The lights are on
You may have noticed some reviews for SimCity popping up online today. So why haven't you seen Game Informer's review among them?
Unlike previous SimCity titles, this one has an integrated, always-on multiplayer experience. Reviewers have been able to play on test servers, but the full global connection won't be active until the game launches tomorrow.
We've decided to wait on publishing our review until we can test the game and its online-dependent features in a live environment. Keep an eye on the site – we'll get the review up a little later in the week.
In the meantime, you can read up on SimCity by checking out this interview and some hands-on impressions.
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I wonder why they are waiting. They can still log on and play.
I really hope this game is as cool as it looks.
That's a good idea GI!
Makes sense, would be good if others did the same.
Uggh... I hope EA, Blizzard, & Ubisoft learn a thing or two about always online gaming.
When you look at Bethesda, Valve, and Runic Games and their approach on the modding community, it's just a better system. These developers/publishers understand that fans have the ability to develop so much more content (for FREE) that they cannot fathom to develop with their staff. This effectively extends the life of the game and thus helps with additional purchases and DLC purchases in the long future since people are still playing the game (look at Skyrim!... it's still priced at $50-$60 on Steam!).
It's amazing to see the dedication that fans have for the games that they enjoy. I can't imagine developers hating mods. They must find it so rewarding and fascinating to see other "developers" developing things on top of what they've created. By making the game always online, you effectively restrict the ability to mod unless it's a part of the interface (like WoW).
What is it about EA that they keep making these decisions? Didn't they see the backlash that Diablo 3 had? Didn't they see that because of it, Runic Games was able to capitalize on it with Torchlight 2? Sigh... I just don't get it.
Thanks for waiting to see the full game, it's the dedication to details like that which make me a happy subscriber :)
This looks like it's going to be a pretty good game. I know my wife sure is happy about the new Sim City. I'm excited to check it out.
This is why I love gameinformer.
Looks pretty good, but I'll wait for the review until I make a decision.
I hope this game is great.
This game is going to be awesome
No need, GI, this game is crap and everybody knows it..
New SimCity is good, but the feelings that made SimCity great is gone. IMO it's simpler now (gameplay wise), a bit like fb games.
We can no longer manage underground pipes, can't edit terrain, can't make the road 2 directions or 1 direction only, no manageable city ordinance, etc..
And multi-city gameplay made each city feels rather small. I don't know, maybe those features are there but I can't seems to find it.
This may be a great game for some, but for me, they cut out too much of what made the previous Sim Cities great, while also adding always-online DRM. Small spaces with no terraforming? And how many people out there played Sim City when their other internet-dependent games weren't working? I bet quite a few. Yeah, sorry Maxis, but you lost me on this one.
Smart decision GI.