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.
#20 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.
#19 Project Cars 2
Slightly Mad Studios has had a pretty good track record when it comes to racing games as they got their start in 2009 with Need For Speed: Shift and has continued with a variety of other titles that ranged from more arcade-style racers to simulation games. You likely are aware of the Project Cars franchise as it started in 2015 but has since gone on to receive a sequel in 2017. This is a motorsport racing simulator that features over 100 different rack layouts, 60 unique locations, and nearly 200 cars to pick from.
With a variety of elements playing a factor in racing such as track temperature or dynamic weather effects, playing Project Cars 2 felt even more realistic compared to the first installment. There was even the bonus of featuring off-road driving for those that prefer rallycross. While this is one game that made our list, we may soon see it get traded in for the next installment of Project Cars.
#18 Farming Simulator Series
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, 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.
#17 The Sims 4
The Sims franchise has maintained a strong following over the decades and the fourth main installment of The Sims happens to be the latest. 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.
#16 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.
#15 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 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.
#14 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.
#13 Tropico 5
The Tropico series has always put players in control of a country with an emphasis on being a government simulator. Within the game, players will go through four different eras while Tropico tosses a number of objectives to complete.
As the leader of a country, gamers will have to handle various aspects from maintaining the order of the countries people to bringing bliss and prosperity. However, if you’re not looking to go through a campaign or facing against other players, the game does offer a sandbox mode.
Within this sandbox mode, a pre-generated island will be created for players to tweak and control.
#12 Aven Colony
Overall, the narrative around Aven Colony is based on a human colonization of an alien planet. Because of this, there are various hazards you will have to deal with such as freezing night temperatures, alien plagues, and keeping your residents happy.
Essentially, Aven Colony is a futuristic take on something similar to the Sim City franchise. Players will be building a number of structures that will not only help with providing resources to keep your colony well fed and safe, but also a means of entertainment to keep civilians morale positive.
Outside of providing water, oxygen, crops, and electricity, gamers will have to maintain a means of commute, crime control, and employment. As mentioned, the city colony as a whole will have to fight against the various plagues and diseases that will spread across the planet which may mean tweaking how your city is overall built and controlled.
#11 UFC 3
UFC has blown up over the years and fans all over the world tune in to see the various mixed martial arts fighters compete for a belt in this MMA franchise. Likewise, we’ve seen some big household names come up such as Conor McGregor. The video game market may not have a long line of UFC video games to look back on, but the latest entry, UFC 3, is one that has managed to gain quite a bit of attention. Similar to other sports games, each new entry seems to just make some fine adjustments for fans, but UFC 3 feels like a better overall experience.
As you can imagine, there are the usual game modes you’ll find in any fighting game, but where you’ll likely spend most of the time is through the career mode. This is where you’ll make a character attempt to make it big in the UFC. Outside of fighting which feels overall fluid, there are a bunch more aspects that go into your fighter. You’ll have to train in various areas of fighting along with selling the fight itself. This is done through the likes of social media where you can overall just hype up the fight or feud with another fighter.