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5 Best Simulation Games on PlayStation 5 (2024)

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Players who enjoy simulation games know all too well how in-depth and rewarding these games can be. Whether you are gardening, farming, or participating in another activity like cooking, these games are great. The purpose of the simulation genre is to bring to life many tasks or actions in a way that feels fun and intuitive. With these titles, the immense attention to detail and minute aspects matter all the more. So, if you enjoy simulation games, we hope you will enjoy our picks for the Best Simulation Games on PlayStation 5.

10. Cooking Simulator

Cooking Simulator Trailer

For the first entry on our list of the best simulation games available on PlayStation 5, here we have Cooking Simulator. The culinary world is seldom explored in gaming. However, with Cooking Simulator, this is done in a way that tries to replicate even the tiniest of details. This makes it a great title for those who enjoy the pastime of cooking or the art itself. All around, Cooking Simulator is a fantastic title and one of the best simulation games on PlayStation 5

9. PowerWash Simulator

PowerWash Simulator - Launch Trailer | PS5 & PS4 Games

Our next title is one that, upon its release, many players were a tad confused. The relaxing nature of cleaning simulation games is one that hasn't been touched on much. However, with PowerWash Simulator, players are able to not only clean a varied amount of environments but also receive the reward of a job well done while doing so. The game's mechanics are simple, and it's simply a blast cooperatively. For these reasons, PowerWash Simulator earns a spot on our list.

8. House Flipper 2

Official Release Trailer - House Flipper 2

We are staying somewhat in the same vein with our next entry. Here, we have House Flipper 2. This title, as the name implies, allows players to take on the role of a foreman in order to flip houses. In doing so, players have an excellent level of control throughout the renovation process. This not only gives the player many options in regard to their goals but also is a great way to frame the gameplay in this title. All in all, House Flipper 2 is a delight and one of the best simulation games on PlayStation 5

7. Planet Zoo

Planet Zoo: Console Edition | Launch Trailer

In terms of the scale of the game world, Planet Zoo is absolutely fantastic. Running and operating a zoo with a plethora of animals in your care feels magical. You are able to control the ins and outs of daily operations and much more. As you construct more habitats and invite new animal friends, your zoo grows. For its outstanding premise and execution of that premise, we consider Planet Zoo to be one of the best simulation games on PlayStation 5.

6. Train Sim World 4

Train Sim World 4 Official Trailer

The next entry on our list is one that should appeal to many locomotive enthusiasts. The world of Train Sim World 4 is one that allows players to freely explore the massive world of trains, both in operation and function. Players can choose to take particular routes and learn the operation techniques for each model of the train. The game seeks to represent these locomotives as accurately as possible as well. For its attention to detail and challenge, we consider Train Sim World 4 to be one of the best simulation games on PlayStation 5.

5. SteamWorld Build

SteamWorld Build - Launch Trailer | PS5 & PS4 Games

For fans of base-building, our next title is sure to impress. SteamWorld Build, in terms of the scope of its gameplay, is perhaps the most ambitious on our list. Players are able to cultivate their own group of townsfolk and manage mining operations to an astounding degree. The game also features many difficulty options for both experienced and novice players to enjoy. This makes it a well-rounded experience for players looking to delve into the game. In short, SteamWorld Build is a must-play for sim lovers.

4. Arcade Paradise

Arcade Paradise - Rags to Riches (Gameplay Reveal) | PS5, PS4

We are following up on our last entry with Arcade Paradise. Simply put, Arcade Paradise has a unique premise for players to enjoy. This, naturally, is owning and operating an arcade. Players are able to control which cabinets go in the arcade and much more. With over thirty games to choose from, choice is at the player's fingertips. With both cooperative and competitive modes, Arcade Paradise is one of the best simulation games on PlayStation 5.

3. Stardew Valley

Stardew Valley Trailer

Our next entry is one that hardly needs an introduction. Here, we have Stardew Valley. This farming simulator swept through the indie gaming space upon its release. To this day, the game has seen consistent updates from both its developer, as well as its incredibly passionate modding community. The game does a great job of casually simulating farming while leaving plenty for the player to do. To close, Stardew Valley is one of the best simulation games on PlayStation 5

2. Two Point Campus

Two Point Campus | Launch Trailer

For the next entry on our list, here we have Two Point Campus. For fans of the Two Point franchise, this title is a must-play. If you are unfamiliar, these games attempt to simulate different businesses & in this case, schools. Here, players are able to build a roster of staff and slowly grow acclimated to the students as well. Altogether, Two Point Campus is a fine example of what the best simulation games on PlayStation 5 can be.

1. Farming Simulator 22

Farming Simulator 22 - Cinematic Trailer | PS5, PS4

We are wrapping up today's list of the best simulation games on PlayStation 5 with Farming Simulator 22. This game not only allows players to tweak how realistic of an experience they want but simulates farming in what is, perhaps, the most realistic way depicted in gaming. This ensures that players will not only have quite a bit of content on their hands but also that the reward for the player's hard work will be worthwhile. With real-time crop times, as well as a plethora of machines to learn to operate, Farming Simulator 22 is a must-have for simulation fans. 

So, what's your take on our picks for the Best Simulation Games on PlayStation 5? Do you agree with our picks? What are some of your favorites? Let us know over on our socials here or down in the comments below.



Judson Holley is a writer that began his career as a ghostwriter. Returning to the mortal coil  to work among the living. With some of his favorite games being tactical FPS games such as Squad and the Arma series. Although this could not be further from the truth as he enjoys games with deep stories such as the Kingdom Hearts series as well as Jade Empire and The Knights of the Old Republic series. When not attending to his wife, Judson often tends to his cats. He also has a knack for music mainly composing for and playing piano.