There are few, if any, games out there which cause the emotional highs and lows of SI Games' perennial series, and even fewer which have engendered such dedication in the player base.We're all familiar with the ended marriages, but feature films and installations and even real, physical books have been written about the cult of FM. Match engine tweaks have helped smooth over certain bugs (crossing is no longer so overpowered, for instance) while graphical and optimization improvements make things look and run that much smoother.Train Simulator 2016 has some big problems, and a risible pricing model - and yet, it's unquestionably the best way to travel the world's best-known and most historic railways without leaving the comfort of your PC gaming dungeon. If you already own Train Simulator 2015, this year's game is available as a free update that adds a shiny new UI, expanded tutorials and better search functionality.However, it also includes new trains and routes that you can buy by either shelling out TS2016 as a standalone game, or purchasing them seperately.
But even the rage that Football Manager can elicit is proof of its quality.
It's rare for a sim to be so all-encompassing that it can provide both light entertainment to the curious casual gamer who wants to fly fighter jets under bridges with a gamepad, and valuable education to a budding pilot ensconced in a home-made cockpit - but such is FSX's scope.
In a recurring theme throughout this feature, mod support plays a huge role in its prolonged lifespan.
The lure of Football Manager has always been the paradoxical feeling that you have a lack of control over how your team performs, yet simultaneously you know that all the tools are at your fingertips.
It's this that makes us love and hate it like no other.