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About the Product
- Play in Scenario or Free mode and explore 37 maps in five different environments
- 360° camera rotation and zooming
- Six unique subcultures share the city
- A complete map editor. Over 360 buildings are at your disposal.
- A powerful building creation tool that contains 166 construction kits for more than 3,000 available elements
Top Customer Reviews
You start out the game by choosing one of many landscapes that come with different 'difficulty' problems such as tourisim, road building, etc and place your city hall. From there you construct residences for your soon to come populace.
The interesting twist to this game is that there are five or six different socio-economic levels of citizens that will eventually populate your city. You start out with Blue Collar workers and Fringes. These citizens can only work specific jobs in factories or business available to you to build as well as utilities and services. By building certain services or businesses that employ the next level of citizenry (Suits, Radical Chics and Elites)your Blue Collar workers may advance to the Fringe level and the fringe to the Suit level, et al. Fail to provide and they can drop to the "Have Not" level. As poor as poor can be.
Your main job as city administrator is to advance and keep harmony in your city. Have Nots and Blue Collar folks get along just fine. Blue Collar and Fringe do not which leads to disruption in the neighborhoods and if allowed to go for too long, rioting.
Only persons who enjoy multi-tasking and constructing cities that run (almost) like clockwork would find this game enjoyable and satisfying.Read more ›
I found the game itself to be very quick. Keep in my mind I have a very good machine (Dell Precision M4300 with 4GB RAM), but I suspect it will perform well on most machines. The one area where the game lags is during the installation and loading of the game. The installation seemed like it took forever! It also takes a minute or two to load each time you play it. Maybe the slow load time is where the game is loading into memory, etc and makes the game play more smooth and quick.
I loved the ability to zoom in to the street level and look around at the city. That's awesome! The zooming in and out is much quicker than any of the SimCity games. The ability to build roads and other items in a "freestyle" mode is also an excellent feature. Initially, the number of buildings seems adequate, but after playing the game for awhile you might wish it had more.
The "society" part of this game can be a learning curve for some users. You do have to build the city with all citizens/cultures in mind (blue collar, rich, etc). However, after a few tries you easily get the hang of it. I know SimCity Societies has the same concept, but I felt limited in the SimCity Societies game play. City Life 2008 offers more of the traditional "city building" that I am used to.
I recommend this game to anyone that wishes to get into the city simulation game world, as well as any previous SimCity user. The great graphics, added building features, and street level zooms put it above SimCity. Give it a try, you won't regret it!
It's not unplayable and I think if you wanted a game that aspires to be complex but is fairly simplistic (younger age group or new to micro managing games) this might be the way to go. There are named building to build, most other city games have generic "residential","Industrial" and "business" so that is a plus. It is weird to have 10 of the same kind of factory or store next to each other though.
If your reading reviews to make up your mind listen to the critics and get Sim City or Cities XL 2011.
so I installed this and it simply would not run under any circumstance. I thought it was because of Vista but it turned out to be the card. So when Cities XL came out I finally broke down and bought one of the recommended cards for my system and installed it, at which point City Life 2008 began to work.
The intro and the menus for this game were beautiful. I was really happy when I opened it, I loved the industrial appearance of it and I was looking forward to playing the game.
I opened it up and could not have been more disappointed. It was so ugly and there were like 150 of the same little creepy person walking around, like a creepy zombie army. They congregate in groups, too, so you'll have a group of clones all just standing there facing a wall or something.
The actual texture mapping is palling. Like a plant is just a sphere with a flower map on it.
Anyway, it's really not a good looking game and I didn't get far enough into it to care about if it was "fun" to play because for me most of the fun of building a city is to have it look real, and look COOL and this game does not do either.
So what I don't get is why it took a video card upgrade to play a game that looks a fourth as good as SImCity and a tenth as good as Cities XL?
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Bought the game finally because it was cheap, installed it on my brand new Dell and it wouldn't even work...waste of money and time.Published on December 29, 2012 by M
Maybe I'm just picky about games, I don't know. I personally did not like it too much, but I played all the Sim City's so maybe I am just used to those games. Read morePublished on November 9, 2012 by Kenny
This review is a long time coming. I actually bought this over two years ago and started playing it. Read morePublished on October 12, 2012 by Periwinkle
I was excited to play this game it looked great, I loaded this game then found out my computer is 64 bit.... Read morePublished on May 31, 2012 by k.Leigh
After installing the game, the game will not play. I have tried this on 3 separate computers and have the same issues. Read morePublished on March 8, 2011 by bdw
I was also unable to get this to run on not one but three (3) computers. It installed but when I tried to run it all I got was a window that said something about security and then... Read morePublished on January 18, 2011 by N. Lee
Wouldnt know how fun it is considering the game wouldnt play on to differnt operating systems... Pretty much tells me why it was sold for so little! Read morePublished on April 26, 2010 by Dennie P. Donahue
I now have all three editions of City Life and as would be hoped, 2008 is the best of the lot. The problem is it's not so much better than World Edition that it was really worth... Read morePublished on June 26, 2009 by Random1