Hey there! Just want to welcome you to this edition of Head 2 Head
combat featuring SimCity 3000 Unlimited!
SimCity 3000 Unlimited is the latest release from Maxis. It is
a strategy game where the user plays the Mayor of a city. As the
Mayor, you have to control everything from which zone to place
and where (residential, commercial or industrial) all the way
to which disaster to unleash on your city.
Some might find this type of game fun and addictive, others just
plain boring. :) SimCity 3000 Unlimited is the next line in the
SimCity games so let's look at what this game offers. The new
features include new landscape and building options, new buildings
to choose from, new scenarios, 4 more disasters, a building architect
to design your own buildings, a way to create your own scenarios,
and a chance to download new buildings and scenarios.
With all these new additions, I myself was expecting a new Simcity
game. Between each version of Simcity, although as the Mayor you
can do the same thing, there was always a major change. Between
Simcity, Simcity 2000 and Simcity 3000, there was a major difference
in graphics and graphics engines. Simcity 3000 Unlimited looks
exactly the same as Simcity 3000 did, just newer buildings.
Yeah, I know what you mean. I was hoping for a brand new SimCity
game. This felt more like an expansion than a new game. The graphics,
game-play, sounds, and feel of the game is exactly the same as
SimCity 3000. Give me a break. This should have been released
as an expansion, and not as a new game. At least they are offering
SimCity 3000 owners a $10 rebate. LOL Yeah right! That's almost
worth it. :)
Even the menus and cheat codes are still the same. And how long
has it been since Simcity 3000 came out. Nearly 2 years, and all
they can give is the same game with some nice new features.
Hehe, those cheat codes still come in handy though. :) Seriously
though, this game (expansion) was released a year too late in
my mind. Besides this, the new features are nice. I like the idea
of being able to upload my own buildings and downloading different
scenarios and buildings from other SimCity fanatics.
True. And the new disasters are nice too. Like the deadly toxic
cloud with acid rain, or space junk falling out of the sky. They
are good disasters. The graphics and sounds used for space junk
crashing into the ground and leaving a crater was pretty good.
are a couple of shots from the building editor that is
included with this edition of Sim City, but impatient
individuals beware, with the amount of detail needed for
each building, this might not be up your alley.
I must admit that getting the chance to destroy a city and watch
the sims running around in fear is amusing. But how many people
actually want to spend hours upon hours of game time to build
there city just to watch it go up in flames? (Unless, of course,
you REALLY get bored of the game)
Thats one of the most enjoyable aspects is destroying ones city
after weeks of playing (Not saving of course). But for those weeks
of playing, there just isn't enough new features to make those
weeks more enjoyable.
Well, I can understand that. Hehe. Another thing I found annoying
was the level of difficulty. Now, I must admit, I am not a city
planner nor do I ever wish to be one. It just seems that you need
to know exactly what to do to make a successful city. I found
myself using the money cheat code on a number of instances to
further enhance my city.
You're right, but all Simcity games have always been difficult
when starting from scratch. Once a city is on its way, it's much
easier to make money. But this does
end up discouraging many new players from playing the game.
Well, the difficulty is just one reason why I'm giving the SimCity
3000 Unlimited a 60%. There really is nothing that is fantastic
or great about this game. The graphics, sounds, and game-play
are the same as SimCity 3000. This is really a drawback since
there was more than enough time to try and create a new version
of SimCity, not just make add-ons.
Well, I think that for people who do not have Simcity 3000, get
Simcity 3000 Unlimited, and for those who do have Simcity 3000,
don't bother buying Simcity 3000 Unlimited, save your money. This
is why I am giving it a 50%, as you either should go for it or
not depending on whether or not you have Simcity 3000.
In the end, Maxis could have spent a little more time in producing
a SimCity 4000 (etc.). Instead of this, they have decided to focus
on their other Sim games (The Sims, SimVille). Because of this,
SimCity 3000 Unlimited is nothing more than an expansion that
was released way past it's time.