Post Thumbnail

After several "non-critical" SimCity features were disabled over a month ago to improve server stability, one of the most significant is finally back online. SimCity players can now enable Cheetah Speed once again, invigorating their tiny Sims to work harder and faster than ever. Maxis is also work...

April 10th 2013 at 10:30am 0 Comments
Post Thumbnail

SimCity might be best known for its massive logistical problems, but, well, alternate sources of revenue are not among those problems. That part is locked down. By visiting this Origin page and then restarting the always-online game, you'll get access to the "Nissan Leaf Charging Station," which le...

April 3rd 2013 at 12:00pm 0 Comments
Post Thumbnail

Soften the financial impact of Dead Space 3, SimCity, or Need for Speed Most Wanted, while you soften your skin, with an entirely random Amazon deal. Right now, through some totally nonsensical co-marketing, you get the $20 discount off of one of those three EA games if you buy $15 worth of "Dove M...

March 25th 2013 at 1:30pm 0 Comments
Post Thumbnail

Well, it's been two weeks since the calamitous launch of the SimCity reboot and the game currently has a Metacritic score lower than the abysmal Resident Evil 6. A small blessing for developer Maxis? SimCity dodges being the highest profile stinker of this still burgeoning year thanks to the dishon...

March 18th 2013 at 3:15pm 0 Comments
Post Thumbnail

Despite all of its launch complications, EA Maxis' series reboot SimCity has managed to sell over one million copies since launching two weeks ago. EA reports this is the biggest launch for the franchise, the majority of players – 54%, EA says – choosing to download SimCity. In fact, EA...

March 18th 2013 at 2:15pm 0 Comments
Post Thumbnail

As part of its efforts to re-endear customers to the new SimCity, EA is handing out one free Origin game to all players, from a choice of Battlefield 3, Bejeweled 3, Dead Space 3, Mass Effect 3, Medal of Honor Warfighter, Need for Speed Most Wanted, Plants vs. Zombies and SimCity 4 Deluxe Edition....

March 18th 2013 at 12:53pm 0 Comments
Post Thumbnail

Following claims yesterday that SimCity had been modified to run offline in a limited capacity, Maxis/EA general manager Lucy Bradshaw has since updated EA's official blog with a bulleted reiteration of Maxis' always-on design philosophy for the game.In the missive, Bradshaw dismisses claims that S...

March 15th 2013 at 8:15pm 0 Comments
Post Thumbnail

Server issues aside, SimCity players have noticed some other problems with Maxis' latest simulation game. One of the more obvious ones involves SimCity's traffic, as vehicles tend to take the shortest possible route between destinations. As a result, shorter roads wind up with traffic jams, even if...

March 15th 2013 at 11:00am 0 Comments
Post Thumbnail

Reddit user AzzerUK claims to have enabled SimCity's debug mode and to have disabled its disconnection timer, both of which imply that there is more to the game's inner workings than EA and Maxis originally stated.Currently, a user that loses their connection to the server during gameplay will be l...

March 14th 2013 at 8:15pm 0 Comments
Post Thumbnail

I've written five different openings to this SimCity review over three days. Some felt ignorant of the game's disastrous launch, an element I openly wrestled with before writing this review. Others were too aggressive and awkwardly angry. I fired blindly with some fluffy paragraph about the fun of...

March 13th 2013 at 4:30pm 0 Comments
Post Thumbnail

Though EA's official stance on SimCity's persistent Internet connection has been that it's absolutely required for the core game to function, a report from Rock, Paper, Shotgun claims that is not the case. An inside source who asked to remain anonymous told RPS the online servers are "not handling...

March 12th 2013 at 7:45pm 0 Comments
Post Thumbnail

Electronic Arts and Maxis have created an official SimCity server status page.The status page comes a week after the game's disastrous launch, which saw servers overwhelmed and players unable to access the game with any regularity up into the weekend, when developer Maxis added more servers.Maxis G...

March 12th 2013 at 4:40pm 0 Comments