Reviews by AlexFarr123

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Good, but buggy.

AlexFarr123 | April 20, 2013 | Review of SimCity (EU)

SimCity, also known by some as SimCity 5, or SimCity 2013, had a rather rocky start. Its use of always online DRM discouraged some potential customers, and flat-out stopped some people who had just bought the game from playing. Thankfully, these issues have been addressed (mostly) and the game is now stable and playable. The game itself consists of, as you might imagine, creating a city from scratch. It's a very satisfying feeling to see your city grow, and there are a lot of ways you can make your city unique. The region play, which is the main reason (or excuse) that the game has always-on DRM, allows you to interact with other cities. You can send them money or police cars, buy power from them or even send waves of criminals to their cities if you have some of the DLC (a feature I dislike thoroughly.) You can work together to build great works, which range from solar farms to produce power, to space centers to draw in tourists and increase tech level. However, SimCity falls short in a few areas. First, the cities are incredibly small. It's an almost herculean task to attain more than 200,000 people in a city, and it will suffer because of it. Most of the buildings will be unattainable for you because you simply don't have room. This forces you to claim more and more cities to make a trading infrastructure, which harms the amount of people you can have in the region. The game lags, even on top-end rigs (Though it is only noticeable towards the peak of a cities size) and if you play windowed so you can go AFK, the game stabilises at around 20fps, which causes horrible stuttering. This may not apply to all users however, so don't take my word on that. Other various bugs such as cities being inaccessible for long "processing" times and infinite load screens drag down the score of the game. Despite this however, it manages to be fiercely enjoyable and a large time vacuum. If you buy this, I suggest you play on sandbox first so that you have a safety net, and there won't be any sudden Godzilla attacks and earthquakes.