ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel
  • »
  • Games, Toys, and Hobbies»
  • Computer & Video Games

Best Simulation Games of 2013

Updated on April 2, 2013
Source

The future of Simulation games.

One of my favorite types of game is the simulation game. I’ve played this type of game for over 20 years and continue to enjoy the genre. Whether I’m creating a city, building a roller coaster, managing a soccer team or simply trying to build a ‘Sim’ I always find these games compelling and challenging.

With the advent of superb graphics and sound, and a far deeper strategy element to many of these games, the simulation game of 2013 is far more demanding but also far more rewarding. It’s an exciting year for this genre with several top franchises releasing new or updated games.

SimCity

The original and the best city simulation is back and is better than ever. Every decision you make as you build your city will have varying consequences – build industry and you’ll increase pollution – combat this buy being green and you’ll get higher taxes. The subtleties of the game are far more deep and intricate than ever before and make the game very compelling.

The latest version has several features not seen in a SimCity game before: the people talk to you – this changes the dynamic of being a leader; multi-player option – you can challenge your friends to dominate a region, or collaborate to improve each other’s cities. This is the most complex and challenging SimCity of all time and gives you the ability to micro or macro-manage everything.

Football Manager 2013

I played the original game – it was written in basic and I was able to edit the code, add myself as a player and amend all the stats so I had the most successful team without having to do any work! Today’s Football Manager game is vastly different than the original ‘simple’ game.

Essentially you can manage everything in a football club from the creation of new facilities, the scouting of new players, the training etc. Football Manager 2013 is the deepest most detailed soccer management simulation game to date. The realism of the game gives you an insight into what it takes to run a real football club. With much improved graphics, much deeper player analysis, interaction with staff and the media and the excitement of 3D soccer this game is a must have for sports fans.

Airport Simulator 2013

If you’re interested in how airports run then this simulation in for you. You are tasked with running the day to day operations of a busy airport. Whether you are handling catering or cargo, or ensuring the jets are refueled, you’ll find that every aspect of running a busy airport will keep you busy for hours.

With decent graphics an intuitive control system and the mayhem of trying to run a busy airport you’ll find this game to be difficult and yet rewarding.

Cities in Motion II

Cities in Motion II, the sequel to the popular mass transit simulation game, allows you to manage and build a modern transit system in a large city. With enhanced game play such as day night modes, multi-player modes and campaign modes this game will be challenging and rewarding.

While the concept may sound easy trying to balance the need for different types of transit such as buses, trams, ferries etc. isn’t as easy as it sounds – every choice you make will have consequences – perhaps you’ll increase population but also increase pollution.

Sims 3 University Life

**NOTE – you must have the original Sims 3 game to enjoy this expansion pack**

The Sims 3 franchise is one of the most successful simulation franchises of all time. Electronic Arts are constantly updating the game, improving the mechanics and introducing new scenarios. University Life allows you to create and control a Sim, control what they look like and where they live; most importantly you can send them away to college where they will create social links and career opportunities.

The game takes every aspect of college life and allows you to participate in it – whether you attend lectures, play juice pong, go for burgers or join a protest is up to you. It’s a fun game that gives a great glimpse into real university life.

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • brutishspoon profile image

      Amy 4 years ago from Darlington, England

      I loved Cities in Motion but I'm still trying to get to like Cities in Motion II. I found it harder to get into than the original.

    • ilikegames profile image

      Sarah Forester 4 years ago from Australia

      I'm a huge fan of Cities In Motion 2 and The Sims 3. Love the simulation genre, in particular life or city simulation.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: "https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr"

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)