November 16, 2007 by Martin

So far SimCity Societies hasn’t been a hit among reviewers, but that doesn’t mean everyone shares the same view on the game. GameZone for example gives it a very good score of 8.7. Praising its gameplay, graphics and accessability.

…the game was placed in the hands of an 11-year-old girl who was entrenched with building her city rather quickly. She didn’t have a problem with the interface and was highly involved in planning her city’s growth. Can you say instantly hooked?

1UP continues by giving it a fairly ok score of 7.2, but clamps down on the game’s poor performance. GameSpy awards Societies with a 3 out of 5 rating, adding that enjoyment of the game pretty much depends on what your expectations are.

Thanks to Spiritbw for the news tip.

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13 Responses to “Mixed Reviews Ahead”

  1. #1 Fpittman
    November 17, 2007 at 12:23 am

    How ironic is it that the game was put into the hands of an 11 yr old girl and she was hooked. I put down 52 dollars to buy this piece of crap and was disappointed beyond anything I could have ever thought possible. This game should be retitled to “The Sims Society” as it is more like the sims than Sim City.

  2. #2 Mike
    November 17, 2007 at 4:34 pm

    If you like sim city games you will hate sim city societes. After 1 hour had the game mastered….unlike any in the past. The camera angles suck (too close to the ground), and there is absolutely no challenge in making money. You cannot watch your city grow, its pretty much click, plop, and there you go a building that now has 12 people living in it. I’m more than disappointed…….waited years for the next sim city and this is what we get. DO NOT SPEND MONEY ON THIS GAME……EVEN $1.00 is way too much

  3. #3 Ofcmad
    November 17, 2007 at 9:06 pm

    Oh my god…this is soooo disapointing!! I cannot believe I spent money on this. After an hour, I was completely bored. I think this is the last Sim product I buy. I lost interest with the Sims2 and never bought any expansion packs. I wish they would stop messing with a good thing. Sim City Societies has ruined my “simming” experience forever. Ughhh.

  4. #4 James
    November 18, 2007 at 3:47 pm

    I am so disappointed in this game. I own every Simcity game, and this one is BY FAR the worst. If you love your Simcity games, I recommend you not by this so that you can keep your pure good opinion on simciy games. When I started playing this game I almost cried because it was so below my expectations. I like the horizontal camera angle and the sports stadium, but thats about it. I love transportation networks and this has a total of 4 (roads which must be a four lane road,dirt roads, buses, and subway) There are no subway lines to put down, no water lines.I can’t even watch my city grow! I can only see about 6 buildings if im lucky from up above. IF YOU WANT THIS TYPE OF GAME BUY CITY LIFE!!!!!!!

  5. #5 Lori
    November 20, 2007 at 9:03 am

    I have mixed feelings about Societies. I’ve been playing all versions of Simcity for years and years, and this game is definitly not an updated version of SC. However I am also the type of player who perfers building the houses in the Sims games more than actually playing the Sims.
    Societies is indeed an easy game to master, I also had the thing figured in about an hour. The one thing I always wished I could do in SC was to choose which building I could put where I wanted(every time I put a few commercial squares in a residential area I always got office building rather than the small stores I had hoped for). Now I can put stuff exactly where my “a.r” self wants them to be.
    I do like Societies for what it is, but I agree that after about an hour and a half, I become pretty bored. With SC I could play for hours.
    Would I recommend it…. I dunno, its an ok game. I wish I could combine Societies with Sim City…That would be the perfect game for me.

  6. #6 BellBell
    November 20, 2007 at 4:07 pm

    I agree with Lori, if I could have both it would be wonderful. My Son 11 is happy just puting up builings etc. I am not 11 and I dont see the point. Like the camera angle like being able to put the building I want where I want them. DO not like not being able to run the city. I want to put power lines and water in, have different road, change the taxes and income. And we both miss the missions.
    In this one there is no rail, harbour, and laying the roads in not fun.
    Now I wait for the expansion packs that better be around the corner. PLEASE.

  7. #7 Chad
    November 21, 2007 at 3:35 pm

    SOOOOOO SAD. I keep trying to like this game but I just can’t. The excitement wears off in about 5 seconds when you realize you can only zoom out enough to see 2 city blocks.
    Why is it so hard for game developers to understand that all we want is SimCity with newer graphics, more whistles and bells, better buildings, etc. etc. They keep screwing up a good thing. SimCity 4 was lacking because they made everything cost so much and things were too difficult to manage at once. A sandbox mode was all that game needed and it would have been great. Some of us just want to build and watch things grow. But Societies, while pretty to look at, just seems pointless.

  8. #8 Ok
    November 25, 2007 at 3:47 am

    They phucked up man, big time.

    I agree with you Chad, why they can’t understand that what people want is the same game with vast improvements NOT hinderances is beyond me.

    Sim City is a massive brand with a massive following. Anyone who knows anything about marketing knows that you have an active TARGETED crowd of existing players both young and old spanning years. Instead of targeting those users, you end up shooting directly beyond them for a target user base you really don’t know anything about.

    This game will fade to black very quickly. People will forget about it and its sales will be dismal.

    Wankers.

  9. #9 invaderzim
    November 26, 2007 at 5:44 am

    SCS is like SimCity for the er, intellectually challenged, shall we say?
    Zim is enraged.

  10. #10 Chad
    November 26, 2007 at 7:59 pm

    Still making attempts at trying to make this fun. It ain’t happening. I made varying villages of Authoritarian, Contemplative, and Cyberpunk in the same city and it is just all so pointless and stupid. I’m also trying to think of all the stuff I could have done with that $50 I spent on the game.

    Would this have been any better if they had still allowed zones and city growth AND the placement of specific buildings? I don’t know. All I know is SOMEBODY needs to design a really cool City Builder game again and put this crap behind us.

  11. #11 Ed
    November 29, 2007 at 6:33 pm

    I’ve been playing city since 1995 and I must admit I paid the money in hopes that Societies would be better than I expected and I didn’t expect much but this game is a complete disaster. It is just Boring, poor graphics even on a 24″ monitor you can’t even see anything and it has difficulties playing on standard machines. It only plays to it’s full potential on my new gaming system! It was poorly designed, programmed and the overall objective is Boring. DONT WASTE YOUR MONEY!

  12. #12 the new simcity hater
    February 14, 2008 at 9:52 pm

    i just got this game last week and after sim city 4 i was well hooked on the game more than ever u actually had to think and manage what u could do to make your city prospher isn’t the reason so many people love this game is so u can construct and watch ur city flurish or demise with sim city socities u cant even watch the city flourish its gay i hate the sims and know this new version of sim city should be called the sims recreated to fuck the simcity lovers fuck this game im going back to the older ones

  13. #13 Matt
    March 12, 2009 at 2:12 am

    I have not played this game and by the looks of it i will not bother i am actually glad i BOUGHT Sim City 4 Deluxe. (See, usually if there a good game but not my expectations i download it for free). But when theres a game that i can play for hours on end i will happily give the company my money. Sim City 4 is the best sim city and probably will be forever.

    I think Sim City Societes was just a cheap producted game just to bring in the $$$ for themselves.

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