Feature: SimCity is Coming!

SimsCity thumbnailWhat many are calling one of the most anticipated games of 2013, the new PC/MAC SimCity game is due for release on March 8th in UK (US gets it a little earlier on 5th). With just over a week to go, are we excited? Hell yeah!

I’ve always been a big fan of simulation games, particularly the SimCity series. I spent much of my childhood building people, cities and entire worlds, generally just to find various and entertaining ways of destroying them – I was like the modern, and slightly less violent, equivalent of a kid with a magnifying glass and an ant hill.

So as you can imagine, the news that a new version of one of my old favourites was coming out filled me with joy. So here’s a few features of the new game that are bound to have you just as excited…

The graphics have been updated to 3D, meaning it’ll be more like looking at an actual city rather at a map of one.

Buildings are going to be highly customisable, with what are referred to on the official website as “ploppables” (very satisfying word to say out loud, I suggest you try it immediately), which are buildings you can customise with extra rooms. It is now also possible to control multiple cities in a region, the aim being to make them all work together. Players will also be able to give specialisations to cities, for example making them focused on tourism.

A simulated global economy dictates prices of resources, some of which will be renewable and others finite. I like how much this reflects reality, which is, after all, what a simulation should aim for – although I do hope attacking aliens is still a feature!

An exciting addition to this game is the new opportunity to play online, meaning you can play with, or even against, your friends plus there will be regular updates giving the player new challenges, items and other cool stuff!

I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy of this. How about you guys? What features are exciting you the most? Let us know in the comments section below.

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Source: Official SimCity website