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: 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.
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.
Summary: Real mayors stay up city planning until 4am too.
Pros: A great combination of accessible gameplay and deeper strategy. More choices to make than ever before, and new ways to make them. Visually stunning: the prettiest city simulator we've seen to date.
Cons: The game fails to explain some of its more advanced conundrums. Warnings sometimes give you bad information to work from. Confusion is inevitable.
Excerpt: When EA and Maxis announced that they were resurrecting SimCity , the franchise that put Maxis on the map so many years ago, people were understandably skeptical at the potential pitfalls of such a big-name reboot. It's been a decade since the last game in the series, and so much has changed in the game industry in that time.
Excerpt: , the franchise that put Maxis on the map so many years ago, people were understandably skeptical at the potential pitfalls of such a big-name reboot. It's been a decade since the last game in the series, and so much has changed in the game industry in that time. Could a game that's true to the series' roots survive in a world filled with DLC, DRM, and the need for games to go multiplatform in order to be big-budget successes?
Excerpt: EA has been rebooting several franchises as of late. Since ten years separate the latest SimCity from SimCity 4, it is only appropriate that the franchise goes back to the drawing board. In some ways, it works phenomenally well: detailed graphics, building customization not seen in past games, and a variety of different road types.
Conclusion: The SimCity reboot that Maxis has created aims high and has at least two bright ideas: a focus on smaller cities that are forced to specialize and collaborate in order to prosper, and an organic connection between mayor and citizens. The game succeeds in its second endeavor superbly but, unfortunately, fails to fully flesh out the first idea.
Pros: + Game engine, + City building tools, + Citizen interaction
Cons: - Forced social nature, - Limited building space, - Server-related problems