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SimCity is now just £3.99, but is it worth a look?

Author:
Carl Phillips
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Deals
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cdkeys, EA, Mac games, Maxis, PC games, SimCity

SimCity is now just £3.99, but is it worth a look?

Let's not beat around the bush, here - SimCity was an omnishambles. What promised to deliver a perfected city-building sim with online connectivity was beyond broken. It's such a shame, too, because the user interface is intuitive, the art style visually appealing, and the music an absolute triumph. It does enough to distract you for a good few hours, but even though it ultimately doesn't deliver, for £4 it's worth seeing the agonising potential that was there. Or, you know, you could put the money towards the infinitely better Cities: SkylinesThanks to Buzz for the heads-up!

Be sure to check out our SimCity review for more details.

SimCity just £5.99 on PC at 365Games

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Deals
Tags:
EA, Maxis, SimCity, Simulations

SimCity just £5.99 on PC at 365Games

This cheap SimCity deal is probably the most competitive price we've seen for Maxis' city builder. What was horrible and broken at launch is now fit for human consumption, especially seeing as it costs a mere £5.99 from 365 Games, which is the cheapest we've seen yet.

A year and a half has passed since Carl's 5/10 SimCity review, and the situation is very different now. The broken aspects of the simulation have been fixed -- thankfully no more kidnapping school buses to worry about! -- while the offline mode finally lets us play the game on our own terms. It's rather enjoyable and addictive. However, it's worth noting that the restrictive city sizes still mean that we can't create our own perfect metropolises... metropoli... cities without running into a wall. SimCity 4 is still a vastly superior game, but for £5.99, I think we can give SimCity one thumb up. Thanks to Jet23 at HUKD!

SimCity only £6.99 on PC at 365Games

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Deals
Tags:
EA, Maxis, PC games, SimCity

SimCity only £6.99 on PC at 365Games

SimCity | 365Games | £6.99
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I think that we might have found the butter zone for SimCity pricing. What was broken and abusive at launch is now an enjoyable and accessible city builder, complete with advanced features like an offline mode (wow!), though restrictive compared to practically all of its prequels. 365 Games' incredibly cheap £6.99 cheap offer is tempting nevertheless. Thanks to Barst @ HUKD!

SimCity's offline mode goes live today, take the win mayors

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
Tags:
EA, Maxis, PC, PC games, SimCity

They said it couldn't be done. They said it was impossible. But, at long last, SimCity is finally going to be playable offline when a major update hits later today. Maxis have taken the servers down at the time of writing to prepare for the update, which has long topped many a mayor's wishlist.

Singleplayer sessions are saved locally, granting you access to all region maps, multiple cities and a fixed-price Global Market. Naturally Citylog, leaderboards, achievements, friends lists, region invites and other multiplayer acoutrements won't be available.

This will be great news for many players, but the issue of restrictive city size limits still hangs over SimCity like the sword of Damocles. Hopefully this will be the next priority for Maxis over the coming months (unless, as my inner cynic suggests, they're planning to just shut the servers off later this year).

SimCity: Is it finally worth buying one year on?

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
Features
Tags:
EA, Maxis, SimCity, Videos

SimCity: Is it finally worth buying one year on?

We had to give it one more chance; we always said we would. What with all of the talk of Maxis finally delivering an offline mode, fixing the problems that plagued SimCity during its first few months, and finally having a game that was actually playable, we felt it was important to see whether or not, one year on from release, SimCity might actually be worth paying money for.

You can nab the game for under £20 these days, a far cry from the almost laughable digital prices EA had the gall to set at launch. The content that was missing from those early days is now fully operational -- regions now make sense, and you're only left waiting a minute or two for regional features and buildings to register rather than hours or days or weeks or, in some cases, months.

The simulation is still a little wonky in places, but GlassBox does its job more or less properly now. There'll still be the occasional oddity here and there, but Benny Hill moving vans and school buses stealing children are no longer the problems they once were.

We said this time last year that visually, GlassBox did a wonderful job, and that the UI was glorious, and that still holds true. The first few hours of SimCity are better than ever, effortlessly addictive, and brimming with charm. But then you hit the wall, and you have two options: start a new city, or wait. And wait. And wait.

Fixing bugs and ironing out creases is one thing, but the trouble with tidying up the mess means that now, more clearly than ever before, we can see just how fundamentally flawed the region system is on a conceptual level. We'd hoped that the opposite might have been true, having been vociferous in our condemnation of the minuscule city sizes; but alas. You can here me chat about it in distraught and disappointed tones in the video below.

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SimCity getting offline mode, no-one really cares any more

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
News
Tags:
EA, Maxis, PC games, SimCity, Simulation games

SimCity getting offline mode, no-one really cares any more

SimCity is finally getting the offline mode that we stopped clamouring for six months ago after it became readily apparent that the cities would remain the same size and Maxis didn't have a clue what they were doing.

Wait.

I mean SIMCITY IS GETTING AN OFFLINE MODE! Crack open the bubbly! Fire up the rock music and the inflatable vodka luge! Let's get this party started!

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Maxis Start Discussions For SimCity Mods And User-Generated Content

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
News
Tags:
EA Games, Gaming mods, Maxis, PC games, SimCity

Maxis Start Discussions For SimCity Mods And User-Generated Content

Well it's about time. Maxis have finally begun communications with prospective modders, opening discussions for the possibility of SimCity mods and user-generated content.

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SimCity Red Cross DLC Donates 80% To Charity

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
Tags:
DLC, EA, Maxis, Red Cross, SimCity

SimCity Red Cross DLC Donates 80% To Charity

EA has teamed up with the Red Cross for a new SimCity DLC pack, designed to raise money for the medical charity.

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SimCity Update 7 Adds Raise/Lower Tool

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
Tags:
EA, Maxis, PC games, SimCity, Simulation games, Update

SimCity Update 7 Adds Raise/Lower Tool

SimCity is due another update later this month, which will let players raise or lower roads to create bridges or underpasses directly from the drawing tool. It's a neat feature, at least by the looks of a new explanatory video starring Maxis’ Guillaume Pierre.

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Key SimCity Developers Leave Maxis To Form Indie Studio

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
Tags:
Indie Games, iOS games, Jellygrade, Maxis, SimCity

Key SimCity Developers Leave Maxis To Form Indie Studio

Three crucial SimCity developers, including creative director Ocean Quigley, have departed from Maxis to found Jellygrade Studios; a new simulation-centric outfit targeting tablet games.

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SimCity Survey Canvasses Player Opinion On Larger Cities, Offline Mode, More

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
Tags:
EA, Maxis, PC games, SimCity

SimCity Survey Canvasses Player Opinion On Larger Cities, Offline Mode, More

Maxis are currently surveying SimCity players to see what they'd like from the game, asking whether larger cities and an offline mode might be of interest.

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Darkspore Yanked From Steam As DRM Errors Go Unfixed

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
Tags:
Darkspore, DRM, EA, Maxis, PC games, Steam

Darkspore Yanked From Steam As DRM Errors Go Unfixed

Humdrum action-RPG Darkspore has been pulled from Steam following years of errors stemming from it's always-online DRM.

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SimCity Update 5.0 Rolls Out, Still Doesn't Expand City Limits

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
News
Tags:
EA, Maxis, Patch Notes, Sigh, SimCity

SimCity Update 5.0 Rolls Out, Still Doesn't Expand City Limits

This week's hilarious SimCity patch note of choice is the following:

"Fixed an issue where Sims would not be able to take transit out of cities with lots of streetcars or shuttle buses. This could cause some cases where commuting Sims could not return home and their homes would go abandoned."

Yep, that's right. Wondered why some of your houses were crumbling into abandoned dilapidation? It's because the game stranded your citizens in a neighbouring city.

Of course, our main issue with game still hasn't been fixed (and we'd argue calling the game SimCity is by now something of a violation in trade description given that we've only ever managed to build a small skyscraper-stuffed town) so we won't be playing it any time soon. If for some reason you're still playing the game out of misguided solidarity to... EA?!... the full patch notes are after the jump.

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SimCity Amusement Park DLC Out Today

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
Tags:
DLC, EA, Maxis, PC games, SimCity
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SimCity | PC

SimCity Amusement Park DLC Out Today

SimCity's first major DLC pack - a selection of theme park rides and facilities - has released today on Origin for £7.99.  Our wholesale disappointment with Maxis' broken simulation is a matter of public record, but if you're interested, we've got a new trailer and details after the break.

I can't help but feel that our city limits should be a bit bigger to fit all this new stuff in. I wonder if anyone's pointed that out before...?

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SimCity Amusement Park Expansion Confirmed

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
Tags:
DLC, EA, Maxis, PC games, SimCity

SimCity Amusement Park Expansion Confirmed

Maxis have confirmed that SimCity's first major expansion will release in just under two weeks, after details of the funfair-themed DLC pack leaked out on Green Man Gaming.

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SimCity Update 3.0 Incoming, Patch Notes Are Once Again Inadvertently Hilarious

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
News
Tags:
EA Games, Maxis, Seriously who's still playing this piece of @#£*$!?, SimCity, SimCity Update 3.0
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SimCity | PC

Have you been having trouble with disappearing vehicles? Inexplicable pollution? Traffic issues? Buildings somehow being built on top of one another?

Well you can pack you fear off to distant lands, as SimCity Update 3.0 is here to save the day!

Or, you know, screw the game up even more.

Check out the patch notes after the jump >>

The Sims 4 Announced For 2014

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
Tags:
EA, Mac games, Maxis, PC games, The Sims 4
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The Sims 4 | PC

The Sims 4 Announced For 2014

Following years of DLC packs, EA have officially announced an all-new The Sims title for 2014.

Yes, you will be able to play it offline. I wonder why EA explicitly mentioned that?

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"Inexcusable": Will Wright Weighs In On SimCity

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
News
Tags:
EA, Maxis, SimCity, Will Wright
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SimCity | PC

Will Wright, the man who made Sim City a household name, has weighed in on the recent SimCity debacle, saying that although he feels for the development team and has been enjoying the game of late, releasing a fundamentally broken game at full price is "inexcusable".

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SimCity Fixes “Currently In Development,” Maxis Insists

Author:
Carl Phillips
Category:
News
Tags:
EA, Honking Trees, Maxis, Patches, SimCity

The War On Honking Trees Continues

We already reported on how Update 2.0 for SimCity had brought in as many new bugs as it had allegedly fixed, but now Maxis have released a statement on their official forums to address the current situation. Acknowledging that players are “eager for more,” the post details some of the issues they are currently looking into.

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