November 17, 2007 by Martin

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.

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178 Responses to “SimCity Societies Falls Flat”

  1. #1 Leroy
    November 17, 2007 at 4:38 pm

    Worst sim city game ever. Wasted my money and my time on this junk. Rather than buy this game go set your money on fire in the kitchen….At least then you get a pretty flame to look at and the added suspense of needing to grab the fire extinguisher.

  2. #2 sacwchiri
    November 18, 2007 at 5:30 pm

    i actually think that this shouldn’t have been named simcity, its just to different. It brought unreal expectations from fans of Simcity, personally i think this game stands on its own as a separate experience totally unrelated, its not a simcity 5 or nothing. so people should just stop complaining about it. Its not a bad game just the expectation was that this would be a simcity 5.

  3. #3 Todd
    November 21, 2007 at 10:46 pm

    I read the naysayers who said this game was going to be crap. I was ready to defend this game because it had elements in it I had wished for in future Sim City games (such as the ability to truly decide what buildings show up rather than just zones). But, this game was the biggest waste of money on a game I have ever made. They stripped it of everything that made the Sim City games exciting and created an entirely illogical and awkward design for the new elements that is of 2nd grade complexity. It kept my interest for about 24 hours and I can’t even force myself to play it now. EA needs to start focusing more on the quality of their products before they destroy their reputation any further.

  4. #4 Ihatesimcity5
    November 23, 2007 at 1:58 pm

    If maxis made this game it would be better.

  5. #5 IAMedic
    November 23, 2007 at 2:45 pm

    This game is a flop…no real substance and way too easy…I was was able to make $10 million in under a week with no chance of expanding…plain out sucks…

  6. #6 IAMedic
    November 23, 2007 at 2:46 pm

    Follow-up…I played for a week, but only about 3 hours a night….so….21-24 hours total….

  7. #7 Jiima
    November 24, 2007 at 9:06 pm

    The patch that was supposed to fix the problems, doesn’t. The forum at the SCS website is full of people that can’t play the game for more than 10 minutes without crashing, still others that can’t even get it to start, and their computers all meet or exceed the requirements. The game feels like it was rushed out before the holidays to make an extra buck or two, and was never really tested.

  8. November 25, 2007 at 2:04 am

    I did’t even bother trying it. They game is programmed in .NET 2.0 so right I way I know it’s rubbish.

  9. #9 AlexBeemer
    November 26, 2007 at 8:46 pm

    the game was meant for people who likes to experiment the ‘what ifs’, not for hardcore simcity gamers. should have been labelled with some other name, and not simcity.

  10. #10 ZREX01
    November 27, 2007 at 6:38 pm

    I agree with many it just plain sucks.

  11. #11 Avalonia
    November 28, 2007 at 8:13 am

    you peple are a bunch of lame vrain twits if a good game bit you in your own ass,I will
    say for simcity societies it is a better game than simcity 2000, 3000 and far more fun to play than sicity 4 , these guy players are so dam lame whimped game players

  12. #12 Leroy
    November 28, 2007 at 4:01 pm

    Well Avalonia……After seeing your spelling I would figure you’d like the game. At least we know what market EA was going for…..People with no brains.

  13. #13 John
    November 29, 2007 at 1:34 am

    I often see complains that SC4 was all about micromanagement. While I never felt that way, Sim City Societies has far more micromanagement than SC4. I played, started raking in money, got all of my sims were super happy, then put the game away. I might try it again later, maybe.

  14. #14 MAZ
    November 29, 2007 at 9:22 am

    ITS THE WORST GAME I HAVE BOUGHT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  15. #15 bear
    November 29, 2007 at 10:12 pm


  16. #16 bear
    November 29, 2007 at 10:16 pm


  17. #17 GA 's Finest
    November 30, 2007 at 3:45 am

    I think this game is the worst SimCity game ever. I have played and been a hardcore fan since the 1st SimCity. I think they tried to make it along the same lines as The Sims, which was a mistake. The best selling strategy game of all time changes it’s approach…it just doesn’t make sense. Get Maxis back on the game and continue where SC4 left off, just like the other sequels. I would love to see the regions and transportation networks, and everything else that was there in SC4. Some of the Societies options could be brought in, like the drag and drop feature and different camera angles. But overall I got my hopes up and wasted my damn money!

  18. #18 isthisreally
    December 1, 2007 at 10:49 pm

    I won’t go as far as saying this game is horrible. It’s initially fun, but just lacks any complexity and challenges that are going to make you want to play it a whole lot.

  19. #19 Aerial Bird
    December 15, 2007 at 8:32 am

    I think that they should make another game with more landmarks, better graphics, better custimization, and more, well…just fun.I liked Simcity 4 a lot. I didn’t really like societies. But I should fully support a simcity 5 per say. Thanks for Listening.

  20. #20 Brandon
    December 15, 2007 at 12:10 pm

    I spent less than 3 hours messing around with the game. I agree its NOT A SIM CITY GAME. It is totally another type of game. I don’t like this at all! It completely leaves out the basis or excitement of a true Sim City game. I hope they come out with a REAL SIM CITY 5. Don’t buy Sim City Socities. It’s a TOTAL waste of money and a waste of time. I want a refund!

  21. #21 Mark
    December 15, 2007 at 10:51 pm

    I think it would be much better if MAXIS developed the game instead of Tilted Mill… they are just plain cheap. Also, at least in my humble opinion, 2D isometric graphics (as in SC4) allow for much more variety and detail (I’m a detail freak) than a shoddy 3D rendering. Until the graphics are improved enough, and more depth is added to gameplay, SimCity Societies is destined to remain a failure. I just hate when fun 2D isometric games go shitty 3D… I just need detail for it to be fun. Until most household CPUs can run near-perfect (and detailed) 3D renderings smoothly, developers should stick to more elaborate 2D isometric graphics and not forget gameplay when transitioning to 3D too.

  22. #22 r
    December 18, 2007 at 3:53 pm

    The fisrt SC I ever bough was SC4. I fell in love. I just got hooked. But at some point I lost interest in the game. Then I heard a new simcity game was coming out. Yippee! I’m so gonna buy it. I got the game, played for 4-6 hours. Then I realized that the game I was playing is nothing I had hoped for.

  23. #23 zaheer
    December 22, 2007 at 11:41 pm

    my system requirements is more then right for the game,and it was the first ever game i bought which said blank cd.i when to the store and exchanged it 3 times,all 3 said blank cd.the store gave me my money back.but i think its a nice game although i never play it.the store set they will try and exchange it with there supplyiers with others which work

  24. #24 awoudou
    December 23, 2007 at 7:07 am

    in cameroon also i hate simcitysocieties

  25. #25 Q
    December 24, 2007 at 10:47 am

    You know what EA should do? Since they obviously can’t make a good SimCity game by themselves, they should start a forum where people can submit ideas for the next SimCity game.

  26. #26 Andrew
    December 25, 2007 at 1:51 am

    The game is extremely disappointing. I am sorry I brought it. You lose interest on soon after I opened the package. I would like to return it.

  27. #27 Amy
    December 25, 2007 at 2:36 pm

    The old simcity runs on my computers but this one wont even run! I have three different computers I’ve tried it on. My son is so upset.

  28. #28 Mike
    December 27, 2007 at 12:12 am

    Don’t bother trying to get it to run. Your son will loose interest in a day anyway…

    the game is really is one of the worst things ever…

    Its like a gigantic downgrade for the simcity name.

  29. #29 Player
    December 27, 2007 at 9:43 pm

    I was lucky. Bought for #25 at toys R us.

    But: as they all say. This is nothing to do with Sim city. The game instructions suggest demolishing buildings if you need more money, but, all you have to do is wait another day. I just don’t get it. This seems like windows paint, except you can paint buildings.

    What is the game?

    I fill the screen with buildings, get lots of money, but nothing ever happens.

    Buildings don’t wear out.

    No maintenance costs.

    Nothing to do.

    Are there some scenarios to do? I can’t find anything except painting buildings on the screen!

    I was hoping for:

    Sim City 4 in 3D with real sims.

    I got “paint 3d”.


  30. #30 Joe
    December 30, 2007 at 3:06 am

    I didn’t purchase this game; I downloaded it. And good thing. Some of you guys were able to play it for several hours? Wow. I got bored after one. I didn’t make millions of sim dollars; I just got bored. There’s no depth to the game. It’s like a mix between “The Sims” and Sim City; unfortunately taking more from The Sims than the later.

    I’m sure that part of my disgust with SCS is that although I knew the game was going to be a lot different, I was expecting the same amount of attention to detail, flexibility, and thoughtfulness that’s been a staple of the Sim City games in the past.

    Ohh, and to the guy that says SCS is a game for people that like “what if” – you think that’s NOT what Sim City has always been about? And to the guy that says “I don’t want 3D models” well, I do! But I want them on a real sim city..

    If Maxis isn’t making the next Sim City, and they say it’s going to be a lot different, than I think SC4 is the last Sim City game. It’s unfortunate, especially for all us long-time Sim City fans.

  31. #31 Nina
    January 1, 2008 at 7:52 am

    I’m a die hard Sims fan and have never played any of the Sim City games, so I’d just like to say that SCS is nothing compared to the Sims! I can’t understand why everyone is comparing the two!? But I do agree with you all that SCS SUCKS!!!! Mine won’t even play – it takes about 5 real literal minutes to place a building as it’s so SLOW! I HATE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!

  32. #32 RedCrow
    January 2, 2008 at 1:02 pm

    SCS really sucks. I rather wipe my ass with the money than to go spend it on that piece of crap!!!! I played it on my cousins pc and it is the worst game ever.

  33. #33 Anthony Acosta
    January 4, 2008 at 11:13 am

    This game was more boring then sleeping on my couch watching tv

  34. #34 Anthony Acosta
    January 4, 2008 at 11:15 am

    Ok i just played the game yesterdat, and my super nintendo blows up and caused a fire in my basement. dont play this game or your basement will be demallished

  35. #35 Erik
    January 6, 2008 at 12:36 am

    I spent more time installing it than actually playing it. The tutorial alone showed that this game is a complete piece of crap. I honestly believe that this was the worst game I have ever bought. It should be freeware for bored people with desk jobs.

  36. #36 Cate
    January 6, 2008 at 1:42 pm

    This is the WORST SimCity game I’ve ever bought and I’ve had them all! If anyone finds out how to get a refund, let me know. What a waste of money! I’m so dissapointed. More than that really… I’m angry at them that they actually had the nerve to call this a SimCity game, and angrier at myself for actually buying it. The graphics are slow, choppy, you can’t zoom out enough, but mostly the game is just plain BORING. The monkeys in my son’s zoo game could have engineered a more interesting game!

  37. #37 Matt
    January 7, 2008 at 4:08 pm

    I am very disappointed by this title – quite simply previous sim city titles provided many many hours of entertainment, I laboured on this for about 8 hours in the vain hope that somewhere buried in it was the fun, and maybe I had missed it. But alas I hadn’t – what a terrible game. To any developer, or publisher that should happen to read this that was in any way responsible for this game – hang your heads in shame..!!!1

  38. January 7, 2008 at 5:03 pm

    This game plays more like the Ceaser IV, City Life Sim-Wanabe games, which is a tremendous disappointment to my hopes for the franchise. However the game isn’t all bad, just not a Sim game, as so many people here are saying. It deviates too far from the original concept, and besides, not having Maxis & Will Wright work on Sim City is like Terminator 3 w/out James Cameron, take the art away from it’s original creator and all that’s left is a brand name. Let’s hope EA returns to it’s senses and brings back Maxis for a genuine Sim City 5.

  39. #39 FRAITALY
    January 9, 2008 at 2:57 pm

    I really don’t understand, why EA permits to demolish their reputation with such a shit! I was exhausted to buy it, and finally after a few hours of game I was angry to have payed 50 euros for it. EA: DON’T PRODUCE MORE SIM CITY IF YOU ARE NOT ABLE TO DO IT THE RIGHT WAY!

  40. #40 K B
    January 9, 2008 at 9:24 pm

    Sick how they sold out SimCity’s good name to toss us this garbage.

    Love how BP’s logo and the Inconvenient Crap are crammed down your throat throughout the game. Who lets their kids play this garbage?

    Sad, no more buying SimCity off the shelf.

  41. #41 Matthew L
    January 10, 2008 at 12:28 am

    I’ve decided not to buy SCS. Whether it’s a fun, playable game or not, it’s obviously a completely different game from the previous SC titles, each of which (with the exception of the original) was essentially an improvement on the one before, which is what Simcity fans were looking for. It seems the SC developers have always taken five steps backward before taking ten steps forward (that is, eliminating things that work and replacing them with new things that also work), so they’ve always ended up ahead, but this time they’ve gone back to the beginning and went in a completely different direction. It’s like they went to their loyalest fans and said “Screw you, were going to appeal to another fan base”. I hope they realize their mistake and get to work on a real sequel to SC4 soon.

    And if they insist on abandoning the Sim City series, I think they should go ahead and release the source code for SC4. Most of the really good work on it was done as user-developed plugins anyway.

  42. #42 Seth Howell
    January 13, 2008 at 12:06 am

    Sim City Societies is a joke. It is by far the worst game I have ever played. EA should give a refund to anyone who wants one and bar Tilted Mills from creating any other games in the Sim franchise. EA should also get Maxis to sign a contract to make Sim City 5 as a replacement for Societies. Once Will Wright has finished Spore he needs to return to where it all started and work with Maxis on Sim City 5. Even if all they do is take Sim City 4 and make it 3d with more buildings it would be a hundred times better than Societies. It has very little in common with Sim City, the similarities end with the fact that it is a city simulator. I was truly disappointed.

  43. #43 Julio Marchand
    January 15, 2008 at 2:35 pm

    Maxis Doesn’t exist anymore, it’s been disolved into EA.

  44. #44 Frank Sleeper
    January 15, 2008 at 9:21 pm

    **WHAT the Sim Community was looking for.
    **I.E. Don’t just complain, let’s get it fixed.

    To be blunt, the game graphics are terrible with respect to what was expected. We didn’t want a large scale SIM2. We surely didn’t want something pathetically simple or worse, easier to conquer. We didn’t want you to take over everything we wanted to control (roads, infrustructure, planning, traffic management issues). And there is NO WAY we wanted buildings so gross that they don’t appear real (i.e. the skyscraper windows should be small, not 20 ft tall per window in comparison to the model). And most important, we wanted to watch the evolution (to be surprised what the SIM do) – not FORCE it – that part is sick.

    > We wanted even more options and complexity – yes MORE, NOT LESS!!
    > We wanted even more realistic models, not SIM2 style (buildings that look real and more to scale).
    > We wanted to be able to zoom in to the street level, not be forced to LIVE there.
    > And contrary to Tills belief – we DO want to interconnect our cities online
    > We wanted more unique aircraft flying around, event occurring, etc. Basically more action and higher detail.

    You ripped everything that SimCity was famous for (even as a training tool) and went in the opposite direction. What the hell for?

    Yes, we want more to do, not less. We want more complexity from the number of options (building types, road types, etc) and fine detailed models, etc. Take SimCity 2000 for example, takes the skyscrapers and make them very detailed, more options. Let us watch more action as they build them over a longer period of time – same with the roads and the power, etc. Let us watch the action. Don’t GIVE us sky scrapers to “Plop” on the map – that’s taking all the challenge and evolution fun.

    By the way, how do I get a refund for this mess?? Years of waiting – bah. You said “you listen” – who the hell were you listening too? It sure wasn’t your user community….

  45. #45 JG
    January 20, 2008 at 2:25 pm

    It’s funny I ran across this thread. I bought Societies a couple of month ago, not sure why. I’m a fanatic of simcity, played every single version since I was a kid. Anyhow, at the store I saw societies and thought, gee, I missed a version, and bought it. Oh my, what a disappointment… I went straight in to play it. Where are the water pipes? pumps? Electrical lines… what happened? Looks nice, I know some of you wanted it realistic, but I believe stylized is ok. If the gameplay was there it would have been great, but, it’s not simcity anymore.

    Long story short, I am not playing it anymore. It was not too bad but I played that game more as if I was drawing something rather than trying to make it work… A shame that the building themselves do not even evolve… Anyhow, I am ready to put simcity 4 back on my computer 🙂 and that’s why I came online today.

    I just think that they tried to please people who just couldn’t play the real simcity, they just lost the followers though…

  46. #46 chris
    January 26, 2008 at 7:33 am

    i tried sim city societies i played about 3-4hours than i instaled sim city 4. I think even the graphics is better for sim city 4
    than SOciEties I still play with SC4 hours every day.

  47. #47 Ron
    January 28, 2008 at 4:18 am

    A complete waste of money. It is way better to toss my money in the toilet bowl and flush it. at least I can watch something “more interesting” than this game that only teach how to “click” a mouse…

  48. #48 ABE
    January 29, 2008 at 10:25 pm

    Thanks to all for the heads up … sorry you had to waste your money though. I gotta say, I was hesitant at first and my suspicion appears to have been correct. Let’s write Maxis/EA and tell them that we miss them and their ingenuity!

  49. #49 Paul Barreto
    February 1, 2008 at 8:15 am

    I haven’t bought the game yet, but after reading all I’ve read about SimCity Societies, I think I’m going to pass on this one and I’ll wait for Sim City 6, if it ever comes out.

  50. #50 Ham'n'Cheese
    February 2, 2008 at 7:43 pm

    u weirdos dunno anythin this game rocks only dumb lame stupid idiots would say its tupid u guys are all lame and gay and most of all not simcity lovers.period also u guys are a pusst

  51. #51 Josh
    February 14, 2008 at 4:26 am

    Yep! what a piece of crap.Luckily EB games gave me a refund the very next day.Wooooah! I almost wasted 100 Aussie dollars(90 Dollars US).

  52. #52 sami
    February 18, 2008 at 11:55 pm

    I hate this game so much that I played it once and had no interest in playing it again. So then having it waste space on my computer I uninstalled it immediately, so it was a big waste. It’s, I think, the worst game I’ve ever played, it’s shame that anyone waste time make such crap.

  53. #53 Mechnx
    February 23, 2008 at 11:16 am

    This Game is just awful, Played the Demo, tried 1 city, Uninstalled. Which I could get a refund. This game is so far off the target- it is unbelievable.

  54. #54 Ian
    February 24, 2008 at 1:05 pm

    This game is el horriblé! I installed it, and after like 10mins, it froze. This happened 6 or 7 times, and now it won’t even play. It was the biggest waste of money. Maybe someone on ebay will want it…

  55. #55 mrhydega
    February 25, 2008 at 2:03 pm

    You know, it’s not really all that bad. I’ve played SimCity from way back (Commodore 64, anyone?) and I must say I’ve always been a big fan of the series. This game is no exception. I can see both sides of the argument. The game could definately be better. But let’s think of it as a starting point for something; something that will hopefully evolve into something even better. However, I was a little disappointed that it wasn’t as challenging as SimCity 4. I really enjoy the amount of absolute control I have over everything in that game except what the sims choose to build (and even then you can influence it). I look forward to the next installment of the SimCity line (hopefully something simillar to what everyone has come to know and love) and maybe even to an expansion of Societies. But remember, these are not the same game; comparing them to each other is like comparing banananas to cucumbers – they look simillar, but they taste different.

  56. #56 DL
    February 26, 2008 at 6:12 pm

    If anyone would still like a copyof SCS after reading the above messages … I would gladly trade it for a copy of SC4 (still playing SimCity 3000)!!

  57. #57 Jordano
    February 27, 2008 at 11:08 pm

    Wow… I haven’t been in touch with my SimCity gamer side for a while. I love SC4, but was waiting for a whole new experience. Not the mish mash crap fest this game turned out to be. I have already returned it.

    We want to build cities, connect cities, watch them grow develop and become our dream cities. SimCity Societies is a gigantic turd in the middle of the SimCity franchise. Many people here are right, why break something that wasn’t broken, just improve it make it more realistic, give the users what we want!

    I am ready to abandon SimCity altogether in protest. C’mon Will, finish goddamn Spore and get real again. Sim City needs the master back at work, not Tilted Mill whose crap tries at tried and true franchises has made me abandon them… Children of the Nile???? I hated that game with a passion.

    The Sim, strat gamers want games with depth not this touchy feely crap in running your perfect society. I want to build frackin’ buildings and do urban planning, and watch them succeed and fail. Watch the sims hate and love me…

    Maybe I should run for Mayor in my own city and start my machinations of SimCity here and build a true metropolis… damn, human players…

  58. #58 Shane
    February 29, 2008 at 4:21 am

    Its great to hear some many negative comments on a game that simply should not have been released. The positive side of all the bad comments is that hopefully EA will listen and realise that whilst all they really did is license the name to TM, to please the crowd who kept wanting SC5, it didn’t work. Lets hope they make a real SC and soon. Lucky for me i bought from a store in Australia [EB Games] who give no questions asked refunds within 7 days [i actually went back the very next day], so i wasn’t out of pocket. I noticed that within 2 weeks the price had dropped from AUS$100 to AUS$60…. guess people were either not buying it or returning it.

    Actually went to Asia and saw it at a dodgy copy place for AUS$10 and still didn’t buy it!

    I’ll not go on about why it is so bad, we all know that now [or read the above posts], i just wanted to add my voice so EA realise their error and make a real game again.

  59. #59 Van
    February 29, 2008 at 5:06 pm

    The game isn’t too bad, it would’ve been better to make it known that this game is a spinoff of Simcity, not the next generation.

    I don’t need 3D graphics, untill it can get as detailed and streamlined enough like the 2D graphics of Simcity 3000 or Simcity 4.

  60. #60 Mark
    March 1, 2008 at 11:18 pm

    All I have to say is that I was excited to buy SCS but now im glad I read comments 1-59 and now im soooooo glad I WONT BUY IT, I also have to tell you guys who will be reading the comments that you must read comment #11 then #12, I AGREE WITH COMENT #25,AND I like comments #44, and #45

  61. #61 Alaric_
    March 2, 2008 at 2:41 pm

    I too have to say I was disappointed. This game could have been released under the title “Sim Societies” and I think many people would have been happier.

    The game itself is not too bad – its sort of like Sim City for your 7-11 year old. It is not an adult version of the game, and lacks any depth of complexity.

    For the future of the Sim City I would like to see an implimentation of ideas that have both come and gone from the game. I would like to see regional play be optional so you can have the game work like it did in SC3000 or SC4. I would like to see real rivers where you can put a source location and adjust the acre feet flow rate. I would like to see free form streets, or at least a 22.5 angle added. Lastly I think that the smallest building/improvement tile needs to cover 4 map tiles, this would allow for enhanced centering of building/improvements (e.g. centering a 2×2 building at the end of a 1x access route)

    Anyone else have ideas for what they would like to see in the next Sim City?

    P.S. As for 3D vs 2D I dont really care, however I did always hope that one day I could actually do a “sim-view” tour of my city that I could control.

  62. #62 marco
    March 2, 2008 at 7:27 pm

    very disappointed, it is geared for – 11 year olds , which is ok , but i expected much much more,complexity, i am bored with it already,they way underestimated the intelligence of the players

  63. #63 Josh
    March 4, 2008 at 8:45 pm

    I purchased this game despite all of the poor reviews and gamer’s comments. And sadly, it’s all true. I was dissapointed.

    There are plenty of reviews that speak for themselves with SC:S. Believe them and skip this game.

  64. #64 Dis-Sim-pointed
    March 5, 2008 at 2:59 pm

    I’ve been waiting a long time for sim city 5 to come out… and this is what i get!! What a joke. SC4 had great potential and those tards at ea didn’t bother doing any consumer research and just asked their mongoloid children if the colors were pretty enough for them. I want my money back or at least be able to trade scs for the real sim city 5 when it comes out.

  65. #65 alex t
    March 25, 2008 at 10:33 am

    well i feel sorry for maxis, ok so they are not making it but its gonna drag their name down!!! i’m gonna go get Cities Unlimited!!! it sounds great!!!

  66. #66 Fahad
    March 29, 2008 at 6:47 am

    around 10 years i am playing SimCity , but some thing like this game is really is one of the worst things ever.

  67. #67 Stewart Robson
    March 31, 2008 at 9:39 pm

    This is without a doubt the worst game I’ve ever played. I LOVED Sim City rush hour, so much of it made sense, it was challenging and fascinating to watch your city grow. This new game has no appeal what so ever, it plays like your 12 years old..leaves nothing to the imagination, is completely uninspired and boring to play.
    I wish I could get my money back!

  68. #68 Simster
    April 1, 2008 at 7:55 pm

    So my sim addiction isn’t so feverish of late, which is why I’ve just now tinkered with this release. Though, luckily for me no money has changed hands just yet. From what I’ve seen so far, Societies borrows elements from a game called “City Life” published by Monte Cristo Games. This is a good thing, though the camera restrictions offer an immediate distinction between the two.

    I’m not ready to label this release as binary junk for now. Considering the Sims franchise that enjoys all those lucrative EP and SP releases, I’d wager that once EA releases all EPs for Societies, many of us will be blown away and totally addicted. The only difference is that the total investment could be hundreds USD and after a year or three, the product will be complete… you know, like it should have been at initial release and for the initial costs.

    The software publishers can’t be blamed for that problem though. They’ve only discovered how stupid the end user is, myself included. I can remember the days where the only way to register a software package was to send in the postcard, in those days the products really were finished and polished as extensively as possible.

    Now, in the “update” world that Mr. William has created, the publishers are rushing product to the shelves with the thought: “oh well, they can register online and get the fixes as we work them out.” The result? Us stupid end users keep buying, registering and begging for fixes.

    The childlike element is obvious to me as well, but how else is fresh blood to be inducted into the simulation addicts club?

    So suck it up all you nae sayers, in time and with enough EPs, I believe that Societies will be a formidable contender in the simulation genre and worthy of the Simcity name!

    …torrents? haha

  69. #69 Matthew
    April 5, 2008 at 8:58 pm

    Well, Where should i begin. Simcity Societies is very stupid, lame, just a waste of money. Who ever thought or made this game is out of there minds.It dont come even close to simcity4. EA always makes expansion packs of the SIMS 2 so many of them its nuts. if EA can do that why cant they do the same for Simcity4 Like: Have a expansion pack for simcity4 where you would have more Disasters, more Landmarks, Roads & highways, Different maps, more buildings. All EA has made for simcity4 was just two games. Simcity gamers would like to see more expansion packs of just the simcity4. not just THE SIMS 2 Or totally different city games that is just to lame. I so agree with alot of these comment that people made about the new game. Like: Cant ZOOM OUT. Theres no landmarks. and alot more stuff thats plan old stupid.

  70. #70 Matthew
    April 5, 2008 at 9:13 pm

    Okey Its me again. Know this is a Expansion pack for the simcity4. First of all. Have more completetly different landmarks. More different disasters such as Hurracane, huge wave that would hit your city. fog, or mist, have a alien atack like Independence day movie. also so much more. have different buildings. Different color water. have a region where you can create your own country. Like Russia, England, France, Mexico, Or even the UNITED STATES Of America. Have Seasons. Like Winter with snow. Fall where trees turn brown. Summer with flowers bloom. Have Dates. Like back in the olden time. with older buildings from 1800s or 1900s. Have Cruise ships example Titanic. Have something like that for a expansion pack for simcity4. Maybe someone people wont like this. Maybe some people would. At lease it would go with Simcity4.

  71. #71 Phoenix
    April 6, 2008 at 9:49 am

    Im big computer geek, I play a lot of games and heck sometimes even get paid for it, and starting to design my own. I built a desktop designed to rock virtually any game thats out including bioshock, COD 4, etc. Like the rest of you Im huge simcity fan; ive been playing since the original came out. I got Sim City Societies so i could make up my own mind and I was intrigued. Played a large map, filled it up almsot and was lagging my computer out. SERIOUSLY, WTF. I couldn’t believe it. I thought at first i have a virus or something. Nope machine was clean. For any of you guys serious out there about the next one. Send me your ideas, if you can code or any good art, let me know. How hard could it be to make our own (sarcasm) but i think it could still be done

  72. April 9, 2008 at 10:55 am

    Uhmm i think that the problem is with ur graphic card phoenix…the game works perfect for me it need a high bit rate cause of extreme amount of population of object in the map. You need a card with high bitrate and atleast 512mb of bandwidth.Anyways Maxis has always facinated me and just keep going guys 🙂

  73. #73 SimCityWhat?
    April 11, 2008 at 10:51 pm

    Haven’t played it. Will not play it. SC4 until SPORE comes out.

  74. #74 Matthew
    April 14, 2008 at 12:34 am

    Simcity what?
    What is this game Spore about?

  75. #75 Tristan Moon-Keca
    April 17, 2008 at 7:17 am

    I’m 10 years old OK & I, a bIG simcity fan am dissipionted By this game.Graphiks are good but the game keeps fr#@$ing crashing & freezing.Expansion packs help but SimSity Societies just sucks.It Took me 3 whole days just to get to a pop. of 16,000.On simsity 3000 unlimeted I can do that in 5 minutes.Simcity Societies is a waste of MY MONEY & SUCKS!!!!!!!!!!!!

  76. #76 Mad_Genius
    April 17, 2008 at 2:12 pm

    Many people already said that Societies should be a game on its own and not a part of the Simcity brand. I definitly agree. societies is a completly different way of city-building game. It presents you a more social way of thinking instead of the normal economical way that fans like me are used to. And that makes me feel sad when I see that the new Simcity Box is actually relating Societies with Simcity, thus making Societies a part of the brand instead of separate it. However I believe that the future will teach the publishers a very valuable lesson.

  77. #77 bob
    April 24, 2008 at 10:57 am


  78. #78 cookz
    April 25, 2008 at 1:26 pm

    I like it, okay i don’t use any the filter stuff, but it looks good.Okay somethings like hours and viechles are stupid, but the game is overall great.I didn’t play the normal games though, but i want the expansion

  79. May 2, 2008 at 2:26 pm

    I bought the game yesterday….after 5hrs of installing/uninstalling, patching C++, NET, AMD drivers, etc….

    I still cant get the game to run….all it does is displays a exception error window on taskbar that I can’t even view to see the error….Alt-F4 is the only way to end it without rebooting.

    I’ve spent 2hrs now reading forums and the EA ones basically left me with a bad taste in my mouth…they lock threads so they don’t have to fix the problems.

    I really really really wish Spore wasn’t being put out by EA….I’m scared they are gonna screw that up too.

    I’m gonna try to get my money back from London Drugs….otherwise…I know a field with a herd of cows and a big pile of manure where I’m gonna bury this total disgrace to the name of SIMS….

    Please…for the love of everything you hold dear…DO NOT BUY THIS GAME!!!!

  80. #80 Nicko
    May 3, 2008 at 7:22 pm

    you know, i went into this game not as a hardcore simcity fan, but just as a gamer, who enjoys something diffrent, no expectations, or wants. And im still dissapointed, i would have rather watched my money getting burned on my grandapa’s fire and do something useful like warming up the house, rather then watse it on another ea flop. dont make the samee mistake, just leave it on the game shelf and but simcity 4 instead.

  81. #81 Nicko
    May 3, 2008 at 7:23 pm

    Aslo people please stop it with” this game is for 11 year old” even my little brother though this was a waste for crap

  82. #82 nickbarber
    May 7, 2008 at 9:29 pm

    yeah i cant even get this game to work. my mouse wont move, can anyone help?

  83. #83 roberto
    May 11, 2008 at 2:06 pm

    this game is a worthless piece of crap. i dont know why i even bought it. i was hoping to get a sequel to SC4 and got this game. it takes over 1 hour to load and when its finally done loading it crashes within 5 minutes.

    why would you take out things like zoning,freeways, airports, RCI demand. these are things that got me hooked on SC3000 and SC4. another thing that makes SCS a terrible game is the subways. when i first saw the subways i thought i was gonna be able to construct the sucway underground like in previous games, but i was very wrong. i want my money back

  84. #84 Zach
    May 15, 2008 at 5:48 pm

    I think that this pretty much shows why Spore has been forever in the make. Will Wright doesn’t want this to happen to him.

  85. #85 Nick
    May 16, 2008 at 10:28 pm

    well they have taken out every imrovement they have made since sc2000, and gave us this after trying to make easier for new borns, what did we expect?

  86. #86 Zagadee
    May 18, 2008 at 9:33 am

    Okay so it’s not as much fun and addictive as the previous simcities, but i like this game. It’s got the same appeal that lego did as a child, there’s few ‘goals’ except building whateevr you want. Not a compelling game but fun to while away an afternoon now and then building a random society and having some fun. However, the slowdown for larger cities is very very annoying and hopefully is addressed to an extent in the updates and yes, it is directionless. But to me it’s open ended ‘sandbox’ play gives me so much scope for creativity, although a more traditional simcity challenge alongside the sandbox would’ve been welcome. Overall not a stunner, but fun and certainly a must for simcity fans once the price comes down and the mod community starts churning out stuff

  87. #87 Psyon
    May 26, 2008 at 11:44 am

    “#25 Q
    You know what EA should do? Since they obviously can’t make a good SimCity game by themselves, they should start a forum where people can submit ideas for the next SimCity game.”

    Not a bad idea. I still think EA owes us for buying their crappy games. Perhaps a free addon that can, at least, make it like SC4…

  88. #88 Elain Morgan
    June 1, 2008 at 9:06 am

    I got hooked on Simcity 4, loved it, got SCS, played it for about a month and forgot about it, not exactly “Crap” but definetly disapointing of EA, Maxis should work on SC games and if not i shall refuse to buy any future Simcity games. My Rating: 3.0 out of 10, Forgettable

  89. #89 Jack
    June 1, 2008 at 10:38 pm

    I totally agree with most of the above posters.

    I had initially read this game was supposed to be like a sim city game, and even the game trailers looked pretty interesting. But i should’ve known something wasn’t right when i saw it for $20 at the store. I bought it and didn’t even make it out of the tutorial it was so horrendous.

    If it were worth it to sit in traffic and waste the gas to drive back to the store i’d of done it!

  90. #90 Jack
    June 1, 2008 at 10:39 pm

    btw, it doesn’t even uninstall quick on vista… Sits there gathering information for what seems like an eternity.

  91. #91 Muck
    June 3, 2008 at 11:36 am

    I with most of you. My girlfriend bought my societies and I feel bad. She knows I love Simcity, and thought she was doing me a favor. My machine is to old to handle the new game… but I took it to my parents house and played for about an hour. The thing that really bothered me the most was the fact that I could not zoom out. wtf? I can’t even take in the vistas? I know maxis was on another project and that’s why they didn’t work on societies, but we need them back. If even just for their dromedary(SP?) themed wit. EA can only make this up to me by making NHL 09 the best hockey game ever… which is doubtful

  92. #92 Som1
    June 5, 2008 at 5:33 pm

    This game sucks. we wanted:
    >MORE complex stuff (what doessss it take for them to get it!! we want everrrything to be waaaaayyyyy more complex. but in the good way, not like choosing the color of a building but like different types of things and that…

    that’s all!!!

  93. #93 MARK
    June 9, 2008 at 7:44 pm

    Worst game ever! I have a very fast computer and this thing just chug’s along!!!

    Did anyone at EA actually test this game on an ‘average’ computer?

    Wasted my money! NEVER BUY EA AGAIN!

  94. #94 Nikkorasu
    June 13, 2008 at 11:57 am

    I am a die-hard fan of Sim City. I’ve been playing it since I first found it on the SNES. From there I moved into SC2000, which of course was leaps and bounds ahead of the original and so on, and so on. I was very excited about SC4000 Deluxe Edition as it offered more control over transit. Not to mention all of the add-ons that others have created so you can have roundabouts or better looking pavement.

    I thirsted for something more… I thought that SimCity Societies was it… I was severely heartbroken when I started playing it. Not only is the game play sluggish at best on a decent computer, it’s a complete change in the other direction as far as SC goes. This game shouldn’t even hold the title of SimCity… it should just be called Societies… Once I was disappointed I went to uninstall the program only to find that it wouldn’t leave. Now I have a program that I’m sorely disappointed with and I’m stuck with it. I eventually removed it by brute force.

    In all, I hope that EA gets Maxis back to create a real SimCity 5… and realize that we’re not a group of softheads that can’t handle the complex workings of a fantastic game.

    Bring back SimCity the way it was meant to be EA!

  95. #95 William White
    June 14, 2008 at 8:03 pm

    So funny that everyone agrees that Societies sucks! I’m a complete Simcity addict and have been for years. My wife thinks I suffer from a dangerous addiction and maybe she’s right, but I haven’t been able to suffer through a single game of Societies yet… the cookie cutter approach takes all the fun out of it for me. I want cooler, more expansive transportation and energy generation options….

    I actually like City Life quite a bit and look forward to the XL version next year, but Societies is total crap… really sad to see.

  96. June 16, 2008 at 10:44 am

    sim city societies is awful. worst game ever, on patch 4 now, still not fixed all the bugs..

    Badly made, tilted mill ought to be ashamed of themselves, EA ought to be ashamed for letting tilted mill create such a poor quality product.

  97. #97 marzbarz
    June 24, 2008 at 8:23 pm

    Im fourteen and a big sim city fan never played the original though… anyway I got this game about a week ago and it’s fun for about a couple of days but after a while it gets really boring. i agree with everyone else when they say it lacks any depth. A big dissapointment. I think the graphics are really cool but EA missed the whole thing with sim city, watching your city evolve etc. overall I think the game would be appreciated by my 10 year old sisters though lol.

  98. #98 aniruddh
    July 9, 2008 at 7:17 am

    this game is for kids and dosent potray the real meaning of building a city
    Sucks totally
    I didnt waste any money coz i played the demo

  99. #99 Jcsthird
    July 19, 2008 at 5:50 pm

    No used game stores take back opened PC games. THIS SUCKS. If there are any I would love to know. I do have to agree with most that Sim City Societies is very different from the rest of the Sim City series and does deserve another name. Sim City 4 is much better in my opinion. Take a look at CitiesXL by Monte Cristo.

  100. #100 Mystery
    July 20, 2008 at 7:59 am

    did you know 86 % of people who played societies it froze after 15 minutes? I hate societies!!!

  101. #101 Mystery
    July 20, 2008 at 8:03 am

    and if you i guess if you kind of want sim city 5 you could get rush hour and download a few modds… lol

  102. #102 Ed
    August 20, 2008 at 11:36 am

    I got SimCity Societies for Christmas (I’m 14) and all I have to say is, IT SUCKS! I didn’t mind it for a while (I was wondering what secret fun thing in it would leap out at me) but no, It’s nothing like SimCity4. I expected roads that have no boundaries and that wouldn’t be restricted to 45 degrees, but EA f*cked up another one. I’m easy going when it comes to games, I’ve SimCity4 Deluxe and it still has me hooked since it came out. Rush Hour made complete sense, but I wanted road trams and a monorail-to-subway interchange. But besides all of that, it was nearly flawless, except for one thing: MAXIS rushed the game to come out and never finished the weather code in the EXE. At the moment I’m thinking of buying SimCity3k and burning SCS in petrol and dancing like some sort of a Pagan ritual around it. All I’ve to say is I hope Maxis return to SimCity after SPORE before it’s too late for it. Anyway, I hope “the real” SC5 avenges SC4.

  103. #103 JBoz
    August 20, 2008 at 1:24 pm

    This stuff is bull! I hate it! It is so annoyingly slow! I repeat: SLOW SLOW SLOW SLOW SLOW!

    What is EA thinking? Maxis was soooooo much better!
    What a ripoff!

  104. #104 JBoz
    August 20, 2008 at 1:47 pm

    I thought Sim City Societies would be a 3D Sim City 4, with more stuff, but noooooooo! It was just the oppisite. Tilted Mill really is sloppy with their work!

  105. #105 JBoz
    August 20, 2008 at 1:59 pm

    We can only pray that there will not be a Sim City Societies 2. Just a Sim City 5

  106. #106 Ed
    August 21, 2008 at 12:21 pm

    Oh crap, I never thought of that possibility!

  107. #107 Ed
    August 21, 2008 at 12:28 pm

    Why does EA f*ck up anything that they go near?

    The Sims 2 (I like University but that’s it)
    SimCity Societies (Pure crap!)
    Medal Of Honour (2015 was a good company but EA made 2 bad EPs for that AGAIN)

    Add more to this list….

  108. #108 Tristan Moon-Keca
    August 25, 2008 at 6:02 pm

    Dissipointing I will never play it again!

  109. #109 SimFail
    September 6, 2008 at 1:06 pm

    I never really liked it that much. I think the game would be fine if it didn’t crash so much…And I agree it really does slow down your comp if you have a big city. I feel like I have no use of playing it again

  110. #110 hopefull
    September 8, 2008 at 9:53 pm

    after hearing all this crap about the game i will not buy it. hopefully cities XL will restore city game play.

  111. #111 John
    September 15, 2008 at 8:44 pm

    I spent a dollar on this game, buying it used off Amazon.
    I feel ripped off just by that dollar!
    It’s the most boring game I’ve ever played!
    I feel like I’m playing a kiddy game, with the navigation being a bunch of smiley faces and frowney faces, and there are so many bugs, I feel like just throwing the game disk in the fire and being done with it!

  112. #112 kdidd
    October 6, 2008 at 4:56 am

    I can’t under stand why Maxis why would hand down a good game over 2 a shit company such as EA games that will F#%k it up i hope it’s a wake up call for Maxis not 2 give a game like sim city 2 another company if they do end makin another sim city Maxis better make the nxt 1 since EA well and truly f#@ked this 1 up for sure and plus all the money tht has gone makin it

  113. #113 kdidd
    October 6, 2008 at 5:19 am


  114. #114 Joe
    October 14, 2008 at 10:57 am

    I am very disappointed by SimCity Societies. It is slow, it crashes, navigation is difficult and it doesn’t really show what it is like to manage a city of any size. The variety of societies is interesting though.

  115. #115 Matt
    October 26, 2008 at 7:36 am

    After reading a lot of the reviews I’m definitely not getting this game!

  116. #116 Faris
    November 8, 2008 at 3:51 pm

    GOD GOD GOD! what’s wrong with them the game fell down bad sim city 4 was perfect and realistic.. same city sossieties is a piece of crap i really wanna sue them for wasting my time and money and I WAITED SO LONG FOR IT TO COME OUT! TOTALLY TOTALLY DISAPPOINTING

  117. #117 Shawn
    December 5, 2008 at 4:15 pm

    Bad isn’t even the word. This game lets you really wonder how the heck thoughts of this game even got past the brainstorming session at EA. Makes you wonder if EA Games has ANY clue whatsoever, what the simcity community wants. Yes we want new and improved, but based off the foundationof all the previous games. We’ve been asking for lane expansion of highways and roads, not just building a new type to expand for like a decade. Natrually you answer the call by creating a game that sucks so bad, that makes all your loyalists have such a bad taste in their mouth that they will never buy another one again, let alone request a feature. I guess thats one way to solve the problem if you don’t care about your stockholders.

  118. #118 John
    December 5, 2008 at 4:46 pm

    Only thing more insulting than the conception of this game, is the lack of urgency to make a real Sim City 5 that will have the community happy again. EA has killed Sim City and has no intentions to resurrect it.

  119. #119 tommy
    December 5, 2008 at 5:07 pm

    CitiesXL looks like the next simcity. Graphics and flexibility addresses alot of control feature requests with roads. Jury is still out on whether it maintains the micro management aspect of SC4 Rush Hour

  120. #120 Ed
    December 6, 2008 at 3:47 pm

    Why didn’t they ask a question on a forum saying what people wanted in the game? It would stop all of the brainstorming sessions!

  121. #121 Jamie
    January 6, 2009 at 9:41 pm

    I want a sim city five that plays like four but is bigger in scope and looks as close to a Google map Satellite view as possible. They have a guaranteed hit if they just stick to what made SC so popular in the first place and progress in scope and detail as they were doing. If it ain’t broke…

  122. #122 aNdReSk
    January 10, 2009 at 3:39 am

    It doesnt even have diagonal roads… 😛 At least i downloaded it cracked lol

  123. #123 KNguyen
    January 27, 2009 at 4:07 pm

    OMG this game sucks. I love sim city since sc2k. Society was a pos and a waste of my $40. Now I can’t return it. Boooooo EA Games.

  124. #124 kdidd
    January 29, 2009 at 4:18 am


  125. January 31, 2009 at 6:16 am

    Bought the game…downloaded about 6 months ago…played it a couple of times…deleted it from my hard drive….a complete waste of space.

    a total bore, silly looking, insulting to sc4 players, a true commercial embarassment.

  126. January 31, 2009 at 2:41 pm

    SCS sucks. I love the SC series; except for the original from ’89. But otherwise it kept getting better and better. SCS is an insult to me.

  127. #127 cly
    January 31, 2009 at 3:25 pm

    @ Jamie #121

    Cities XL looks like its going to be exactly what you want, though I don’t know if they are going to be using terrain based on earth though.

  128. #128 emma
    February 2, 2009 at 6:13 am

    The main problem I have with the game is the rubbish zoom making it hard to plan your city.Also the lack of different transportation like railways annoys me…and what about the industrial buildings? There’s no RCI needs.You can just pick all the good things. It’s too easy to make the simmies happy.

  129. #129 GaryL
    February 6, 2009 at 2:08 pm

    SCS is such a crap game, I didn’t even buy it when I heard that it would be based around “social energies”. It sounds like a hippy version of SC4.

  130. #130 phazerman08
    February 11, 2009 at 3:03 pm

    i think SCS is fuckin crappy, expiecally compared to SC4. its like a childish game that freezes every fuckin 15 minutes. I was very dissapointed.

  131. #131 George
    February 16, 2009 at 10:09 am

    Sim City Societies is like waking up on Christmas as a child, hoping to unwrap that blue bike you seen in the shop window and wanted for 2 years, only to find a lump of dog shit in a box.

  132. #132 roberto
    February 19, 2009 at 10:16 pm

    when i first got this game i thought it was gonna be a great game but i was very wrong. SCS is missing way to much for it to be considered a simcity game. the worst part about this game is the fact that TM got rid of zoning. being able to zone and expand your city is what got me addicted to the simcity franchise

  133. #133 Jboz
    February 24, 2009 at 8:16 pm

    At least Maxis was working on something great while Tilted Mill was screwing up.

  134. #134 Jboz
    February 24, 2009 at 8:19 pm

    Now I have to spend my time playing that (Good)game(Spore) and Sim City (Made by Maxis), instead of another great Sim City (5).
    All I have to say is- Go to hell tilted mill.

  135. February 26, 2009 at 1:39 am

    Hey, remember SimTown?


  136. #136 Jboz
    March 9, 2009 at 10:29 pm

    Never heard of it… sorry…

  137. #137 Pwnerdude999
    March 22, 2009 at 11:45 pm

    My dad owns a $28,000 Apple computer. Im allowed to use it sometimes, Societies doesn’t lag on it AT ALL!

  138. #138 Paul
    March 26, 2009 at 3:08 am

    The biggest Simcity disappointment in my life, and I have been addicted to Simcity from the very first game.

  139. #139 simlover
    April 5, 2009 at 7:33 pm

    Please make a new Real Simcity! I am addicted to sim city 4! Simcity Societies is just awful!

  140. April 18, 2009 at 7:10 am

    When i patch Simcity societies to #5
    I can’t play

    My simcity Societies is original
    But why? May be my Simcity societies is Pirated when i buy and play simcity Societies destination i can play ^^
    But simcity societies cannot it suck

    And the best part is EA does not replying all the problem ^^

  141. #141 Chris
    April 19, 2009 at 6:26 am

    It makes a good coaster at least. Worthless.

  142. #142 M Cakes
    May 1, 2009 at 6:25 pm

    I made the right decision of not buying that piece of crap SimCity Societies. I still play SimCity 4 and sometimes even SimCity 3000. I watched a video of Societies on YouTube and it looked terrible. Makes me sick.

  143. #143 Chester
    May 25, 2009 at 11:07 pm

    SCS is Stinks because when you have a big population in the city is lag

  144. #144 akozan
    June 14, 2009 at 11:51 pm

    i prefer choose spore and sim city 4 to play than this crap

  145. #145 JBOZ
    June 15, 2009 at 4:12 pm

    Chester- it lags with any population size. 😛

  146. #146 JBOZ
    June 15, 2009 at 4:13 pm

    Omg, my other post was supposed to be a face sticking out its tongue, not a “Happy face”.

  147. #147 Alex
    July 15, 2009 at 6:40 am

    This game is… how can I call it… SHIT?

  148. #148 aidan
    September 23, 2009 at 9:12 pm

    Sim city 4 + expansion pack was best game ever. why the hell didnt maxis used sim city 5 to expand on that game.

  149. #149 Dylan
    September 27, 2009 at 5:33 pm

    i played it for 5 minutes ad threw it out.enough said.

  150. #150 Paul
    October 24, 2009 at 8:28 am

    Is there going to be another simcity soon? I’m tired of Societies, it’s no good and have been waiting so long for a new sim city, maybe simcity 5 would be good

  151. #151 UNBRELACORP
    October 29, 2009 at 7:22 pm

    I bouht this game thanking the gods for leting me have it. I hate you gods. I coud have a better time watching my ex yell at me. BARNY would at least give me the opertunity to have my brains explode. but this gamee, noooooooo, it sucks so bad my brain just stoped working, and leaving no damage! not to metion the mod “no more simsuckks” that GARANTED to make it better, killed my compu. unfortanatly i was to stupid to realize that the best buy clerk did not give me the resete. in the end i burnt the game, puting poisenus fumes in my house. not to mention the time i lost writing this stupid revew the game made me write!

  152. #152 aaron
    November 22, 2009 at 1:18 pm

    Well after seeing all these hatred comment of the game im sad to say almost evey last one them are true, honestly the game is straight crap, I should have just listened to the best buy employee who told me to burn your money instead. Thanks maxis you fucked me on that one. Bring simcity back!

  153. #153 Levi
    December 21, 2009 at 3:00 am

    i totally agree sim city societies sucks i had to buy societies to get 3000!!

  154. #154 Kandice
    March 19, 2010 at 8:32 pm

    I’m 11.
    The game sucks.
    On ice.

    DON’T BUY IT! This game slowed down my already slow computer, and you can’t zoom out at all.
    I agree with most everyone here: EA-MAKE A REAL SC5!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  155. #155 Fife
    April 23, 2010 at 9:57 am

    You have failed me for the last time EA.

  156. #156 Jimmy
    April 23, 2010 at 9:59 am

    Playing this game is as enjoyable as riding a bike with a cactus for a seat.

  157. #157 EA SUCKS
    May 11, 2010 at 10:28 am

    Sim City 5, this is not.

  158. #158 Anon
    May 22, 2010 at 6:20 pm

    The main problem with SCS is that it’s supposed to be part of the Simcity franchise. Released as a separate game altogether I don’t believe it would receive such bad reviews. But for all those people who want a CONTINUATION of the SimCity series it is so bad because it is NOTHING like any of the others. I want SC5 to come out before there’s no hope left!!

    (Sources: seeing my friend play it on her laptop)

  159. #159 James
    August 3, 2010 at 9:43 am

    Its very good for me but why does every hate scs?

  160. #160 Cityplanner145
    August 6, 2010 at 9:13 am

    “Basically, they changed the fundamental concepts of actually simulating a city to more along the lines of customizing one. Each game had a little something that made it more real than the others.

    Sim City 2000 had many, many graphs not just for examining civil services [police, fire, medical, utilities, aura, etc.], but for examining industrial markets too [textiles, electronics, chemicals]. It also tried to incorporate weather, which actively played a role in how much your water pumps would produce to supply your city with water.

    Sim City 3000 was most realistic in actual governance. While there were no actual panels discussing where you could zone and where you could build civic services and utilities, there were petitioners and advisers that interacted with both other advisers and petitioners. Additionally, the game allowed for environmental situations, like garbage, to show up clearly and take a subtle but important role in game play.

    As for SimCity 4, the best thing it had was transportation simulation. While it wasn’t perfect, it was a vastly improved simulator from previous ones which used zoning distribution as a basis for traffic. Obviously the graphics were stellar; it is noteworthy that this was actually a 3D rendering system [remember the gmax models], but didn’t have a 3D camera system to fully “experience” the simulation. If it did, you would most likely see the same rendered texture (distorted) as you looked around, as gmax pre-rendered the building to look specific ways due to the camera system involved.

    With Socieites, they eliminated the role of government, and instead put you as a complete dictator, mixing a slight SimCity environment with both The Sims, and a hint of Civilization.”

  161. #161 Gary Baham
    August 11, 2010 at 10:21 am

    I hope a new SimCity game comes out. I love SC4. Societies has a lot of buildings. But Societies just doesn’t have good transport. Just stupid 4-lane roads. 4-lane roads. And there is no NAM for it. When will the real Simcity 5 come out. With the Transport of Simcity 4 and the buildings of Societies, we would have a very nice SimCity Game. And, STEX files, a B.A.T., and the lot editor would be in it. In SimCity 6, you’d be mayor again.

  162. #162 sam23694
    December 11, 2010 at 9:39 am

    i Agree with evryone here they should burns this game and maybe tilted mill along with it.
    i would even be happy to go back to sc4 graphics not even 3d just so i dont play scs full of fairytales and lame shit.
    sc5 should just be minor grpahics and major content addon

  163. #163 simcitylover3000
    December 15, 2010 at 10:47 pm

    sim city societies is horrible! As a simcity fan myself, this game has bad graphics, too easy and its practically a waste of money. Adding the Sim City logo was a bad decicion, as it has almost nothing to do with city building.

  164. #164 Princeps
    February 20, 2011 at 1:13 pm

    My mom said I can choose 1 game for christamas present(pretty much the only present) and I chose simscity 5, I was sooooo excited and after few hours of playing I started crying because the game sucked and from that time on I started to download games Illegally. SO BLAME SIMCITY 5!!!

  165. #165 Rich
    March 27, 2011 at 12:18 am

    Just purchased SimCity Box, and the registration code won’t work. “Support” would not help.
    EA is TERRIBLE! And I’m telling EVERYONE I know. They don’t stand behind their product.

  166. #166 MisterMister
    May 24, 2011 at 11:57 pm

    I bought the SimCity Box since it was the best deal, the only products out of that 5 are SimCity4 and SimCity4 Rush Hour.
    SimCitySocieties should have been named something instead of having SimCity in it.

  167. #167 angus47
    June 1, 2011 at 1:09 am

    Watching your Sims walk around is also fun because of their cute exaggerated walks. But be prepared: Though the frame rate isn

  168. #168 BOB
    June 19, 2011 at 11:44 pm

    Simcity Societies isn’t as bad as everyone thinks. It isn’t anywhere near as great as SC4 is, but it isn’t bad either. I’d give it a 3/5 (Mediocre-Decent)

  169. #169 Chris
    August 13, 2011 at 6:57 am

    I have also played sim city 3000 and sim city 4000 and all I have to say is that these games are excelent but they are also from a time period when games were based upon strategy and not so much pretty pictures. Unfortunatly there are a large group of people who do enjoy the sim cities societies games because it is in my opinion a dumbed down retarded version of what sim city is, they don’t have to think and since unfortunately these individuals make up 3/4s of the market the gming companies will of course go where the money is.

    I like many of you have got excited over Spore, but when I read more into it it again seemed liked a dumbed down game compared to Maxis classic games and the Sim city franchise of the 90s I don’t know wether the companies like EA have been losing talented eccentric programers like will wright or X-Plane’s Austin Meyer or if its the populace themselves who are more interested in blood and shock shooter games and grand theft auto and don’t want to invest in any thing that requires a learning curve and does not always result in instant gratifcation. All I can say is that EA DID manage to get the sims working in a likeable order and i hope they keep it that way.

  170. #170 John
    September 12, 2011 at 3:01 am

    EA has a long history of messing up games (James Bond The World Is Not Enough on N64). the fact that they had to patch it even a month after release is a sign it was rushed. The gameplay sucks (see zooming comment earlier), and you can’t just zone areas to see buildings pop up. It’s annoying to have to manually place buildings all the time. Played for 30 minutes, then the UI pissed me off. Thankfully it was a friend’s computer so he paid for it 😉 poor sap. Did I mention you can’t zoom out all the way? I give it a 1 of 5.

  171. #171 sc junky
    October 28, 2011 at 12:47 pm

    sim city 5 is strange with no major challenges.The fact that maxis did not participate in its making makes it distant and too simple just clicking and draging.sim city 4 is much more extensive in terms of”what shall i build this time”

  172. #172 Juan pablo
    February 24, 2012 at 10:04 pm


  173. #173 NYYPhil777
    February 25, 2012 at 8:38 am

    This game was total shit, too. Though I did like the authoritarian society and the sleep tube housing, this game is far from being as great as SC3KU and SC4. This game did not work on my Vista, so I switched it to my XP. Played it for a year and finally gave up. $35 for nothing but complete shit. Will Wright and EA need to stop thinking about themselves and give us fans the real SC5 we deserve to have on our game CD shelves. As for Tilted Mill, I hope they go out of business.
    Source: Still hooked on SimCity 3000 Unlimited and SimCity 4 Deluxe.

  174. March 27, 2012 at 10:11 am

    “Played it for a year” is a pretty strong endorsement, NYYPHIL777.

  175. #175 CityFanBuilder2020
    May 14, 2012 at 1:48 am

    At least SimCity 2013 is coming out by March 2013.

  176. #176 I just hate you
    August 14, 2012 at 11:11 am

    Fuck!I wanna remove it,When I am downloading SC4 at 100kbps I played this game…My download is at 20%,I just played like 10 Minutes then I wanna remove it,I searched in the SCS folder,I saw no uninstaller,Holy Crap,Then I went to CP and then install/Remove Programs…I use win7 so I have to browse through shit Cagetories,Got Into the Uninstaller,Just shows up some kind of errors.And My download is 30%

  177. #177 I just hate you
    August 14, 2012 at 11:33 am

    I feel bored when doing the tutor.I Prefer Simcity 4 style.I Started to think about uninstalling when Placing roads,I wanna find a Type of road for my narrow Street…

  178. #178 SImCity Societies Sucks!
    July 22, 2013 at 10:14 am

    I regret that I buy SC Box. If I know that SCS is worst before, I will just buy SC4D/RH. I only play SC4 for a few times, and I never played again. SC4 is still best SimCity ever!

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