The best sims to play in 2022

From Microsoft Flight Simulator to weird and wonderful indies, these are the best simulator games around. 

From wild adventures to technically accurate time sinks, the best sims are great for inducing a flow state and experiencing new careers...

8. Two Point Hospital

A spiritual successor to 1997’s Theme Hospital, Two Point shares much of its beloved forebear’s gameplay, visuals, and humor – albeit updated for a modern audience.

Platforms: PC, Xbox One, PS4, Switch

7. Rising Storm 2: Vietnam

Operating as an unofficial hybrid between shooters like Call of Duty and the more hardcore mil-sims such as ARMA, Rising Storm incentivizes tactics over blind firepower. 

Platforms: PC

6. Not for Broadcast

An engaging take on TV production that tasks you with selecting camera feeds, bleeping out foul language, and choosing the headlines that will be broadcast to the world.

Platforms: PC

5. ARMA 3

This demanding military sim serves as an open-ended arena for organic, dynamic war stories that can be played out with friends and foes. 

Platforms: PC

4. Cooking Simulator

If your only experience of chef sims is Cooking Mama, the depths of Cooking Simulator will come as a shock. Precise measurements are the order of the day in this high pressure sim.

Platforms: PC

3. Planet Coaster

Sharing a great deal with Roller Coaster Tycoon (including the ability to ride your coaster creations), this sim is rife with nostalgic fun.

Platforms: PC, Xbox One, PS4

2. The Sims 4

Be evil, be kind, be a weirdo, The Sims 4 doesn't force you down any particular path but allows you to experience and play through the consequences of your actions.

Platforms: PC, Xbox One, PS4

1. Microsoft Flight Simulator

A visual marvel where the level of realism applied to the technicalities of piloting an aircraft is both impressive and terrifying. Vitural tourism at its most jaw-dropping. 

Platforms: PC, Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One

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