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Server problems are only the tip of the iceberg in this disappointing reboot of the classic city sim

This has been one of the worst video game launches of all time. Players have lost their cities, found themselves in hour-long queues, or not been able to play the game at all, days after release. Maxis and EA's reputations have been damaged, and the already vilified concept of online DRM is now more widely despised than ever. It's been a disaster.... read more

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SimCity review: Addictive, beautiful but broken

Postby drpunk » 14 Mar 2013, 17:55

as everything is stored on the cloud.

No one elses cloud only works if you are connected to the right server.

Saying the saves are stored on the cloud gives a false impression, imo.
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SimCity review: Addictive, beautiful but broken

Postby haramarina » 14 Mar 2013, 18:06

Diablo III's Error 37 got fixed in just a couple of days? I thought it reached a month before everything got fixed. lol
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Re: SimCity review: Addictive, beautiful but broken

Postby AndyCVG » 14 Mar 2013, 18:06

drpunk wrote:
as everything is stored on the cloud.

No one elses cloud only works if you are connected to the right server.

Saying the saves are stored on the cloud gives a false impression, imo.


Yeah, you're right. I just clarified this in the text. Cheers.
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Re: SimCity review: Addictive, beautiful but broken

Postby Rammsoldat » 14 Mar 2013, 18:07

lies and bullcrap from EA well surprise surprise
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Re: SimCity review: Addictive, beautiful but broken

Postby Imaduck » 14 Mar 2013, 18:18

Looks gorgeous but they've made so many insane decisions :shock: . It's not even funny, it's just pathetic.
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Re: SimCity review: Addictive, beautiful but broken

Postby Stigweird85 » 14 Mar 2013, 18:32

So after all the server issues you are telling me the game isn't actually good beyond a couple of hours? What a shame
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Re: SimCity review: Addictive, beautiful but broken

Postby Bright-Light » 14 Mar 2013, 18:43

This game is poop.
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Re: SimCity review: Addictive, beautiful but broken

Postby Malmo » 14 Mar 2013, 19:21

I've literally not had a city for more than a day. A lot of the 'end game stuff' for lack of a better phrase, is bugged and doesn't work. Things like the specializations, casinos in particular where they even came out and said all but the starting gambling structure don't work properly.
The cities are indeed far too small, and far too easy to max out whilst your demand levels go crazy. They're also inconsistent, such as huge demand for industry, and yet i have factories closing because there's not enough workers?
The worst of all was the latest city I built, I managed 3 in-game days, built a nice little circular town, still all low wealth, stuck some industry down one side of the map with the wind blowing away and my sims started dropping like flies. Turned out I had absolutely crap loads of air pollution blowing in from residential side, this was on a private region with no other cities in the region, the pollution literally came from nowhere and when I say it was bad, I mean bad. I can't find a single thing in this game that works properly if i'm honest, just a lot of it isn't noticeable unless you pay closer attention, or until your city is massive.
People can rant at EA all they want, whilst they offer bum-love to the developer maxis. Well quite frankly, they've done a pretty shite job too. Considering the architecture for this game was already there in simcity 4, and making it prettier isn't really hard, it's shocking that it's as bad as it is.
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Re: SimCity review: Addictive, beautiful but broken

Postby LordVonPS3 » 14 Mar 2013, 20:13

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_3Cps2AYIK4

3000 is still the best / most fun Sim City game IMO (though 4 is more accomplished with features).
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Re: SimCity review: Addictive, beautiful but broken

Postby gobbybobby » 14 Mar 2013, 20:57

LordVonPS3 wrote:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_3Cps2AYIK4

3000 is still the best / most fun Sim City game IMO (though 4 is more accomplished with features).



I believe 3000 to be the most Polished SIm city game


I often get graphical bugs in Sim city 4 (weird cars glitching out, or roads disappearing)

Sim city 4 runs better on my old windows Xp machine than my win 7 gaming PC. But thats likely a compatibility thing.


3000 runs fine on both tho!


I am defo gonna pick up sim city 5 when it lowers in price.


I just hope EA release an offline mode BEFORE they shut off the servers when the game ends its lifecycle. Thats the trouble with these cloud games, once the servers go, the game is dead.
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Re: SimCity review: Addictive, beautiful but broken

Postby richomack360 » 14 Mar 2013, 22:54

Seems the words reboot and EA, in the same article, spells disaster. Unfortunately a disaster which you can't turn off and on, unlike in this game.
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Re: SimCity review: Addictive, beautiful but broken

Postby Mar27w » 15 Mar 2013, 00:55

Wait a minute,they made it that you can only play the game online and theres no save ho ho thats amazing,amazingly stupid,whatever idiot came up with that should be sacked,twice
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Re: SimCity review: Addictive, beautiful but broken

Postby FixBeatGames » 15 Mar 2013, 13:12

wow, see i thought it was just internet trolls saying things like "EA are systematically destroying all of their IPs".

clearly not.

i'm totally unsurprised that their choices have ruined this franchise. i still have sim city 4 on my laptop and it gets played every now and then even now. i wouldn't buy the new sim city because i know i wont be able to do the same with that in a few years time, cuz the servers will be switched off.
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