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The 25 Best Simulation Games Ever Made

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At times during the preparation of this list I felt like I was being asked to sort siblings or drown kittens. So many great sims ended up on the wrong side of my arbitrary Checkpoint Charlie that I can’t resist deepening the depth of field for the following run-down. If your favourite sim still isn’t present then either you’re a person of dubious tastes (highly unlikely considering you’ve found your way to Castle Shotgun) or I’ve had a senior moment and completely forgotten about one of this genre’s hearteningly plentiful corkers. Feel free to spotlight any gaffs in the usual way – smoke grenade, parachute flare, dirty protest or plain old comment.

The eagle-eyed amongst you will have noticed that a couple of titles in my list previously featured in another ‘Bestest Best’ feature. While there’s nothing in the RPS rulebook that forbids overlaps, myself and Mr. Meer will be meeting on Primrose Hill at dawn tomorrow (Alec’s second: Jim. My second: Adam) to establish once-and-for-all whether Rising Storm and ARMA are manshoots or soldier sims.


The Complete List

1 Flight Simulator X
2 Falcon 4.0
3 Silent Hunter 3
4 DCS World
5 Assetto Corsa
6 IL-2: Sturmovik
8 Battle of Britain II: Wings of Victory
9 Euro Truck Simulator 2
10 ARMA 3
11 iRacing
12 Rising Storm
13 Wings Over Flanders Fields
14 Grand Prix Legends
15 X-Plane 10
16 Rise of Flight
17 Richard Burns Rally
18 Steel Beasts Pro Personal Edition
19 IL-2 Sturmovik: Cliffs of Dover
20 B-17 Flying Fortress: The Mighty Eighth
21 War Thunder
22 Steel Fury
23 Enemy Engaged: Comanche vs. Hokum
24 Train Simulator 2015
25 Farming simulator 15
26 SWAT 4
27 Panzer Elite: Special Edition
28 MiG Alley
29 Red Baron
30 rFactor 2
31 Jane’s Longbow 2
32 IL-2 Sturmovik: Battle of Stalingrad
33 DiRT Rally
34 Jane’s F/A-18
35 European Air War
36 Microsoft Train Simulator
37 Strike Fighters 2
38 RACE 07
39 Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Rogue Spear
40 EF2000
41 F-22 Total Air War
42 Dangerous Waters
43 Spintires
44 SAM Simulator
45 Command Aces of the Deep
46 The Hunter
47 Stunt Island
48 WarBirds
49 MX Simulator
50 Orbiter

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