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Almost good
by Tony Swash on Tue 23rd Apr 2013 18:15 UTC
Tony Swash
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2009-08-22

I was a huge Simcity fan back in the days and very stoked about the new release. I bought it and have played it a lot and it has been an enjoyable and pleasingly addictive experience.

But.

I don't know how much longer I will play it.

It is limited in some very important areas. The whole tied to the internet and servers crap is just plain irritating but I could live with that if the other limitations were fixed, and I don't mean bugs and gaming imbalances which one expects and which will be fixed.

The biggest problem is that the cities are too small and are always built in a perfect square. Once your city is doing well it becomes a game of to how cram stuff into this tiny space. The universal square shape of the cities makes them all feel very artificial and way too similar.

If the cities were bigger and sprawled across large irregular patches of territory it would be a very good game I think.

Oh well. There's always Battlefield 4 to look forward to.

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RE: Almost good
by Neolander on Wed 24th Apr 2013 05:23 in reply to "Almost good"
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2010-03-08

Reminds me of how my parents, who are big fans of Sierra's city management games, were highly disappointed with Caesar IV.

Basically, in the process of porting the game to a 3D engine, they had to reduce map sizes dramatically so that it runs on the average Caesar player's computer. Apparently, even on today's hardware, it's much harder to make a 3D engine that scales well with city size than it is for a 2D one.

Perhaps that's what happened with SimCity too. Is this the first 3D release of SimCity that you play ?

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