Conclusion: In the end, I really do hope SimCity gets better, because I’m keen, eager and ready to play and experience more - just not until some of these problems are addressed. I still had a lot of fun, for a lot of hours - I just wish it didn’t all fall apart later on.
Pros: Great interface, visuals, and accessible gameplay can still hook you for limited amounts of time, Concept of working with other regional mayors is interesting, though unrealistic
Cons: Unrealistic zoning mechanics lead to a lot of problems with city development, Multiplayer remains problematic, especially with connecting to servers, City size limitations are incredibly annoying, Multicity focus turns cities into tiny nation-states and mayors into little dictators, Your duties have virtually nothing to do with being the mayor of a city
Summary: I love the SimCity series. I played the first one for countless hours growing up, and my younger years were filled with endless play sessions of SimCity 2000 and 3000 . I wanted to like the latest SimCity. The visual style looks great, and it seemed like a good idea to streamline some of the games more radical detail. Sadly, SimCity has some weird design decisions, and the worst problem with it is the fact that you always have to be online to play.
Summary: We suspect you will as well, unless Electronic Arts has managed to pull a rabbit out of a SimHat by the time you read this review and patched up the game to playability. If, instead, the company has launched a DLC marketplace for buying new iterations of SimBuildings, feel free to lop off three points from this game’s final score.
Pros: Lovely graphics; unique multiplayer component; city specializations have a great potential to add uniqueness to the game.
Cons: Always-on Internet requirement; numerous game-breaking bugs; Sims lives not “simulated;” numbers don’t add up; game lacks terraforming.
Excerpt: It's often said that sometimes, simple is just better. I learned that the hard way one night as I grabbed a cup of coffee at a nearby Starbucks. In the mood for something a little different, I added a dash of nutmeg to my coffee. Unsure if that would be enough, I added another - and then another for good measure. Funny thing about nutmeg: a little goes a long way. So I added some vanilla to counteract the flavor, making the coffee even worse.
Excerpt: In sitting down to write this review, I spent a good long while thinking to myself, “What can I possibly say that hasn’t already been said?” From one end of the Internet to the other, endless stories of server shutdowns, data-corrupted cities, and idiotic motorists have bounced around in an online echo chamber. My voice will be one among many, but I must add to the chorus, all the same.
Excerpt: SimCity is an excellent game with a plenty of reasons to recommend it to anyone and just one reason not to. It’s a big reason, no doubt, but not big enough to keep me from recommending it to anyone who wants to play mayor.
Pros: Beautiful visuals, expandable buildings, I can build roads however and wherever I want
Cons: My roads are a mess because I can build them however I want, requires working servers to play
Excerpt: The launch of SimCity made headlines for all the wrong reasons and sadly has taken some of the shine off this exciting new addition to the SimCity franchise. The game should have been able to be downloaded prior to release time, which would have alleviated some of the congestion from the Origin servers, but that was not the case.
Conclusion: The old SimCity I remember loving is one with giant cities full of endless possibilities. They gave me the tools to make a sprawling metropolis and kept me coming back for more. They were timeless games of truly endless replayability that felt fresh with each new city. There are times when the game feels like the true evolution of the genre that a decade of improvements should bring.
Excerpt: It has been a long time since PC gamers have been treated to SimCity. Well the wait is over, and right now it is receiving a mixed response. New players start out playing a tutorial. This town has been mismanaged horribly. It is up to you to fix all of the problems. Along the way players learn how to play.