Originally Posted by SectorNine50
It depends on your point of view.
If SimCity weren't named SimCity, I think the reviews would have been much different. In it's current form, it's quite a dramatic departure from the previous releases of the game (which have a serious cult following), which has lead to a lot of upset gamers because expectations were severely undershot.
If you step back and look at SimCity outside of the series, it's a pretty neat concept. Playing directly with friends is a lot of fun, and is a pretty unprecedented concept in a city builder. The fact that crime and other things can bleed into neighboring cities is an interesting and cool addition. I also really like the idea of the collaborative space between the cities, but haven't seen much of it yet.The glaring downside is that it is very simple
and the maps are pretty small. It strikes me that they aimed to shallow the learning curve
in hopes that new players would be able to enjoy the game out-of-the-box, instead of failing city after city before finally getting the hang of it. Although, this is admittedly a common occurrence with blockbuster games these days.
I have a buddy who is trying to get me to buy it so that I can play with him and his brother, but I'm not totally sold yet.
It isn't what I'd call simple
Sure its easy to just put the game on maximum speed and build up a city and fill out your plot of land, but the complexity (and fun) in this SimCity comes from maximizing efficiency.
They made the game easy enough that people can just build up a large city quite easily indeed, but making a city that:
-is sustainable in the long run
-that doesn't die at some point die due to congestion/poor road planning/lack of transport options
-simply run out of money
-has a good available worker/job ratio
-hasn't turned the land black from ground pollution
is much, much
more difficult. Easy to play (which ironically makes most people who feel its too easy, feel like they're 'winning', when they probably aren't at all), but hard to really play properly.
As I said, yes you can somewhat easily make a built up city that's nice to look at from afar, but its not easy to make one that actually works efficiently.