Sam's Drunk Dog wrote:I guess patch wasn't a good word choice. I know I'm beating a dead horse here, but I was talking about the small city size, inability to play offline, lack of terraforming tools, no farming, inability to import maps, no modding, etc. Basically I was hoping for the same features from Sim City 4 with some upgrades such as curved roads and bridges, better graphics, greater diversity of buildings, better AI, faster gameplay. I like the added addition of mining for resources and water management, but this new game seems like a step back in many ways.
This game is absolutely terrible. Do not buy it. Even without the server problems it is a 6/10 game on the typical 7-10 IGN scale.
- The optimal city layout has already been found. It is a single snaking road. Why? Because every day the Sims in Sim City leave their house and proceed via the shortest path to the closest job. The next sim follows that person and checks to see if the job is full, if it is full he proceeds to the next nearest job. At the end of the day the sims go home the same way, they leave work and go to the first available house (i.e. they do not have assigned houses or jobs). So the optimal city layout is a single snaking road, with houses at one end and commercial/industrial at the other.
- The intercity trading stuff is broken, half the time it doesn't work and you get no info about it (this will likely be patched however).
- SimCity lies about its population size. The code was leaked online, and the numbers are fudged once you get above a certain threshold. So even though it says you have 200k sims, the game is only simulating 20k sims. This is why when you play the game "correctly", your advisers will always be complaining that you need more residential zones because you have tons of unfilled jobs.
- You only ever need one fire truck or police car. Why? When a fire breaks out, all available fire trucks respond to the fire. If two fires break out, the only way the second fire will be put out is if all of the fire trucks can put the first one out and get to the second one in time. Ambulances however work as they should for some reason.
This game is a catastrophe. I am convinced that it was intended to be a Facebook game, and once the facebook game market crashed, they converted it to a PC game. Do not buy.