SimCity™ 4 Deluxe Edition
A super hit from 2003, the origin to hordes of followers, the classic simulator of life. SimCity 4 is still playable and available on Steam. So you can build your city of nostalgic dream and compare your virtual life to what you have built in reality, hehe.
It may seem funny to rate graphics of 15-year old game in 2018 seriously. The total space it requires on your drive is just 1 GB, quite a volume back in 2003, but now??? And yet the city you build looks… cute. That’s the word.
Though in fact, it’s a pseudo 3D, it really feels like the city grows in all directions, by all three axes.
First, there was just a territory. Then you come here and start your civilizing mission. And gradually it becomes a place to be for numerous Sims that live their virtual lives, and you try to make them as comfortable as can be. Provide them with homes and roads, power plants and restaurants, schools and fire stations, and so on.
Create different zones for your town – residential, industrial, and commercial. Provide communication between them. React to your people’s needs and satisfy them. Your budget is limited, so don’t max it, and do your best to refill it. The stats within the game provide all the info you need.
Rush Hour expansion pack offers a little different approach, more transport-oriented. Your city gets less static and more alive, and you are to guarantee its transport efficiency and safety.
In addition to mayor mode, there is even God mode. It encourages you to do even more: create the natural terrain of your dream and then build a city that fits it best.
If you have forgotten how to play, the game offers a brief tutorial.
As the game was initially developed for PC in 2003, you mostly operate it with a mouse. There is a complicated set of keyboard shortcuts, and for real fans, they accelerate the building process. But casual players will be good with just a mouse.
The menu seems a bit complicated, but (you know) not as complicated as real city management. Anyway, it will take you hours to make it out for the first time, and maybe just as much to recollect it if you haven’t played SimCity 4 for long.
Replay Value: 5
Oh, if the game of 2003 is still demanded in 2018, it only means that the game is very, very attractive for replay. If you like it, you’ll always want a better city for your Sims – larger, more comfortable, better optimized and more beautiful.
SimCity 4 is a real classic piece, with advanced city building mechanics and a lot of fantasy. Though today’s analogs offer much more spectacular graphics, the basics are the same, and it’s a perfect option for mastering this type of games. You may feel a little nostalgia if you discovered it first in its time, but luckily that’s not the only reason to play SimCity 4 now. It’s just worth it.
- Graphics 4.5
- Gameplay 5
- Controls 5
- Replay Value 5
Sweet nostalgic feelings around it
Low system requirements
Available legally in Steam