SimCity: constructive success?

SimCity reviews roll in – is it an unnatural disaster or utopian experience?

March 5, 2013
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SimCity is finally arriving this week, and a number of early reviews have already hit the web; but has enough planning and development gone into this colossal construction?

Over on Metacritic, things are looking positive. The game holds a Metascore of 91 from 7 reviews, while Gamerankings features 92.5 percent for the PC-exclusive.

What are the critics actually saying though?

Eurogamer Sweden: 10/10

“A fantastic city simulation that meets all expectations. So perfectly balanced it makes it easy to pick up and enjoy, but proves to be very difficult to master. Funny, addictive and with great options for both co-operative and competitive online play – Sim City is a clear candidate for Game of the Year.”

Polygon: 9.5/10

“A near-perfect fusion of the classic simulation game with modern social and online play elements. It is in every way the fully realized evolution of the franchise and a much welcome iteration, perfectly engineered to dispense the maximum amount of fun in the most efficient way possible.”

AusGamers: 9.4/10

“What SimCity offers is so much potential for so much expanded and persistent gameplay that its mind-boggling. All I can actively offer you is what the game offers you upon firing up, and in that sense it’s a fricking addictive affair.”

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Simcity

Gamereactor Sweden: 9/10

“EA has listened to the community, improved, brought back what was good, improved again and made the most marvelous city creator you could ever imagine.”

GamesBeat: 90/100

“It’s a joy to see SimCity return in a better form than it has ever been. It is wonderfully complex, but very easy to play. The title is a massive undertaking and it has come together beautifully overall.”

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SimCity screenshot

XGN: 8.8/10

“The world’s biggest simulation franchise is back with a vengeance. We’ve all grown up playing SimCity, and it’s finally time to get back to living the life of a virtual city planner. Whether you play the game alone or with friends, SimCity proves to be a great deal of fun.”

Gamer.no: 8/10

“SimCity is a game you can lose yourself in for hours at a time. It’s a game where you can keep digging deeper and deeper in underlying systems and play a plethora of different ways. Mostly though, SimCity is a game where you can allow your creativity and organizational skills to work in tandem, just the way you wish.”

On a bit of a negative note, Youtuber Francis isn’t that happy with EA and Maxxis – check out his rant below:

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