New SimCity coming in March – with DRM

Back in the mid-1990’s — when I was still single and living in Sweden — I spent many evenings and nights playing the city building game SimCity 2000. I actually think I purchased the game during a trip to Redmond, visiting Microsoft. More than once I was playing “a quick game” after work in the office, and suddenly I realized it was almost midnight…

SimCity 2000

A year or so after I moved to the USA I got SimCity 3000, but did not play it as much. I was married by now, and had other priorities. I still enjoyed the game, though. The graphics was of course improved. I also got SimCity 4, but my computer was not powerful enough for a decent game play, and I quickly lost interest. I think I still got all the boxes in a closet somewhere…

Now Maxis and Electronics Arts are preparing to release the latest version of the game, called simply SimCity. It looks great compared with the previous versions, and introduces a number of new concepts, like multi-city play, where you (or a friend) can take control of adjacent land and build and manage another city there. The game will be out in the beginning of March.

SimCity (2013)

The game can be played online against other players. As a matter of fact, even if you are playing in single player mode, you still need to be connected to the EA servers. This is going to be used for copy protection/DRM reasons, and many gamers are already upset about this, especially the ones in rural areas with bad/slow internet connectivity.

I am still curious to see the reviews of the actual game. I just need a better graphics card in order to get the full experience… Guess I have to spend $250-$275 so I can play a $50 game… 🙂

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