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The Most Popular Simulation Video Games Right Now 

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Updated March 27, 2020 1.2k votes 226 voters 11.6k views 23 items

Gamers everywhere, we're ranking the most popular simulation games in 2020. Featuring both old and new games, this list of the most played simulator games right now include some of the best-selling games on PC. What are the top 10 simulation video games today?

Simulators, like The Sims 4, Farming SimulatorKerbal Space Program, and Cities: Skylines, keep getting new players, thanks to Twitch streamers and YouTube gaming channels. Including car simulators, flight simulations, dating sims, yandere games, or good online simulation games trending now, this list has it all.

Vote up the best simulation games everyone should be playing right now, and feel free to add your favorites that are missing from this list. Games from all consoles (PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch) are welcome, including mobile and PC games. 

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The Sims 4 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Popular Simulation Video Games Right Now
Released: 2014 (Maxis)

Genres (Video game): Life simulation

The Sims 4 is a 2014 life simulation video game developed by Maxis and The Sims Studio and published by Electronic Arts. The Sims 4 was originally announced on May 6, 2013, and was released in ...more

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Cities: Skylines is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Popular Simulation Video Games Right Now
Released: 2015 (Colossal Order)
Cities: Skylines is a city-building game developed by Colossal Order and published by Paradox Interactive. The game is a single-player open-ended city-building simulation. Players engage in ...more

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Euro Truck Simulator 2 ... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Popular Simulation Video Games Right Now
Released: 2012 (SCS Software)

Genres (Video game): Vehicle simulation game, Simulation video game, Racing video game

Euro Truck Simulator 2 is a vehicle simulation game developed and published by SCS Software for Microsoft Windows and Linux and was initially released as open development on October 19, 2012. ...more

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Garry's Mod is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Popular Simulation Video Games Right Now
Released: 2006 (Team Garry)

Genres (Video game): Puzzle game, Action game, Sandbox, Simulation video game, Role-playing video game

Garry's Mod (commonly abbreviated as GMod) is a sandbox physics game created by Garry Newman and developed by his company, Facepunch Studios. Garry's Mod was originally a mod for Valve ...more
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Automation is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Popular Simulation Video Games Right Now
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Genres (Video game): Simulation video game

Automation is a video game from Camshaft Software for Microsoft Windows that allows the player to create and run a virtual car company and design vehicles to sell. It is currently available via ...more
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Farming Simulator 17 is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Popular Simulation Video Games Right Now
Farming Simulator 17 is a farming simulation video game developed by Giants Software, which was released on October 25, 2016. The locations are based on American and European environments. ...more
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Prison Architect is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Popular Simulation Video Games Right Now
Released: 2012 (Introversion Software)

Genres (Video game): Simulation video game, Strategy video game

Prison Architect is a private prison construction and management simulation game by the British game developer Introversion Software. It was made available as a crowdfunded paid alpha pre-order ...more
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Tropico 6 is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Popular Simulation Video Games Right Now
Released: 2019 (Limbic Entertainment)
Tropico 6 is a construction, management and political simulation game in the Tropico series, developed by Limbic Entertainment, published by Kalypso Media. As in the other games in the series, ...more
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Second Life is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Popular Simulation Video Games Right Now
justinsnyder7777 added Released: 2003 (Linden Lab)

Genres (Video game): Virtual world, Simulation video game, Role-playing video game, Massively multiplayer online role-playing game

Second Life is an online virtual world, developed by San Francisco-based Linden Lab and launched on June 23, 2003; and which in 2014 had about 1 million regular users, according to Linden Lab, ...more
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Kerbal Space Program is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Popular Simulation Video Games Right Now

Genres (Video game): Simulation video game, Space flight simulator game

Kerbal Space Program is a space flight simulation video game developed and published by Squad for Microsoft Windows, OS X, Linux, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. In the game, players direct a ...more

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Project CARS is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Popular Simulation Video Games Right Now
Project CARS is a motorsport racing simulator video game developed by Slightly Mad Studios and published and distributed by Bandai Namco Entertainment. It was released in May 2015 for Microsoft ...more
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Animal Crossing: New Hor... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Popular Simulation Video Games Right Now
Released: 2020 (Nintendo EPD)

Genres (Video game): Social simulation, real-life simulation

As in previous installments in the Animal Crossing series, New Horizons is a nonlinear life simulation game played in real-time. The player assumes the role of a customizable character who moves ...more
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Microsoft Flight Simulat... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Popular Simulation Video Games Right Now
GraemePeterson added Released: 2006 (Microsoft Studios)

Genres (Video game): Simulation video game, Flight simulator

Microsoft Flight Simulator X is a 2006 flight simulation computer game originally developed and published by Microsoft for Windows. It is the sequel to Microsoft Flight Simulator 2004 and the ...more
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ARMA 3 is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Popular Simulation Video Games Right Now
Released: 2012 (Bohemia Interactive)

Genres (Video game): Shooter game, Action game, Simulation video game, Tactical shooter, Flight simulator, + more

ARMA 3 is an open-world military tactical shooter video game developed by Czech studio Bohemia Interactive for Microsoft Windows. It was released on September 12, 2013. ARMA 3's storyline takes ...more
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X-Plane 11 is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Popular Simulation Video Games Right Now
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Flight Sim World is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Popular Simulation Video Games Right Now
Flight Sim World is a flight simulator developed by Dovetail Games along with other third party developers, released for early access on the 18th May 2017. Players experience being a pilot with ...more
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Football Manager 2018 is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Popular Simulation Video Games Right Now
Football Manager 2018 is a 2017 football management simulation video game developed by Sports Interactive and published by Sega which was released worldwide on 10 November 2017 for Microsoft ...more
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RimWorld is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Popular Simulation Video Games Right Now
RimWorld is a top-down construction and management simulation computer game currently being developed by Ludeon Studios. It was initially released as alpha software for Microsoft Windows, macOS, ...more
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DCS World is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Popular Simulation Video Games Right Now
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Everything is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Popular Simulation Video Games Right Now
Everything is a simulation game developed by artist David OReilly. It was released for the PlayStation 4 on March 21, 2017, for Microsoft Windows and macOS on April 21, 2017, and for Linux on ...more
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Silent Hunter III is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Popular Simulation Video Games Right Now
Released: 2005 (Ubisoft)

Genres (Video game): Submarine simulator, Action game, Simulation video game, Strategy video game

Silent Hunter III is a submarine simulation developed by Ubisoft Romania and published by Ubisoft. It was released for the PC on March 15, 2005. Like Silent Hunter II, it places the player in ...more
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Out of the Park Baseball... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Popular Simulation Video Games Right Now
Released: 2008 (Sports Interactive)

Genres (Video game): Baseball, Simulation video game, Sports game, Sport management

Out of the Park Baseball, abbreviated as OOTP, is a text-based baseball simulation for career, historical, and fictional play. OOTP was originally written in 1998, when lead developer Markus ...more
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P3D Prepar3d is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Popular Simulation Video Games Right Now
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