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Eh, not that impressed
on August 29, 2013
I downloaded the game directly from the EA site, not from Amazon, but I wanted to review in case people are curious.
I had no problems downloading or installing it. I also had no problems connecting to the servers, which I know has been a big complaint. It takes 5, maybe 10, seconds to find a server and then it's good to go. I don't know if other people are still having issues, but so far it has been fine for me (I will update if this changes). The game also runs fine. It's very fast, and I've had no graphics issues. (I don't think the graphics are terribly impressive, but I haven't seen any glitches or anything).
I'm only giving it 3 stars because after a few hours of play, I'm already kind of getting sick of it. I can't really pinpoint a specific problem, but it's just not as fun as I remember Sim City 4 being. For instance, there are a lot of potential interactions with neighbor cities, but there is no way to just put a pre-made city into the region (or at least I haven't found one, feel free to correct me if I'm wrong). It's a shame because I don't really want to play with other people and I don't really want to be the mayor of multiple cities at the same time. I'd rather focus on my one city and have other automatic cities to trade with. If I recall correctly, Sim City 4 had this feature. I'm having a hard time pinpointing other specific problems with it, but...it's just not that fun.
To be fair, I've only played it for a few hours, so maybe there is more fun to be discovered, but so far I'm not terribly impressed. I'll update if anything major changes.
Update: Some other complaints--
-It's sometimes hard to place an item because for some reason you have to click the trackpad button really hard, and often several times. I don't know what the story is with that, but it's annoying. To be fair, it's possible that this is a computer issue, but I have not had this issue with any other program, so I don't think there's anything wrong with my laptop.
-The city size is really small. After only a few hours of play, I've filled it up. Not sure where to go from here.
-There's no back/undo button. If you accidentally click something, you're out of luck. You can either keep it or bulldoze it (which does not give you your money back).
Update (8/31/13): I played the game for several hours today and in some ways it got better, but some ways got worse.
First, after being able to play for 2 days without an issue, all of the sudden it started freezing. I would get the "rainbow wheel" and the music would keep playing, but the game would be frozen. I would have to shut the game and restart my computer to get it to work again. This started happening every few minutes, and then eventually stopped happening more than every hour or two. My laptop almost never freezes (I can probably count on my fingers the number of times it's frozen in the 2 years I've had it), so I do not think that it is an issue with my laptop.
On the bright side, it's a little more fun than I originally thought, and I did start using the region, but there are still major issues. Basically, playing with a region can be fun, but it's still way too limited. When I first read complaints about the city sizes being so small, I didn't really understand why it was that big of a deal. But it really is. You can fill your city up in an hour of play, and then you're basically left obsessively figuring how the *exact* right way to bulldoze and replace roads so that higher density apartment buildings can go up. Otherwise there's no way to increase your population and deal with the constant demand for more residential zoning (mine are always begging for that). Maybe some people enjoy the road planning part of the game enough so that that would be fun, but I would rather not spend half the game worrying about whether my roads are one click too close together. You also run out of room for stuff like garbage dumps way too quickly.
So, the small city size means that you have to develop other cities in the region to share resources. In some ways that's fun. But if you really want to build up one city to be the best that it can be, it is really annoying to have to stop and go build other smaller cities just so that they can take your garbage or supply commuters. Basically I spent a couple hours trying to build an awesome city. Then it filled up and it's getting harder and harder to find ways to increase the population. I'm going to have to start over and make a new city soon, which to me, is not how the game is meant to be played.
An easy fix to this would be to give people the option of having larger cities. That way you could utilize the region if you want, or focus on one giant city if you'd rather play that way. As of now, that is impossible.