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Even after having given the gameís fans the shaft and probably turned off the casual gamers looking for a quick city to build and unleash Godzilla in, the developers did a lot of things right. SC4 is still an enjoyable game, if you approach it from a new perspective. Sure we listed a lot of gripes, but many of those are merely disappointments about departures from previous games. Yes, SimCity and SimCity 2000 (and to some extent 3000) worked better and were more fun. Thatís why those are classic games, and thatís why the oh-so-average SimCity 4 compares so poorly, for all its ambition. Better luck next time, designers Joseph Knight and Michael McCormick. Not everyone is born a game design genius like Will Wright. The rest of us have to learn it.
In SimCity 4, you don't just build your city, you breathe life into it. Sculpt mountains, gouge riverbeds, and seed forests to lay the groundwork for your creation. Then construct the most realistic metropolis you can imagine. Your city comes alive with the hustle and bustle of construction crews, the snarl of traffic, and the activity of your Sims. Move your personalized Sims into your city and watch as they go about their daily lives. Build mansions on mountainsides, raise skyscrapers downtown, and build transportation networks to form a massive region of SimCities that share and compete for resources. With every decision you make, your city and your Sims will respond for better or worse. In SimCity 4, your city pulses with the life you give it.
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