You probably heard about EA’s terrible Sim City launch last week. It’s one of those games that you have to be online to play, even if you want to play alone. That doubly sucks coz it means that when EA have hardware issues and no server available to log into, you can’t play at all. It wasn’t at all unexpected, we saw it all before with Diablo 3.
Personally I suspect this was all a high-stakes ploy to get people talking about it, and now that the servers are 95% fixed customers feel stupidly grateful for merely being able to play the game they bought. As they’re blatantly going to flog addons til the sun grows cold these issues will be fixed, but even then the “Cities” you build are more like little suburbs than shining metropolises. Also being a nerd who gets excited about infographics I was looking forward to all the data layers and being able to interrogate sims about their wants and needs, but the former doesn’t actually tell you very much, and the latter get happy by buying stuff, so give them shops. End of simulation.
Cheeta Speed is still turned off, all firefighters will congregate at one fire and let the rest of the city burn, and sims won’t seem to commute outside the town… I was going to say “AVOID” but Dom and I had such a lot of fun putting together this city pictured (and the one in the distance too) so maybe there’s something in it after all? Though to be fair a lot of that was laughing at the bizarre things that happen when you build on a slope. I didn’t notice when I took the screenshot but check out the two brown blocks of flats on the left…
Either way, Starcraft 2: Heart of the Swarm just finished installing, so with any luck I’m gonna be playing that for a few weeks. That has online DRM too, but then their servers actually work.