From controlling cities to transportation railways, the PlayStation 4 has a number of great simulation video games to enjoy right now. We’ve selected some of our personal favorite simulation video games on the console.
With that said, we want to know your favorite simulators on the PS4 and titles to consider for a future update to this article. Let us know your favorite video game simulators by leaving a comment down below. Likewise, because this list is pretty diverse with the different video games we did not rank these in any particular order.
Without further ado, here are our picks for the best PlayStation 4 simulation video games.
#16 Harvest Moon: Light of Hope
The Harvest Moon franchise has been around for decades and you’ve likely played a game or two. This series overall is a simulation RPG with players typically taking care of a farm. In Harvest Moon: Light of Hope, players are tasked with reviving the lighthouse in Harbour Town. Again, outside of the end goal, players will have to plant and harvest crops along with maintaining livestock. Likewise, outside of running the farm, you can venture into town and participate in events or simply communicate with the townspeople. Players will even be able to marry a villager and have a child. If you’re wanting a more laid back simulation video game to enjoy then it would be hard not to easily sink a ton of hours into the Harvest Moon franchise.
#15 Farming Simulator 17
Farming Simulators always seem to do a solid job within the gaming market. From Harvest Moon, Stardew Valley to the Farming Simulator, there’s certainly a market for these manual labor simulation games. Within Farming Simulator 17, players will experience more of a modern feel of being a farmer.
Players will work on hundreds of acres with over 250 farming vehicles and equipment. Within the game, you will tame the ground to bring out a healthy harvest of crops while also taking care of the various livestock on their farm. Likewise, a big portion of the game will be selling your goods to help expand your land and equipment.
A neat little addition to Farming Simulator 17 is that the game will allow for community-created mods to help expand your farm life experience.
#14 The Sims 4
The Sims franchise has maintained a strong following over the decades and the fourth main installment of The Sims was released on the latest generation of consoles this past November. As always, the gameplay still remains around controlling a group of individuals who live in the same house.
Players can also tweak the household to replicate a design that they particularly enjoy whether that be décor to fully rearranging the house blueprint. Outside of the construction side of things, gamers within The Sims 4 will still be able to adjust the everyday activities of their characters.
Likewise, The Sims 4 has received four expansion packs to help bring in new content for players to include in their designed homes along with adjusting gameplay aspects such as the introduction to the toddler life stage into the game which was previously dropped before launch.
#13 Cities: Skylines
Cities: Skylines may not have been developed by EA Maxis, but it’s certainly what most of its players and fans of the simulation/tycoon genre would consider being the true successor to the Sim City series of games.
Similar to the Sim City series, Cities: Skylines is a simulation title in which players can build up and maintain a city, full of buildings and civilians. The game will put gamers in control of various zoning’s, road placements, taxation, transportation, and even public services.
Of course, the game will throw players a few problems as well. This could be as simple as focusing on desires from your civilians to natural disasters wrecking sections of the city. Much like The Sims 4, Cities: Skylines have also received a number of expansion packs.
For instance, the Mass Transit expansion pack introduced new transit systems into the game such as cable cars and blimps along with a mini-expansion called Concerts which allowed gamers to bring in new event venues for concerts and festivals.
#12 Kerbal Space Program
Kerbal Space Program puts players in control of a space program where your sole purpose and duty is to create functional ships for a crew of Kerbals. With a collection of parts that will play an effect through the build of a spacecraft, players will learn how to successfully develop a spacecraft capable of going into space and landing back down to Earth.
There are a few game modes within the game that are worth trying out. Not only is there a sandbox mode that will give players the ability to be creative and consistently conduct trials and errors of various spacecraft build but also modes that will give players objectives and missions while traveling through space.
With a realistic physics engine, crafting a spacecraft can be a challenge. Each part will need to be carefully placed which may mean playing around with your crafts for quite some time until they are fully ready for action.
#11 Prison Architect
Prison Architect is a construction and management simulation video game. Players are in total control of designing a private prison used to host several inmates. This is a top-down 2D video game where not only players are tasked with designing and building a prison, but to also manage the facilities.
Some of the management processes will include hiring staff such as a warden, guards, along with other workers to keep the prison, neat, orderly and maintained. Furthermore, players can adjust their prison to include a reform program to help with a prisoner’s rate of success when leaving.