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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629 306
The Sims 2 is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time
The Sims 2 2004

3
503 178
The Sims 4 is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time
Lars Van Der Veeke added The Sims 4 2014

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307 196
The Sims 2: Pets is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time

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337 163
Animal Crossing is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time

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238 151
The Sims 2: University is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time

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244 171
The Sims 2: Seasons is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time

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236 151
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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194 130
The Sims 2: Open for Business is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time

10
199 138
The Sims 2: Nightlife is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time

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278 175
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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182 134
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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231 129
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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197 106
Animal Crossing: Wild World is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time

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149 112
The Sims 2: FreeTime is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time

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129 97
The Sims 2: Bon Voyage is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time

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85 40
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Mabie1 added The Sims 3: Seasons

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162 93
Animal Crossing: City Folk is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time

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138 107
Fable III is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time
Fable III 2010

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160 130
The Sims: Hot Date is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time

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73 61
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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111 93
The Sims Castaway Stories is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time

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129 102
The Urbz: Sims in the City is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time

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89 72
The Sims 2: Castaway is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time

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78 61
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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45 22
The Sims is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time
The Sims 2000

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48 44
SimCity 3000 is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time
RichardWare added SimCity 3000 1999

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108 95
The Sims: Livin' Large is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time

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88 85
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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48 47
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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79 53
Tomodachi Collection is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time

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45 35
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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33 21
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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56 51
The Sims: Makin' Magic is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time

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52 50
WolfQuest is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time
WolfQuest Jul 11 2008

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55 42
Harvest Moon: Magical Melody is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time

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64 75
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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70 85
SimLife is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time
SimLife 1992

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74 81
SimAnimals is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time
SimAnimals 2009

40
74 66
Harvest Moon GB is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time

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48 53
MySims Kingdom is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time

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68 81
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
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34 47
SimEarth is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time
SimEarth 1990

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71 74
The Guild 2 is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time

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43 53
My Sims is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time
My Sims 2007

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38 46
The Sims FreePlay is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time
BenNicholson added The Sims FreePlay

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13 5
Harvest Moon is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time
HarisonGross added Harvest Moon Jan 01 1996

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58 77
SimAnt is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time
SimAnt Jan 01 1991

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27 34
ARMA 3 is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time
KeshawnHolder added ARMA 3 2012