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SimCity Societies review

AT A GLANCE
  • Clear, easy user interface
  • Bright, bubbly graphics
  • Unleashing mimeageddon
  • Annoying soundtrack / effects
  • Slowdown for bigger cities
  • Running out of new stuff to try

It's also worth pointing out that there were some apparently widespread framerate issues still present in our review build of the game. Whenever we built our city to a certain size, things started slowing to a crawl, making some of the higher medals and achievements in the game that much more difficult to attain. EA says a patch will be out very soon (possibly by the time you read this) that should help resolve these problems, but it's uncertain whether this will be a total or partial fix.

So yes, Societies may cater to the mainstream, and yes, it might have a few important shortcomings. Regardless, it remains a surprisingly well-executed and satisfying game. We would not be at all surprised to see some of the more forward-thinking concepts from Societies somehow implemented in the inevitable SimCity 5, but until then Societies provides a great appetizer and yet another perfect gateway game from the Sims franchise.

More Info

Release date: Nov 15 2007 - PC (US)
Available Platforms: PC
Genre: Simulation
Published by: EA GAMES
Developed by: Tilted Mill Entertainment
ESRB Rating:
Everyone 10+: Alcohol Reference, Crude Humor, Mild Violence, Tobacco Reference

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