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 2009

2
762 371
The Sims 2 is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time
The Sims 2 2004

3
746 280
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

4
367 240
The Sims 2: Pets is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time

5
293 214
The Sims 2: Seasons is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time

6
289 193
The Sims 3: World Adventures is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time

7
400 216
Animal Crossing is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time

8
279 194
The Sims 2: University is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time

9
327 211
Spore is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time
Spore 2008

10
223 158
The Sims 2: Open for Business is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time

11
226 162
The Sims 2: Nightlife is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time

12
122 57
Ranker Video
Mabie1 added The Sims 3: Seasons

13
207 158
The Sims 2: Double Deluxe is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time

14
264 152
Harvest Moon: Back to Nature is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time

The 13 Sexiest Video Game Commercials Of All Time

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226 126
Animal Crossing: Wild World is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time

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165 127
The Sims 2: FreeTime is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time

17
144 113
The Sims 2: Bon Voyage is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time

18
182 104
Animal Crossing: City Folk is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time

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166 128
Fable III is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time
Fable III 2010

20
178 141
The Sims: Hot Date is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time

21
91 78
SimCity 2000 is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time
RichardWare added SimCity 2000 1993

The Best God Games of All Time

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70 35
The Sims is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time
The Sims 2000

23
123 102
The Sims Castaway Stories is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time

24
100 79
The Sims 2: Castaway is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time

25
145 114
The Urbz: Sims in the City is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time

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88 72
SimCity 4 is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time
RichardWare added SimCity 4 2003

27
52 28
The Sims 3: Supernatural is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time
Noxenola added The Sims 3: Supernatural

28
54 53
SimCity 3000 is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time
RichardWare added SimCity 3000 1999

The Hardest Video Games To Complete

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113 102
The Sims: Livin' Large is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time

30
93 91
The Sims 2 Stuff packs is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time

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87 62
Tomodachi Collection is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time

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50 56
SimCity is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time
RichardWare added SimCity 1989

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52 41
The Sims Bustin' Out is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time
BenNicholson added The Sims Bustin' Out 2003

34
68 46
Harvest Moon: Magical Melody is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time

35
64 56
The Sims: Makin' Magic is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time

The 100+ Best Video Games of All Time, Ranked by Fans

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84 70
Harvest Moon GB is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time
Harvest Moon GB Dec 18 1997

37
70 82
The Sims Pet Stories is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time

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58 57
WolfQuest is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time
WolfQuest Jul 11 2008

39
26 8
Harvest Moon is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time
HarisonGross added Harvest Moon 1996

40
80 86
SimAnimals is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time
SimAnimals 2009

41
74 90
SimLife is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time
SimLife 1992

42
41 41
ARMA 3 is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time
KeshawnHolder added ARMA 3 2012

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40 50
SimEarth is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time
SimEarth 1990

44
53 59
MySims Kingdom is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time

45
74 89
Princess Maker 2 is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time

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39 53
Ranker Video
RichardWare added Sim City 5

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50 63
My Sims is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time
My Sims 2007

48
75 81
The Guild 2 is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time

49
60 82
SimAnt is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time
SimAnt 1991

50
14 11
Harvest Moon 64 is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time
HarisonGross added Harvest Moon 64 Feb 05 1999