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Old 03-08-2013, 11:37 AM   #26
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Reviews on Best Buy and Amazon collectively is 1 star. Thats crazy for such an anticipated game. The fact you need to connect to a server to play single player is pretty stupid. I get its good for a world wide economy, but what if you wanted to play it offline where you didnt have a net connection.

With that aside, how is the gameplay once you actually get in? Are the buildings randomly generated like SC2000 or is it more like SC4 where you pick the building you want and place it?
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Old 03-08-2013, 12:10 PM   #27
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Reviews on Best Buy and Amazon collectively is 1 star. Thats crazy for such an anticipated game. The fact you need to connect to a server to play single player is pretty stupid. I get its good for a world wide economy, but what if you wanted to play it offline where you didnt have a net connection.

With that aside, how is the gameplay once you actually get in? Are the buildings randomly generated like SC2000 or is it more like SC4 where you pick the building you want and place it?
Actually, it isn't crazy. These days, I believe those ratings are meaningless. Take, as an example, ratings for a book that was recently released called A Memory of Light. On Amazon, it got rated a 1 because all the people that couldn't get it digitally through Kindle were pissed at a 2 month wait. The book was still excellent, however people these days have a right here/right now mentality. Basically, the ratings of the book got skewed because of this.

Thing is...pretty much every game that has been a MMO has had a shakedown time. WoW & Diablo 3 were recent examples. Asheron's Call and other games also went through this on release.

In the last 2 days, I've not lost my games like in the beginning. There have been at least 2 patches since release...and my last game has been pretty problem free.

I will say that it is VERY hard to beta test a game like this with real world stress testing.

As far as gameplay, it's pretty good. I'm still wrapping my head around how regions and trade work. You have zones, and the buildings get build automatically. Specific buildings like Fire Stations, Police Stations, Landfills, etc...are placed individually, and have components that add and enhance what those buildings can do.
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Old 03-08-2013, 01:02 PM   #28
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I agree with you Steve that the ratings are meaningless. Many people only write reviews when they complain.

As far as how they have handled it....I would say this is a prime example of how not to deal with a situation like this. Every popular game does have its problem at the beginning like you said...BO2 was terrible for couple of weeks regarding the ps3 crashing and kicking people out of games. They fixed and it and now there aren't too many problems. This will happen with Sim City but will take time.

Just my 2 cents.
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Old 03-08-2013, 01:14 PM   #29
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Didn't know they were coming out with a new one. I may look into this.
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Old 03-08-2013, 03:39 PM   #30
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I'll hit u guys up tonight when I get home I wouldn't mind playin a round and trying out the world trading.
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Old 03-13-2013, 08:22 PM   #31
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So its finally fixed? i kinda wanna join a region and play with people.
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Old 03-13-2013, 08:53 PM   #32
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Just saw Xanytos log in, heading in myself.

Servers have been pretty stable last few times I've played. Been busy with work and real life stuff last few days.
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Old 03-13-2013, 09:04 PM   #33
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Actually it's not me. I'm out of town till Monday. I have a friend watching my house and he's installing League, so that's why it shows me logging in.

I started a region, but for some reason I couldn't invite you Steve, you didn't show up on my list. Tayap did.
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Old 03-13-2013, 10:13 PM   #34
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Actually it's not me. I'm out of town till Monday. I have a friend watching my house and he's installing League, so that's why it shows me logging in.

I started a region, but for some reason I couldn't invite you Steve, you didn't show up on my list. Tayap did.
US West #1 perhaps?

Which server are you on?
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Old 03-13-2013, 11:25 PM   #35
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Old 03-14-2013, 04:50 PM   #36
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I picked up SimCity. The always online connection is annoying if you get disconnected or if you cannot log into the server you use the majority of the time, but as of now the problem isn't as bad as I've been hearing.

I have 2 cities currently and having a blast as this is my first SimCity game.

My only complaint is that the boundaries for some of the city zones seems too small. I wish there was a way to expand the boundaries.
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Old 03-14-2013, 05:25 PM   #37
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They will allow for bigger zones once they have more stable servers
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Old 03-14-2013, 06:47 PM   #38
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I picked up SimCity. The always online connection is annoying if you get disconnected or if you cannot log into the server you use the majority of the time, but as of now the problem isn't as bad as I've been hearing.

I have 2 cities currently and having a blast as this is my first SimCity game.

My only complaint is that the boundaries for some of the city zones seems too small. I wish there was a way to expand the boundaries.

First, the following is something that can get your account banned through Origin, I'm thinking.

However, someone just found a way to make the game play without having to authenticate with the servers. It also allowed him to add roads & perhaps other stuff outside of the city boundries. So it does look like that could be expanded later. I am also disappointed in the city size.
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Old 03-15-2013, 11:13 PM   #39
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Who else wants in to a region?? What's your username and I will invite you.
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Old 03-18-2013, 10:40 PM   #40
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Invite me, assuming this is a different one
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Old 03-18-2013, 10:47 PM   #41
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Invite me, assuming this is a different one
I was still playing in the one you invited me too. Was just going to invite them to the Pandora region you made. Are you playing another?
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Old 03-18-2013, 11:04 PM   #42
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no, i loggdd in to download patch. i'll prob play tomorrow and wednesday for a bit
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no, i loggdd in to download patch. i'll prob play tomorrow and wednesday for a bit
Alright. Invited you and Steve Dallas to a new region
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can you guys send me an invite to your region and ill join the area? name is matthook350
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Old 03-23-2013, 06:09 PM   #45
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Old 03-23-2013, 06:21 PM   #46
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There is the whole issue of making it online only, however I don't have a huge problem with that. It's making sure you can continue to play if the servers go down that's the issue. If the servers stay active, and there is some recovery where your local game still gets saved then synced later when connection is re-esablished...well, that's what I'd really want.
I wasn't planning on buying Sim City for this reason, just like I passed on Diablo III. I shouldn't have to be online to play a game like Sim City. It should be an option, or local w/ sync like you suggested. But I hate that I have to rely on always having an internet connection, and then rely on their servers being up to play it.
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So now that everything is fixed is this game a good buy? The last sim city I played was sim city 2000 lol
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Old 04-15-2013, 11:08 AM   #49
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So now that everything is fixed is this game a good buy? The last sim city I played was sim city 2000 lol
2000 was the best imo. If this one is anything like 2000 id consider purchasing it. Havent seen enough game play on it to decide.
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