Summary: This game is NOT SimCity. It has little depth, almost no problem solving, and nothing that can't be fixed by spending money and replacing buildings. Money just rolls in once your city reaches critical mass, and that's not hard to do either. If you want a challenge in this game, you'll have to create it yourself by deliberately throwing in crime, pollution, and situations that provoke sims in to going 'rogue'. But the graphics are awesome.
Summary: As an avid SimCity fan, I am very disappointed to report that EA Games, who used a different company than the one which produced the SimCity games, has apparently rushed this game to the shelves for the holidays before it is ready. Virtually no technical support yet exists, and more users every day are reporting installation and game crash problems.
Summary: I bought a computer specifically to run this game because reviews had said it is a total system hog. The new computer had all the requirements listed on the game box. 10 minutes into the tutorial Sim City Societies crashed my computer. Sim City Societies will not run without the disk inserted, which would lead one to believe that the huge graphics are on the disk. They are not. It puts ALL the graphics into your computer.
Summary: If it's not obvious by the title, i am not at all happy with Societies. The game flat out doesn't work, it's defective. It's like buying a broken toaster and trying to toast with it. As you will no doubt read in forms and reviews here, if you're one of the probably 2% of gamers that actually are able to get the game to start without a runtime error, the frame rates are aweful, the game lags out and crashes (so i've read....
Summary: In a nutshell, this is not the SimCity I know or expected to see. I've played SimCity games from the very start, and what has made each one good in its own right is the gameplay. The control over all aspects of the city you manage is part of the appeal. SimCity Societies appears to sacrifice gameplay for graphics. I have played SimCity IV for hours on end. I played SimCity Societies for about 30 minutes and it's stayed in the box ever since.
Summary: My six kids and I love the Sim City games, and we were excited about this one, but out of the seven of us, no one liked it. My sons complained that it was boring and didn't have interesting ways to destroy cities, and my daughters felt the gameplay was loose and pointless. I didn't like it either, it crashes often and it isn't nearly as complex and interesting as the regular Sim City games. We're uninstalling, it's not worth the disk space it's hogging.
Summary: i'm not a veteran sim city fan at all, but this game looked like an interesting take on the franchise - i thought you'd be able to create interesting societies and see how people act within them. wow, am i disappointed. and it's not just me - all the users of gamespot are giving this 1-star reviews too. there's just nothing here. there are social "energies" like authority and creativity, and you create buildings based on which energies they create or use.
Summary: If I could go back in time, the first thing I would do is un-buy this game. It is terrible. It's buggy, it must have been rushed for Christmas, and tech support does not know how to fix it. Even after downloading the updates I'm having the same major problems, and the gameplay is so lame it's hardly worth trying to fix it anyway.
Conclusion: As games go, Sims are good; especially simcity games. However simcity societies is laggy; you loose game play and far too easy and is incredibly dull (you get more fun from watching paint dry). And the extra updates just break the game! So i would not buy this game; it would just be a waste of money. Buy something else good.