It’s no secret that 2021 was an excellent year for the Simulation genre. Several long-awaited games were released, many of which were highly anticipated sequels to proven franchises. To celebrate the genre, the list below contains some of the best simulation games of 2021.

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The five games below show off just how engrossing simulation games can be. From farming to traveling the world, these games have a little something for everybody.

Forza Horizon 5

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Forza Horizon 5 brings players to Mexico with a wide array of realistically programed cars. Players can speed around the map, participate in multiple racing types, and tune the car of their dreams. The deep visual customizations system returns for fans of wraps, as does the ability to upload your designs. Forza Horizon 5 presents some of the most immersive and detailed driving to date, and it’s truly impressive just how well you can feel how each car handles different terrains.

Story of Seasons: Pioneers of Olive Town

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Story of Seasons: Pioneers of Olive Town brings back the classic farming recipe of past games while adding modern features like sprinklers to match competitors like Stardew Valley. You need to restore a small town, manage your farm, and forge relationships with your neighbors. Pioneer Town shows what the future for 3D farming games will look like by showing how to properly bring in new features while not alienating what made it popular in the first place.

Microsoft Flight Simulator

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In Microsoft Flight Simulator, you, along with other players, can pilot realistic planes and fly to airports worldwide. These flights can take place in real-time, making play sessions an addictive endurance test. Flight Simulator is as close to most people will get to flying a real plane, making it easily one of the most true-to-life simulators ever made.

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Evil Genius 2

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Evil Genius 2 pulls you into the wacky side of sim games by allowing you to play as an evil genius. The game has you construct an evil lair and even manage your very own army of evil minions, where your end goal is building a doomsday device. Evil Genius 2 lets you experience a perfect balance between fun and in-depth building management, capturing the light-hearted nature that is so hard to achieve in other management games.

Hokko Life

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Hokko Life takes much of its inspiration from Animal Crossing but still manages to breathe new life into living the slow life. The major appeal is the in-depth design system that lets you get down to the nitty-gritty of making and placing items. If you’re not up for designing, then you can indulge in fishing, bug-catching, or even making your own farm.

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