The handling model in the F1 series is the best around and 2018 offers the finest iteration yet – accurately and perfectly conveying the sense of driving one of these ridiculously fast beasts.
It is, however, fascinating, terrifying, and hugely satisfying as a long-form experience.
Perhaps the best thing about this free MMO is that it’s very easy to just plunge into it, get a decent idea of its systems and start having fun right away.
Try saying that about Flight Simulator X with a straight face.
If you’re after sheer volume of machinery, War Thunder’s WW2/Korean War era roster exceeds 300 aircraft. ) or simulation physics models to blast away at airborne adversaries playing on both PC and consoles – its servers know no platform boundaries.
While it started off a little bare-bones when it released, Dovetail has consistently updated the game with new features, trains, routes, weather, and more. It may all be a bit pricey for some, but the option to expand is there if you find yourself tiring of the same routes, and you certainly won’t be able to find a more in-depth and realistic train sim for your money.
When it comes to farming simulator games, look no further than, er, Farming Simulator 19. Please excuse our facetiousness, but believe us when we say that if you’re looking for the closest one-to-one recreation of truly living off the land, Giants Software’s latest agricultural outing is for you.
From the all-time greats that are 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, we have everything you need here. 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.
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 communities 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.
It’s simply magnificent in its purity, delivering an all-encompassing sense of realism and immersion with stellar sound design and a physics model that justifies that £300 you spent on a force feedback wheel while your children starved. Kunos Simulazioni made their racing game tremendously tweakable, too, which has given rise to a host of custom profile settings for those aforementioned force feedback wheels, and allows all manner of visual customisation.
A few minutes adjusting sliders, and Assetto Corsa is as comfortable as an old shoe.
Whoever fires first in this free Steam game almost always carries away the spoils.