What are the best PS4 simulation games?

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    #1Spintires: MudRunner

    Spintires: MudRunner

    Spintires: MudRunner is an off-road truck simulation video game developed by Saber Interactive and published by Focus. This game puts players in the driver seat of incredible all-terrain vehicles to drive in the vast regions of Siberia.

    Games

    Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One

    $24.99

    Cynthia Moore
    Written on March 8, 2018
    "MurRunner is packed full of detail simulation fans will enjoy. Graphics, physics, and gameplay are all on point. It's a great game for anyone interested in trucks or industry, or just someone who wants to see how a detailed interactive environment can be modeled on current gen software."
  2. 29

    #2F1 2017

    F1 2017

    F1 2017 is a driving video game by Codemasters. Race and compete to wiki the Formula one Championship and enjoy with the most iconic F1 cars of the last 30 years. 

    Games

    Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Mac

    $59.99

    Steven Wagner
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "Always true to the series, the F1 Formula licensed games have the most authentic and realistic graphics to date. All of the racing rosters have been updated and the cars are spot on as usual. The new dynamic weather system is a beautiful sight to see and the amount of real locations for the tracks has been double from the past iterations."
  3. 26

    #3DiRT 4

    DiRT 4

    DiRT 4 is an off-road racing game. As part of the Colin McRae Rally series, DiRT 4 lets players experience rallying in off-road terrains and varying weather conditions. The game includes "Your Stage" mode, procedurally-generated tracks.

    Games

    Windows, PlayStation 4, XBox One

    $59.99

    Larry Fuller
    Written on April 10, 2018
    "The Dirt series of rally style games are some of the longest running franchise in the genre. Dirt 4 went back to it's sim roots and more away from the arcade style of Dirt 3. I'm more into arcade racers and didn't care for extensive need to customize to stay competitive. The online is fun and competitive with hundreds of potential hours of replayability."

WHAT'S THE MEANING

A simulation game is a category of games, designed to simulate real-world activities. A simulation game attempts to copy various activities from real life in the form of a game. It is done for various purposes such as training, analysis, or prediction.

DID YOU KNOW?

The game called Fortune Builder was the progenitor of the simulation game genre? Most would credit Will Wright's SimCity back in 1989 for this. While it was not accurate, this game played a big role in helping jump-start the genre. From then on, many other sub-genres appeared. From construction and management, life sims, to sports sims. The latter being a genre that game company, EA, specializes in. Simulation games have sort of taken a back seat since the emergence of FPS, RPG, and yes, including RTS games. There have been a few sim games released for consoles. The best PS4 games include sim games in them. PS4 strategy games and PS4 simulation games have something in common. Both genres feature titles from the makers of SimCity and Tycoon.

Outside of entertainment purposes, sim games have other benefits to science and learning. A good example is resource management games popularize by the Tycoon game series. It covered many themes related to animals, businesses, astronomy, and city building. These games also provide info and trivia derived from real-world facts and studies. These types of sim games make learning and research engaging and interesting. Regardless of what type of simulation you're into, chances are, there's one for you. 

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    #4Madden 18

    Madden 18
    Madden NFL 18 is an American football video game based on the NFL developed by EA Tiburon and published by EA. The game takes a significant visual leap delivering the greatest looking Madden of all time with the power of the Frostbite engine.
    Games

    Xbox One, PlayStation 4

    $69.99- Standard Edition

    Christina Rodriguez
    Written on March 14, 2018
    "I was looking for the best PS4 simulation games out there. A friend told me about Madden 18, which gives a good graphics update compared to the previous version of the game. Its not exactly what I was looking for, but it is still fun."
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    #5NBA 2K18

    NBA 2K18

    NBA 2K18 is a basketball simulation game from Visual Concepts and 2K Sports. It is the 19th installment of the NBA 2K series and was released in September 2017. It features the new game mode: Run the Neighborhood mode.

    Games

    Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch

    $59.99

    Emily Phillips
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "I have been playing NBA 2k games for years. I am always waiting for the next one to come out. EA Sports never let me down and I usually spend a good week or so after release playing with my friends. This year they have definitely outdone themselves. The graphics are incredible far beyond what I expected. Between the game mode, card collecting, online play, and challenges this is easily a thousand hour game and well worth the money."
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    #6Project CARS 2

    Project CARS 2

    Project CARS 2 is a motorsport racing simulator video game developed by Slightly Mad Studios and published and distributed by Bandai Namco Entertainment. It is the sequel to the simulator video game Project CARS. 

    Games

    PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Windows

    $59.99

    Gilberto Morán
    Written on March 25, 2018
    "Project CARS 2 is a great addition to the series. All of my favorite cars are in the game. When I use my VR headset I feel like I am actually driving around a track. The weather system and authentic handling have created one of the best driving game experiences I have ever had. "
  4. 21

    #7FIFA18

    FIFA18

    FIFA 18 is a sports simulation video game created by Electronic Arts Sports. It was released in September 2017 and is playable across different platforms. It is the 26th installment in the FIFA video game series.

    Games

    PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox One

    Check price

    Guo Ding
    Written on March 26, 2018
    "Hood"
  5. 20

    #8Assetto Corsa

    Assetto Corsa

    Assetto Corsa is a racing sim game that is based on classic cars by BMW, AUDI, Ferrari , Lamborghini, etc. Players can start a racing career, join all types of different races, challenges, and events to play online and offline. 

    Games

    Windows, Xbox One, PlayStation 4

    $19.99

    Kathleen Munoz
    Written on March 25, 2018
    "This racing simulator game may seem like just another racing game, but it truly is not! Very unique car selections make this game stand out from the others. The steering and controls are flawless too! "
  6. 18

    #9Elite Dangerous

    Elite Dangerous

    Elite Dangerous is a space simulation game developed by Frontier Developments and first released in 2015. It lets players explore an open-world cutthroat galaxy where players battle it out to freedom and glory.

    Games

    Windows, PlayStation 4

    $29.99

    Ashley Harris
    Written on March 16, 2018
    "nice games for play station simulation "
  7. 15

    #10EVEREST VR

    EVEREST VR

    EVEREST VR is a simulation game and a 3D Virtual reality amazing and immersive experience. You can experience the journey of climbing one of the highest mountains in the world.

    Games

    Windows, Windows, PlayStation 4

    $9.99- Needs HTC Vive

    Summer Cui
    Written on March 7, 2018
    "If you like simulations and VR, this is a great one for PS4. You can experience what it is like to climb Everest. It has colorful, beautiful, realistic vistas and scenery. It's the closest you can get to climbing Everest without actually getting a backpack and feeling cold and tired. "
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    #11Project CARS

    Project CARS

    Project CARS is a motorsport racing simulator for VR platforms and PS4. The game uses a sandbox approach for exploration. Players can access 74 vehicles, over 30 locations with 110 different courses.

    Games

    Windows, Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, PlayStation 4

    $29.99

    Manuel Madrigal
    Written on March 22, 2018
    "Project Cars: the link takes you to a page to purchase and see information about this simulation! Videos and reviews, the site has it all."
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    #12Gran Turismo Sport

    Gran Turismo Sport

    Gran Turismo: Sports is a simulation racing game by Polyphony Digital and Sony Interactive Entertainment. It offers realistic driving experience with 177 cars and 19 locations. Players can also participate in the online FIA Championship.

    Games

    PlayStation 4

    Check price

    Jonathan Cook
    Written on March 9, 2018
    "This recent Gran Turismo title has lost a lot of what previously made this an enjoyable series. The graphics do look good, but basically, everything in the game is online now. There's really no meaningful single player content to speak of. There also seems to be less to do in terms of the ways you could customize your cars. This seems like a definite step back for this franchise, which is too bad."
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    #13WRC 7

    WRC 7

    WRC 7: World Rally Championship is a racing video game by Kylotonn. Based on the 2017 FIA World Rally Championship, players can experience real-life driving since the game has official cars and drivers, 13 countries and 52 special stages. 

    Games

    PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Windows

    $49.99

    Tammy Morris
    Written on March 27, 2018
    "Test yourself in the 13 FIA World Rally Championship rallies and 52 special stages, with their true-to-life environments. Play as the best drivers in the Championship at the wheel of their new, faster, more powerful, and more responsive cars. Pick a car from prestigious makers like Hyundai, Toyota, Citroën, and Ford, perfectly recreated for a life-like driving experience. 55 official teams to choose from, including a wide selection of WRC 2 and WRC Junior drivers. The 13 Epic Stages offer an unprecedented gaming experience with special stages that last more than 15 minutes: the ultimate endurance test for both drivers and WRC fans!"
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    #14The Sims 4

    The Sims 4

    The Sims 4 is a life simulator game. You control the Sims, smarter and complex characters, that try to fulfill their dreams and ambitions. It was created by the Sims Studio and was released on May 6, 2013.

    Games

    PlayStation 4, Windows, Mac

    $39.99

    Edward Vasquez
    Written on March 6, 2018
    " The power to create and control people in a virtual world where there are no rules. You can develop your Sims’ relationships, pursue careers, and explore vibrant new worlds. "
  12. 10

    #15World of Tanks

    World of Tanks

    World of Tanks is a WW2 real-time strategy game developed by Wargaming that features mid-20th-century era combat vehicles There's new content every often and the community is always big and active.

    Games

    Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Mac

    Free- With micropayments

    Beverly Bowman
    Written on March 24, 2018
    "World of Tanks is an easy to start and fun game to play. The free to play version is sparse on options but it works for entertainment."
  13. 7

    #16The Golf Club

    The Golf Club
    The Golf Club is a reallistic golf simulation video game. Challenge your friends on a new or existing course in real time or try to beat their best recorded round.
    Games

    Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One

    $29.99

    Christopher Castillo
    Written on March 17, 2018
    "The golf club has some beautiful graphics for a golf game. They're super realistic and the animations and such are great. The only downfall of this game is that there is a lack of courses."
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    #17Fishing Planet

    Fishing Planet
    Fishing Planet is a unique and highly realistic online first-person multiplayer fishing simulator developed by avid fishing enthusiasts for anglers to bring you the full thrill of actual angling. 
    Games

    Windows, Mac, PlayStation 4

    Free

    David Price
    Written on March 14, 2018
    "perhaps the best fishing simulation"
  15. 3

    #18Job Simulator

    Job Simulator
    Job Simulator is a first person view game for the Vive where the player takes part in mini games centered around different jobs.
    Games

    Windows, Playstation 4

    $19.99

    Cynthia Berry
    Written on March 17, 2018
    "Job Simulator is a fun simulation game. this game gives you a first person view of what it is like to do different jobs. It is fun and something different."
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    #19MLB The Show 17

    MLB The Show 17

    MLB The Show 17 is sports baseball game developed by Sony San Diego and Published by Sony Computer Entertainment. Players take the role of their favorite Major League Baseball players and experience the emotion to battle for the championship.

    Games

    PlayStation 4

    $19.99

    Judith Douglas
    Written on March 15, 2018
    "I've had trouble finding a baseball video game in the past that really made me feel like I was playing the game. I decided to give MLB The Show 17 a try and I've been very pleasantly surprised. The design and gameplay are great. Recommended for all baseball fans!"
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    #20Rock Band 4

    Rock Band 4

    Rock Band 4 is a music/rhythm video game developed and published by Harmonix. Show off your skills and play alone or with friends in this fun game, with more than 1500 tracks available to play. (Requires the use of music gaming controllers or a USB microphone).

    Games

    Xbox One, PlayStation 4

    $59.99

    Tiffany Mendez
    Written on March 31, 2018
    "This is very odd. The topic suggest you are buying a game for the PS4. If you read the solution it goes with the Xbox 360. These are two different systems. It also "does NOT include music controllers, it is for the game only" --- I think this could "nickle and dime" you. I love music however, I would not buy it. There seems to be to many things that need to be put into it before it would work correctly."
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    #21Cities: Skylines

    Cities: Skylines
    Cities: Skylines engage the player in one of the most realistic urban planning simulation games available by controlling zoning, taxation, public services, city's budget, population, health, employment, pollution, traffic flow and many other factors.
    Games

    Windows, Mac, Xbox One, PlayStation 4

    $29.99

    Emily Phillips
    Written on March 6, 2018
    "This is such a good game for anyone that really wants to get into all the details of building a city. There are so many different options and it even makes you go through all the red tape you would in the real world!"
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    #22Kerbal Space Program

    Kerbal Space Program

    Kerbal Space Program is a sandbox science and space simulation video game developed by Squad and published by Private Division. It can be played on Microsoft Windows and macOS computers, and on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One gaming consoles.

    Games

    Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Mac

    $39.99

    Vincent Berry
    Written on March 21, 2018
    "Kerbal Space Program on PC is fantastic, don't get me wrong. But typical of many niche PC games, the PS4 version is a mess of poor performance, graphics glitches and occasional crashes. I thought the reason to get a console was to avoid all that trouble!"
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    #23Rory Mcilroy: PGA Tour

    Rory Mcilroy: PGA Tour

    The Rory McIlroy: PGA Tour by EASports is the closest you can get to experience actual golf from a video game system. With the Frostbite motor engine, the gameplay experience is totally realistic and accurate enabling you to play tournament or new environments.

    Games

    PlayStation 4, Xbox One

    Check price

    Deborah Carter
    Written on March 24, 2018
    "Simulation games are always drawing different crowds in. PGA tour draws the golf cloud in"
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    #24Prominence Poker

    Prominence Poker

    Prominence Poker is a poker card video game developed by Pipeworks Studio and published by 505 games. Set in the city of Prominence, a gambling paradise founded by crooked folks looking to go straight.

    Games

    Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Windows

    Free

    Samantha Richardson
    Written on March 22, 2018
    "Let me start by saying that this video game is not that great , If it was the best it wouldn't have a rating of 3 stars every where you look for it. I've heard that is boring , is a typical video game everything looks very fake very slow and you cant be competitive in a video game when your not into it."
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    #25Rocksmith Remastered

    Rocksmith Remastered

    Join over three million people who have learned to play guitar with the award-winning Rocksmith® method. Plug any real guitar or bass with a 1/4 inch jack directly into your PC or Mac and you'll learn to play in just 60 days.

    Games

    Windows, Mac, PlayStation 4, Xbox One

    $39.99

    Terry Schultz
    Written on March 16, 2018
    "I like that this allows me to plug my guitar into my PC and learn as I go . The lessons are setup well and allows me to pace myself to learn the chords and play simple songs. "
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    #26Euro Fishing

    Euro Fishing

    Euro Fishing is a sports fishing simulation video game developed and published by Dovetail Games. Players will take the role of a fisherman and will live a whole fishing experience, from finding the ideal location to preparing the equipment.

    Games

    Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One

    $19.99

    Randy Fowler
    Written on March 13, 2018
    "A nice little sim that is pretty detailed down to selecting the color of lure you are going to use and knot type. I prefer Super Black Bass on SNES for my fishing game fix, but then again I am a bit old school."

Summary

Best What are the best PS4 simulation games
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1Spintires: MudRunnerGames 29 Paid
2F1 2017Games 29 Paid
3DiRT 4Games 26 Paid
4Madden 18Games 25 Paid
5NBA 2K18Games 23 Paid
6Project CARS 2Games 22 Paid
7FIFA18Games 21 Paid
8Assetto CorsaGames 20 Paid
9Elite DangerousGames 18 Paid
10EVEREST VRGames 15 Paid
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