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#61 Haggis

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Posted 29 January 2013 - 09:43

I dont know whether to buy this or not, i loved the old games but not sure if i am past the sitting for hours playing games phase lol


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Posted 29 January 2013 - 09:52

Hope they do something about the slow and laggy UI and game play. It's not exactly smooth, I would hate to see a full map sized city trying to run.

#63 Elliot B.

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Posted 29 January 2013 - 12:56

I dont know whether to buy this or not, i loved the old games but not sure if i am past the sitting for hours playing games phase lol

I haven't played a truly addictive game since Team Fortress 2. I hope this works out.

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Posted 30 January 2013 - 00:04

By now most of you that took part in the "Beta" have probably gotten the e-mail which says

Thank you for playing SimCity!

We hope you enjoyed this sneak peek at SimCity! We're excited to bring back the defining city-building simulation coming to PC on March 5, 2013!

For those who haven't pre-ordered yet, we have a special offer for you!

Pre-Order by January 31 and Get $50 Off Your Next Purchases*


So it's 100% obviously to me this wasn't a "beta" test at all, but a time limited demo to entice you to purchase the full version, while I know they are in the business of making money, I have to say it's pretty crappy to try to pass it off as a "beta test"

#65 TheExperiment

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Posted 30 January 2013 - 01:57

So it's 100% obviously to me this wasn't a "beta" test at all, but a time limited demo to entice you to purchase the full version, while I know they are in the business of making money, I have to say it's pretty crappy to try to pass it off as a "beta test"

I think it was both, they needed to make sure their servers would hold under load and adjust if necessary. There may be another beta as such, but we'll see.

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Posted 30 January 2013 - 02:06

I only noticed I got the email on sunday night, by the time I got everything downloaded, installed and updated, the servers went down, so I never got to play the game :(
Is there a way to play it offline?

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Posted 30 January 2013 - 02:33

By now most of you that took part in the "Beta" have probably gotten the e-mail which says

So it's 100% obviously to me this wasn't a "beta" test at all, but a time limited demo to entice you to purchase the full version, while I know they are in the business of making money, I have to say it's pretty crappy to try to pass it off as a "beta test"


Which is true of most betas (closed OR open) for the past several years. About the only products that have traditional betas these days are from (surprisingly) Microsoft - and even then, it's mostly operating systems and Office on the application side. By and large, it's even been true of games in the F2P from the jump space - look at SMITE, for Ned's sake.

Still, given that, SimCity 2013 (compared just to SimCity 4 Deluxe) is so much better it hurts. Same applies to CitiesXL 2012. To put it plainly, Glass Box is a massive step forward for simulation engines merely from a graphical point of view - throw in the data layer and it is WAY too useful for real-world urban development - which is another area where SimCity gets a lot of use.