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Immersive simulations can be hard to spot, as the term refers to a specific type of game design that can appear in almost any genre, from first-person shooters to RPGs to puzzle games. However, the experience of playing an immersive simulation is undeniable.

As the name suggests, immersive simulation games carefully simulate real-world interactions between game objects. For example, objects you can pick up or throw have believable physical properties like weight, inertia, and speed, and their impact affects other objects in the world. Water and metal will conduct electricity. Fire will spread between flammable materials. These simulated behaviors are not just for the sake of realism; the flexibility of these systems gives players more agency over their experience. As such, the levels, fights, and puzzles are often open-ended and can be approached in a variety of ways.

Immersive simulation games often feature first-person camera perspectives, following in the footsteps of early examples of the genre like Ultimate Underworld, System shockand Thief. Modern examples that continue this trend include Prey (2017), Dishonoredand biosock. However, many third-person games like The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain feature immersive simulation mechanics, even if they are not strictly considered as such.


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