Excerpt: Welcome to The Final Countdown , GameZone's newest series where we get hyped about games that are just around the corner! As the hours pass, we are counting down the reasons you should be excited (or worried) about upcoming major releases. SimCity has become the obsessive focus of so many gamers since its announcement. With less than a week left until its release, it is practically ours already.
Preview: My one hour(s) with SimCity's addictive beta
28 January 2013
Excerpt: I don't know about you, but much of my gaming weekend was consumed with one-hour increments of EA's SimCity . Easily one of my most anticipated games of the year, I admit a game can sometimes fall victim to lofty expectations -- thankfully, SimCity isn't one of them. I first saw the game at E3 last year and immediately fell in love with it. As a fan of the series, I was eager to learn about the game's new multiplayer aspect.
Excerpt: Heading into E3, the big news surrounding SimCity was the new multiplayer feature. Up until now, SimCity had only been a single-player experience. Cities, however, are always part of something bigger, and that was EA’s goal with the latest installment to the long-running, popular franchise.
Excerpt: While The DS' back-catalogue is rife with games that make innovative or novel use of the handheld's touch screen, there's actually a surprising lack of titles that use the stylus input in the most obvious way possible, essentially turning it into a mouse for the portable games machine. SimCity DS is here to buck that trend, with EA bringing what many people consider to be the seminal god game to the DS for the first time.
Conclusion: I know I've said a lot of bad things about this game, but I think it's more of a result of me comparing it to the PC versions, which is really unfair. Sim City DS had me playing for quite a few hours which reminded me of the reasons why I enjoy the Sim City series so much. If you want to be picky like me, then there will be enough in this game to annoy, but at least enough to make it enjoyable. I have a nice 7.5 out of 10 in my heart for this one.
Summary: True to the SimCity series, players will be able to create and control their city in the palm of their hands ... and much more. Maximizing the stylus and built-in microphone controls of the Nintendo DS, SimCity DS brings to the franchise like never before the feeling of personal involvement with your city.