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.
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: Take one look at the box and the first thing that should pop into your mind is the classic SimCity. City Life basically works the same way as SimCity in that you build a city and watch it keep growing, and eventually you have yourself a metropolis. You get to build your houses according to class, and make jobs for specific social classes. These classes range from the have-nots to the rich people.
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. Whilst there have been many more city building games in the past not all have been enjoyable and whenever a new one comes along, you are wise to be a little sceptical about it.
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: 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 city simulator classic. At a glance, City Life does not differ much from its spiritual predecessor. You are presented with a blank canvas map divided into territories.
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. Like Sim City (oh for Gods sake) you are in charge of creating a city from nothing and then managing it’s day to day existence.
Pros: Good challenge. A few unique features.
Cons: It is not quite Sim City. More of an update than a new game.