Simcity(2013) is coming. Anyone looking forward into playing this one?
Although tempting, I've decided to wait little more (A year or so) to see how game will evolve.
Simcity4 was absolutely great. It enabled players to play and create multiple cities in a whole region. Take a city as organ of a living thing, the region was the whole body.
Since the release of Simcity4 Rush Hour expansion release, I'm strongly convinced that transportation network structure building plays such a heavy roll in providing fun in playing area development game. Now you can see and provided more direct information input on how blood flows among cities.
From Rush Hour, if you clicked on road/track, you could see the all traffic using that spot and its volume. It was such a huge addition into game play, huge mod project NAM have emerged. The MOD still operates after more than 6 year or so. Rush Hour completed the base of SC4 and Mods have made game legendary.
Although, providing public service (Police, Education etc) becomes trivial chore. You need to build them. Its matter of sooner or later.
Throughout the series, 1~4, when I think back, it was never a very interesting element.
On top of that, due to limit of computational roof of consumer PC, inter city traffic had big loophole.
Now I've moved to Simutrans almost completely since it allows development of whole region at real time.
Player have no direct power on how cities should grow but that is not really important from my taste.
Most importantly, Simutrans allows to oversee and operate how people move around cities. On top of that, Simutrans covers industries as well.
On the other hand, seems like maxis is putting a lot of emphasis on 'specialization' of cities. Allowing user to give specific characteristic for cities.
If Simutrans could afford to give its cities different functioning characteristics, it would be even better. For now it will stay as an idea...