2, PS3, PS4, Xbox, Xbox 360 and Xbox One

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

Mafia is a series of action/adventure game 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 activities to rise...

DayZ

Release Date: 03/07/2019

Platforms: PC, PS4 and Xbox One

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

Day Z (DayZ) is 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...

Far Cry 6 (Series)

Release Date: 07/10/2021

Platforms: PC, PS4, PS5, Stadia, Xbox One and Xbox Series 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.

Titanfall (Series)

Release Date: 20/10/2016

Platforms: PC, PS4 and Xbox One

Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds

Components: 3D First-Person

Titanfall and Titanfall 2 are a movement-shooting games where players control mechanical Titans and their pilots, who are agile and equipped with a variety of weapons and abilities ranging from wall-running to invisibility. This makes it a game that...

Dishonored (Series)

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

Platforms: PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One

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

Platforms: 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

Platforms: PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One and Xbox Series 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.

Ghostrunner

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

Platforms: PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox Series 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....

The Signifier

Release Date: 15/10/2020

Platforms: 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

Platforms: PC and PS4

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...

Hunt: Showdown

Release Date: 20/09/2019

Platforms: PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One and Xbox Series 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...

Innocence Island

Release Date: 10/12/2022

Platforms: PC, PS4, PS5 and Switch

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Components: 3D Third-Person and Open World

Innocence Island is an adventure game where find yourself in a strange land without even the memory of how to walk. You explore the world by observing and learning skills from the creatures around you. It stands out as a journey through a world where...

VA-11 Hall-A

Release Date: 21/06/2016, updated in 2019

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS Vita, PS4 and Switch

Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds

Components: 2D Overhead and Pixels

VA-11 Hall-A: Cyberpunk Bartender Action, to use its full name, is a narrative game about a futuristic bar "VA-11's Hall-A", known locally as Valhalla. You serve drinks and talk to customers, to learn their stories and piece together the daily struggle...

Hyenas

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One and Xbox Series 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...

Pay Day 2 (Series)

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

Platforms: 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...

Raptor Boyfriend: A High School Romance

Release Date: 15/07/2021

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds

Components: 2D Side-On and Cartoon

Raptor Boyfriend: A High School Romance is a narrative game set in the final year of a high school for mythological creatures looking for love. You play Stella, who must find her place in the school as she talks to peers and decides who to date. It...

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