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Platform: PC Download - Standard Edition
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Platform: PC Download - Standard Edition
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  • Release Date: March 4, 2013
  • Average Customer Review: 1.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3,121 customer reviews)
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Platform: PC Download - Standard Edition

From the Manufacturer

The defining city simulation is back! Create the city you desire and make the choices that shape your city and power the Sims within it. Every decision, big or small, has real consequences. Invest in heavy industry and your economy will soar - but at the expense of your Sims' health as pollution spreads. Implement green technology and improve your Sims’ lives while risking higher taxes and unemployment. Team up with your friends to solve global challenges: launch a space shuttle, reduce carbon emissions, or build magnificent wonders.

  • Constructible Worlds - Creative and customizable world that offers unique gameplay benefits, all with a fun tactile interface.
  • Sims Matter - The Sims in your city speak to you directly and it's up to you to respond to their needs. Will you listen and be the toast of the town? Or abuse your power for fame and fortune?
  • Specialize in What You Love - Mold your city as a casino resort, manufacturing hub, educational enclave, and more, and then watch as a unique look and feel spread throughout your city.
  • Multiplayer - Build a region with friends for the first time! Collaborate or compete in regional and global challenges and make decisions that impact the greater SimCity World.
  • GlassBox Engine - SimCity introduces GlassBox, the revolutionary simulation technology that gives you the power to impact individual Sims lives, manage city level simulation, and balance multiple city simulations at once

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System Requirements

Processor: AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual-Core 4000+ or better or Intel Core 2 Duo Processor 2.0GHz or better
Operating System:
Windows XP/Vista/7
Hard Drive:
10GB HD Space
Graphics Card:
ATI Radeon HD 2x00 or better*, nVidia 7800 or better*, Intel Series 4 integrated graphics or better*
Broadband Internet:
Minimum 256 kbps download, 64 kbps upload

*Minimum of 256MB of on-board RAM and Shader 3.0 or better support.

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4,912 of 5,082 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Hey everyone! March 5, 2013
By Kyle
Platform for Display:PC Download - Standard Edition|Verified Purchase
Guess what? If you'd love to experience the nonstop thrills and excitement of SimCity, then please remove $60 from your bank and promptly pay someone to kick you repeatedly in the friggin' mouth.

I find it incredibly mind boggling that I spent $60 on something that I can't even log into to play. My first city that I spent some time on was lost forever due to server issues at EA. Oh, and forget trying to get a quick game in when your server (where your save resides) is either full or busy. I only wanted to play a quick game, completely solo, and am forced to wait and wait and wait and wait. And don't believe the 20-30 min timer. Sometimes even that is incorrect.

Shame on you EA. For the last ten years I have watched you slowly turn this industry into a wasteland. And now in your latest attempt in trying to stick to your corporate policy of crushing anything that closely resembles the human spirit, you have turned SimCity into a $60 thirty minute countdown and server status app. Awesome.

I spent this money because I still wanted to support Maxis. After all, I grew up with a lot of Maxis games that I absolutely loved. Still do. But this? This is probably one of the dumbest things EA and Maxis could have ever done. If it's possible for me to even get a refund, I want it. We're only really paying for a product key that lets us use completely unusable servers. Invalidate the key and refund money. So, EA. Do you plan on letting any of us honest people actually play this game?

Avoid this game. Until EA either removes the DRM completely or allows offline play and saves, this game is nothing more than an example on how a company can both rip off AND alienate its fanbase.
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3,736 of 3,889 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Singleplayer DRM does it again! March 5, 2013
By Jonny
Platform for Display:PC Download - Standard Edition
How would you feel if you waited for the new Corvette to come out, preordered one, and when you try to drive it home with its massive V8 engine the dashboard tells you, "Gas Pump not connected, aborting."?

Well, this is the world of EA games. For years now they have been plugging DRM into games regardless if it's singleplayer or multiplayer. At some unspecified date, from a year to a few years down the line, they'll pull the plug on the life-support of the game (aka server) and tah-dah! Your $60 game is now a $60 Frisbee.

There is no reason at all that anyone who shells out top-dollar for an over-hyped game should have to sit in a queue for hours at a time to even reach the main menu. The queue makes NO mention of your spot in line, and only says, "ATTEMPTING to reconnect in: (20 minute countdown)". That is, not checking persistently. That is, indefinite wait time. Your saves are SERVER based, so if your connection is lost, the server hiccups, or you move to a less-populated server? Hours of gameplay wasted.

Tutorials are bugged. Region buttons are greyed out and unable to continue. The crashes force you to sit in the queue once again.

Bottom line: Go up to a random stranger, preferably a musclehead, hand him your $60 and ask him to punch you in the face. You'll get more out of your money, and it'll be less painful to watch.

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1,013 of 1,059 people found the following review helpful
By Joseph
Platform for Display:PC Download - Standard Edition
It's a sad day when your brand new shiny City-Sim game on today's modern computers can't even hold a candle to its 10 year old predecessor. (Sim City 4) I have been waiting in anxious anticipation for SimCity since the moment I learned of its existence. All of those tiny little frusrating aspects of SC4 would finally get updated, and we would finally have the SimCity we've been dreaming of. Surely, with 10 years to research and find what their loyal fans truly loved about the City building series, there was no way EA could fail at making a truly wonderful, classic game that would hold up as a true joy to play for years to come.

But instead, EA scrapped it all. They tore everything we loved about the game down, and gave an impostor the "SimCity" franchise title instead. A truly awful game of the highest order. In summary, EA, here is everything you did wrong:

1. The biggest factor in enjoying my game, the one true aspect that let me endlessly experiment, was removed. I can no longer reload a city after flinging disasters at it. I can no longer turn my mega-city into a smog filled crime town just for fun to see what happens. I can't even save my game locally. What the hell is this? Every single action is 100% permanent FOREVER... ? Why even play?

2. Goodbye casual enjoyment. Whose wonderful idea was it to come up with the always-on DRM?? Because they, and everyone who even remotely acted like the always-on connection was a good idea, should be immediately fired and banned from the video game industry for life. No one wants this. Not a single player wanted this, except you EA. It's like EA could never envision that a scenario would arise where you would want to play the game and not have internet access. Has no one from EA ever traveled before?
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1,127 of 1,199 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Simcity, an overpriced 20 minute countdown timer. March 5, 2013
By Mark
Platform for Display:PC Download - Standard Edition
I've so far played this game one hour. During that time my buildings would flashing on and off in what appeared to be a video glitch.

The majority of my experience has been watching a Server is Busy error and waiting for a 20 minute timer to count down to 0. Once it does, I get a network server error and it resets.

I'm giving the game 1 star because it's been a great way to re-heat my enchiladas in the oven. Otherwise, I'd give this game a 0.

If you have not purchased, stay far away.

And if you're reading this months from now and they've seemingly fixed their issues, do yourself a favor and do not purchase the game. It's a Simcity-lite, not a true successor.

Maxis is a shell of their former selves.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Doesn't feel the same.
Not the casual title of the past. It seems a little to detailed and hard to balance. Not as entertaining as previous entries in the series.
Published 1 day ago by Stephen Roe
5.0 out of 5 stars Extremely fun!
I really like how you can trade and gift to other cities.I also like how there is city specialization because it really keeps the game realistic and fun. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Amazon Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars Must Download Orgin Client
In order to play this game, you need to download a client from Orgin. Orgin's website is terrible so be prepared to wait.
Published 1 day ago by Michael
5.0 out of 5 stars I like this game
I don't know why people are complaining. I can build a continent with random people I never met. I just wish I didn't have to log in to Origin to play.
Published 1 day ago by sigñora
1.0 out of 5 stars Not that interesting
That game has disappointed me. Tried it, but it lacks playability, no clear goals, and sub-goals are weak. Read more
Published 4 days ago by Mikhail
1.0 out of 5 stars I waited so long for this to get better. I hoped and prayed.
This game is still the worst thing I have ever played. Make the city maps larger. I have to switch between 8-20 cities. This game is the worst. Another EA disaster.
Published 7 days ago by Christopher Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Everything was great!
I would recommend this to anyone who liked the other simcity games. It's a great game, especially playing multiplayer! Read more
Published 10 days ago by Amanda
1.0 out of 5 stars Not worth the time.
Not at all what I was hoping for.

Limited, very limited. Depending on the price, it might be worth trying, but you won't get more than a few hours of enjoyment out of... Read more
Published 14 days ago by Aaron K. Ramsey
3.0 out of 5 stars One star for $60, 3 stars for $10
For a $60 game I'd be completely angry. I played the beta, saw the issues then, didn't buy the game. Read about the horrors after launch. Some of those continue to this day. Read more
Published 14 days ago by Vas B.
3.0 out of 5 stars Getting Better
Just like everyone else I was disappointed when I bought this on release date. My main issues were the bugs and of course the smaller maps. Read more
Published 19 days ago by Clarence
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