Summary: Finally. After months of demands, the long-awaited Update 10 for SimCity has made the city-building simulation available for offline play. Still, it's a case of too little, too late.
Pros: Update 10 removes the always-on Internet requirement of the original game, Removal of the online DRM means that you no longer have to worry about a server going on the fritz and wrecking your city-building plans for the evening
Cons: Core game design remains focused on multiplayer elements, City size limits, multicity focus, and zoning rules are still aggravating
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.
Excerpt: About a month ago SimCity was thrown on the market by Electronic Arts and you can almost take the word “throw” literally. The game was released and became just about the worst launch by EA in recent years.
Summary: Despite its shortcomings, SimCity is proving a compelling and absorbing city builder. Given a few months to implement community suggestions this could be everything we had hoped for from this beloved franchise.
Conclusion: SimCity is a title that needs no introduction. As the game that put Maxis on the map once upon a time, it's been the precursor to almost any simulation title since its original release in 1989.
Conclusion: Concept: Bring SimCity back with an emphasis on specialization and cooperation
Graphics: The buildings look great, and impressive art direction gives everything a model train set vibe
Sound: Low-key domestic music plays in the background, but you aren’t missing anything if you tune it out...
Summary: Following a week of launch issues that prevented players from accessing the game and queues for server entry, SimCity is finally accessible after EA and Maxis increased the games infrastructure to facilitate the heavy amount of user traffic.
Conclusion: If you’re looking for an updated, modern version of the city building powerhouse that once was, you won’t find it here. Instead, you’ll find the shell of its former greatness. The social features are a nice touch, but the always-online aspect is severely disappointing.
Excerpt: When SimCity is working as its developers presumably intended, I can’t seem to stop playing it. City building has never been so addictive and rewarding for me. That’s true only when the game is working properly, though, and the sad reality is that it often isn’t doing anything of the sort.