The Best Simulator Video Games Of The Last 5 Years

Note: This article was updated in March of 2019.

Do you like dabbling into other careers or hobbies through a video game format? There are all sorts of great simulator-based video game titles that release each and every year. We decided to take a look at the very best available on the latest generation console platforms.

These are some of the best simulator video games that have released within the last five years.


#14 Farming Simulator 17
  • Developer: Giants Software
  • Publisher: Focus Home Interactive
  • Platforms: PS4, XBO, PC
  • Release: October 25, 2016

Farming Simulators always seem to do a solid job within the gaming market. From Harvest Moon, Stardew Valley to the Farming Simulator series, there’s certainly a market for these simulation games. Within Farming Simulator 17, players will experience more of a modern feel of being a farmer.

Within the game players will work on hundreds of acres with over 250 farming vehicles and equipment. Learn how to tame the ground in order to bring out a healthy harvest of crops while also taking care of the various livestock. 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 enhance your farm life experience.


#13 Tropico 5
  • Developer: Haemimont Games
  • Publisher: Kalypso Media
  • Platforms: PC, PS4, X360, XBO
  • Release: September 19, 2014

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 the game 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 The Sims 4
  • Developer: Maxis
  • Publisher: Electronic Arts
  • Platforms: PC, PS4, XBO
  • Release: September 2, 2014

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. As always, the gameplay still remains around controlling a group of individuals who live in the same house.

As always, players can tweak the household to replicate a design that they particularly enjoy whether that be décor to fully rearranging the house blueprints. Outside of the construction element, gamers within The Sims 4 will still be able to adjust the everyday activities of their characters. Likewise, The Sims 4 has received additional expansion packs to help bring in even more content to go through.


#11 Job Simulator
  • Developer: Owlchemy Labs
  • Publisher: Owlchemy Labs
  • Platforms: PC, PS4
  • Release: April 5, 2016

Job Simulator has become a hit online and one of the more recommended VR titles to pick up. With that said, you’re going to need a decent gaming PC with either the HTC Vive or an Oculus Rift to enjoy the game. Within the title, players take on the role of a human in a robot driven world.

The game offers a variety of everyday jobs to take on such as a standard office job to a car mechanic or even a convenient store clerk. Regardless of the job, players will have to do various tasks while interacting with the various objects and sets.