Total Nerd The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time  

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List Rules Vote up the best life simulation video games to play, no matter what system they are on.

These are best life simulation games of all time, across multiple consoles and systems, with cover art pictures where available. Although most of these titles are part of the Sims franchise, there are some other good life sim games on the poll that aren't. These highly-rated games are ordered by popularity, so only the greatest are at the top of the list. Spanning the entire history of the genre, these life simulation games are considered the best of all time.

The games on this list range from The Sims to Animal Crossing, plus much more. This list answers the questions, "What are the best life simulation games?" and "What is the greatest life simulation game of all time?"
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The Sims 3 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time
bby byrd added The Sims 3 Jun 02 2009

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423 141
The Sims 4 is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time
Lars Van Der Veeke added The Sims 4 2014

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583 285
The Sims 2 is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time
The Sims 2 2004

4
293 183
The Sims 2: Pets is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time

5
225 137
The Sims 2: University is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time

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233 161
The Sims 2: Seasons is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time

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310 156
Animal Crossing is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time

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219 142
The Sims 3: World Adventures is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time

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187 121
The Sims 2: Open for Business is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time

10
190 129
The Sims 2: Nightlife is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time

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259 163
Spore is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time
Spore Sep 04 2008

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177 127
The Sims 2: Double Deluxe is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time

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220 126
Harvest Moon: Back to Nature is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time

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142 105
The Sims 2: FreeTime is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time

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127 93
The Sims 2: Bon Voyage is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time

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185 105
Animal Crossing: Wild World is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time

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80 36
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Mabie1 added The Sims 3: Seasons

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152 92
Animal Crossing: City Folk is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time

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157 126
The Sims: Hot Date is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time

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134 105
Fable III is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time
Fable III 2010

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70 58
SimCity 2000 is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time
RichardWare added SimCity 2000 1993

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87 69
The Sims 2: Castaway is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time

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107 90
The Sims Castaway Stories is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time

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125 98
The Urbz: Sims in the City is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time

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75 58
SimCity 4 is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time
RichardWare added SimCity 4 2003

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108 91
The Sims: Livin' Large is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time

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38 19
The Sims is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time
The Sims 2000

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46 41
SimCity 3000 is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time
RichardWare added SimCity 3000 1999

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87 82
The Sims 2 Stuff packs is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time

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46 45
SimCity is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time
RichardWare added SimCity 1989

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73 51
Tomodachi Collection is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time
Tomodachi Collection Jun 18 2009

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44 32
The Sims Bustin' Out is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time
BenNicholson added The Sims Bustin' Out 2003

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31 19
The Sims 3: Supernatural is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time
Noxenola added The Sims 3: Supernatural

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53 48
The Sims: Makin' Magic is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time

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69 79
SimLife is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time
SimLife 1992

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63 72
The Sims Pet Stories is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time
The Sims Pet Stories Jan 01 2007

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50 48
WolfQuest is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time
WolfQuest Jul 11 2008

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72 78
SimAnimals is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time
SimAnimals 2009

39
50 42
Harvest Moon: Magical Melody is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time

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32 38
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RichardWare added Sim City 5

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70 66
Harvest Moon GB is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time

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65 77
Princess Maker 2 is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time
Princess Maker 2 Jan 01 1993

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33 43
SimEarth is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time
SimEarth 1990

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70 70
The Guild 2 is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time

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36 41
The Sims FreePlay is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time
BenNicholson added The Sims FreePlay

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42 52
MySims Kingdom is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time

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57 74
SimAnt is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time
SimAnt Jan 01 1991

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24 29
ARMA 3 is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time
KeshawnHolder added ARMA 3 2012

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27 36
Second Life is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time
KlewTeaRhapsody added Second Life 2003

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37 52
My Sims is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time
My Sims 2007