Good and bad news about SimCity

SimCity is definitely one game series that needs to continue to but looking into the game some more, there are a few downsides coming along with it.

The good

Overall, the game looks great. Check out the Game Overview to see some of the new features the game will be loaded with. You can also check out this article on how fires will operate and spread in SimCity. That kind of detail should make the game fun.

You can pre-order the Limited Edition of SimCity which includes exclusive bonus content:

  • New Characters— Protector of SimCity MaxisMan vs. The Evil Dr. Vu and his henchman.
  • Crime Waves—The Evil Dr. Vu is loose and will create havoc in your city. Normal police have their hands full against this Super Villain. The Evil Dr. Vu will solicit Sims to become his henchmen and carry out his dastardly deeds.
  • Super Hero HQ – Place MaxisMan’s headquarters in your city to combat crime and keep your Sims safe. Upgrade with the Turbo Machine garage and The Reticulator landing pad.
  • Evil Villain Lair – Place Dr. Vu’s Lair in your city to unleash a crime wave.  As The Evil Dr. Vu commits more crimes, upgrade his lair with a special laboratory and a garage for the Evil VuMobile.

You can pre-order through GameStop, Amazon, or Origin to get the Limited Edition content.

While a release date is currently only officially stated as ’2013′ and GameStop lists December 31st, 2013, Amazon is placing a bet on March 31st, 2013. We could be less than a year away from creating a massive metropolis.

The bad

Origin has pre-order exclusives if you order through them. It includes British, French, and Germany city sets for a Digital Deluxe edition for $20 extras. Both the Digital Deluxe and Limited editions also include mystery items when pre-ordered through Origin. Fortunately, that doesn’t sound worth the extra $20 or nearly as enticing as the Heroes and Villains set.

SimCity will require an always-on Internet connection. According to SimCity Lead designer Stone Librande, talking with Joystiq, the game will use Origin to make that connection and it is needed “with the game’s emphasis on multiplayer and regional impact, and the use of a global economy that all players can influence.”

So, more Origin-required junk and undoubtedly DRM shoved down our throats. I boycotted Battlefield 3 because of Origin, will I have to miss out on SimCity too? Maxis’ acquisition by EA continues to have consequences for gamers.



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Posted by Jason Hamilton | May 7, 2012  |  No Comment

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