Excerpt: Sim City isn’t the game I’m writing a review of but it is the basis of the title I’ll tell you all about. City Life is a game in which you need to build a city and take care of everything while trying not to get into too much debt.
Conclusion: Overall I have to rate City Life as one of my favorite city builders, bringing back a lot of nostalgia for my early Sims City days. Definitely worth the time and the box price even if I’m left wondering why my city is full of pink and orange Volkswagen bugs. Maybe there was a sale.
Excerpt: CDV taps Monte Cristo in their latest Sim challenger to Electronic Arts. With the larger publisher focusing on extending the life of The Sims 2, Monte Cristo heads to the urban front and delivers City Life, a convincing clone of SimCity with just enough quirks and features to set it apart from the...
Conclusion: In terms of new content, the 2008 Edition is a bit slim. There are 60 new buildings, 10 new maps, some additional scenarios, updated graphics, and an odd feature that allows players to import satellite maps. The 2008 Edition is certainly the version to look for, as it's the most complete collection.
Excerpt: City Life, an introduction. City building games have always been a personal favourite of mine. Sim City (and most of its sequels), Caesar III, Pharaoh, Emperor, Children of the Nile etc. are games I constantly revisit whenever I get the spare time to do so.
Summary: It's impossible to please everyone, and this game probably won't.
Pros: A full 3D engine as well as models and textures on the buildings and terrain are merely a tad short of incredible; sound quality is superb; hours upon hours of quality gaming to offer.
Cons: A crowded interface and a lack of help and support in the form of a proper tutorial do little to get new players introduced to the game; frustration abounds when players are not able to follow the complicated setup.
Excerpt: It’s life Sim, but not as we know it. When looking at a game like City Life, you sit there trying to think of ways not to mention Sim City in the review. Damn. Anyway, what we have with City Life 2008 is a city building Sim in a similar vein to Sim City…sod it.
Pros: Good challenge. A few unique features.
Cons: It is not quite Sim City. More of an update than a new game.