Reviews for SimCity 4 Deluxe Edition (NA)
One of the greatest city sims everRaTcHeT302 | Aug. 21, 2013 | See all RaTcHeT302's reviews »
SimCity 4 is among one of the most complex city simulation I have ever seen, sort of. City planning is extremely important as far as I know, it will affect how your city will grow and evolve, bad laid out cities usualy risk of going bankrupt much earlier during the very beggining, roads becoming annoyingly full of cars crashing at every single intersection wich they can find.
For being such an old game the learning curve is pretty steep, you might have to nuke your city multiple times before you'll manage to obtain the perfect city. Even though this can get tedious SimCity allows you to create a whole world full of cities wich can focus on certain jobs.
You could easily create a city wich acts as a huge dump, while your other cities easily prosper by throwing their trash to their annoying neighbour.
There are some issues with the simulation once in a while such as cars randomly dissapearing way too frequently or Sims not finding their way to work, even though it was one road ahead his house.
The soundtrack is what kept me hooked though, the game also offers a great editor full of terraforming tools, allowing you to create tangled islands, huge deserts and so on.
Otherwise, the gameplay itself is well worth your time, the ability of driving a tank into your city or spawning aliens to smash your city to pieces is priceless. SimCity 4 is far ahead than most modern city sims wich even fail to be as fun as SC4.
Wonderful, complex, and it aged well over the yearsFhexSans | Aug. 7, 2013 | See all FhexSans's reviews »
SimCity 4 is quite possibly the best city simulator game you can get. It's complex and in-depth, so the learning curve is quite high. It's easy to start though if you take it slow and don't try to develop your city too fast. Once you get how the game works, though, it's quite easy to develop a fairly large metropolis although you'll always find room for improvement. City planning in this game is no laughing matter! All the decisions you'll make will either make or break your city; sometimes something as small as a road loaded with traffic can have awful consequences. At the end of the day, you'll always feel accomplished when your city comes together!
What can make the game even better is the fact that there is still a pretty active modding community that surrounds the game with new buildings, new roads, and new lots of things. It's definitely worth checking out! And if that's not enough, even though the game is single player, you can jury rig it to act like a multiplayer game using Dropbox or another similar program if you know how, allowing you to play with your friends real time on the same region! It really can get quite fun, but sometimes you might need to troubleshoot issues as they come up since it's not designed to work as a multiplayer game.
Sadly, the graphics are a quite a bit dated, but they still hold up fairly well. U-Drive-It missions are a bit bland, but they can offer easy ways to get reward buildings without filling in the normal requirements, and the My Sims tab is a bit gimmicky and superficial and you'll likely use it a few times and forget about it.
However, even with its bad points, the game still holds up after over a decade, even dwarfing modern games like City XL and even the new SimCity in a lot of ways. For anyone looking for a good challenge or a fun time or really anything, SimCity 4 is a sure choice!
The Greatest Gamecybrxkhan | May 8, 2013 | See all cybrxkhan's reviews »
SimCity 4 may be a decade old, but it has aged ridiculously well - perhaps too well - and remains playable even to this day.
It is not an easy game, even with mods that ease the process, and it requires careful monitoring of everything that goes on in your city - budget, crime, transportation, and so on - and beyond it - the connections between cities in your region and how these affect Residential, Commercial, and Industrial demand. Still, it is highly enjoyable even for someone like me who doesn't fully grasp the game mechanics.
With mods, the sandbox nature of the game is limitless. There is a kind of indescribable serenity and peace at being able to build the city of your dreams. I've played SimCity 4 for ten good years, and it's probably one of the few games I've played for so long; I must have put in hundreds, if not a thousand and more hours playing it. I consider SimCity 4 one of my most favorite games - if not my most favorite game of all time - and it is worth every single penny.
Love love love this game... but it's not easy!DaiMonPaul | Feb. 4, 2013 | See all DaiMonPaul's reviews »
SimCity is THE name in city building simulations, and that's for a good reason. SimCity 1, 2000, and 3000 all offered fun and intelligent gameplay that allowed gamers to play city mayor/manager, building whatever city they wished to build while forcing them to maintain budgets, improve infrastructure to reduce traffic, and so on. SimCity 4 continues in this tradition and adds some additional complexity onto the tried-and-true formula. It isn't easy, but it sure is fun!
SimCity 4 is nine years old at the time of this review, and it has shown its age a bit. The graphics are still sharp, though, and the gameplay is unrivaled in the city-building genre. You can build every kind of road imaginable to control traffic (much more than the two choices: road or highway from SC3k), and with the Rush Hour expansion, you can even build monorails! The "U-Drive it" missions attempt to add some action to the game, but they are completely optional and I would recommend avoiding them, as they do not really fit with the standard SimCity experience.
If you enjoy city building games, this is still the best one that you will find out there. Grab it and play it, and be sure to keep a clock nearby, because you WILL lose track of time getting lost in this game!