Monday, November 26, 2007

SimCity Societies

When B first introduced me to Sim City, we had just started dating. I thought it was the coolest game ever! Now, it’s six years later and with 3 cats and a place of our own, I still find myself very much engrossed with this PC game. Even though I've discovered many other new games after it, Sim City 4 remains as my all-time favourite!

I love being Mayor Marzie; designing and building my settlement in hopes of turning it into a successful city, zoning the different commercial, industrial and residential areas and managing my finances, environment and quality of life to keep my residents happy. Most importantly, it is the thrill and challenge of deriving as much income possible from my city that keeps me glued to the PC for hours on end whenever I'm in one of my Sim City phases! I once accumulated an income of 1 billion from my city and the rush of finally hitting the jackpot was simply amazing! It felt like I’ve finally “conquered” this game.

Yesterday, I found out that SimCity Societies, which is the latest Sim City, was finally released last week! I immediately researched this new game online, anticipating the thrill I’d soon savour playing it. I could hardly wait to see the new buildings and features, the landmarks and rewards awaiting me and even started reading its manual online to give myself a head start. Simply put, I could not wait for B to bring home the new game!

So imagine my disappointment when I discovered that most reviews this game received were unfavourable! Complaints mostly focused on the fact that it doesn’t really resemble other city simulators, specifically Sim City 4. The maps are small and fairly uninteresting, and there isn't any terraforming to work on improving your maps. There's also no region level so your cities can’t interact. Apparently, this new game is by no means, comparable to any of the previous SimCity versions and shouldn't be associated with Sim City at all!

I'm actually pretty bummed out by the reviews; they weren’t what I was expecting at all. Perhaps die-hard Sim City fans like me have too high of an expectation when it comes to this game. Nonetheless, I'm still optimistic about this release and am looking forward to seeing what SimCity Societies is all about. After all, I’ve endured many agonizing years waiting for the release of Sim City 5 so the least I can do is check out the next best thing to it. Hopefully it’ll be able to satisfy my craving until the real Sim City 5 does come out. And if all else fails, I still have my Cake Mania, Diner Dash, Delicious Deluxe and Burger Shop to entertain me. Anyway, here's hoping for the best and if you don't see me for the next few days, that just means I'm busy building my new city! Good night.

Screenshots of SimCity Societies. They look pretty cool to me!


LadyJava November 26, 2007 11:02 PM

I've not try playing this game before the screenshot looks great. I am also into strategy games like this GP but more towards Caesar 3 and Pharaohs. I even love Zoo Tycoon, Theme Hospital, Restaurant Empire and the likes of all the Tycoon series..hehe... Dinner Dash and Cake Mania are fine but too easy to conquer lahh...hehehe

Mariuca November 26, 2007 11:10 PM

Mariuca said...

LJ!!!! I LOVE the Tycoon games! Zoo Tycoon is awesome, I love the water theme where u can have ur own aquariums and shows!! Now, I feel like reinstalling it la LOL!

Yeah, DD and Cake Mania are my feel good games... doesn't require much thinking but so much fun! :):):)

And you must try Sim City 4, I'm so addicted to it! ;)

emilayusof November 26, 2007 11:43 PM

I haven't played SimCity in years!! I have to agree with you, it's addicted! I hate it when the city goes out of control, there's crime everywhere, that was when I knew I never made a good mayor and stopped playing! lol!

LadyJava November 26, 2007 11:59 PM

alamak.. now I feel like installing my zoo ahhh....

Mariuca November 27, 2007 12:08 AM

Emila! Mustn't give up la he he he.. I usually start small. I know it's tempting to quickly build up and decorate the city but that's when all hell breaks lose! Anyway, it's been a while since I played Sim city too, lazy to install la! ;)

Mariuca November 27, 2007 12:10 AM

LJ, you should!!! I love seeing the animals walking around in their cages and playing, so cool! And the food stalls and other cool attractions there... fun!

J@n!ce November 27, 2007 1:11 AM

Marzie, I've never played the game before. I can see that you really love the game. I hardly played games actually. Hubs bought the PS3 for months now & I've not really sit down & play... LOL :)

Janice Ng

Mizohican November 27, 2007 1:40 AM

awwwww!!! you and B SimDated! :-) Thats so sweet :)

I play Sim City too, but am not such a big fan of it. I am crazy about those other strategy games though, where we not only build, but destroy our opponent's cities too. Must be the male hormone raging within me. lolz.

Mariuca November 27, 2007 4:52 AM

Hi Jan, you probably won't like this game much at first, but once you get into it, it's damn addictive! I much prefer PC games to PS2 or PS3 actually! ;)

Mariuca November 27, 2007 4:54 AM

He he, it does sound sweet when u say it Sandman! :)

Ooooh what games are those where you have to destroy ur opponent's cities? Sounds quite interesting actually LOL! ;)

Nick Phillips (15/03/1967 - 04/11/2022) November 27, 2007 9:10 AM

Marzie, both wifey and me are fans of SimCity too. It's one of the coolest city game in the entire world even ... LOL!

Don't always believe what reviews tell you. Go out and try it for yourself, it just might be a cool game. People sometimes tend to expect the best out of a game. Approach it with an open mind. Humble advise from a game crazy freak :)

And besides, those ... urrrrmmmm ... cheap games don't cost too much, so it if really lousy, no loss, ya? You should see the amount of dud games I've bought. Thank god for those 'cheap' game sellers ... LOL!

NafaSg November 27, 2007 12:18 PM

Strategy games are fun to play. Not only is it fun actually. It also stimulates your mind and keeps yourself mentally active. We like the graphics used in this SimCity! Looks real.

Haha! Hilarious how Illusionaire puts it. U and B SimDated! So cute lah. ;p

FL Sam November 27, 2007 8:00 PM

I dont think I have time to play this kind of games. PC games are addictive . The graphica look awesome. :)

Mariuca November 27, 2007 11:10 PM

Oh yeah Nick!!! Sim City ROCKS like mad!!! I'm definitely gonna get the game, that's for sure, just hope that I'd get some thrill from it at least. Actually I've played City Life before and thot it was okay la. Reviews also said that this one is very much like City Life, so I think I know preyty much what to expect. ;)

Mariuca November 27, 2007 11:12 PM

Nafa, I laughed too at Sandman's remark LOL!!!

I think the graphics look so cool too! Am still waiting for my game, so haven't played it yet! Hopefully can start enjoying it this weekend he he he.... :):):)

Mariuca November 27, 2007 11:13 PM

Hi Uncle Sam! Yes, PC games are definitely addictive, I shld know! ;) But I have to make time for this one la...waited so long for it! :):):)

Nessa November 28, 2007 12:21 AM

I've played Sim City before, loved it but it was too slow on my PC:(

You should try Fashion Fits, Sally Salon and Nanny Mania from Playfirst. It's really fun... I haven't bought the games yet, played the trial only.

Mariuca November 28, 2007 12:35 PM

Nessa!! I've tried all ur recomendations oredi he he he... but u shld try Burger Shop too! I'm telling you, it's damn addictive, I need to visit my Burger shop every day! ;)

Jean Chia aka Ms.Yummy~licious December 02, 2007 10:58 PM

hey marzie, u know i love Sims too right! they look pretty cool to me too! They are one of the best! It's been such a long time since i last lay my hand on Sims, the last was on Sims 2 & its expansion. :)

Jean Chia

Mariuca December 02, 2007 11:11 PM

Jean!! I know u love PC games like me too LOL! You shld check out this new recommendation though... I still have not mastered Sims 2 yet actually, a bit confusing for me mah! ;)

emilayusof September 28, 2008 2:14 PM

best kan if we can actually go inside the game and play from there!

Mariuca September 28, 2008 2:27 PM

LOL! I agree, the graphics are superb and dah lama tak play this game! :)

LadyJava September 30, 2008 10:33 PM

I still have to play this game..but the graphics is really the appealing!!

LadyJava September 30, 2008 10:34 PM

How is B's C&C coming along??

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