It’s been over a decade since we last built cities (to later destroy them) in a bona-fide Sim City – and we here at Lazygamer are rather excited to throw away hours of our lives to build the perfect digital urban environment. EA’s perpetually connected city builder is now out in the US (with a local release to happen later this week). Let’s see what the critics think of the game so far.
Scores are pretty high, with the game currently sitting pretty with a 90 on Metacritic. There is a caveat though; the majority of reviews were performed in rather controlled conditions, away from the public servers. The ever-transparent Polygon though has detailed their review process. Others, like Ars Technica have outlined what they believe to be genuine issues with the game, so it’s worth taking these scores with the teeniest grain of salt until we know how the public servers perform.
Here’s what critic had to say :
Eurogamer Sweden – 100
A fantastic city simulation that meets all expectations. So perfectly balanced it makes it easy to pick up and enjoy, but proves to be very difficult to master. Funny, addictive and with great options for both co-operative and competitive online play – Sim City is a clear candidate for Game of the Year.
Polygon – 95
A near-perfect fusion of the classic simulation game with modern social and online play elements. It is in every way the fully realized evolution of the franchise and a much welcome iteration, perfectly engineered to dispense the maximum amount of fun in the most efficient way possible.
Gamereactor Sweden – 90
EA has listened to the community, improved, brought back what was good, improved again and made the most marvelous city creator you could ever imagine.
GamesBeat – 90
It’s a joy to see SimCity return in a better form than it has ever been. It is wonderfully complex, but very easy to play. The title is a massive undertaking and it has come together beautifully overall.
XGN – 88
The world’s biggest simulation franchise is back with a vengeance. We’ve all grown up playing SimCity, and it’s finally time to get back to living the life of a virtual city planner. Whether you play the game alone or with friends, SimCity proves to be a great deal of fun.
Gamereactor Denmark – 80
Sim City engulfs you right from the outset, and everything is so intuitively designed that you’re never in doubt of what needs doing, and what possibilities are available to you. It’s a very ambitious game – although we’d wish that Maxis had set their sights just a little bit higher and made the playing field a little bit bigger, as there’s a small tinge of unfulfilled potential. The rest is excellent, though, and Sim City stands as an incredibly well-designed and beautifully presented joy.
Gamer.no – 80
SimCity is a game you can lose yourself in for hours at a time. It’s a game where you can keep digging deeper and deeper in underlying systems and play a plethora of different ways. Mostly though, SimCity is a game where you can allow your creativity and organizational skills to work in tandem, just the way you wish.
Are you ready to build your city, on rock & roll or otherwise?
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