I bought this game as soon as it came to PC, and haven't been REALLY disappointed with it...it doesn't exactly take very long to wear out its welcome, as the gameplay is quite cyclical, unlike that of The Sims 3 where there are enough events to keep gameplay interesting for awhile. With Sim City, you can cycle through two different regions within a hour of gameplay because everyone inevitably messes up their first region with too little energy or too many sick, uneducated folk. The sounds and music are quite nice, and very soothing. The graphics are somewhat hilarious at times with the tiniest of details being covered by EA, including the names of businesses which are downright funny most of the time. Overall, I would recommend this game for the casual gamer as a way to pass the time entertainingly...but simulation games are already repetitive, and this one is no outcast.
The rEApers are at it again
To start off, the biggest problem was EA deciding to make this online required, even though THIS IS SINGLE PLAYER PRIMARILY. The game launched with an astronomical amount of bugs. Don't believe the good reviews. Besides the bugs and always online, the city sizes are small, arguably smaller than Sim City 4, which I have. Do yourself a favor and just get Sim City 4, which is dirt cheap and better. Avoid this like cancer.
Yet another online only fail, RIP Sim City
I got this game at midnight at launch, and decided to wait a while to review the game considering the game was not playable at launch. Big picture is this: I think this game does a disservice to every loyal Sim City fan. I will never buy another game that uses the online only model until I have read the reviews first, and I'd suggest any Sim City fan that was excited about this to get out Sim City 3000 or Sim City 4 and play it again for a while. You'll have more fun, trust me. Pros: Updated graphics and night day is nice, the concept of sharing city resources with other cities is cool, loading sequences still have random things such as, "reticulating spines" and "counting llamas" and stuff like that. Cons: Lots of crashes. no terraforming the land. if you don't like your layout- tough. If you could move just one little piece of land to fit in an airport- tough. No saves due to online nature of the game. Finding people to play with- it's cool to be able to talk to people and share stuff until they all quit and you have one ghost region after another. I was actually moderately fine with the fact that areas become ghost regions, because usually I'd mess something up in my town anyway and not want to play it anymore. The financial display is overly simplified and money management is not fun. There are lots of glitches with traffic management and AI paths, and sewage does not always flow logically. It's really hard to figure out what the problem is sometimes. The cities are really tiny, but the graphics still slow down occasionally on my machine, which is well above spec. Things that could save this game: Add an offline mode with the ability to save the game. They could call this mode sandbox or something. Make the maps 10 times bigger without slowing the graphics to a crawl, add the ability to terraform regions. Bottom line- Don't get this game, even if you're a Sim City fan. You will always be thinking about all the fun you wish you were having if it wasn't for [insert design flaw] and likely be irritated that they messed up the franchise. Maybe in a few months they will fix the problems. There have been multiple patches so far, so that's a good sign.
DO NOT BUY THIS GAME!!!
They just released a big update yesterday and it turns out it broke the game even more! People can't get passed the loading screen. Do not waste your money on this game!!!!!!
Don't listen to other reports!
Let me get one thing straight: Don't listen to the other reports! When the game was released, too many people logged on causing the servers to go down. That problem is over! Everything is running smooth. It is the 2nd best game I have ever played in my whole gaming career! It is a loyal game that always is ready for you to play. Sure, the city sizes are sorta small, but it is still such a amazing game! Graphic quality is perfect, gameplay is perfect, everything is perfect! You will never get bored of this Simcity!
Don't get this game. A game that doesn't need to be online has forced online. What a joke. EA, nothing more is needed to say.
Must have internet to play, so...
when away from internet. And all cities are on a small plot with no room for expansion, except building a new small city.
Great Game Buy it!
This game was awesome and i enjoyed it but with all the bad review that's just sad so i think the game is great and all the crashing errors were from back then when the servers were buggy so buy the game its is SO GREAT!!!!!
The worst game of SimCity
We were playing for a few days and then you will not want to know anything about this game ... buy it and try it yourself
It is a great game. Very fun to build.
This game is amazing. It may have a few bugs but nothing will stop it. Building your city is very fun