SimCity 3000 Unlimited
- Features two completely new building sets - Asian and European
- Add color to your city by incorporating quaint European-style cottages or high-tech glass skyscrapers from Hong Kong
- Four new disasters await you -- whirlpools, acid rain, plagues of locusts and space debris
- Create your own scenarios with the new Scenario Editor
- Customize your terrain and add seasonal city events
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While it may not have the sophistication technically of SimCity 4, and the graphics are not as pseudorealistic as SC4, I have to say that there are a lot of things that Unlimited had that I wish Maxis would have carried forward with their new release.
One of the primary things is the Building Architect Tool. It was so easy to build virtually any building with that tool (though admittedly imperfect). The building tool in SC4 is very good for computer graphics professionals, but honestly - I was just completely turned off by it's high learning curve. I initiated an experimental building, but just gave up because it was too frustrating to use. I know - in return, we have more realistically rendered buildings, but look at the dearth of origional buildings on the SC4 site. The SC3000 tool is like building blocks, and then you add textures and props. Nuff said. It works even for me!
Another thing I prefer in SC3000 is the general ambience of the playspace. I like that you can change the terrain color, the vegetation, building sets, and the general character of the lighting. So aesthetically, it is a more pleasant game to play.
Maybe it is just easier, and that is why I like it? But I honestly like the fact that you can really solve problems in the game. In SC4, I find it is a complete mystery why someone won't drive across town to a job like we do in real life! Their houses fall into decay because of their commute time! I don't see that happening in Palmdale, CA where half the population commutes more than an hour each way into Los Angeles!Read more ›
For those who already own SimCity 3000, there are a number of new options that could make it worthwhile to upgrade. In fact, when you install Unlimited on a computer that already has the original 3000, you get the option to transfer over files (like all your old cities). It then even does the uninstall of the old product for you (very nice). Granted, Unlimited does chew up a bit more disk space so you should make sure you have room to spare for the new version.
I'd also suggest you try to get in while the rebate is going on. It will get you back $10 on the price of Unlimited. Then you won't feel so bad spending money on a game you basically already have. Then do what I did: give your old copy of SimCity 3000 to a family member to get them hooked on the game. <grin>
So I figured, when I bought SimCity 3000 Unlimited, that it would be a great deal better than 2000. I won't say it isn't better. It is. But I think that all the new changes are still very little. That is, you get new buildings, the ability to design your own buildings, new zones, and a slightly nicer interface. I particularly like the Asian Landmark buildings (though the romanization of some of the names is sometimes inaccurate.) But, as some other reviewers have mentioned, it's slow when you get a big city (even on a top of the line computer), and is such a memory hog that I have to turn off my few background applications as well as the music and traffic.
If you don't already have a SimCity game, I'd say get it ... it is a good game. But if you've got 3000, or even just 2000, I'd say wait; maybe 4000 will be a smoother, more realistic version.
If you have Sim City 3000, don't bother with Unlimited. It is a waste of money unless you want to pay the price for the new building sets.
I have one of the new powerful computers and the unlimted version slows down big time once cities get large. You have to turn off the music and traffic to make the thing go at a decent pace.
The "new" scenarios are silly and very easy to master. Not challenging at all.
So, if you have Sim City 3000, don't waste your money
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Game work for 2 weeks then it stops working all to get there. I try to UN stall the game and re stall it a few time but it never work again.Published 1 month ago by Hilarie Jones
boring. the only thing this seems to be about is a baby level view at whether people will move into a city. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Christian
I just love to build. I don't care for limits at all. 4 was good just not what I expected. Felt like I was playing Myst. So I went back to 3000 and I feel alright now.Published 13 months ago by C. Robertson
I like playing the old Sim City games, works on my system with no issues, running Windows 7. Nvidia GT9800Published 15 months ago by Bubblechaser