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 2 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time
The Sims 2 2004

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2
362 120
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

3
286 83
The Sims 3 is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time
bby byrd added The Sims 3 Jun 02 2009

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281 176
The Sims 2: Pets is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time

5
213 132
The Sims 2: University is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time

6
222 159
The Sims 2: Seasons is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time

7
293 149
Animal Crossing is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time

8
210 138
The Sims 3: World Adventures is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time

9
181 118
The Sims 2: Open for Business is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time

10
183 126
The Sims 2: Nightlife is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time

11
249 156
Spore is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time
Spore Sep 04 2008

12
170 124
The Sims 2: Double Deluxe is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time

13
211 121
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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135 102
The Sims 2: FreeTime is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time

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176 100
Animal Crossing: Wild World is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time

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Ranker Video
Mabie1 added The Sims 3: Seasons

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120 89
The Sims 2: Bon Voyage is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time

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129 98
Fable III is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time
Fable III 2010

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153 122
The Sims: Hot Date is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time

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143 87
Animal Crossing: City Folk is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time

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64 55
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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123 93
The Urbz: Sims in the City is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time

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105 85
The Sims Castaway Stories is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time

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73 54
SimCity 4 is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time
RichardWare added SimCity 4 2003

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84 67
The Sims 2: Castaway is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time

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107 88
The Sims: Livin' Large is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time

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35 16
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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44 39
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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85 80
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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44 43
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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43 29
The Sims Bustin' Out is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time
BenNicholson added The Sims Bustin' Out 2003

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70 48
Tomodachi Collection is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time
Tomodachi Collection Jun 18 2009

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28 16
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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51 45
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 75
SimLife is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time
SimLife Jan 01 1992

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48 43
WolfQuest is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time
WolfQuest Jul 11 2008

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62 68
The Sims Pet Stories is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time
The Sims Pet Stories Jan 01 2007

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71 73
SimAnimals is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time
SimAnimals 2009

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49 38
Harvest Moon: Magical Melody is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time

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69 63
Harvest Moon GB is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time

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30 36
Ranker Video
RichardWare added Sim City 5

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63 72
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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31 40
SimEarth is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time
SimEarth 1990

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68 67
The Guild 2 is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time
The Guild 2 Jan 01 2006

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41 47
MySims Kingdom is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time

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34 38
The Sims FreePlay is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time
BenNicholson added The Sims FreePlay

47
56 70
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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23 26
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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37 47
My Sims is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time
My Sims 2007

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7 2
Harvest Moon is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time
HarisonGross added Harvest Moon Jan 01 1996