Sims differ from other PC games in that their raison d'être isn’t necessarily to entertain, at least not primarily. They’re not all best-sellers, but these are the titles with dedicated communties offering deep tutorials and incredible mods, that let you get as close to hauling a trailer full of plumbing parts across Europe, driving an F1 car, or piloting a military aircraft as national security laws will permit.
Perhaps the best thing about this air-and-ground combat sim is that it's very easy to just plunge into it, get a decent idea of its systems and start having fun right away.
Beta testers have now fallen back to the rear while we await official deployment of the Antimatter Games / Tripwire Interactive / Iceberg Interactive Vietnam War-themed multiplayer tactical FPS, currently scheduled for Q2 2017. E, welcomes players to the world of 1944 World War II-era warfare with detailed and historically accurate weapons, tanks and troops.
If War Thunder's skies offer an opportunity for a quick joyride and a bit of sightseeing, ground combat in its tanks offers the exact opposite - its steel beasts move at such a glacial pace that you're constantly on high alert, scanning for enemies in the scrubland.
You’re here because you want to know what the best simulation games for PC are right now. It is, however, fascinating, terrifying, and hugely satisfying as a long-form experience.
The all-time greats still worth playing; the sims with modding communities who breathe eternal life into them; the facsimiles of an aspect of reality so niche you can barely fathom their existence. Such is the nature of the genre that seeking out the best PC sims is like asking for the ‘special’ stock the shopkeeper keeps in the back room.
Make sure they are very different from each other and relevant.
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