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SimCity 3000 (Windows)

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Perspective
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Written by  :  Tony Maki (12)
Written on  :  Jun 18, 2005
Platform  :  Windows
Rating  :  3.25 Stars3.25 Stars3.25 Stars3.25 Stars3.25 Stars

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Summary

A very Blah sequel

The Good

Loads of new features. Garbage dumps, megamalls, toxic waste dumps, new power sources, farmland, better advisers, business deals with neighbors. A lot of stuff which add depth to gameplay. The scroll ticker is hilarious.

The Bad

Lots of bells and whistles, but not much soul. The game is a lot harder than 2000 was. You run out of money fast unless you create some high-aura housing. And you are usually stuck with nothing to do because you only get your taxes in once a year, and that money soon runs out and you're left waiting for the next year to roll around. I suppose making money tight is needed to make business deals viable, but it leads to boring gameplay.

The Bottom Line

A new and improved version of Simcity 2000, with more bells and whistles than you can shake a llama at.