SimCity: Cities of Tomorrow Review
SimCity: Cities of Tomorrow Box Art
System: PC
Dev: Maxis
Pub: EA
Release: November 12 , 2013
Players: 1 (online multiplayer)
Screen Resolution: 480p-1080p Mild Violence

Problem! The nuclear plant needed workers, and while more than half of my city was residential and the whole thing was connected to a highway, it couldn't find any. The power shortage just grew worse and worse.

In a real economy, of course, this would never happen--in a shortage, electricity becomes incredibly valuable, and high prices will encourage a power plant to pay high wages and lure workers away from other jobs. And if a power company was too stupid to do this, a city would step in and pay the wages itself rather than let residents go without power, an option not present in SimCity. Also not an option is annexing any of the vacant land adjacent to the city and zoning it residential.

SimCity: Cities of Tomorrow Screenshot

I'm sure there was a good way to handle this Econ 101-defying problem, but as I started to try some solutions--such as bulldozing perfectly healthy businesses to make room for houses that, God willing, would eventually contain power-plant workers--fires broke out, thanks to my OmegaCo factory. My fire department wasn't up to the task, even after I'd frantically built some new stations and upgraded old ones.

In this game, there's no way to return to a previous save, so I just gave up and started a brand new region. My pride and joy had become unsalvageable in a time span of maybe 15 minutes--it couldn’t have been worse if Outworlder 6, the robot destroyer who serves as the expansion’s new disaster, had shown up.

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Crashing and burning has always been part of the fun of SimCity, though, and while these sorts of incidents are annoying, they're not game-breaking. Cities of Tomorrow is both a good expansion to the core game and a perfect entry point for a newcomer. Just don't let the power go to your head.

By
Robert VerBruggen
Contributing Writer
Date: November 14, 2013

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
4.5
Graphics
The new engine gives the game an interesting look and creates countless individual Sims who go about their business
4.5
Control
If you can use a mouse, you can control this game.
3.8
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
There’s a nice soundtrack that never interferes with your concentration.
3.6
Play Value
The cities are still too small for many gamers, and players will experience some frustrating situations.
3.8
Overall Rating - Good
Not an average. See Rating legend below for a final score breakdown.
Review Rating Legend
0.1 - 1.9 = Avoid 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 3.5 - 3.9 = Good 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair 4.0 - 4.4 = Great 5.0 = The Best

Game Features:

  • Brace yourself for an all-new type of disaster only fitting a technologically-advanced economy: a giant robot attack on your city!
  • Watch your city transform as it adapts to the changing times, with new options based on real-world technology such as Mag Levs that rise above the city streets and small buildings, futurized vehicles, and service drones.
  • Unlock two new city specializations that allow you to build a resource-hungry mega corporation powered by a low-wealth workforce, or an urban utopia that develops clean technology and is controlled by the rich.

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