Welcome Mayor! Now you'll know what it's like to run a city (or small world for that matter!). Maxis has done it again with another in the line of Sim games. SimCity 4 will be familiar to those who have played any of the SimCity games before, but with enough new added goodness to keep old players coming back, and get those who have never played before hooked.
Most anyone who has played any of the SimCity games will find a familiar interface, from the choosing of a piece of land, to that frustrating thing called a budget that seems to limit you when you're just getting going. New players will be able to jump in and learn quickly what they need to, as the game is pretty intuitive and the learning curve is not bad.
The graphics are nicely done in 3D, and you can zoom in or out as you wish, for that big picture or to watch the house on fire close up. The game is full of visual clues as to how your town is running, from new houses, to the run down neightborhoods in need to something to bring them back up. Streets will show potholes (they looked like oil spills to me) to show road ware if you aren't maintaining them properly, houses are rundown, people stay away. It's nicely done with much improved graphics, even over SimCity 2 and 3000. They have taken great care to put in the level of detail this game deserves.
The interface is rather typical of the SimCity games. It's basically point and click in nature, with keyboard shortcuts to most things if you want to do it that way. It's pretty straight forward on most things, however, once again, there's too much information some times. I know it's a game of micromanagement, but sometimes it's a lot to keep up with.
Multiplayer is mostly non-existant, but you can share cities with others.
All-in-all, this is a top notch game if you like the Sim series. It has everything from nice graphics, to nice finishing touches, like the ability to add your own Sim's into the game. If you're not into games like this, you will have probably avoided this game, and the games like it, but if you've never tried one, or like the series, then I'd suggest giving it a try if you're looking to waste hours on end trying to find ways to earn more money for your city.
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