The lights are on
EA is giving would-be city planners an early look at its upcoming SimCity. The company tweeted that it will be holding a beta for the game next week, which will contain about an hour of gameplay.
While an hour may not be enough time to turn your burgeoning town into a smog-filled dystopian nightmare, you should at least be able to make your Sims miserable via constant gridlock and nighttime brownouts. Or you could take the boring approach and try to build up a place where your little people are happy. The choice is yours, even if only one of those choices is correct.
The beta will be taking place between January 25-28. You can register for it here.
For more information on the game, take a look at Joe's preview. The game is set for a March 5 release on PC.
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Time to build a new-urbanist city of transit-oriented development. Sweet!
Time to take Godzilla for a spin.
Yeah, it may be fun to create a huge city full of happy citizens for a while. But then, somewhere along the way, the sandbox kid in me just wants to smash it all down. Oh, my citizens are complaining that there aren't enough trees in the city. Well how about a volcano! I spend ten hours giving you a home and jobs and entertainment, now I'm going to sit back and watch it all burn.
Am I the only one that is not down with another always on gaming platform, such as "Origin"?
Oh man, I'm going to use all of those 72 hours playing that beta...
How many gigs?
Damn Origin and its errors, damn!
Sim City looks great. Looking forward to what comes of this.
While I'm not a big fan of EA, this is one of those games that will make me cross the line to make a purchase. I just love the SimCity games so much that I don't care who gets the money for publishing it just s long as it comes out and I get to enjoy it!
nice! might try to enter the beta
A but a one hour beta? Does EA know the difference between a beta test and a demo? I don't think an hour is long enough for anyone to really push this game and see what they can break. But I guess EA figures that people love to say they took part in a game's beta testing so they just call their demo a beta and double the number of people who play it.
I'm still signing up for the "beta" but only to make sure that it'll run smoothly on my PC.