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Best Simulation Games Rated PEGI 16 and Older on PlayStation 5

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: 32
Total Likes: 229
 

 

Sniper Elite 5 (Series)

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

Out Now: 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...

Sifu

Release Date: 22/02/2022, updated in 2023

Out Now: 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...

Lemnis Gate

Release Date: 28/09/2021

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

Components: 3D First-Person

Lemnis Gate is a combat game that combines turn-taking with real-time shooting. At the start of the battle, you pick one of your seven operatives for the first 25 second round. The game then rewinds to the start and you go again with your second...

Rooted

Release Date: Coming soon

Coming Soon: PC, PS5 and Xbox Series X|S

Skill Rating: 14+ year-olds

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

Rooted is an open-world survival game where you eke out an existence in a post-apocalyptic America where nature has retaken the cities and villages. You construct a base, scavenge for resources, and infiltrate the territories of rival survivors and...

Hell Let Loose

Release Date: 27/07/2021, updated in 2021

Out Now: PC, PS5 and Xbox Series X|S

Components: 3D First-Person

Hell Let Loose is a tactical shooting game set during the battles of the Western and Eastern Fronts of World War 2. It focuses on the structure of warfare with large numbers of troops through chain of command communication. You must work with other...

Tails of Iron

Release Date: 17/09/2021

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

Components: 2D Side-On and Hand-Made

Tails of Iron is a role-playing adventure game with a focus on brutal combat. You play Redgi, heir to the Rat Throne, who must restore your broken Kingdom by banishing the merciless Frog Clan. It's a hand-drawn adventure equally endearing and...

Hardspace: Shipbreaker

Release Date: 16/06/2020, updated in 2022

Out Now: PC, PS5 and Xbox Series X|S

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Components: 3D First-Person

Hardspace: Shipbreaker is a spaceship salvage simulation game where you disassembling out of use craft panel by panel. The challenge is that the ships are built to survive space and tough to take apart so you must use a wide array of tools to reduce...

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...

Tip Top: Don't Fall

Release Date: 01/06/2021

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

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Components: 2D Side-On

Tip Top is a climbing game where you tour the world to find kinetic climbing challenges. You play by controlling each of the climber's arms with separate sticks to give the game a unique tactile (and high skill) feel. This, and the procedurally...

Elden Ring

Release Date: 25/02/2022

Out Now: 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.

Deathloop

Release Date: 21/05/2021, updated in 2022

Out Now: PC, PS5 and Xbox Series X|S

Components: 3D First-Person and Open World

Deathloop is a shooting game where you play an assassin stuck in a time loop. You wake on a beach while residents of Blackreef island have gathered for a party that seemingly lasts forever. Your mission is to assassinate 8 guests but at the end of each...

Enlisted

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

Out Now: 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...

Hitman (Series)

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

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

Coming Soon: Mac and Switch

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

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

Coming Soon: 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.

The Forgotten City

Release Date: 28/07/2021

Out Now: PC, PS4, PS5 and Xbox One

Coming Soon: Switch and Xbox Series X|S

Skill Rating: 13+ year-olds

Components: 3D First-Person and Open World

The Forgotten City is a mystery adventure. You explore and relive the final days of a cursed Roman city, where if one person sins, everyone dies. It starts as a bewildering array of characters, locations and information but over multiple goes your...

Far Cry 6 (Series)

Release Date: 07/10/2021

Out Now: 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.

Back 4 Blood

Release Date: 12/10/2021

Out Now: 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.

A Plague Tale: Requiem

Release Date: 18/10/2022

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

Components: 3D Third-Person

A Plague Tale: Requiem is an action adventure where you play a pair of siblings Hugo and Amicia. The story continues from the first game's discovery of the plague of rats and Hugo's latent abilities. Standing out again for weaving the sibling...

Ghostrunner

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

Out Now: 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....

Golf Club: Wasteland

Release Date: 16/06/2021, updated in 2021

Out Now: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Coming Soon: PS5 and Xbox Series X|S

Skill Rating: 11+ year-olds

Components: 2D Side-On

Golf Club: Wasteland is a golf game in an unusual setting. You play on an earth decimated by an environmental catastrophe. Through beautiful visuals and eerie audio, you piece together what has happened to the planet to cause such devastation. It's an...

Hunt: Showdown

Release Date: 20/09/2019

Out Now: PC, PS4 and Xbox One

Coming Soon: PS5 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

Out Now: 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...

Dead Space (Series)

Release Date: 13/10/2008, updated in 2023

Out Now: Android, PC, PS3, PS5, Wii, Xbox 360, Xbox Series X|S and iOS

Components: 3D Third-Person

Dead Space is a remake of an adventure horror game where you must survive on an abandoned spaceship filled with mutated humans. You explore and solve puzzles, all while shooting enemies and carefully managing your health and limited resources. Like the...

Justice Sucks

Release Date: 08/09/2022

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

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Components: 2D Overhead and Cartoon

Justice Sucks Recharged is an action stealth tower defence game where you are a murdering robot vacuum. You learnt your violent survival technique after (during events of the first game in the series, Roombo: First Blood) fighting off burglars during a...

Deceive Inc

Release Date: 21/03/2023

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

Skill Rating: 11+ year-olds

Components: 3D First-Person

Deceive Inc is an online stealth traversal game where you are a spy trying to get into the vault to steal an artefact. The twist is that everyone can disguise themselves as different agents to blend in with the computer-controlled characters. It stands...

Gutwhale

Release Date: 06/04/2020

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

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Components: 2D Side-On and Pixels

Gutwhale is a challenging shooting game set inside a whale. Unusually, you only have one single bullet, which you must continue to collect after each use if you want to shoot again. The game is split into three distinct levels, each with four sub-levels...

Hyenas

Release Date: Coming soon

Coming Soon: 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...

Raptor Boyfriend: A High School Romance

Release Date: 15/07/2021

Out Now: 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...

Skull and Bones

Release Date: 08/11/2022

Out Now: Stadia and Xbox Series X|S

Coming Soon: PC and PS5

Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds

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

The Day Before

Release Date: 01/03/2023

Coming Soon: PC, PS5 and Xbox Series X|S

Skill Rating: 15+ year-olds

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

The Day Before is a survival game set in a post-pandemic America where infected humans prowl the streets. With hundreds of other online players, you form teams and vie for equipment as you fight off the infected and eke out a living in the harsh,...

Doki Doki Literature Club

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

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

Coming Soon: Xbox Series 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...

Ten Dates

Release Date: 14/02/2023

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

Coming Soon: PS5 and Xbox Series X|S

Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds

Components: 3D Third-Person and Filmed

Ten Dates is a role-playing game where you search for love in a series of speed dates. A sequel to Five Dates, real video footage and actors depict the story depending on what you say. Seeing your decisions affect the outcome...

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