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Genre: Strategy / Publisher: EA - Electronic Arts / Platform(s): Windows / ESRB Rating: E - (Everyone) / Media: CD-ROM

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      13.12.2009 20:36
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      Mostly a great game

      I have been a long-term fan of the Sim City games, and this has to be the best one yet, in a series that has shown no signs of dying with age or slowing down! For all of its flaws (of which there are quite a few), this is a great Sim game that's going to please hardened fans of the series and newbies alike!

      This game has you attempting to create a small town, giving you virtually a free reign to do whatever you want. You are the omniscient being who creates everything, and as a result have the power to form a land, add buildings and a general infrastructure, and then even rain down a torrent of abuse on them if you want, or if you're more kind, help them prosper. More difficult is the Mayor mode, in which you have to handle the laborious day to day operations of the city, such as ensuring that there is enough cash, and also you have to prepare for unforeseen disasters in the future, such as economic downturns, much like a real city would suffer. There is also the ability to zoom in and play as a Sim, although this is more something to do out of curiosity, to see them milling about the city, more than something I find overly engrossing.

      This is a very detailed game that boasts stellar visuals, and they still hold up quite well. The elemental aspects - of the rain and sun - in particular employ some snazzy efforts, and in general the draw distance is very impressive for a game with modest system requirements. As is true of most Sim games, the soundtrack is quite tiresome and grating, so it might be advisable to stick on some other music.

      This is a very impressive, layered game that has more longevity than a lot of the Sim titles because it realises that players generally get bored quite quickly, and so has inundated them with a fleet of features.

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      08.06.2009 12:48

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      ok if you can handle the pressure of being a mayor!

      I was eager to play this game, as the other sim citys, being very basic, soon bored me. This game however looked like it has way more content in it and being a fan of tycoon and sim style games I thought i would love it.

      There are various tutorials that you can play, which are ok at letting you know how to run your city. I did come into a problem in one tutorial, i think it was a bug and when the game told me to do something, after i had done it, the game would not acknowledge that i had done it, and i could not proceed. This was in the transport tutorial, and left me with a poor understanding of the transport system in the game.

      After the tutorials i could play set scenarios or make my own city. When you begin to make your own city, you can adjust the land in many ways, which is fun, such as making huge mountains or nice rivers flowing thorugh your city.

      The you have to zone the areas, residential, industrial and commercial. and the city grows from their, while adding sepcial buildings like schools and hospitals.

      My main problem with this game is the difficulty, after a certain point of growth, i seem to not be able to get any further, as it all gets too demanding. this often leads me to starting a new city and it gets boring quick.

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      22.04.2009 21:57
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      A good game, one sure to become a classic.

      Sim City 4, or 4000, is an epic city building game from simulation gurus' Maxis, well know for creating large game universes and immersive, complicated games. Indeed, the complication is a major part of many games, and can even be so bad as to turn players away due to the difficulty.

      With SimCity 4, you start the game as, literally, a God. In this mode, you are allowed to terraform the map to make it much more favorable for city placement, allowing you to create gentle, flat plains, or rolling hills, even though that may create problems, mentioned later on.

      The next mode is where you will be spending most of your time, titled Mayor Mode, that lets you actually create your city on the landscape, placing residential and commercial outposts, schools, and emergency services.
      The micro-management available in this mode is staggering, allowing you to tune funding to almost every stand alone building precisely, and witness the effects of such.
      When building your cities however, placing them on a hill is dicey at best, and you cannot be sure that you can get your building at just the right angle, or it refuses to place, making mountainside casinos more than a bit of a bother, and means more than often you will be forced to build on a flat plain.

      The graphics are passable now, and more than likely amazing when the game was first released, using a state of the art 3D engine. Unfortunately, due to performance limits, the players are limited in the control of the camera, revealing a disappointing effect, and not taking the game to its true potential.
      The music is also good, and fits well in with the rest of the game, but during long playing times seems to get repetitive, and weary, and often I took my headphones off to play.

      Overall, a game worth picking up for say, 10 or give pounds at a game store, but not really something that can contend with newer, better looking city simulation gamer, but one that may soon become a classic, like many, many Maxis games.

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      12.11.2008 17:27
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      Very, VERY good game!

      Sim City 4 was developed by Maxis, which is a subsidiary of Electronic Arts, and is a city building simulation game.

      The game was released in 2003 and had a good reception from critics worldwide. The game goes into much detail during gameplay with players having to manage finances, control pollution levels, zone residential/commercial and industrial ares and just keep the all round quality of life for residents at a high standard.

      Being the deluxe edition this game includes the rush hour expansion pack as a built in feature, which allows you to do a lot more during the game, such as driving side missions, to get more cash and a better mayor rating.

      The game recieved praise for using a 3D engine for rendering graphics but on the other hand was badly criticised for the difficulty of gameplay and its effect on domputer performance.

      Players are given the option of terraforming to create a decent landscape to build on, i think this option is a very good idea because sometimes you will find yourself running out of space which will cause you to struggle as you try and find space for buildings for accomodation or public service. The terraforming option allows you to raise or lower land to create a sturdy buildable area, and it really saves your ass sometimes.

      The buildings have styles that imitate those of places such as San Fransisco and Frankfurt (Germany) as well as having your generic art deco or craftsman style buildings.

      I think i can personally say that you should get the deluxe edition if you are thinking about getting this game as it gives you a lot more stuff to do during gameplay ultimately making it a way more entertaining experience.

      This game is definitely one of my favourite simulation games to play, the amount of control you have is astounding and if the city fails, you have nothing t blame it on but yourself. GOOD LUCK!

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        04.10.2008 20:07

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        Control your own city

        Sim city 4: deluxe edition is both sim city and the rush hour expension pack. If you are going to get the game and havent already i recommend getting the deluxe edition as with rush hour you can do plenty more things on the game. With the game you have a lot to control - just like you would in a real city, building industrial, commercial and resedential estates and building schools hospitals fire stations and anything else you can think of that goes in a city. Doing this you have to take control of all the taxes everyone has to pay and also funding everything you build that need it such as schools and police stations. You can also get deals from neighbouring cities helping to earn your income. The only thing about the game is that it is extremely hard to earn income over expenses, but then i guess thats a real city, especially if your starting from scratch.

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        03.10.2008 15:18
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        I would really recommend it to people who like strategy games. 5/5

        This game is for people who not only like The Sims but also those who enjoy tycoon games such as roller coaster tycoon or zoo tycoon. The aim of the game as the title suggests is build your on city from the ground up with limited funds. After playing the now really old game Sim city 3000, i decided to buy this in the hope it would be similar but better. I wasn't disappointed. The graphics were much better and the game play was not better but more realistic apart from the UFOs. The brings me on to natural disasters these range from a tornado to a volcano. Many disasters like the volcano have been added to Sim city.

        The game is fun, as when your bored with nothing to do you can always just go and play it. You end up playing it for hours and not realising it. I would really recommend it to people who like strategy games. 5/5

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          29.09.2008 16:12

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          worth a try :)

          I start to play Sim city years ago, at that time it was just the first edition. I was fascinated by it at that time, I thought it was the greatest game at that time, even more popular than C&C or war carft :)

          And then I follow its pace and played its second and third edition, but I don't think it has too much progress, just improving graphic quality, but not the soul of the game.

          But now comes the forth edition,and this time I think Sims has done a lot to make this a dramatic change!

          In the SimCity4, you have more thing to care about then previous edition, and the most important thing is traffic. In this game, traffic is like the blood of the city. You have to plan a complex route for your citizen to work and recreation. Of couse, you will have many choice! From the simple dirt street, to the monsterous bridge of highway, you have to combine all of this to produce a perfect traffic system for your city.

          Have to commit that, this forth edition of simcity is somehow too difficult, especially for those who have not play simcity before. But one you get familiar with it, you will love it, believe me :)

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          25.08.2008 14:38

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          Bad Title - Not A Reccommended Buy!

          Oh no, Simcity!!! Definitely not the best Sims games around! Unfortunately, you have SO much to take control of in the game it is almost impossible!!! Unfortunately, the load times are slow as well! That is probably my biggest pet hate with computer games, when they dont run as fast as they should! As with all of the Sims games, this one takes up a lot of hard drive space which then results in EVEN slower game play due to pressure it puts on the computer, and if you are thinking of un installing the game, think again. You will have that many hidden files and program settings still on your computer you may as well have kept the game! I am sure there are people out there who enjoy this game, but compared to the other sims games, i just dont think it is up to scratch! Definitely wouldn't reccommend this title!

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          07.08.2008 02:34
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          The best city building game there is but it is not flawless

          Sim City 4 is, as the name would suggest, an advanced city simulator by Maxis. It allows the player to create any settlement they like: they can create a small rural town, a bustling commercialised city or an industrialised suburb, or combinations of those. The player can mould the surrounding area of the town to any degree that they like when starting; they can create mountains, rivers, cliffs and valleys to base their city around, as well as trees. This makes the setting of the game different every time.

          When starting the game the player may choose an overworld which is divided into different allotments of land. The overworld becomes generally shaped by the way you mould the land around cities or the cities you create, gradually making it look different. In SimCity 4, there are three types of settlement zones allowed: residential (where people live), commerce (where they shop, work and gradually where companies can appear) and industrial (where they work and change resources). The growth of all of these into a large city is dependent on a number of factors and a balance has to be achieved to get a very high population. The zones will develop on their own if a certain number of conditions are met.

          The other important aspect of the game is keeping your people and advisors happy and obviously looking after them. Police stations, libraries, power supplies and recreational things such as Stadiums can be built to increase your population and keep them content. An absence of these can have problematic affects: for example a city with thinly spread or little police stations will turn into a crime haven. Travel accomodations also have to be made; cities with well planned roads or rail systems can grow, but ones with cluttered roads or inadequate facilities can lead to discontent.

          SimCity's 4 largest problem is that it requires attention to detail on many different subjects and can overwhelm a new player at first, though this is a trait it shares with many different strategy games and can be very rewarding when a player learns how to do the game properly. It also includes a decent tutorial on how to get started, though if you want to build metropolises you may have to look further afield on the internet.

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            04.08.2008 16:18
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            Boris Johnson could do with giving this a good few hours of his life!

            Simcity was almost certainally the most sucessful and well known simulator until the Sims arrive and somehow got everyone obsessed with it and its 754 expansion packs.

            Simcity 4 is by far the most complex and involving of the series, to be a successful mayor you must balance the demands of your cities residential, commercial and industrial residents whilst keeping a lid on crime, traffic, pollution, power supply, water, and crucially your budgets.

            SC4 takes the city building to the next level by allowing you to connect dozens of your cities together into a giant inter-linked metropolis with massive highways running through dozens of cities and a centralised power network (cities buying cheap, mass produced power off other cities and saving on cash and pollution)

            Infact there is so much to be getting on with when you consider potential disasters, landscaping, mass transit, ensuring all social classes have a place to work and live, nuturing high-tech industry and keeping track any individual 'sims' you have created or moved in from your copy of 'The Sims' that I doubt this game can be mastered with a 'perfect city' the same way previous Simcities could be.

            If you manage to fill the entire 'reigon' map of 25+ cities with functional, happy residents then you must have a PhD in civic planning and urban development.

            Enjoy the beautiful spritework, crisp 3D the pristine landscapes (until you ruin them hehe), the lovely and melodious soundtrack and the quirkyness that pervades all Maxis Sim games.

            The rush hour expansion bundled here only serves to enhance the game, bringing yet more content and features but it is no way nessesary to enjoy SC4.

            The game has a few niggles, firstly, if you have a great and powerful city you had better have a great and powerful computer or you may find the sheer amount of numbers to be crunched and little people to be rendered plunges your framerate into the world of the unplayable.
            Also it is complex, difficult and turning a monthly profit will likely take you a few attempts at mayordom but this should only put off the most casual or impatient of gamers but there is a great game with fantastic depth of strategy and highly rewarding gameplay.

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              15.07.2008 18:42
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              Yo9u play god, you play mayor, do whatever you want, create or destroy....your choice.

              Why dont you be a mayor and create you own city? This is what ive always wanted to do. You get to create characters and follow them around, play god and send down a robot to trample on your enemies, create volcanoes, or build a big city! Your choice!

              *Gameplay*

              You basically have a tab at the bottom which you can create buildings if you have enough money, you can create schools, hospitals and casinos or prisons. Its really fun because you get to play around with the terrain, you can even play god and throw a fireball at someone and its really easy to get the hang off. However, it may seem confusing at first due to all the tabs.

              *Sound*

              Music is good and helps you cope with the gameplay, it makes it more entertaining and realistic.

              *Graphics*

              Very poor, its the same as the sims graphics but you cant really see the buildings properly but still acceptable for a game that is this old.

              Overall, I like Sim City 4 because you can rarely just do anything in other games but this game gives you the freedom to do anything you want. Use natural forces or Man made tactics to build or destroy your city.

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            Get SimCity 4 and the Rush Hour expansion pack in one convenient package. Create, grow, and breathe life into your ideal urban environment. Fight disasters both realistic and fantastic. Govern your own virtual metropolis as you see fit with SimCity 4 Deluxe.