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A difficult but engrossing game. Windows Rendorax (7)
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The best Simcity game yet! Windows JL3001 (20)

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Windows 78 3.9
Combined User Score 83 3.9

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WindowsAdrenaline Vault, The (AVault) (Feb 25, 2003)
Maxis has done something rare and noteworthy here. They’ve managed to rework a classic with new features while improving gameplay and streamlining function. SimCity 4 represents a culmination of player suggestions and developer innovation, all done in a streamlined title that hasn’t lost its focus. By providing an impressive level of detail in a game where detail is essential, and by including intuitive enhancements to the player experience, this is one title that should easily land on the “must have” list for any gamer.
WindowsGame Informer Magazine (Feb, 2003)
So here it is again:: A masterpiece of a game that doesn't promote violence, and doesn't go out of its way to shock you with racy images or situations. SimCity 4 is the best kind of entertainment.
MacintoshMac Gamer (Jul 18, 2003)
SimCity 4 is an incredible RPG when you get right down to it. It provides the flexibility in its engine to build and lead in just about any way you care to imagine. The causal nature of the game is a wonder to behold as well. Tax your citizens too heavily in one city and you'll drive them to live in another. Don't provide enough education in one place, and families will pull up stakes. Like playing chess against yourself, each city in a region vies for the same resources and growth potential, but when all is said and done, being mayor is all about politics. You have to try and keep as many people with completely different needs as happy as you can while convincing them that the money you're taking from them will be good for them in the long run.
WindowsIGN (Jan 14, 2003)
Overall I was very impressed with SimCity 4. Unlike SimCity 3000, SimCity 4 really is a major evolutionary step in the series. To be honest, I wasn't convinced that it was that much different until I played it for a while, but like an onion, there are just more layers to unwrap -- but at least with SimCity 4 you won't be crying the entire time.
WindowsArmchair Empire, The (Jul 06, 2003)
Though I’ve never been a huge fan of the SimCity games, their continued excellence is impressive and undeniable. Even given that, I was kind of put off by the arrival of the review copy of SimCity 4 in my mailbox, especially since it was the latest in a long line of deep, involved PC games that I had been assigned to review. At that point, I simply was ready to blow things up mindlessly. To its credit, SimCity 4, with its nearly endless customizability and intuitive interface broke through my reluctance by the time I had spent thirty minutes in the tutorial mode. On top of that, SimCity 4 managed to satisfy my need to maniacally blow things up better than I ever imagined possible (but more on that later).
91 (Jan 28, 2003)
All in all then, SimCity 4 takes an already well established and finely crafted game concept that next stage further. Whilst there's nothing ground breaking here, the improvements and additions in SimCity 4 are nonetheless very impressive, Maxis having created a game of absolutely epic proportions. You may find yourself tiring of the same formula (and the necessities of micromanagement) before you come anywhere near completing or exploring the full potential of the game, but that doesn't stop it being deeply impressive and very addictive indeed, especially as you toy with your new-found freedom, and relish your world coming to life before you.
WindowsActionTrip (Jan 15, 2003)
In summary, this is without a doubt the best SimCity game so far. It is highly addictive and, as always, it has a very strong replay value. The game engrosses its player in a delightful little world of city managing. Being the mayor can be fun, but it can also be hard work. It's all about erecting houses and sky-scrapers, coping with the economy, and of course looking after your citizens - everything from their general welfare to education, health, traffic, and so on. Luckily, the interface is simpler than ever and each option and tool is on the screen right before you. I guess we have to thank The Sims for that. Also, there are several ways with which you can modify the land before you start building the city of your dreams. It was hard to juggle with a great number problems in the economy, industry, and education, but with extra effort I was able to erect Vadarsville and watch it prosper and rise to glory. Cool! Add another one to the list of EA's top-sellers.
90 (Jan 23, 2003)
Sinänsä uusin SimCity ei tarjoa pelisarjan faneille paljonkaan uutta, mutta onnistuneesti modernisoitu ulkoasu, lähes täydellisesti toteutettu lokalisointi sekä muutamat kiinnostavat pelilliset uudistukset puoltavat kyllä ostopäätöstä vaikka SimCity 3000 olisikin kaluttu puhki. SimCity 4 tarjoaa myös huomattavasti aikaisempia pelejä kovemmalla vaikeustasollaan hieman "pelimäisempää" sisältöä, kun pelaaja joutuu jatkuvasti miettimään tarkasti tekemisiensä seurauksia ja kustannuksia.
90 (UK) (Jan 13, 2003)
This is a good thing - we couldn't have asked for much more than has been delivered, and I doubt Maxis could have done much more with a formula that they've improved upon time and again. Of course the novelty inevitably wears off just as it does with any game of its kind, and it really pigs out on your system resources, but Sim City 4 does a damn fine job of stealing your life for as long as it possibly can, just like the old days, and thank goodness for that.
WindowsGameplay (Benelux) (Dec 27, 2002)
Sim City 4 zet je ingedommelde grijze hersencellen nog eens aan het werk. Een waardige opvolger voor Sim City 3000.
90 (Mar 24, 2003)
Maxis has a winning formula with the SimCity series and SimCity4 takes it to the next level. If you haven't bought it yet, go to your nearest game shop, get it and be sure to get rid of any social life for the next months.
90 (Jan 14, 2003)
Un jeu incontournable pour les fans de Sim City et pour les autres. Voici un jeu de gestion pointu et très poussé qui vous amènera très probablement à commander des pizzas pendant de nombreuses soirées et risque certainement aussi de ruiner votre couple. Pour le reste c'est du tout bon vous pouvez vous lancer dans Sim City 4 sans aucune modération.
90 PC Gaming (Feb 11, 2003)
SimCity 4 is a great new addition to the SimCity series! The first time I saw screenshots of this game I was in awe of it, the textures looked so 3D-ish, the realistic-ness of the city and all the possibilities of the game looked so infinite! So I bought the game when it first came out played it for about 2 weeks straight and then took a break and probably played BF1942 or something and then I got bored of killing Nazis and decided to continue building my ever so expanding country of 2404 referenced city names like Punnytown, Dedfield, and DareD3ville.
89 (Jan 07, 2003)
Sim City 4 ist nicht nur grafisch das beste Sim City bisher, sondern auch spielerisch das kompletteste. Bis auf zwei nicht ganz optimale Features und den für Einsteiger etwas hohen Schwierigkeitsgrad gibt es an Sim City 4 nichts zu bemängeln. Tolle Grafik, viele Details und ein hervorragendes Spielprinzip sind die Grundlage dafür, dass Sim City 4 sehr motivierend ist. Spieler, die auf Action und schnelle Erfolge hoffen, werden zwar enttäuscht sein. Aber jeder, der nur ein wenig Geduld mitbringt und Spaß am Tüfteln und Basteln hat, wird mit Sim City 4 viele schlaflose Nächte verbringen.
WindowsPC Zone Benelux (Feb, 2003)
Omdat zoveel factoren een rol spelen en je met vreselijk veel zaken rekening moet houden, lijkt deze management simulatie in eerste instantie erg gecompliceerd. Toch zul je al snel verrast worden door het realisme van de gebeurtenissen die je in realtime ziet gebeuren. Met een beetje micromanagement laat je al snel - tot grote schrik van de in een naburig grasveldje grazende koeien - kunstzinnige wolkenkrabbers uit de grond schieten, terwijl de metrolijnen zich door de grond boren.
WindowsLevel (Mar, 2003)
Per total, avem un joc cu un potențial enorm și cu o atmosferă specială, dar care necistă o cantitate apreciabilă de timp și de răbdare.
83 (Apr 04, 2003)
Long before The Sims sold their way into the game player's hearts, little known software developer Will Wright conceived a simple but addictive city building game. Sim City became an instant classic and 14 years later has spawned almost a dozen games in its image, improving the graphics and interface but never deviating from the archetypal initial concept. After a lukewarm reception for Sim City 3000 and the world's obsession with The Sims, could Maxis resurrect their flagship title's series? Cue Sim City 4.
82 (Jan 09, 2003)
Neuerungen sucht man bei Sim City 4 fast vergeblich. Die Grafik wurde aufgepeppt und erweißt sich als ebenso schick wie Hardware-intensiv, die Steuerung funktioniert bis auf kleine Fehler tadellos, das Spielprinzip zieht den Spieler noch immer in seinen Bann. Einsteiger werden es allerdings nicht einfach haben, erfolgreiche Bürgermeister zu werden - Sim-City-Kenntnisse werden mehr oder weniger stillschweigend vorausgesetzt. Alle Fans der Aufbau-Strategie können ohne Skrupel zugreifen.
WindowsPC Action (Dec 16, 2002)
Okay, zugegeben. Nach den rund 15 gebauten und wieder abgerissenen Städten hat es dann bei mir auch mal funktioniert. Nein, das hat weder mit meinem Geschlecht, noch der Haarfarbe zu tun: Sim City 4 ist einfach verteufelt schwierig. Wenn Sie allerdings am Ball bleiben und endlich den richtigen Dreh raus haben, macht die WiSim richtig Laune. Allerdings nicht bei mehr als 10.000 Bewohnern - da ruckelt's wie Seuche.
WindowsGameSpot (Jan 15, 2003)
SimCity 4 has one of the highest pedigrees of any PC game and does a fine job overall of living up to its name. It's too bad that some players will invariably get soured on the experience due to some of the bugs and the missing or underdeveloped features and options. But most will find in SimCity 4 a deep and enjoyable strategy game that's flexible enough to be played at any pace and entertaining enough for all audiences.
WindowsComputer Gaming World (CGW) (Mar, 2003)
Some other modest flakiness keeps the game from perfection. There are crashes, although nothing so persistent as to make it unplayable, and the function that is supposed to let you manually go to the site at an emergency always landed me somewhere at the edge of the map instead. I also had a devil of a time with my water infrastructure, with almost continuous pipe bursts in several maps. But on the whole. SimCity 4 delivers exactly what it should: familiar core gameplay, a significant visual upgrade, and new features that expand gameplay without unbalancing the game. Some old strategies may not work, but there’s plenty to tinker with as you learn the new rules of being mayor.
WindowsGamereactor (Sweden) (May 08, 2003)
Sim City 4 är ett strategispel som man lätt fastnar i. Om du är en samvetsgrann borgmästare utan storhetsvansinne och tendenser att bli en maktgalen gud, kan du utveckla och bygga upp din stad närmast oändligt. Räkna också med att olika nya byggnader kommer att kunna laddas ner för att förgylla eller förfula din stad. Sedan kan du ju alltid satsa på att bygga upp en hel karta eller skapa din egen region. Det finns helt enkelt mycket att pilla med när du väl fattat tycke för Maxis fjärde stad.
WindowsJoystick (French) (Jan, 2003)
Maxis nous livre là un excellent titre, sûrement le meilleur des Sim City jamais produit. Certes, le concept n'est pas neuf, on le connaît depuis plus de dix ans, mais le fait de pouvoir jouer sur une région entière et de créer une gigantesque mosaïque de villes qui se développent en coopérant relance grandement l'intérêt. C'est le genre de jeu qui sera encore installé sur nos machines dans deux ans.
WindowsGames TM (Jan, 2003)
If your collection already boasts a Sim City game, you can probably live without this fourth wave of cities but, otherwise, this is pretty much as good an endless strategy game as you'll see on any platform.
WindowsGameSpot (Belgium/Netherlands) (Jan 28, 2003)
SimCity 4 biedt meer detail, meer opties en meer grafisch moois. De invoering van individuele Sims is een fraai experiment in burgerdemocratie, maar had voor ons niet gehoeven.
WindowsUOL Jogos (Jan 29, 2003)
O resultado final é uma experiência mais pura de Sim City: não parecem haver muitos objetivos claros, e é possível passar horas a fio fazendo pequenas mudanças e gerenciando o orçamento da cidade - com claras respostas plásticas (algo importante em um jogo do gênero)... mas a velocidade da evolução e falta de grandes novidades podem deixar muitos velhos fãs incomodados.
80 (Jul, 2003)
En conclusion, SimCity 4 est un must-have. Il évite tous les pièges que l'on pouvait redouter. La configuration requise n'est pas trop élevée, en tout cas par rapport au niveau des graphismes fascinants, on peut rester des heures à contempler sa ville vivre au niveau de zoom maximum, à observer les moindres détails hilarants que les développeurs ont semés dans tout le jeu. Les possibilités de gestion sont assez énormes, même si certains détails ne peuvent être réglés ou nous échappent. A conseiller à tous les fans de jeux de gestion, et de simulation d'urbanisme !
WindowsPC Games (Germany) (Jan 03, 2003)
Sim City 4 lässt mich früher aufstehen und später zu Bett gehen - so süchtig macht das Ding, obwohl es sich ja kaum anders spielt als Sim City 2000 oder 3000. Und nachts grübelt man allen Ernstes, ob man nicht doch lieber von Anfang an eine Autobahn - oder ob man die Feuerwehr-Wünsche nicht doch erst mal ignorieren … oder ob's nicht eine einzige Bücherei auch tut. Zwei Dinge nerven und kosten Wertungspunkte: Kaum ist der Ort größer als eine Reihenhaussiedlung, gerät man viel zu schnell in die Miesen - das kann einem schnell den Feierabend verderben. Und zweitens quält Sim City 4 den PC förmlich mit Unmengen liebevoller Kleinigkeiten, an denen man sich kaum satt sehen kann. Wer schraubt da schon freiwillig die Detailstufe nach unten? Und wenn es jetzt noch Missionen ("Lösen Sie die Verkehrsprobleme in Manhattan") gäbe, wäre ich wahrscheinlich gar nicht mehr vom PC wegzubekommen.
80 (Aug 24, 2003)
Après la sortie de Sim City 3000 en 1999, les joueurs habitués de la série conservèrent un petit goût amer, léger regret de ne pas avoir eu plus d’innovations dans cet opus qui privilégiait le développement de la forme, et donc des graphismes, plutôt que celui du fond. Même si certaines nouveautés utiles voyaient le jour, telle l’apparition de conseillers municipaux ainsi que d’un télescripteur déroulant en bas d’écran, le jeu en lui-même restait bien similaire aux autres opus. Conscient de cela, l’équipe de Maxis, dirigée par Will Wright, choisie de placer Sim City 4 sous le signe du changement. Des évolutions nombreuses et parfois surprenantes.
WindowsGameStar (Germany) (Jan, 2003)
Das Positive vorweg: Sim City 4 ist hübsch, und es macht eine ganze Weile Spaß, meinen Bürgern bei der Stadtentwicklung zuzusehen. Das neue Mikromanagement sorgt dafür, dass ich mich noch intensiver als zuvor um das Wohlergehen meiner Leutchen kümmern muss. Aber schneller, als mir lieb war, hatte ich meine Stadt im Griff. Wenn man dann mal alles gesehen hat, ist die Motivation schnell flöten. Vor allem die viel zu großzügige Kreditfunktion, über die selbst ungeübte Einsteiger binnen kurzem fast alles kaufen und bauen können, verdirbt mir den Langzeitspaß. Warum gibt es eigentlich keine Szenarien mehr? Und wieso bauen die Sims ihre Häuser immer noch in streng rechteckigen Blocks wie schon im ersten Teil? Mir hat der fordernde Vorgänger viel besser gefallen. Wer nur ohne Leistungsdruck entspannt vor sich hinbauen möchte, kann guten Gewissens nach Sim City ziehen.
WindowsGameSpy (Jan 25, 2003)
Ultimately, SimCity 4 achieves great things: It's graphically stunning and it's a very deep simulation of urban planning. Unfortunately the high system requirements and tedium of building will probably turn away hordes of players who otherwise would've had a great time. If you love nitpicky, complex, down-and-dirty simulations, you'll lose yourself for hours on SimCity 4's twisted streets. You know if you're the type!
MacintoshInside Mac Games (IMG) (Jul 29, 2003)
The scope and detail of SimCity 4 is definitely impressive, and it retains all of the game play features that longtime fans of the franchise have grown to love even though they may find that the new interface takes some getting used to. Anyone thinking of picking up SimCity for the first time with this release should seriously consider factoring in the cost of a strategy guide on top of the game itself to help them get started, otherwise they could find the experience daunting enough to discourage them from exploring all that SimCity 4 has to offer.
WindowsFiringSquad (Jan 27, 2003)
71? - After two pages of complaints and not a single pro without some reservations? How much did EA pay me for this again? That’s right, nothing. SimCity 4’s biggest flaw is that it’s not a SimCity. It’s some third-party interpretation of what SimCity should be like, with some grand new features. The new features are implemented but the designers totally missed what makes a SimCity. SimCity is not budget management and realistic expenditures on parks and power plants that produce less power as they age, for more money. Though if the designers are so concerned about realism, they should explain to me why my hospitals aren’t raking in money hand over foot. Or, in fact, why the city owns any hospitals…
WindowsClubic (Jan 22, 2003)
Puis on découvre la gestion des villes multiples, les interactions entre elles et là c'est tout simplement une dimension totalement nouvelle qui fait replonger le joueur dans les délices de la Sim-Dépendance ! Les améliorations graphiques et les nombreux petits plus cachés à tous les niveaux du jeu achèveront de convaincre les plus réticents. SimCity 4 est un de ces rares jeux capables de plaire aussi bien au gestionnaire rigoureux qu'au néophyte curieux.
MacintoshMacworld (Nov 01, 2003)
Intricately detailed but massive in scale, SimCity 4 is the most challenging, immersive SimCity yet.
WindowsNetjak (Dec 03, 2003)
Surprisingly deep, complex, and accessible, SimCity 4 is the pinnacle of simulation games. Excellent (though sometimes temperamental) graphics, a wonderful soundtrack, and loads of necessary information at your fingertips make SimCity 4 a great play experience. Those tired of guns-blazing shooters, copycat Real-Time Strategy, and the numerous pretenders to the SimCity throne (SimTower, anyone?), or those looking for a lighter shade of fun (never mind hardcore Simulation/Business game addicts, for you guys this is a must buy) should definitely check this one out.
MacintoshAppleLinks.Com (Aug 13, 2003)
Before we go any further, let's clear up one thing: Sim City 4 is not a game. It's a high school extra credit report. It's a college civil engineering course project. It's the closest Gray Davis should have ever come to governing the people. But, it's not a game. Of course, that doesn't mean it can't be fun.