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Sophia Katt

Oh, Lord. There is so much more to dislike about the new Sim City than this. Always on internet connection, tiny city size, no terraforming or a number of features available in Sim City 4, all the obsession with multi-player capacities... and none of it adequately supported with the cloud EA promised Not to mention all the promised functionality that isn't up to the mark?

Can you tell I didn't chunk out $60 plus for it? :)

Kenny

I've been playing Sim City 4 a bit in anticipation of when Sim City 5 will be released for the Mac, and I was struck by the fact that although traffic is a major concern for residents, parking never is. In fact, it doesn't look like there's *any* curbside parking - every building that is constructed comes with its own parking, though you can build parking structures next to transit stops to try to make them more effective.

EN57

Ages ago I uninstalled Sim City 4 and now only play 3000, which is my favourite. Not looking for reality with this - just want a fun city building game where I can watch things grow. As Sim City is only loosely based on reality, the more money constraints and detail you have to deal with, the more tedious this game is (for me anyway...)

Ben Smith

Sophia Katt, They should have called this game Sim Garden City.

Nathanael

The current Sim City has horrendous reviews in all ways.

I've been playing Simutrans (experimental version) It's not polished and it's full of bugs, but it's a pretty elegant transpo model.

daniel howard

With Cities XL you have to lay out the bus lines and stops, and the runs begin and terminate at the garage. Nice touch in that game. Also looking forward to see what CIM2 has to offer.

Simcity 5 seems a backtrack. In the previous version you could see where Sims lived and worked and their routes. Now agents seem to wander the map entirely at random. It is so bad that EA has offered SC4 as. A consolation prize to use users who had trouble around launch.

And of course, I always have to mention simutrans when around transit nerds. =)

Elmo Allén

New SimCity agent AI has much more serious problems, according to this blogging: http://kotaku.com/5990362/with-simple-ai-like-this-why-does-simcity-need-cloud-computing

To summarize: Agent AI always chooses the closest vacant job or a house, no matter what. If the real world worked like that, we'd have no traffic problems.

Jeffrey Jakucyk

It's sad that after 10 years they made absolutely no progress on the pathfinding of the game, and even regressed in many way. Seriously, we have multi-core processors and video cards with more computing horsepower than whole computers from a decade ago, yet they just went for multiplayer cloud BS and cartoony graphics. Never mind actual playability or realism (it IS supposed to be a simulation after all)!

As a longtime fan and player of the franchise, it really saddens me that they took none of the lessons from SimCity 4 and the Network Addon Mod team to heart. I actually wish they'd just update SimCity 4 to bring it up to today's standards. The game engine is solid and can be tweaked to fix many if not all of the problems mentioned, not to mention there's an unimaginably huge library of 3rd party content. As it stands now, even ignoring all the DRM and online glitches, SimCity 5 is a major regression from SimCity 4 Rush Hour with the Network Addon Mod, so why bother with it?

Kd5mdk

How much would it cost to license all the content from NAM for commercial use? I suspect it would be very difficult.

Seeing all the Sim coverage made me think back to my playing days, so I browsed around and started playing OpenTTP. Unfortunately I'm not smart enough to manage train routing without deadlocks yet.

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