Not your old SimCity, but not a bad thing eitherCooberstooge | Sept. 23, 2012 | See all Cooberstooge's reviews »
Societies was a game unfortunately written off and banished by past fans of the series, despite EA making it abundantly clear this was to be nothing like the typical entries in the series. This is one package definitely worth a gander though, especially if you want to see an alternate take on the 3D city builders that are rapidly taking over the genre. The graphics do indeed look as good as the screenshots on GMG and elsewhere would suggest, and the base game and expansions run surprisingly well on lower-spec machines. Sound is great, and really puts you in the right mood with those lively, upbeat tracks so stereotypical of other entries in the series. Controls are good, but every now and then, I've had the camera turn the opposite direction to what I pressed - not a deal breaker, but a little shocking at times. I like this game mainly for a feature not really found in most other city builders - you can just pick some terrain, modify it, and start building - no worries about water lines, citizen happiness, or any of that other junk. Build the metropolis you've always wanted, and swing through it with your camera in glorious 3D. Sure, the management thing is the big part of this series, but for somebody just into building massive cities and not really being into the planning, SimCity Societies is your ticket. No crashing, smooth running, and quirky, imaginative structures will keep this one on your hard drive for many years to come. An added bonus is getting all of the package, and at this price, it's way cheaper than a retail copy. City building lovers, this is a must buy!
Fun, but cartoony...NoLove3827 | Sept. 21, 2012 | See all NoLove3827's reviews »
Sim City Societies is a great installment in the SimCity series. It does seem more cartoony than the previous games, but that does not detract from the game much. It plays more or less like the previous SimCity games, so it still has that "just 5 more minutes!" feel to it. Should run great on practically any PC as well.