Have you ever wondered what it is like to be a Civil Engineer? Sim City is just that, with a little bit more.
The Sim franchise is a pretty big one. It has been around since forever. Imagine if it has been around for so long that the last time I played Sim City was like ten or so years ago. Now EA has delivered a deluxe edition of their latest Sim City game.
The game is basically narrowed down into two gametypes: Scenario and Create-Your-Own-City. Let’s start with the former. In scenario you are given a specific mission to accomplish. The city is already built and you have X time to complete X objective. Now, these scenarios are quite hard, at least for me they were and it was because of a constant frustration I ran into during most of the game: I couldn’t make any money. Now, I don’t know if it is because I am practically new to the game or I am simply a moron, but to me it was really hard, heck extremely hard, to make money. So even on the easiest scenarios I found myself not accomplishing them because I would always run out of money. Perhaps Sim City experts will laugh at me because of this, but it is definitely a flaw. I even did the tutorial and it never really states how to make money. So for a “new” guy into the game, it will be very frustrating.
Then there is the Create-Your-Own-City aspect of it. As the name states, although I made that name up, you will start completely from scratch and create your own city. It’s pretty fun to build houses and industrial areas and create your own streets, and what not, but again, the frustration of not being able to know how to make money just killed it for me. Having to take loans in order to make my city grow was pretty annoying to say the least. Also, make sure to save the city before quitting because there is no auto-safe and if you just close the application you will lose all the previous progress, which is a pretty big pain.
There are also the natural disasters, including aliens and stuff, and of course as you progress you will also get new buildings and all that kind of Sim City gloriousness. Although another flaw I found, which was of course irritating as well, was that sometimes they would announce that you could build a stadium or something spectacular and then I would run and look for it on the menus but guess what? It wasn’t there. I looked and looked and I couldn’t find the damn stadium. Maybe it is a bug or something, but it seemed to be a constant one because I read on some forums that other people were having the same problems.
All in all the game will probably satisfy the all-time Sim City fans out there; but if you are a new comer, like me, I would suggest you start learning how to play it somewhere else, or you get a friend to explain it to you, because $6.99 might be a lot to waste on something you might never get the hang off.