The lights are on
For the first time in a decade, players are getting a true sequel in the SimCity series. The latest installment in the classic franchise from Maxis is available in stores today (and via download on Origin), and we run through what fans should expect.
Even though my review isn't up yet, you can join me, Andrew Reiner, and Jeff Cork as we run through the basic features of this city-builder. It is a different kind of simulation from what longtime SimCity fans might have hoped, but it still delivers complexity, layers of data, and the thrill of creating a thriving city from nothing. Watch the video below for the full rundown.
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I've played SimCity 2000 and SimCity Societies. Both I liked.
I love SimCity and have been waiting for a new entry in the series for years. This new SimCity is great, too. I need to buy it.
This game is a ton of fun. The complex simulation running under the hood is the biggest boon to the series IMHO. It's systems within systems, within systems, and yet it remains intuitive. That's quite an accomplishment.
It's much easier to get started on Simcity, than any of the previous games, but it's also harder to find and then hold on to success. Which is exactly the right balance to strike.
The main point of frustration for Simcity veterans seems to be the idea that, in like the previous installments, your goal is to build a sprawling metropolis that does everything and is everything to everyone.
But that's not what SimCity is about this time. You are instead thinking strategically about how to best utilize the limited space and resources to create a city that best supports the interest of the region.
You will arrange and re-arrange your city as your goals and your region's goals shift, and as economic and environmental circumstance change.
I'm loving it, and I think most SimCity fans will, if they give it a chance.
you just might want to wait a day or two more for the server mess to settle down.
Nice test chamber. This game appeals to one kind of crowd.
Enjoyed it when I played yesterday, but now I, like everyone else, can't even start the game.
Well, the servers have crashed 3 times since I bought the game yesterday. This is quite fun. New game mode called "see if you can build offline"
I want this game so bad, but my PC isn't good enough :(
Sounds like Housetown has a "The Rent Is Too Damn High" party.
Even with the online requirement, this is still one I want to get. Good thing I just upgraded my PC!
This game looks great! Too bad I don't have the patience for this type of game because I have so many games on my backlog to beat.
This was an excellent look at Sim City. I am very interested in picking this one up. I have never played a Sim City game but I think that this one would be a great one to start with. I might wait for awhile until there is a price drop or sale. Either way, this game looks amazing and so much fun. Can't wait to try it out. Great Test Chamber!