Summary: Read the Specs carefully before Buying!!! It requires a 3D Graphics card with T&L...that's nVidia or ATI. Most laptops to my knowledge, mine included, have Intel graphics cards which does not support this T&L. So when I installed my game and went to load it...it crashes before completely opening, so i have never seen the inside of this game. That really bites, esp if it is worth playing.
Summary: The problem with this game is that it seems good, but it gets boring very fast. You don't really se any new development after the initial buildings. Your neighborhoods are boring looking and everyone always seems to be fighting. It's also hard to stay under budget. It seems almost impossible. Overall, the game could have been good, but it's not. Buy Sim City 4 instead. If the first person view was in Sim City 4 it would be the perfect game.
Summary: I would recommend this game as one to either rent or buy used. I love the idea behind the game. It's my job to get certain peeps to move in, and it's also my job to keep them happy and employed. The games does an outstanding job explaining to the player exactly what is needed in order to progress. So what's the problem?
Summary: This is by far the worst instance of overzealous copy protection I've ever experienced. I bought this game new at a local store because I've been itching to play SimCity 4 but that game will not work with my new video card. Got this game home and it installed just fine, but when it came time to launch the game, it said disc authentication failed. Tried it with the other disc, failed again.
Summary: Don't buy it unless you want the Starforce malware on your computer. I understand publishers wanting to prevent piracy, but not at the expense of replacing the drivers I need(ed) for my DVD burner. Check the search engines and see for yourself. Would have otherwise been a great game, too bad it isn't playable because of this malware.
Summary: Great game. Very user friendly, took me only around 10 minutes to figure out without reading tutorial. I love every minute of it. This is like Tetris in a way - addicting, "Just five more minutes, mom!
Summary: StarForce, the newest way to protect game software from pirates, and it is pretty good at what it does. Most games that use 'StarForce' don't seem to have working nocd patches, (or rather, working ones) it is obvious that those who hate StarForce are pirates, plain and simple. I would also like to state that I hated SimCity 2000. The game was too easy with no clear distin ction of what to do. So I build a city, leveled taxes, what now? (promptly shoots down helicopter).