GameSpot is known to be pretty tough in their reviews, and their rather short review of SimCity Societies is no exception. The game is given a score of 6.0 with the reviewer adding that the addictive gameplay from previous instalments is completely missing, the game is way too easy and the graphics engine is pretty, but sluggish.
Watching your Sims walk around is also fun because of their cute exaggerated walks. But be prepared: Though the frame rate isn’t that stable to begin with, building a large city can slow it to a crawl, so prepare to turn down your settings, even on a higher-end machine.
Don’t miss the patch that was released in conjuction with the game which is said to fix some of the stability issues.