PC gaming has jumped ahead by leaps and bounds over the last decade, and nowhere is that more apparent than in the world of simulations. Today, simulation games are incredibly popular.

Today’s sim games put gamers in a variety of unique roles, including train conductors and professional soldiers. If you want to experience the latest and greatest sim games on your PC gaming rig, check out the top 5 simulation titles listed below:

5) ArmA III Alpha


There are hundreds – if not thousands – of military games on the market today. But only a handful of these games make an effort to realistically depict modern warfare (sorry, Battlefield and Call of Duty). Of the handful of realistic military games, ArmA III undoubtedly takes the cake.

In ArmA III, gamers are thrown into realistic combat operations as medics, pilots, and other important roles. The game uses incredibly realistic weapons physics and authentic chain of command structures to make it feel like you’re actually in the military. And if you take a bullet, you better hope a medic comes to your rescue because bleeding out is a real possibility.

4) Train Simulator 2013

Train Simulator gave the internet awesome videos like this:

And Train Simulator 2013 continues the eclectic history of the franchise, forcing players to drive trains through a wide range of challenging and not-so-challenging terrains. Train Simulator 2013 comes with literally thousands of dollars of DLC options, making it the world’s best game for serious train enthusiasts. If you’ve ever dreamed about playing engineer and touring through the world’s best rail systems, Train Simulator 2013 is for you.

3) SimCity 4

The new SimCity was released with more controversy than just about any other EA game to-date. The always-on internet requirements forced many gamers to permanently turn their backs on the franchise. But way back in 2003, SimCity 4 represented everything a good SimCity game should be.

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The graphics don’t look bad for a 2D game and SimCity 4 comes with all the city simulation features we came to know and love from the SimCity franchise over the years. When it comes to city simulations, it doesn’t get much better than this.

2) Flight Simulator X


Microsoft’s Flight Simulator franchise is incredibly popular. Flight Simulator X, which was the last installment of the franchise, was released way back in 2006. Fortunately for flight enthusiasts out there, FSX is still one of the best flight sims available today. With thousands of airports around the world and a control scheme that is challenging but not impossible to figure out, Flight Simulator X is something that every flight enthusiast should have on their PC.

1) Surgeon Simulator 2013

Surgeon Simulator 3 is one of those games that came out of nowhere early in 2013. Unlike most of the other simulator games listed here, Surgeon Simulator 2013 doesn’t make much of an attempt to be realistic:

In Surgeon Simulator 2013, your mouse moves the arm of a surgeon, and keys handle each finger. It’s kind of like the QWOP of simulator games in that it is so easy to mess everything up. Whether you want to practice your one-handed brain transplant skills or you just want to see how many ribs you can crack before a patient dies, Surgeon Simulator 2013 is a hilariously fun way to show off your medical malpractice skills.

For a good laugh, check out this hilarious video by Rooster Teeth:

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