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Create and manage up to 16 cities in this highly realistic iteration of the popular city-simulator

Pros

  • Amazing 3D graphics
  • Glassbox game engine makes for unique gameplay
  • Compete with players around the world
  • A highly intuitive graphical interface lets you examine the consequences of every decision
  • Highly effective micromanagement gameplay
  • Team up with friends in multiplayer mode to create 'great works'
  • Create up to 16 different cities and manage them all at once

Cons

  • Launching process can be slow

SimCity 2015 is the most up-to-date version of the highly successful city-building simulation game for PC, developed by Electronic Arts. Construct cities, both old and futuristic, manage your infrastructure and your economy and build the ideal city for your inhabitants. The game is available to download here as a trial version only. The full version is available externally. 

Enter the Glassbox

With every expansion, SimCity becomes all the more interesting. Starting with modern cities across the world, it has crossed spatial and temporal boundaries to provide us with a daringly realistic portrayal of what the future of society will be like and by what principles it will be ruled. The first thing worth noticing is the highly improved graphics of the game. In SimCity, whether you'll fully zoomed in or getting a bird's eye view of your city, the environments look truly stunning: water effects, lighting, building animations, colors, textures and so much more. It genuinely feels as if you are in a real life city, made possible thanks to its innovative Glassbox engine

Quantify your City

While observing from above and randomly clicking things might seem entertaining for a time, being able to properly analyze the inner workings of your city and to make informed decisions based upon such information is crucial. In the game, you can literally focus on any aspect of your city, whether it's your water supply, retail business, roads, energy consumption or even individual citizens. In SimCity, you are given the scope via a highly intuitive and comprehensive user interface to visualize the progress of each and every system under your purview. These are divided into layers, such as power, water, crime and many, many more. You can then reinforce that area with whatever it needs, provided you have the resources to do so. 

Part of SimCity's realism is the degree of micromanagement that comes into play. Unlike in previous SimCity titles, charts and graphs which were once the primary means of analyzing all of this have been removed, replaced by a far more intuitive graphical interface. This lets you observe changes in real time as they occur in your city rather than determining the most statistically likely outcome. 

Unlike in previous SimCity titles, charts and graphs which were once the primary means of analyzing all of this have been removed, replaced by a far more intuitive graphical interface. This lets you observe changes in real time as they occur in your city rather than determining the most statistically likely outcome

Decisions Matter

Perhaps the single most important element about this newest version of SimCity is how important each and every decision that you make is, a point which cannot be emphasized enough. In effect, the city behaves like a real life city. If you have a poor healthcare system, your sims will get sick and die. If your sims cannot get to work, they will end up homeless and slums will emerge, the crime rate will increase and so on. Fires even spread in a pattern comparable to actual fires. The success of your city will depend entirely upon how you respond. Every material, every sim, every building in the game has a purpose behind it and this is part of what makes the game so immersive. 

An extension of this decision-making process is the high degree of customization inherent in the game's building processes. 'Ploppables', for instance, are highly detailed 3D buildings such as stadia, hospitals, fire stations, etc. which contain a series of modules to upgrade city functionality e.g. extra beds in hospitals, an ambulance bay, more seating in stadiums, and so on. 

Great Works, Multiplayer and Other Features

As expected, multiplayer in SimCity is highly encouraged. Through this mode you can take on even bigger projects known as 'great works' with your friends. These require a much larger work force and set of materials and include everything from international airports to space shuttles to solar farms. These will provide benefits not only to your own city, but also to those of your friends. 

Of course, what would SimCity be if we could only manage a single city? In this game, a single player is given the opportunity to manage up to 16 different cities at once, managing them just as meticulously as a single city. The interface provided here allows you to be as general or as detailed as you want. Distribute resources such as oil, coal, or nuclear power, trade in the global market for what you need, but make sure to look after the environment. The level of control is truly astonishing. 

The Verdict

SimCity 2015 is a marked improvement on its predecessors, with an even greater graphics engine, an unprecedented level of control over your society and a scope never before seen, with the capacity to create great works, manage resources, work with friends and build and manage up to 16 different cities at once. If you're looking for a Sims title that redefines the concept of simulation in every conceivable detail, SimCity 2015 is definitely the game for you. It's stunningly beautiful, realistic and its intuitive interface allows you to control as little or as much as you like. Who ever said that playing God wasn't easy? Download SimCity now and see for yourself!

 

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