A great game
When the game initially launched, everyone including me were mad about the servers always being full, and how the A.I.'s have been acting pretty stupid. The cities were small, the creators made way too many dlc's and made the game look bad. However, the creators did manage to fix many of their mistakes such as increasing server capacity and creating new servers, fixing the A.I.'s as much as they could, and start pushing to make the game better. A lot of people still ask for bigger maps, and I hope Maxis will be able to actually listen to us, and make the maps bigger, so that the game is much more fun. Now I'm very interested in the new "Cities of Tomorrow" expansion pack and looking forward to playing it. If the creators are reading this, we are begging for bigger maps and a little more tweaking with the online mode. Other then that, I would recommend anyone who is reading this, to buy this game now, and start building your dream city!
An Addicting Game That Has Bad Flaws
This game is one of the best I have played in my years of proffesional gaming. Though this game can leave you playing non stop hours of creating your own city, this game has some really bad flaws. For example, you can end up having a great city, but end up being bankrupt easily. Plus, this game is online only, meaning that you cannot play this game without wi-fi or while you're on the go. What I entirely hate about this game is the fact that the servers are full, heck, I couldn't even activate Simcity because of these problems. Simcity is not the same anymore, you only start with 50,000 instead of 500,000. I can barely get a Fire Station in the beginning without getting bankrupted, you can't edit the terrain in your city, and the cities are very small. If you could deal with these flaws (which I can since the next Simcity won't be out for about a decade), this game is for you. If you can't, just keep sticking to Simcity 4. (Must have for beginners since it's much easier to build a city than Simcity 4)
other reviews harsh and too early
Yes for the first few days many couldn't play the game, but since then they have added SEVERAL servers and the server problem is all but gone now. After they added servers I was able to play hours on end. I think the graphics are perfect for this type of game, there is no need to have graphics like most console games now, the graphics are great. I have three issues: the maps are too small, but it is still fun to try and gain density (you still have much to maintain and manage even with a smaller map), there is no offline play( I don't mind this, until I get to a place that doesn't have any internet then it is annoying, and third is there is still several bugs which is to be expected with every game. Most of the reviews were way too early to be actually ABOUT the game, all it was about was the server problem which like I said is all but gone now. The game is a great game and I love it.
Absolutely abysmal; stay away.
I've been a simcity fan since simcity 2000, so I was naturally looking forward to a rehash of the game after almost a decade. I was so excited about this game that I took the leap of faith and purchased the digital edition of this game on release day without waiting for critical reviews. It has now been three days since launch and I have NOT been able to play this game. It is catastrophically broken, and even after the server issues have been ironed out, the fact still remains that this game is more like a simVILLAGE rather than city with its infinitesimally small map size and lack of many *much loved* features of the previous generations. The always online aspect of this game also means that unlike simcity 4, which I still sometimes enjoy, YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE to play this game when EA finally takes the servers down (and the undeniably will, maybe in five to ten years from now) Bottom line: If you are a simcity fan or even looking to get even a percentage of your money's worth, don't purchase this game and move on. A genuinely poor showing by EA
I purchased this game on March 9, 2013. EA has added servers since the release date and everything is running perfectly... many hours of play and no error messages or queues. Believe me, the bad reviews for this game are solely hating on the server crashes. ANYWAY, now that we got that out of the way, I REALLY love this game. The graphics are smooth, the audio adds life, and you can spend a long time making multiple cities. For NOW, EA has disabled region filtering, which means when you want to join a game, you have to scroll down really far to find a game that isn't full. Because you play in a region filled with many people, every city has its specialties. For example, your friend's city may have a lot of commercial zoning, and you have residential, so your sims will shop at his city. If someone else has an industrial city, you and your friend's sims will work in the industrial city. If one person goes berserk and destroys their city, everyone else is affected either in a minor or major way. Curved roads are aesthetically pleasing as well. There are a ton a variables, too. For example, don't build a water tower near industrial zones because the industry will create ground pollution. If your water tower picks up that pollution, it will give unclean water to your city. Depending on where the wind is going, pollution from the industrial zones may blow into the residential zones, lowering the land value. Good luck, and I really recommend this to anyone that owns a computer.
Caution to SimCity 2000, 3, 4 Fans:
I write this review to caution those who are fans of Sim City 2000, 3, and/or 4. The following is a rant, sorry to those who are possibly offended.
This is a SimCity (1) revamp. "City" size in this game is maxed at 2x2km. This is insanely small compared to most cities found in SimCity4. In addition you will find
-NO subways or modifiable Highways in this game.
-NO God Mode and terraform-able terrain. Forget about doing anything interesting like you could do going back to SimCity2000.
-NO specific zoning...huh? Wow, what were they thinking by making road type decide what zones and where..
-NO AGRICULTURE!?? No farms? Seriously? Guess you will have to wait till new DLC to buy those farms you loved back from EA.
-You can't turn OFF disasters! because the game is:
-ONLINE ONLY! You can't even save your city to your PC, CLOUD only, Origin only.... EPIC FAIL.
Totally disappointed by these decisions. I will only be purchasing this because I figure I could at least get a good month out of it until I hit the brick wall of 2x2 tiny maps. I hope these problems will be taken care of as their loyal fans plead for these things to be addressed. Has Maxis become evil from the demands of EA? Time will tell.
A Wonderful Game
This review is for people who want an honest opinion of the game from someone who writes in video game journalism. You will not find me bashing Simcity over connectivity issue ... lesser minded individuals fail to realize that EA blotched the servers. Maxxis delivered a superb game that keeps you mesmerized for hours on end. The entire social aspect of multiplayer adds a wealth of new gameplay options to the game. Yes people are having a hard time logging in ... Maxxis and EA released a statement saying the servers WILL be fixed by the weekend. For such a large release ... you almost have to expect server issues. The game itself is amazing. It takes me back to the wonderful old days of Simcity. Don't miss out on a great game due to reading reviews from people who down it strictly over initial server issues on launch.
Great game, unappreciated.
It's sad that there are bugs in such a great game, but take two things into consideration. One is that this is an EA game. EA is notorious for being a cruddy company when it comes to servers, connection, etc. The other is that at the time of this review (and the bad reviews before this) it's still fresh out of the gate. They have fixed many problems, and are working to fix more. The bugs and such can get obnoxious, and frustrating, but they are bugs, and this is still a great game.
A big issue that many have with SimCity, is how small the area is. it's 2k x 2k areas. It gets frustrating. I mean if you have ore in your city, u will probably focus on mining. To get only 130k an hour, u must have 3-4 ore mines, and 4 or more trading depots specific to ore. These 8 buildings alone take up about a quarter, aka 25% of the entire map. It's hard to fit everything in. You need a hospital, police station, all schools, sewage, water, power, etc. It's very difficult to cram that all into one small city. However you building in a region. Each region will have 4-16 cities. So you can focus one city on say power, that provides to other cities. Another city you can focus on school and technology, which you can trade to other cities. I feel if the cities were 4x as large, it'd be balanced. It's still very possible to make a largely successful single city, but a pain, and very unlikely if not aided by other cities.
My biggest pet peeve is water. You can spend 300k on a water plant, that charges 2k per hour, only to suck up all the water oout of that area, forcing you to destroy the entire water plant, and build it somewhere that does have water. It makes sense water isn't limitless. But here's my issue. many maps are connected to water. Aka rivers, lakes, etc. There should be a water plant that can be built on, or in some way fed by the natural water source. Aka a limitless source of water. The way that it is, no matter what you do, you eventually run completely out of water. Yeah you can build another city to specialize in water and sell the water to that desert city, but the specialized water city will dry up soon as well. You could build all 16 cities one at a time sucking up all the water, but eventually all cities will dry up, aka be useless, forcing you to start over. Power is renewable. Sewage is basically poured into a black hole, if you have a big enough plant. Garbage gets burned, etc. Water is the one thing that ruins any long games/aka high end cities.
The region mode is a good idea. I love playing with friends. It's a pet peeve that the in game IM does not work, forcing you to use some other game chat, but they should fix it soon. EA is excellent about making a great game with tons of bugs and flaws, then quickly fixing the major ones, and at least half of the minor ones. Be warned, this game requires a connection at all times, like MMO's. No subscription, but a "Region" is basically a server. Without the server there is no region, without the region there are no cities, without cities you can't play. So if you have no connection, or want to play on the bus, in a car, on a plane, in the mountains, etc, you won't be able to.
All in all I've spent at least 20 hours in this game. I really hope they fix the water issue, as that ruins any game. Even if you've spent well over 1000 hours building all 16 cities in one region, the inevitable drought will ruin all of that work. However the game is still fun. To those that are new to SimCity, think of Monopoly, but completely in depth. You must provide water, police, fire departments, schooling, transportation including buses, planes, trains, passenger trains, ferries, etc, manage taxs, create residential, and have high upkeep so residential improves giving you more rent, create industrial for the residents to have jobs and improve education so industry can provide more expensive tech, create commercial so that residents can buy things with their hard earned money, make tourists attractions for tourists, mine things, import and export supplies, trade with other cities, etc. All that said, that's just the tip of the ice berg. Almost anything that would effect a real life city, and would be required for a real life city to succeed, is in this game. You can make a Las Vegas casino city, A New York city full of high skyscrapers and tourist attractions including giant expo centers, mining towns, etc. They say "you can do a little bit of everything", i'm sorry but that's a lie. You might be able to do a VERY little of two or three things, but not everything. Why? cause you can't cram it all into one city. You're forced to cram it across several cities.
Another pet peeve, though not as bad as the water issue, is disaster prevention. I like the disasters, makes the game more realistic. However there should be disaster prevention. Example, you should be able to make a military base, which can destroy the Godzilla before he does a lot of city damage, as well as the invaders. Department of science could study earthquakes to better understand them, so that buildings will be more earthquake resistant, and earthquakes are less likely to happen (video games version of prediction). etc. When a disaster there is no "send in the army" or "How can I make it stop." You're forced to watch as it happens. The only part you have a say in, is dealing with the aftermath of the disaster.
One thing to note, is that your first city will struggle a lot. Or at least at first. Until you have other cities in the region, it's hard to get far. Example? You can get to say level 5 technology in your city, but it effects the entire region. So while level 5 tech requires almost half of an entires city worth of taxs, and area, the other cities won't need those buildings, but will still have level 5 tech unlocks. So I can't stress this enough. The first 5 hours you'll most likely want to throw this game out. Stick with it, and it will become fun.
Right now yes this game is at a 6/10 roughly. However this is a permanent review, and I feel like EA will fix it enough to be a solid 8/10.
STAY AWAY FROM THIS GAME
I was so exited for this game, ever since I had sim city 4 I wanted a great predecessor which EA tried to do on the DS but do to a lack of processing power fell short for me. Then I heard around New years that there would be another Sim City and it was better than the original, it was getting game of the year honours from everyone, so i thought well if it is getting these awards it must be good. I pre ordered it and downloaded it to play but the servers weren't ready and there was no offline mode to begin with, so i waited and waited for about a week for them to come up. When they did it was a total disappointment, First you can't customize the region, Second the city sizes are a lot smaller, and lastly money goes away to fast when your mayor the only way you can make money are casinos. So overall very disappointed in EA and for the old sim city 4 fans stay away from this game it will tarnish your opinion of the original.
The only good I can say about this game is that the graphics are great. That said I have only been able to play for one hour in the last 2 days and the rest of the six hours that I have spent with the game has been with updates and trying to find a server that works. When I can log into a server I have to play the getting started trainer with no option to skip it. Then I was able to play but not invite anyone to join me. If EA can not make an online game playable do to server issues then they should make an option to be able to play offline. Their project managers screwed up royally on this go live launch, even blizzard was able to fix their server problems by the next day with the Diablo III launch. Don't waste your money EA won't do anything to help but a 15% off discount on your next purchase. Wait 6 months and see if they have fixed it yet before looking to buy the game at least that is how long it takes for them to fix Sims3 issues.