SimCity 2013 Review

For those of us who enjoy the complex yet rewarding gameplay associated with simulation games there is perhaps no series that’s delivered more goodness than that of the “Sim City” franchise.  Naturally, a lot of gamers have been quite excited because we were to be treated to another Sim title this year (2013); this time, with a great number of improvements being implemented.  Sadly however, for all the great things about this game, it has problems.  Having said that however, some gamers might not have to deal with nearly as many as others; I know, we shouldn’t make excuses for bad design choices, but it’s true – not everyone will agree about the quality of this title.  In fact, the stability of your internet connection and dare I say it, the “luck” you possess in connecting with servers will play more of an integral role in your enjoyment than anything else.

SimCity 2013

As was the case with previous titles in the series (and as the name clearly implies), the point of Sim City is to build virtual cities.  What separates this game from many of the pretenders to the throne, so to speak, is its incredibly deep gameplay and seemingly never-ending options.  However, whereas previous installments allowed gamers to play using only the software you purchased, this edition requires you to maintain an online connection throughout play.  Needless to say, this little problem, along with several others, is enough to cause significant disruption if you’re one of the unlucky ones, that is.  Aside from that however, Sim City is a really fun game with a generous helping of upgraded features and a newly innovated online multiplayer / participation dynamic.


Simply put, this game looks terrific.  The basic art direction and style isn’t at all a radical departure from that which helped to build franchise, it’s basically an upgrade of what we’re already used to. There’s a lot of detail too – whether you’re viewing things from the “bird’s eye” viewpoint or more closely. In terms of graphics, there’s not very much to complain about at all.


One of the biggest additions to this title is the ability to engage in cooperative play.  For instance, you can set up trade rules and use your alliances to create mutually beneficial situations.  Likewise, you might encounter some negatively-minded players who want to behave more like opponents than developers (you just never know).  Moreover, you will share an entire geographical area with many different gamers; in other words, this isn’t an experience where you get to become god or something, you are forced (by the very design of the game mechanics and level infrastructure) to participate in city building with others.

SimCity 2013 Review -

In this regard, Sim City is a move forward toward a more interactive experience which will truly challenge gamers and present them with unexpected variables.  Sadly, this would be a revolutionary concept if it weren’t for the nearly broken nature of the game itself (by hey, perhaps they’ll soon fix this problem?  We can only hope).


As previously stated, if it weren’t for the game-crashing problems, which are thankfully becoming less and less, Sim City would be taking home even more awards (the game has won 26 PC game awards). It already possess a great number of features which are truly world-class, it’s too bad that the inherent potential of Sim City’s success has been marred by these technical problems.  Having said that, those who are either big fans of the franchise or simulation games in general should definatley get this title, particularly if they have a good fast and stable connection to the internet. It’s only a matter of time before EA totally fix all server issues, which will leave us with the best city building game available to date.

Rating – 9 / 10

Recent Articles

The 10 Best Apps For Your iPhone Right Now

Just got yourself a new iPhone? Congratulations - you’re contributing to Apple’s 47% market dominance. Apple’s iOS is sleek, user-friendly, and beautiful, which explains...

What Is The Future Of Console Gaming?

There have been a lot of predictions with the future of console gaming. People have debated back and forth about its power and whether...

The 20 Best Smart Gadgets For Your Home

By current estimates, there will be more than 64 billion Internet of Things (IoT) devices worldwide by 2025. That’s a pretty remarkable statistic, and...

5 Key Factors of a Successful Email Marketing Campaign

The DMA reported that you can expect a return of around $32 for every $1 spent on email marketing. According to Hatchbuck, newsletter recipients...

5 Valuable Digital Marketing Trends for 2020

A successful digital marketing strategy is made up of many moving parts - SEO, PPC, social media, email… the list goes on. While some...

Features To Look Out For In PCB Design Software

PCB design software has come a long way over the years, with more companies adding advanced features that PCB designers can rely on to...

7 Hot Games You Should Play Right Now

If you are a parent, and not a gamer yourself, you may be hesitant to buy a particular video game for your child, teen,...

10 Ways To Take Your Business To The Next Level

So you’re operating a small business and things are going pretty well. You’re not setting the world on fire, but you’re turning a small...

How Google Stadia Could Change Gaming Forever

If there’s one thing to be said for Google, it’s that the California company has mastered the art of tech innovation. We can’t imagine...

The Best Fitness Technology For 2019

When declaring oneself a newborn fitness enthusiast, the correct time to do so is usually at the beginning of the year. Many people’s New...

The Secret Of Building Backlinks Through Guest Posts

It is a known fact that you will not survive long in any business unless you have a good website in place. Apart from...

Noteworthy Advantages of Using EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard Free 

When any vital data is mistakenly deleted from a computer, the user may initially try to recover it from the Recycle Bin. However, the...

Related Stories

Stay on op - Ge the daily news in your inbox