SimCity: constructive success?

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.”



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.”

SimCity screenshot

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.” 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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  • Well, franics’ opinion means squat tbh. Nothing beats the D3 error 37. I pretencious overeaction. I think So. Annoyed that you can’t log in on launch day. Its expected, Since the D3 event, i’ve never tried to play a gain on launch date. 90% it doesn’t work properly.

  • Wyzak

    The critics probably all had press releases so they were happily playing on empty servers. I wonder how long it will be before the user backlash.

  • xxCoreGamerxx

    Not trusting the reviewers on this one, as for the game itself… always online-DRM is a fail from me. Like Diablo 3 (which initially was hailed as the second coming, and then gamers realised that it was actually a pile of crap), SimCity will get the same treatment from me.

    Wallet says “NO”

  • xxCoreGamerxx

    The fact that you think that’s normal, says volumes.

  • xxCoreGamerxx

    Yeah, remember Diablo 3… critics loved it and then gamers realised that it was actually a turd.

  • Wyzak

    If any game scores 10/10 then it should ring some alarm bells. 10/10 is a theoretical limit that no game should ever be able to reach. And this definitely isn’t a 10/10.

  • The Rich

    I love how you so many of you are trashing the reviews and the review scores yet none of you have even played the game yet. I’m not implying that EA is not having/going to have launch-day problems with the servers, and I have no idea how I’m personally going to feel about the many changes that have been implemented, but what I am saying is that if you are going to hand down negative judgments like this, at least do yourself a favour and wait until after the local launch date so that you can fool us into thinking that you might actually have had some hands-on experience with the game. Until then, your comments are nothing but the usual internet hot-air.

  • Vorastra

    The city size is limited to 2KM squared. Imagine how sad I was when I found that out.
    Go to Kotaku and read the reviews. They are pretty damning at this point.

    According to Kotaku the game is very dependent on other players so much that it ruins SimCity for those who wanted a SimCity 4 reincarnate.

    I have been really excited for months, but after reading what the guys at Kotaku have said, I am now on the fence with this. Ye the problems are that concerning :/

  • ArchieChoke

    LOL…Ignore the Casual gamer. The Veterans know what they are talking about:-

  • Verrayne

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

    It should be Youtuber boogie2988.

    Francis is just one of his characters.

  • Vorastra

    They did have a press release server and guess what, some of the cities were lost due to a server error. If they can’t get it right for a few, imagine many.

  • The Rich

    Wait, what? I’m not really sure what your point is. So I’ll just leave it at that.

  • Vorastra

    I’m so sorry :/

    Just listen.

  • Wyzak

    Bwahahahaha, well you get what you deserve 😀 The only reason the gaming industry in this disastrous position is because gamers allowed it to get to this.

  • Nothing can reach perfection tbh. While some thing can be perfect for some its a turd for others.

  • too true

  • BrendanMcCT

    Diablo 3 was great, until that patch…

  • Sgt.Romeo9

    I have no issue with the game, it is amazingly complex and I really enjoy how the game plays. Have had no issues regarding servers. I installed the game, Origin ran an update and the SimCity launcher ran 2 updates, 2 insanely small updates and after that the play button turned green and been playing happily since. Oh wait I did have one server/web related issue. BT Games pre-order link to SimCity was broken, and so I called the shop to pre-order me a version, When I got there I was told I have to pay full price because they had no pre-order on the system for me. I phoned BT and the guy at head office just told me sorry can’t do anything about it. It’s no ones fault. You should have phoned me, next time phone me ok lol. How about next time I just pre-order and buy my games from Takealot or Kalahari. But other than that, great game and great experience so far.

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