How's the game?

#1BenuNekoPosted 3/19/2013 8:54:52 AM
I feel like most of the reviews on MetaCritic are people complaining about the DRM. While I understand the DRM is a big gripe, how is the actual game itself? The "behind the DRM" review seemed pretty happy, but I wanted to blast this out there to see what more people think since so few reviews seem centered on the game rather than the DRM.
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#2haberdasher007Posted 3/19/2013 9:02:04 AM
honestly, there's not that much of the new stuff that make it a must have for me. really small city maps and horrible traffic a.i. are my two negative stand outs. also, once you play sandbox mode and have all the upgrades unlocked, it really kills the "i need to play to get the next upgrade" feeling. i didn't know that's how that mode would be. all things considered, i regret purchasing and will more than likely go back to simcity4 for my sim fix.
#3AceviperPosted 3/19/2013 9:04:29 AM
the game is fundamentally broken right now.

commercial and industrial are completely unnecessary

simulation is faked

phantom sims mess things up

traffic is so broken that it destroys cities

emergency vehicles are completely messed up

and this is just the tip of the iceberg of whats wrong with it
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#4BenuNeko(Topic Creator)Posted 3/19/2013 9:08:41 AM
I haven't played SimCity since the original and/or 2000, and I was awful because I was <10 years old when they came out. I've been watching Day9 cast himself just playing and being goofy (although I'm not a huge Day9 fan, I actually enjoy his playthroughs of other games on Fridays) and it seemed pretty fun and a good introduction for beginners. I guess my secondary question is what the best SimCity experience is for people who have never really played the game with much seriousness and who aren't looking for the insanely complicated experience that past games (I think?) provided.
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#5meiyukiPosted 3/19/2013 9:08:43 AM
To me the drm is a minor issue. The real issues being with the city layout, size, and ai.

I just can't stress how small the city plots are you fill them up in a couple hours.

The layout is a problem too, there's one entrance into any city, this creates a huge bottleneck. This destroys global market shipments making it difficult to unlock the trade port to help.

The ai contributes to this as well because all sims go to the nearest location, so in the morning they all go to the nearest place that needs workers when it fills up the rest move to the next one. The same happens in the evening, they all go to the nearest house. This is a problem cause everyone congests on to the same roads since they're all mostly going to the same place. It kills casinos cause it's fun to try to get people in those, and by fun I mean miserable. The ai also only selects the shortest path so extra roads don't help. They have "fix" for that giving traffic a percent chance to select another road if traffic is heavy, so it will help but they're still a hive mind and still will bottleneck.
#6Toasty_KabalPosted 3/19/2013 9:11:37 AM
The game is fun regardless. People here pick everything apart because of the grudge they still carry from the launch.

You can play for hours on end and make some really cool cities. Region communication is slow right now, but still pretty cool.
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#7ManiusPrimePosted 3/19/2013 9:13:15 AM
I could careless about the DRM issue. You see it all the time with Steam now. The big thing to me is having it on servers like an MMO. I know they want to push people to play together, but in most cases I don't care to.

The game is okay. It isn't as bad as some make it out to be, but it isn't the best game in the world.

The industrial system isn't working right. The numbers often don't match to what your selling. Also, your regular freight doesn't give you money, but you do need it for the Industrial random businesses to make money.

The Water shortages in the game is bad. If your next to a river there is no good reason you should run low on water. The only excuse is not enough water pumps. However, you can just place the Water pump next to your Waste Treatment.

I was laughing last night as I began to change how I worked my city. I started really focusing on Tourism. I had so many boats coming to my coast they were bumping into each other.

The Mass Transit system needs work. They need to give us the ability to give them routes. That would fix things largely.

The Fire Department was fixed slightly. However, they still do a lousy job of putting fires out.

The Police will pass criminals on the street. I often had the criminals get caught as they passed the police station. I found put the police station in the center of your city works well.

You get materials for recycling when you bulldoze a building. I will bulldoze random buildings when I need the money.
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#8BenuNeko(Topic Creator)Posted 3/19/2013 4:42:50 PM
Thanks for the thoughts thus far, folks.
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#9Hand7774Posted 3/19/2013 5:10:43 PM
The game is great. I go slow and creatively plan everything out so even with small maps takes me a while to fill a city and even after that you can just jump to another plot of land and start again.

This game has made the biggest jump the series has seen to date feels fresh and new to me.

This is by far one of the best simulations in years.
#10spankytheslothPosted 3/19/2013 5:32:57 PM
ManiusPrime posted...
I could careless about the DRM issue. You see it all the time with Steam now. The big thing to me is having it on servers like an MMO. I know they want to push people to play together, but in most cases I don't care to.

The game is okay. It isn't as bad as some make it out to be, but it isn't the best game in the world.

The industrial system isn't working right. The numbers often don't match to what your selling. Also, your regular freight doesn't give you money, but you do need it for the Industrial random businesses to make money.

The Water shortages in the game is bad. If your next to a river there is no good reason you should run low on water. The only excuse is not enough water pumps. However, you can just place the Water pump next to your Waste Treatment.

I was laughing last night as I began to change how I worked my city. I started really focusing on Tourism. I had so many boats coming to my coast they were bumping into each other.

The Mass Transit system needs work. They need to give us the ability to give them routes. That would fix things largely.

The Fire Department was fixed slightly. However, they still do a lousy job of putting fires out.

The Police will pass criminals on the street. I often had the criminals get caught as they passed the police station. I found put the police station in the center of your city works well.

You get materials for recycling when you bulldoze a building. I will bulldoze random buildings when I need the money.


As for the criminals, that is how it is supposed to work. Unless you have detective vans, police can only catch criminals while they are committing a crime.

The other issues are spot on. Industry is terribly broken. I am only fulfilling like 10% of my freight orders even though half of my city is zoned industrial. Not to mention factories are closing down due to lack of skilled workers even when I had full enrollment with 7000 students. There is just no possible way to make industry happy right now.
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